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Knights end regular season with soccer victory

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Northview's Melissa Lummis (No. 16) heads a ball that is punched a way by Owen Valley keeper Kaitlin Keller. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

The Northview girl's soccer team wrapped up the regular season by stopping visiting Owen Valley in a 6-0 conference shutout that gave the Knights a 4-2 WIC mark.

The Knights' Haley Zadeii brings the ball up the field and had two assists. [Order this photo]
The Knights used a three-goal outburst over a six minute span of the second half to put away the Patriots as Hannah Minor finished off a hat trick and Haley Zadeii added a pair of assists in the victory.

The lion's share of play took place in the Owen Valley defensive zone as the Knights' front line of Olivia Fulton, Brittany Fagg, Minor, Zadeii and Allison McWilliams continued to pressure the Patriots. Melissa Lummis was the first to find the net for Northview as she took a pass from Fagg to the penalty area and directed it home eight minutes into the contest.

A corner kick from Minor nine minutes later nearly curled into the net as Lummis headed it in, but the goal was disallowed as the ball was ruled out of play. McWilliams fired a hard shot on net that was saved moments later as Northview continued to press the net.

With 13 minutes left in the half, Minor took a pass from Kaysia Reberger and chipped the ball over the keeper for a 2-0 Knights' lead at the half.

"We definitely created plenty of opportunities in the first half," Northview coach Lauren Trennel said. "We just couldn't execute well enough, but we eventually found the back of the net. We're pleased with that."

Alexis Bender and Zadeii each had good chances saved in the first half and on defense, Sydney Buell staved off a long run by the Patriots' Meghan Terrell.

In the second half, the Knights kept up the pressure as Lummis caromed a shot off the post and had a header off a corner kick saved once again.

Northview began to find more success with some of its longer shots on goal as Olivia Fulton scored the game's third goal with 17:11 left. Bender would score four minutes later after taking a pass from Zadeii and serving a long shot over the keeper's outstretched arms. Barely a minute later, Minor scored her second goal of the game with another long-distance shot, just under the crossbar.

"I really like the fact that the girls pushed forward and when they realized the opportunity wasn't there, they dropped it back and elected to put it over the top," Trennel said. "First half we had a little bit of an issue with that," Trennel said of moving the ball side-to-side. "We corrected it at halftime and were looking to switch it a lot more"

The final score of the game came with just 15 seconds left as Zadeii passed to Minor for a score and the victory.

Mannah Mace didn't receive much action in net, making two saves in the first half before giving way to Lummis late in the contest.

The Knights (7-7-1 overall) will face Terre Haute South on Thursday on the Braves home field at 5 p.m.

At Northview

Owen Valley00-0

First half

Nv -- Melissa Lummis (Brittany Fagg), 31:56

Nv -- Hannah Minor (Kaysia Reberger), 13:08

Second half

Nv -- Olivia Fulton, 17:11

Nv -- Alexis Bender (Haley Zadeii), 12:55

Nv -- Minor, 11:41

Nv -- Minor (Zadeii), 0:15