DANVILLE -- The Knights found themselves behind the proverbial 8-ball from the opening kick of Saturday's Danville Soccer Invite. Northview was missing several starters due to injury and illness and the steamy weather took its toll late as Danville topped the Knights in the first game, 3-1, and Griffith shut out Northview by a 4-0 score.
"We had four starters sit out the first game due to injuries and illness," head coach Dustin Jorgensen said. "We had six sit out the second game with added illness from the heat. Both games on Saturday were played with water breaks and a stoppage in the middle of both halves. We had limited substitutes because of this and subbed often at every position to stay fresh and give players relief from the heat."
Derek Snyder, Mark Underwood and Boor each had three steals and Kaleb Baker added two. Boor, Kaleb Britton, Underwood and Mitchell Thomas each had a shot on goal. Matt Malone made 13 saves in net.
In the second game, Boor put two shots on goal with Jacob Nobles and Underwood each having one as well. Dylan Dyar led the way with three steals with Baker and Boor producing two steals. K.J. Thomas and Tristen Raybould had a shot apiece. In goal, Chandler Reeves had 15 saves and Malone had two.
Despite the losses, Jorgensen saw some positives heading back into conference play this week.
"There were certainly some positive things to take from the day in preparation for our next WIC game Wednesday at Sullivan," Jorgensen said. "Our passing is improving, our striking is improving and our defense is improving. When we start believing that we can win these games, we will. We are just settling for playing better and need to make sure these improvements are used to change the results."
Northview is now 1-7-1 overall and visits Sullivan for a boy/girl doubleheader on Wednesday at 5 p.m.