Times Staff Reporter
The Northview girls' soccer team picked up a win in dramatic fashion over Monrovia Monday night, 3-2, after a go-ahead goal in the final 30-seconds.
The Knights were on the attack early, and at approximately the midway point of the first half, took the lead on a rebound goal from Melissa Lummis.
The defenses won out the remainder of the half and Northview took a 1-0 lead into the break.
In the second half, both offenses came to life.
Monrovia tied the game at approximately the 23-minute mark on a goal from Sarah Wilkerson. Then, with 13 minutes to play, the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead after a goal from Emma Hoffman.
However, after losing the lead, Northview didn't hang their heads.
With eight minutes to play, the Knights tied the game after some nice passing from Loomis, who drew the defense to her and set up Hannah Stagg for an easy goal.
Both teams battled to keep the ball on their side of the field, and with less than a minute to play, Northview found itself in a position to win.
The Knight's Kaysia Reberger eluded defenders long enough to get off a high-arcing, bending shot that soared out of the keeper's reach and into the net for the go-ahead goal, with 30 seconds to remaining.
After Monrovia's frantic attempt to tie the game, the Knights were able to secure the ball and dribble out the clock for the win.
Northview's coach Lauren Trennel said getting a win in this fashion means a lot in the wake of recent outcomes.
"It's sweet retribution for us because we just tied Greencastle in that same manner," Trennel said. "(Greencastle) came back in the last 20-seconds and got a goal and tied it up."
Trennel said she liked what she saw from her team offensively.
"I think offensively for the most part we did very well," Trennel said. "We were looking to switch the ball, and most of the time we were staying composed."
However, she said she would have liked to see a little more from her team defensively, but noted she knows what needs to be worked on in practice.
"Defensively, I think is where we lacked in technique and sometimes effort," Trennel said. "We just need to be concerned, because sometimes we got flat and they were able to split us ... we just need to be mindful of our shape defensively and I think we'll be in a good position for upcoming games."
Northview travels to Edgewood for a boy/girl doubleheader on Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m.
NV -- Shots 21 (Zadeii 1, McWilliams 1, Bender 2, Lummis 3, Minor 10, Reberger 3, Stagg 1). Goals 3 (Loomis 61:00, Stagg 71:30, Reberger 79:30). Assist 1 (Loomis). Saves 4 (Mace)
MRV -- Shots 6 (Beck 1, Hoffman 3, Rose 1, Wilkerson 1). Goals 2 (Wilkerson 56:30, Hoffman 67:00).