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Mustangs draw even late with Knights

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Northview's Hannah Minor prepares to play the ball upfield to a teammate in Wednesday's match against Edgewood. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

A steady drizzle in cool temperatures greeted Northview and Edgewood's girls' soccer teams on Wednesday night, which was in stark contrast to the large majority of games played this season for each team. Edgewood would rally late in the game to score with 13:30 left in the game to draw the Mustangs into a 2-2 tie in a Western Indiana Conference game.

The result evened the Knights' season mark at 4-4-1 and 1-1-1 in WIC play.

The Mustangs scored first in the game as junior Miranda Hardesty found the net in the opening three minutes to put Edgewood ahead 1-0.

Northview nearly tied the game on a quality chance by Kaysia Reberger and a long shot by Hannah Minor curled towards the outside post with 15 minutes left in the half, but zipped wide of the net.

Edgewood nearly added to its lead with eight minutes left in the opening half, but Northview goalkeeper Melissa Lummis made a leaping save to tip the shot over the crossbar.

Trailing by a goal at the break, Northview evened the game on a score by Minor, whose shot across the goalmouth was deflected by an Edgewood player into the net. Minor would later put the Knights out front as a long shot skipped off the wet grass and past Edgewood's keeper for a 2-1 Northview advantage.

In cold, damp conditions, Northview coach Lauren Trennel admitted that her team plays better in inclement weather.

Becky Paugh keeps her eye on the ball as she takes possession. [Order this photo]
"We're definitely a cold weather team," Trennel said. "We've talked about it before at practice. We come out a lot harder and play better in colder weather as we saw in the Greencastle game over the weekend and in another game earlier in the year. They tend to play more efficient in cold weather."

The Knights dominated possession in the second half with play taking place in the Northview half of the field the majority of the final half. However, it was one of Edgewood's few scoring opportunities that ended up costing Northview as Olivia Ashba broke free of a couple of defenders and took the ball the final 30 yards for a scoring chance. Lummis came out of the net, but couldn't hold onto the ball that squirted free and Ashba knotted the score with 13:30 left.

The Knights had several chances at the tiebreaker as Emma Barnett, Reberger and Krista Stearley all had solid looks at the goal, however, each shot was deflected or narrowly missed the target down the stretch.

Despite the loss, Trennel was pleased with her team's play.

"We were very pleased with the possession and play throughout the game," Trennel said. "We held the ball very well and we were looking for the options we wanted to see from them. It was just a matter of a couple of times they snuck behind us and with the slippery grass things just slide."

The Knights host Brown County in a boy/girl doubleheader that begins at 10 a.m.

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Next match: Northview (4-4-1 overall, 1-1-1 WIC) hosts Brown County on Saturday.