Times Sports Editor
A banged up Northview girls' soccer team had a tall task at hand Tuesday evening against a Cascade squad that came in with a 6-2-1 record.
Cascade's speedy forward, Jalynn Gorman, came in with 17 goals in nine games this season and she found the back of the net to get the scoring started less than five minutes into the contest. Nicky Stewart crossed the ball into the penalty box where the freshman forward deposited the opening goal.
From that point on, Northview goal keeper Mannah Mace was the star of the remaining 35 minutes with nine saves, including a couple of highlight reel moves that kept the contest at 1-0 before halftime.
"We took such a beating last week when we played Edgewood, we ended up playing a man down the last 20 minutes. Then, when we played Brown County we only had two subs and one of our players had a concussion before halftime," Northview coach Lauren Trennel said. "It was rough for them the past week so we took some time to analyze a game, the Spain vs. Italy Euro Cup final. I think Mannah picked up a few things from that game because she was re-directing the ball with tips and punches. We were very pleased with her performance."
The Knights only mustered one shot on offense before halftime as Allison McWilliams had a chip shot just minutes before the half.
Northview had the first chance of the second half as Kaysia Reberger ripped a crossing shot that was saved 11 minutes in. However, Cascade found pay dirt several minutes later as Olivia Fisher broke free in front of the box, switched directions and fired a shot across the goal past Mace.
Gorman found the net seven minutes later as a direct kick ricocheted in into a group in front of the Northview net. The ball came free to the freshman and she scored the third goal for the Cadets.
Mace had 13 saves in net for the Knights and despite the loss, Trennel was happy with how her defenders played.
"We do have some speed in the back and I think that helped us out," Trennel said. "We made some adjustments, but it was a physical game. That's been the nature of our games the last couple of weeks. We're fighting through it and I'm proud of the effort they are putting in. They've started playing together better and are playing with each other more instead of one vs. one all over the field."
The Knights (6-6-1 overall, 2-0 WIC) hosts South Vermillion in a boy/girl doubleheader for senior night at 5 p.m.
Ca -- Jalynn Gorman (Nicky Stewart), 35:43
Ca -- Olivia Fisher, 26:06
Ca -- Gorman, 22:04