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Knights can't finish in loss to Vikings

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Northview sophomore Mark Underwood (No. 8) fires a pass across the field to a teammate during the Knights' loss to West Vigo. [Order this photo]

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.

Senior midfielder Dylan Dyer (No. 2) knocks down a free ball across the middle against the Vikings on Wednesday. [Order this photo]
The Knights had their chances throughout the game as Austin Frankville had a quality shot on net during the first half, but the Vikings' keeper made a leaping save to tip the ball over the cross bar to keep the game scoreless. Sean Brockman also had a chance as a broke through in traffic with 13 minutes left in the half, but his shot was wide.

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.

At Northview

Boys' game

West Vigo04-4


First half


Second half

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