Times Sports Editor
Opening night was a successful one for the Northview girls' soccer team as the Knights posted a 3-1 victory against visiting Crawfordsville on Tuesday.
The Knights came out aggressive in the early going with Libby Deckard posting a shot from the corner in the early minutes and Hannah Minor added a powerful blast herself with 12 minutes gone in the first half. However, it wasn't until the 30-minute mark that Northview found the back of the net as Melissa Lummis took a pass from Minor and sent the ball across the goal to the corner past the diving Athenian keeper.
Mannah Mace kept the game scoreless 10 minutes in when she saved a shot on a break by Crawfordsville's Hannah Whicker. The Knights were solid defensively in countering Crawfordsville's attack as Brooklyn Fagg and Sydney Buell recovered quickly and Alexis Bender locked down her sideline.
Perhaps the most pleasing for Northview head coach Lauren Trennel, was seeing her team move the ball well offensively in getting chances on both sides.
"(Moving the ball) was something we talked about because we tend to play right side," Trennel said. "We were successful with our runs down the right side, but we have great options on the left side as well. So I was pleased to see them move the ball side-to-side."
Northview would make it a 2-0, halftime lead off a free kick with 4:40 remaining before the break when her shot dropped just under the crossbar for a goal.
The Knights controlled much of the second half of play, keeping the pressure in the Athenians' defensive half.
Melissa Lummis scored her second, and the team's third of the game, just three minutes in after she knocked down a goal kick and sent a shot to the far corner.
The pressure continued for the Knights as Reberger nearly had a perfect crossing pass to Haley Zadeii, but the pass was just out of range for the sophomore. Fagg also had a shot saved by the diving keeper 22 minutes into the period.
The Athenians spoiled the shutout with just two minutes remaining, but Trennel saw plenty of positives in the victory.
"We had some good opportunities moving forward, but we were a bit slow to crash the net in our attacking third," Trennel commented. "Defensively we saw some good things out of our defensive four, but at times we were a bit flat. We still have things to improve on, but for opening night, not too bad."
The Knights (1-0 overall) travel to Terre Haute North on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Nv -- Melissa Lummis (Hannah Minor), 30:00
Nv -- Minor, 35:00
Nv -- Lummis, 4:00
Cv -- Alexis Rhoda, 38:00