CRAWFORDSVILLE -- The Northview boys' soccer team got a pair of goals from Mark Underwood and one from Nick Ross to capture a 3-2 victory on the road at Crawfordsville on Thursday night.
Ross scored the opening goal off an assist by Zach Rodgers before the Athenians tied the contest with 30 minutes remaining in the first half. Underwood responded with a goal off a free kick 10-yards outside of the 18 with a strike into the upper right corner of the net. The back-and-forth contest was tied again before half as Crawfordsville scored in the final 10 minutes of the opening half.
The second half was a possession battle with both squads creating opportunities, but it was Underwood that capitalized with a strike off an assist by Mitchell Thomas with 16 minutes left in the game.
Matt Malone made a pair of great, late saves to maintain the Knights' lead and even the Northview record at 1-1 overall.
"I decided to give Matt Malone another chance at keeper and he stepped up and proved he can be great," Northview coach Dustin Jorgensen said. "He made some excellent saves in the game tonight and the two that got past him were just unlucky. Our offense worked some passes together and helped us get back to the kind of soccer we've practiced. We are getting better each day and this win is huge for us right now."
Underwood led the team in shots on goal with three with Thomas contributing two. Ross, K.J. Thomas, Sean Brockman and Derek Snyder each had one. Trey Boor had 11 steals in the contest with Jacob Booker adding four and Ross, Brockman and Snyder adding three each. Malone had 15 saves in goal.
The Athenians captured the JV game by a 2-0 score as Chandler Reeves had 14 saves in goal and the Knights got four shots on net from Levi Brown and two apiece from David Joslyn and Garrett Wiss. Jacob Nobles had four steals, Adam Nees and Tristen Raybould had three apiece. Stephen Snow contributed two steals and David Joslyn, Caleb McGinty, Kristopher Snow, Antoney Bryan, Wiss, Steven Onken and Chandler Stanton each had one steal.
"The J.V. game was back and forth as far as possession went as well. We had many shots on goal and just failed to finish," Jorgensen said. "We have a lot of positives to build on from this game."
The Knights (1-1 overall) travel to Washington for a game at 9:15 a.m.
Next game: Northview (1-1 overall) travels to Washington today for a 9:15 a.m. contest.