Tough weekend for Northview soccer teams

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Times Staff Report

TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview soccer teams had a tough weekend as the boys competed in tourney play at Washington and the girls made up a contest on the road at Terre Haute North.

The girls dropped a 7-0 decision to the Patriots while the boys fell 5-0 to Evansville North and 7-0 to Bloomington South.

The Patriots scored five goals before the halftime break, getting tallies from five different players over the opening 40 minutes.

"Because of our minimal number of available subs, we wanted to maintain stamina for the game by conserving energy in the first half. Initially we did well pressuring the ball wide but found difficulty preventing crosses," Northview coach Lauren Trennel said. "We were able to correct that and did well pressuring the ball on the wings, but we struggled getting pressure to the ball in the middle of our defensive half despite the number of players we had positioned in the area."

Spencer Grimm opened the scoring eight minutes in and Michaela Schuld followed 14 minutes later. The Knights gave up two goals in the final six minutes of the half as Kaleigh Sutliff and Margaret Mary McNurty pushed the lead to 5-0 at the break.

"Their goal scoring opportunities arose due to lack of pressure in the middle of the field. The second half, we opened up play a bit and were able to create more offensive opportunities for ourselves," Trennel said. "The ball movement improved significantly in the second half as well as individual defensive play. I think we did not know what to do with the ball once we won possession in the first half since most of our players were behind the ball limiting options forward. In the second half we were able to find movement and better possession looking upfield."

For the Northview boys, Chandler Reeves and Mark Underwood each had a shot on goal against Evansville North and Matt Malone recorded 13 saves in net for the Knights. In the Bloomington South contest, Trey Boor, Underwood and Sean Brockman each had a shot and Malone had 14 saves.

"These are the kind of days that you want to forget. However, you have to look at the mistakes being made and fix them," Northview boys' coach Dustin Jorgensen said. "As a team we discussed what we need to improve. We're on the same page as far as that goes. Now, it is a matter of applying those changes to our next game. Playing big teams like this, that are traditional powerhouses, can only make us better. We can't say, they're bigger and better. We have to say, they exposed our weaknesses, now let's fix them."

The loss evened the Knights' season record at 1-1 overall for the girls while the boys fall to 0-3 heading into a Wednesday trip to West Vigo for a boy/girl doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.