Ill. - For the second time in 48 hours, Northern Kentucky University
found a way to win on the road against a nationally ranked team.
On Friday, it
was No. 24 Wisconsin-Parkside, a 1-0 loser to the Norse. On Sunday,
NKU's victim was No. 15 Lewis, which dropped a 2-1 overtime decision
to the visitors when Chris Thompson netted his second goal of the
afternoon with a shot at the 93:30 mark.
from those two games figure to vault NKU into the NCAA Division
II national rankings. The two victories also have put NKU in contention
to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season championship
and earn the No. 1 seed in the upcoming GLVC Tournament.
NKU, which has
won five straight games, improved to 9-2-1 overall. The Norse also
upped their GLVC record to 6-2-1 and sit just a half game behind
league-leading Wisconsin-Parkside (7-2-1 GLVC).
NKU owns the
head-to-head tiebreaker with Wisconsin-Parkside due to its victory
junior and a graduate of Elder High School in Cincinnati, gave NKU
an early 1-0 advantage with a goal off an assist from Chad Cook.
Lewis responded when Anthony Marsico netted a goal at the 33:53
mark, and the two teams battled through a scoreless second half.
tied until 3:30 into overtime, when Thompson knocked in the winner
with his fourth goal of the season. NKU has now beaten Lewis three
consecutive times, and the loss Sunday denied Flyers head coach
Evan Fiffles his 200th career victory.
to 9-3 overall, 7-3 in the GLVC.
NKU will return
home Friday to meet Rockhurst at 5 p.m. at the Town & Country
Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky.