Ill. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team
made a loud statement during Thursday's opening round of the NCAA
Division II Tournament.
NKU, in its
first-ever NCAA Tournament game, scored two goals early in the first
half and rolled past Wisconsin-Parkside, 4-0, at Korte Stadium.
The 14th-ranked Norse improved to 15-2-3 and will play top-seeded
Southern Illinois at Edwardsville for the Great Lakes Region championship
at 8 p.m. Saturday.
began the scoring onslaught for NKU at the 4:40 by finding the back
of the net off assists from Tony Ray and Chris Thompson. At the
22:35 mark, Braden Bishop extended NKU's advantage to 2-0 with an
it 3-0 in the 55th minute with a goal that was assisted by Alex
Allison. Jason Larkin capped the scoring in the 88th minute with
a goal off an assist from Dan Impellizzeri.
A week ago,
NKU met Wisconsin-Parkside and played to a scoreless tie in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, but the Rangers advanced
on penalty kicks, 6-5. Wisconsin-Parkside - which is now 0-3-1 against
NKU in the past four meetings - finished with a 13-4-4 record.
NKU's 15 victories
are the most since the 1995 season, when the Norse won a school-record