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Northview girls edge past North Knox

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Northview senior Alexis Bender crosses a ball from the sideline during the Knights' victory against North Knox on Thursday. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

One evening after the goals piled up for the Northview girl's soccer team, the Knights had to do with just one against visiting North Knox. However, that proved to be just enough as Northview held off a late charge by the Warriors for a 1-0 home victory.

The win improves the Knights to 3-1 overall heading into a home match against Southmont on Monday evening.

The Knights had plenty of chances in the game, including 26 shots before halftime, but several nice saves by the North Knox keeper and a variety of deflections kept the game scoreless until late in the first half.

Northview forwards Hannah Minor, Libby Deckard, Kaysia Reberger and Melissa Lummis kept the pressure on up front as the ball remained in the Warriors half of the field for much of the opening 40 minutes. However, coach Lauren Trennel wasn't satisfied with her team's ability to finish off their chances.

"Our biggest problem as far as execution, was that we were creating opportunities, but when we took the shots we took them as if we were sending long balls," Trennel said of the offense. "We weren't driving the ball and keeping it low. We were sending it over the top or high and wide. So that was something that we told them to focus on in the second half."

Minor had several chances during the early stages of the half and the Knights banged one shot off the cross bar in the opening minutes. Deckard nearly found Lummis charging to the net 15 minutes in, but the chip shot was sent just wide of the net. Nine minutes later the Knights had a point blank shot by Courtney Maccarone deflected wide to keep the match scoreless.

"There were situations where we had the opportunity to receive the ball and we looked to switch it, but then we would pull it back and then we turn around and want to go switch it when we could have taken the shot sooner," Trennel said. "We created more work for ourselves."

That work would finally pay off in the waning minutes before halftime to give the Knights a positive result.

Northview senior Allison McWilliams (No. 5) battles past a North Knox defender during first half action. [Order this photo]
Lummis would be the one to give the Knights the lead with 6:52 remaining before halftime as a Brittany Fagg pass found her in front of the net. Lummis was able to poke it to the corner past the Warrior keeper to put Northview out front 1-0 at the break.

After the break, the Knights maintained their pressure on North Knox as both Minor, who had a team-high 10 shots, and Allison McWilliams had shots saved. Minor fired another shot off the cross bar six minutes into the half as Lummis was upended going for the rebound.

North Knox finally began to add some pressure of its own as Hannah Drake made a long run that was eventually thwarted by the Knights. However, perhaps the biggest play of the game was made by Northview keeper Mannah Mace.

The Warriors' Emily Cook broke free in the Knights' half of the field and was able to outrun Northview's defenders on a breakaway. As Cook dribbled into the box, Mace came out and stole the ball off the Warrior's foot for a potential game-saver.

"She came up huge on that one that she came out on," Trennel said of her sophomore keeper. "That's something that we've worked with her on, coming out and going to the ground for the ball and taking it off a player's foot. She does enjoy being in goal, but traditionally, she's a field player. Both her and Melissa Lummis have stepped up for us this season since Haley (Zadeii) broke her wrist. We're fortunate to have three players that are an asset to us on the field and in goal."

Northview caught a bit of a break three minutes later as North Knox' Kalena Wagner was taken down in the box to draw a penalty kick with 15 minutes remaining. However, the ensuing kick by Drake was sent high over the goal as Northview stayed out front the remainder of the way.

At Northview

N. Knox00-0

First half

Nv -- Melissa Lummis (Brittany Fagg), 6:52

Second half