GREENVILLE — Mark Van Slooten thought his Northview Wildcats played a bit sloppy.
The score on Monday agains the Greenville Yellow Jackets would suggest otherwise. Northview scored quickly and pressured the entire game in a 7-0 O-K Bronze victory at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
“We were a little sloppy tonight,” Van Slooten said. “I have a lot of kids coming off injuries, concussions and other things, so we are struggling to stay healthy. I thought, overall we played well.”
Northview’s Katelin Pell scored the first of her four goals just 1:28 into the match to set the tone.
In addition to injuries, Van Slooten said Greenville’s grass playing surface effected their play.
“We usually play on turf and I think the grass threw us off,” Van Slooten said. “The ball travels slower and our timing wasn’t what it usually is. Those sorts of things effected us.”
Kara Adams scored Northview’s second goal (19:16), while Pell’s second goal gave the Wildcats a 3-0 halftime lead.
Greenville keeper Sarah Brown faced a barrage of shots and pressure all night and finished with 16 saves.
“Sarah made some pretty nice saves tonight,” Hamman said. “I think the experience is helping her now with some games under her belt, since this is a new spot for her. She is playing better, starting to recognize some situations and what to do.”
Pell scored the first two Wildcats’ goals of the second half for a 5-0 lead.
Despite the score, the Yellow Jackets were faring better against Northview than in their first meeting — a 8-0 mercy.
“I think our defense was a little better than the last meeting,” Greenville coach Chris Hammen said. “I think too, Sarah (Brown) continues to improve and is making better and more saves.”
Shelby Spence scored the final two Northview goals. One off a header (14:20) and the other on a breakaway a little more than a minute later.
“I got some different people to score today who don’t typically score,” Van Slooten said. “That was nice to get more people involved in the attack.”
Greenville struggled to possess the ball on Monday. It’s something Hamman said they have to be better at.
“Offensively, we have to control the ball better,” Hamman said. “They controlled the ball so much we just couldn’t get anything going.”
Northview upped its record to 7-2-3 overall and 5-1-1 in the league. Greenville fell to 3-6-1 overall.
Greenville hosts Cedar Springs on Wednesday.