Times Sports Editor
Wednesday's Western Indiana Conference boys' soccer opener had a familiar feeling for the Northview Knights, who allowed four second half goals in a shutout loss to the Vikings, 4-0. The Knights also allowed four second half scores to the Vikings last season in a 5-1 defeat.
The theme was also a familiar one for disappointed Northview head coach, Dustin Jorgensen.
"That was our problem against Cascade," Northview coach Dustin Jorgensen said of his team's inability to finish chances. "We had more shots on goal, we just couldn't finish. Tonight, I don't know what the shots on goal were, but it felt like it was pretty even. So I was disappointed we couldn't finish, that's our biggest concern right now. We're getting opportunities, we're passing the way I want, we're playing defense most of the time the way I want, so if we can start finishing we'll be there."
As the second half got underway, the approaching dark clouds of an evening storm front provided an appropriately ominous setting for the final 40 minutes for the Knights.
Northview keeper Matt Malone made several big saves early on, but the Vikings got on the scoreboard off a crossing shot 10 minutes into the half. The ball soared into the goal mouth with Justin Kump putting the final touch on the score.
The tally seemed to spark the Vikings, who added a second goal less than two minutes later as Andrew Kumpf found the net off an assist from Nathan Kumpf. The Knights had another chance on a breakaway from Nick Ross, but his shot sailed high of the net.
West Vigo added a third goal off a header by Nathan Gregg and an assist by Andrew Kumpf. The final score came with 6:56 remaining as Nathan Kumpf scored for West Vigo.
The Knights are 1-4-1 overall, 0-1 WIC) and travel to Mooresville on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.
WV -- Justin Kump (A. Kumpf), 30:00
WV -- Andrew Kumpf (Nathan Kumpf), 28:49
WV -- Nathan Gregg (Andrew Kumpf), 12:48
WV -- Nathan Kumpf, 6:56