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Knights fall in sectional semifinal to Patriots

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

KJ Thomas (No. 4) and Mitchell Thomas (No. 9) battle a T.H. North player for possession of the ball on Wednesday. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

TERRE HAUTE -- A strong second half of the boy's soccer season concluded in disappointment for Northview in the second round of the Terre Haute North Sectional as the host Patriots defeated the Knights, 4-0.

Jacob Nobles controls the ball and takes it upfield against the Patriots. [Order this photo]
The score might not reflect the action on the field as Northview had a pair of first half tallies denied on offside calls and the Patriots found the net twice on a couple of unlucky breaks for the Knights.

Under two minutes into the game, a crossing pass into the box was deflected by North's keeper and the Knights put the ball in the net before the first offside call denied the game's first score.

"The two (goals) that were called back, I didn't have a good angle from the bench to see whether they were offside or not," Northview coach Dustin Jorgensen said. "On the field, the players were adamant that they weren't (offside). We had two called back that could have made it even. It's tough breaks."

Northview's Antoney Bryan (No. 23) looks to make a stop on defense in Wednesday's sectional contest against the Patriots. [Order this photo]
Northview wasn't fazed as it came right back two minutes later as a crossing shot into the goal penalty area was deflected as Zach Rodgers shot was saved as the Knights came out firing quickly.

North answered at the 30:49 mark as Jacob Parham broke free close to the net and fired a shot that trickled through Northview keeper, Chandler Reeves and barely had enough steam to get across the line for the first goal of the evening.

Four minutes later it was Kaden Sloan that found Lorenzo Cardinale, who sliced a shot past Reeves, who was screened on the play, and North had a 2-0 lead.

"The two that we allowed were silly mistakes that could have been easily avoided," Jorgensen said.

Reeves made some outstanding plays in net to keep the game at two goals before halftime as he deflected a direct kick with 19 minutes left before break and made another leaping save with 11 minutes left.

Northview had another scoring chance as David Joslyn's shot following a long forward pass went wide of the net.

Still very much in the game starting the second half, the Patriots changed the complexion of the sectional match with a quick strike just 26 seconds after intermission.

Parham scored off a long shot off an assist from Seward that made the Knights' uphill battle that much steeper.

"The quick third goal, I don't know why we came out flat. That was our whole purpose was to look alive and be ready to go," Jorgensen said.

Minutes later, Northview had a good opportunity as Sean Brockman fed Rogers for a crossing shot that sailed just a bit high of the net.

With 28 minutes remaining, Kaleb Baker soared into the penalty area looking to put a head on a long pass into the box. The ball squirted free, but North's keeper was able to get back to make the save.

The final score of the night came with 15:16 remaining as Jacob Wilson scored after a deflection from Sloan.

Despite the loss, Jorgensen was pleased with how his squad improved over the course of a 6-9-1 season, though he wasn't overly pleased with the lopsided discrepancy in calls against the Knights.

"We're definitely going to reflect on the improvements we've had this season. We're certainly not happy with this result. I don't often complain about officials, but I feel like I have to at this point for what happened tonight," Jorgensen noted. "If they make a difference or impact a game in a negative way, I feel like it has to be pointed out. This is the first time I've done it since I've been coaching. I'm frustrated because the guys played their hearts out. They did what we asked them to do and left it all out on the field and we could have had the result if it wasn't because of some calls."

The Patriots advance to face Vincennes, which knocked off Terre Haute South 8-1 in Wednesday's first contest. The championship match takes place at 10 a.m.

Terre Haute North Boy's Soccer Sectional

Patriots 4, Knights 0

First half

THN -- Jacob Parham, 30:49

THN -- Lorenzo Cardinale (Kaden Sloan), 26:37

Second half

THN -- Parham (Nolan Seward), 39:34

THN -- Jacob Wilson (Sloan), 15:16