WASHINGTON -- A Saturday road trip to Washington brought the Northview boys' soccer team some valuable experience if not a couple of wins as the Knights dropped a 4-0 decision to 18th-ranked Bloomington South and a 1-0 contest to Martinsville.
The Panthers scored early in the first half before the Knights held them scoreless until the 13:31 mark to trail 2-0 at halftime. The game remained that way until late in the action as South scored its final two goals with 15:36 and 1:10 left in the game.
Despite the loss, head coach Dustin Jorgensen was very pleased with how junior keeper Matt Malone played in net.
"Matt Malone had 24 saves in goal and did an outstanding job," Jorgensen said. "He is gaining confidence in his defense and feels comfortable stepping up and making some saves that are really tough."
Mark Underwood and Dylan Dyer each had shots on goal and both Zach Rodgers and Sean Brockman had two shots on net. Defensively, Kaleb Baker, Derek Snyder, Mitchell Thomas, Trey Boor, K.J. Thomas, Dyer and Brockman had a steal. Ross, Underwood, Joseph Hartley and Jacob Booker had two each.
In the second contest, the game remained at a stalemate after the opening 40 minutes and the game stayed deadlocked until the mid-point of the second half when the Artesians tallied the lone goal.
Though disappointed in the losses, Jorgensen feels his team is progressing quickly.
"I really wish we would have won the game against Martinsville. I know this performance is much better than some people expected, but our team is maturing extremely fast," Jorgensen said. "We could have played better in the second game and had some missed opportunities that would have given us a victory. I'm very impressed with how quickly these guys are adapting to changes in formation and strategy. They are really quick learners and we should have a good shot at winning the WIC this year."
Underwood had three shots on goal and Rodgers had two for the Knights. Boor had a team-high six steals and both Snyder and Booker had four each.
Malone had 18 saves in goal and both Mitchell Thomas and Snyder had a save off corner kicks.
The junior varsity squad also played in the tourney, falling 9-0 to Bloomington South and 3-1 to Martinsville.
Antoney Bryan scored the lone goal of the day with a shot that found net with 29:55 remaining that came off an assist by Levi Brown.
Jacob Nobles had five steals to lead the way over Adam Nees' three and Guy Wiss ha 18 saves in goal.
Northview (1-3 overall) plays this evening at Cascade beginning at 5 p.m.