Times Sports Editor
Northview's struggles in soccer against their Vigo County counterparts at Terre Haute North continued in Tuesday's boys' opener. The Patriots scored early and often in piling up a 9-0 victory that matches the score from last year's opener between the squads.
Matt Malone got the start in net for Northview for North's first four goals before giving way to freshman Chandler Reeves, who played the remainder of the game and made some big saves.
"Putting Chandler (Reeves) in there was a tough decision, but he made a lot of good saves and a lot of saves I'm glad that he made," first-year head coach Dustin Jorgensen said of the freshman. "I think it's something that we're going to have to look at as far as our keepers. We're going to have some competition in practice."
Northview's defense kept North off the board during the early stages of the game as both squads felt each other out. However, Parham, who had 30 goals last season, found an opening at the 26:50 mark and lifted a shot into the top of the net to put the Patriots out front.
Parham responded quickly, less than two minutes later he scored off an assist by Ricky Pemberton. Clayton Underwood scored at the 20:24 mark off an assist by Kaden Sloan as North led 6-0 at halftime.
After the break, Northview showed some signs of life early on as Austin Frankville fired a shot across the goalmouth and shortly afterwards, Zach Rodgers had the ball in the Patriots' penalty box, but wasn't able to break free. The Knights also got an attempt from K.J. Thomas, who passed to Sean Brockman, whose shot was saved by North's senior keeper, Adam Shamsaie.
Despite the brief rally, Northview wasn't able to dent the scoreboard and North took control of the game with Parham's fourth goal at the 34:26 mark. Logan Ferry and Tanner Gutner would add the final scores for North.
"The first seven minutes of the second half, we played like we've practiced," Jorgensen said. "We played at the same pace as North, and in that time we had two or three shots on goal and didn't allow any shots. There were 73 other minutes that we weren't quite there yet. If we can get the team to play 80 minutes of that type of ball, we should be able to do it, but today it didn't happen. We're going to re-focus, keep our heads up, keep trying and we'll get there."
Northview is back in action on Thursday at Crawfordsville beginning at 5 p.m.
T.H. North 9, Northview 0
THN -- Jacob Parham, 26:50
THN -- Parham (Ricky Pemberton), 24:55
THN -- Clayton Underwood (Kaden Sloan), 20:24
THN -- Julian Shamsaie (Pemberton), 11:48
THN -- J. Shamsaie (Underwood), 2:25
THN -- Parham, 1:17
THN -- Parham, 34:26
THN -- Logan Ferry
THN -- Tanner Gutner (Underwood), 16:30