Bishop after scoring one his 11 goals
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University is one win away from advancing
to the NCAA Division II Final Four in men’s soccer, and the
Norse will attempt to earn their first-ever trip to that event at
1 p.m. Sunday when Lincoln Memorial visits the Town & Country
Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky.
NKU enters Sunday’s
national quarterfinals with a 16-2-3 record and is ranked 14th nationally.
Lincoln Memorial is 14-1-3 and is ranked 16th nationally. Ticket
prices for Sunday are $8 for general admission, and $5 for senior
citizens and students.
The winner of
Sunday’s contest advances to the NCAA Division II Final Four,
which will be held Nov. 16-18 at Pensacola, Fla. The NKU/Lincoln
Memorial survivor plays either Fort Lewis or Seattle in the NCAA
Division II Final Four on Nov. 16. The national championship game
is slated Nov. 18.
ROLL: NKU has a 14-game unbeaten streak going into Sunday
and is 12-0-2 during that stretch. The Norse have not lost since
Sept. 15, when Missouri-Rolla posted a 2-1 win over NKU at Wilder.
MACHINE: NKU freshman Braden Bishop leads NKU with 11 goals.
Bishop scored the winning goal in overtime during the regional championship
game against top-seeded Southern Illinois at Edwardsville last Saturday
Bishop, a graduate
of Centerville High School, earned Great Lakes Valley Conference
Freshman of the Year honors this fall.
RULES: NKU has allowed just 11 goals the entire season.
Norse junior goalie Andy Ortman has recorded 12 shutouts and owns
a 0.47 goals against average. NKU has outscored opponents 42-11
FOR THE RECORD: NKU tied the school record for wins during
a season with its 16th triumph last Saturday. The 1995 team also
won 16 games but did not advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
NKU was 16-4-2 in 1995 and won the GLVC Tournament title.
LAST TIME NKU MET LINCOLN MEMORIAL: On Aug. 27, 2005, Frederico
Moojen scored three goals - including the winning tally 2:54 into
the second overtime - as Lincoln Memorial rallied to stun NKU, 3-2,
at the Town & Country Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky.
Barros sent a corner kick into the box, where Moojen met the ball
in the air and sent a header past NKU goalie Jeremy Curington for
the winner at the 102:54 mark. The Railsplitters - who trailed 2-0
with 12 minutes remaining in regulation - ruined NKU’s season
opener in the John Toebben Classic that evening.
NKU took a 1-0
lead at the 32:36 mark when D.J. Ertel took a cross from Tony Ray
and scored his first collegiate goal. The Norse increased their
advantage to 2-0 in the 69th minute on freshman Jim Delaney’s
first career goal.
chipped in an unassisted goal at the 78:52 mark to bring Lincoln
Memorial within 2-1. He later tied the contest at 2-2 with a penalty
kick in the 83rd minute after a foul in the penalty box.