Times Sports Editor
The Northview boys' soccer team celebrated Senior Night before Tuesday's match-up with Terre Haute South, but couldn't come away with a victory, falling 6-1 to the Braves.
The Knights recognized Levi Pollard, Alex Frankville, Jonathan Stinnett, Sam Forsythe Nick Brown and Eric Fults.
The Braves pressured from the opening kick and were able to get on the scoreboard quickly as Rush Sommerville broke the Knights' offsides trap to score just six minutes into the game. However, Northview had some chances of its own during first half action.
Nick Ross crossed a shot through the Braves' goal mouth and Trey Boor's shot was blocked away. Moments later, Fults had a good shot off another cross through the Braves penalty area.
While the Knights weren't able to capitalize on those early opportunities, the Braves came right back to add to its lead at the 29:01 mark when Eddy Momanyl got loose and was able to dribble around a sprawling Jacob Booker in net for Northview. Momanyl broke around Booker and was able to chip a shot in for a 2-0 advantage.
Northview responded with another chance as Fults was able to knock a ball free from the Braves' keeper, who had bobbled a shot after charging forward for the save. Fults' fired a shot, but it hit the side of the South net.
Despite trailing early, Northview coach Don Bryan was pleased with how his team performed.
Booker kept the Knights close with a diving save of a shot by the Braves' David Kennel. However, South scored again on a chipped shot by Sommerville with 20:33 left in the half.
Ten minutes later, Northview had another solid shot at getting on the scoreboard as Brown pushed a pass ahead to Ross, who got past the Braves' keeper. However, his shot was snuffed away. Ross also got a chance from Pollard as Sean Brockman helped distribute a couple of opportunities.
South added a final first half goal as Nic Henderson was able to dribble wide of Booker for a 4-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Northview made a change in net as Guy Wiss took over the goal keeping duties and was able to limit the Braves to two scores in the second half, one by Ian Cook and another by Momanyl.
The Knights were able to get on the board late as Alex Frankville broke free of the South defense and tapped in a goal with 5:54 remaining.
"Our fullbacks are playing well, they hustle and I think Guy (Wiss) in at goal was a good change there and that kind of shut (Terre Haute South) down," Bryan said. "The seniors getting time, Eric (Fults) got some time and he had two shots. (Mark) Underwood has got it, he just has to stay involved all the time.
"That helped," Bryan said of scoring the late goal. "You have got to figure that (South) is the sectional favorite, they've beaten everyone else. I think on any given night, if we play two, 40-minute halves, we can stay in there against anyone."
Soccer sectional draws
As far as the boys' soccer postseason is concerned, Tuesday's match-up can be considered a bit of a sectional tune-up as Northview and Terre Haute South drew each other in the opening game of the Terre Haute North Sectional. The second game will feature South Vermillion and West Vigo with the host Patriots getting a first round bye.
Sectional play for the boys begins on Oct. 7.
In the girls' sectional at Terre Haute South, an eight-team postseason site, the opening contest will feature the Braves and Patriots followed by South Vermillion and Greencastle. In the third game, the Knights take on conference foe, Sullivan with North Knox and West Vigo squaring off in game four.
The Terre Haute South Sectional is scheduled to begin on Oct. 11.