Times Staff Report
SPENCER -- The Northview boy's soccer team completed the regular season with a road win at Owen Valley on Thursday evening, 2-0.
The Knights had their chances in the first half, but weren't able to get on the board despite seven shots on net.
"We've been working on set pieces and Mark Underwood and KJ Thomas ran a beautiful play off a free kick that nearly got us a goal," Northview coach Dustin Jorgensen said. "It was nice to see them applying the things we've been focusing on at practice. Our communication was lacking in the first half and that was a big part of the halftime conversation. That, and being smart with possession."
Northview scored its first goal off a throw-in by Antoney Bryan as Mark Underwood flicked the ball in front of the net with a header where Derek Snyder finished the job for a 1-0 advantage.
"After a few minutes on the bench I put Derek Snyder back in the game as a forward. He brought some great energy in the game when he went back in," Jorgensen said. "We've been working on scoring opportunities from throw-ins when we're in the attacking third. It paid off."
The second score came off a heads up play by Underwood, who used a free kick to score as he took Owen Valley's defense and keeper by surprise with a quick kick.
"This was a great way to end our conference season and get ready for sectionals. We'll play the winner of Owen Valley and Terre Haute North for our first game. We've got confidence now, we'll just need to show up and execute," Jorgensen said. "The regular season certainly had ups and downs, but I'm proud of how these guys stuck to it. They didn't give up and throw in the towel when we had a rough start. They listened, worked hard, and applied what we worked on at practice to their games. I'm looking forward to next week."
Offensively, Snyder had four shots for the Knights with Bryan, Underwood and Sean Brockman adding two apiece. Zach Rodgers posted one shot for Northview.