Northview girls pitch WIC shutout in key match with Tiger Cubs
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
The Northview girls’ soccer team put themselves in good position within the Western Indiana Conference Western Division race Thursday night with a 4-0 win over visiting Greencastle. The Class 2A 15th-ranked Greencastle boys remained unbeaten this season with a 4-0 victory over the Knights in the nightcap.
The Northview girls knew what was at stake coming into a key two-week stretch that includes the match against division rivals Greencastle and Sullivan next week. The Knights put early pressure on the Tiger Cubs as freshman Kassidy Kellett hammered a shot off the goal post a minute into the match. Moments later, Kellett’s cross to Skylar Reitsma led to a shot that went just wide of the net. A quick Greencastle counter by Kennedy Trigg led to a saved shot by Knights’ keeper Sydney Brock.
Kassidy Kellett would not be denied on her second shot of the contest however as Reitsma fed a cross to the frosh, who jammed the shot home six minutes into the match.
Leading 1-0, the Knights kept up the pressure as Maggie Lackey’s crossing pass was tipped wide by a charging Grace Nicosin. Just a minute later the lead grew to 2-0 as Kassidy Kellett fired a shot from the side of the net that the Tiger Cub keeper got a hand on. However, Kellett’s shot had just enough juice to keep on going off the keeper’s hands and into the net for the score.
With the benefit of having the wind at their backs, the Knights kept up the pressure during the first half against the Tiger Cubs.
Greencastle had its chances however.
Thirteen minutes into the half, Trigg stole a ball in the Knights’ defensive backfield and got a shot off that was snagged by Brock in net. Junior Erin Thomas had a point blank shot saved with six minutes left before intermission.
Northview took a 2-0 lead into break as they got seven shots from Kassidy Kellett, three from Sarah Bryan and Nicosin. Brock posted three saves in net as Karlee Kellett and Kamryn Zadeii each had two steals.
Starting the second half, Greencastle had the benefit of the wind and put the pressure on early.
Thomas fired a long shot high over the bar just a minute into the second period. Minutes later she ripped another shot, this time wide of the net.
Kassidy Kellett countered by knocking one off the cross bar 11 minutes into the second half. Bryan added another shot on goal at the midway point of the half.
Northview settled into its pace of play for the final 20 minutes and capitalized with 17:55 remaining as Kassidy Kellett finalized her hat trick with a one-on-one move on the Tiger Cub keeper for a score.
Reitsma finished off the victory with a score with 36 seconds remaining with an assist by Maggie Lackey.
In the boys’ game, Greencastle came out firing in the early stages of the match and got a score just over two minutes in as Jakob Foster found the net.
The Tiger Cubs kept the intensity up as Sal Martoglio ripped a shot off the cross bar after a long run by Evan Crowe. Minutes later, Foss passed to Simon Foss for a shot that trickled wide of the goal.
Northview keeper Dylan Boor was kept busy and he made a nice diving save 20 minutes into the half to tip a shot wide of the mark.
Greencastle solidified control of the match with a score by Hector Lezama with 2:16 before halftime. A third goal found the net as a Greencastle shot was tipped wide on a sliding save attempt by a Northview defender.
The Tiger Cubs added a fourth goal after intermission to improve to 5-0-1 this season.
The Northview girls improve to 4-1 overall with the boys now at 3-3 heading into Wednesday’s match at Sullivan. The boys’ game is first at 5 p.m. followed by the girls’ contest.