Conner Hartzburg put in a penalty-kick goal in the 32nd minute, and North Knox's defense made it hold up as the Warriors downed Rivet, 2-1, for their first boys soccer win of the season in a Blue Chip Conference match Tuesday at St. Vincent's Field.
Gabe Robarge had the other goal for North Knox (1-8-1, 1-2-1 Blue Chip), and keeper Gage French made nine saves. Curtis Shake had the goal for the Patriots (1-6, 0-3), while keeper Falk Von Maltzahan had seven saves.
The margin was 2-1 at halftime, and each team had chances to add to their score. The biggest flurry came between the 50th and 54th minutes when the teams traded opportunities.
Shake put a shot on goal for Rivet in the 50th minute. On North Knox's ensuing possession, a bouncing throw-in found the head of Hartzburg. His header was off the post, and his follow-up shot didn't have enough power behind it.
A minute later, Hartzburg sent in a strong cross from the right side that just missed the foot of a charging R.J. Kaetzel in front of the goal. In the 54th, Fisher Lemon's cross went over French's head, but French recovered before Mitchell Earley could get off a shot.
Kaetzel also had a one-on-one with Von Maltzahan turned back in the 67th minute before Rivet had its two best chances to pull even. A long free kick from Shake set up a run for Ryan Nguyen but French slid in to boot it away with 3:16 showing. Lemon made a through pass to set up a good look for Tommy Herman, but French again made the stop.
Robarge opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Hartzburg had his shot turned back by Von Maltzahan, and Kaetzel's rebound shot was blocked by a defender, but Robarge was there to clean it up for the 1-0 lead.
Shake tied it 10 minutes later when French punched away a cross, but the North Knox defense failed to get a clearance, and Shake drilled one from outside the box that deflected off a Warriors' defender and into the goal.
Rivet hosts Washington Catholic at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and North Knox entertains Evansville Christian at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.