Ill. - Nothing was going to deny Northern Kentucky University its
first-ever NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region men's soccer championship
Saturday night. Not the overtime. Not the history.
Not even two-time
defending champion Southern Illinois at Edwardsville and its home-field
advantage at Korte Stadium.
tapped in a rebound shot 2:42 into overtime to give NKU a 3-2 victory
over top-seeded SIUE in the Great Lakes Region title game. The 14th-ranked
Norse (16-2-3) will meet Appalachian Region champion Lincoln Memorial
(14-1-3) in the national quarterfinals next weekend.
The winner of
that contest will advance to the NCAA Division II Final Four, which
will be held Nov. 16-18 at Pensacola, Fla. Lincoln Memorial is ranked
16th nationally in the Division poll.
was the offensive star for NKU on Saturday night. The junior midfielder
from Moeller High School netted a pair of goals in regulation. His
first goal gave NKU a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, but SIUE's John
Matthews countered with a score four minutes later to tie the game
the back of the net in the 35th minute to give NKU a 2-1 lead. The
Norse held that advantage until the 69th minute, when Victor Pacheco
tallied a goal to tie the contest at 2-all.
scored the remainder of regulation, and Bishop made the overtime
short with his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Bishop - the
Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year - knocked in
a rebound shot into an open net, and NKU celebrated its first-ever
NKU tied a school
record with its 16th win of the season. SIUE, ranked No. 6 nationally
in the Division II poll, finished with a 15-4-3 record.
It marked the
first time since 1998 that NKU defeated SIUE in men's soccer.
Lakes Region All-Tournament Team
Seth Eckerlin, Northern Kentucky
Dan Impellizerri, Northern Kentucky
Tony Capurro, Northern Kentucky
Eric Ashworth, Northern Kentucky
Andy Bacon, Northern Kentucky
Kevin Thibodeau, SIU Edwardsville
Zach Bauer, SIU Edwardsville
Mike Zaegel, SIU Edwardsville
John Matthews, SIU Edwardsville
Andy Tait, Mercyhurst
Bill Haga, UW-Parkside