- Nearly two months ago, the Northern Kentucky University men's
soccer team opened its Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule by
dropping a 1-0 decision in overtime against Indianapolis at the
Town & Country Sports Complex.
Those two teams
met again Sunday in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament, but
the outcome was entirely different this time.
scored a goal and assisted two others as NKU rolled to a 3-0 win
over Indianapolis. The second-seeded Norse (14-2-2) advanced to
the GLVC Tournament semifinals at Edwardsville, Ill., where they
will meet No. 3 seed Wisconsin-Parkside (13-2-3) at 5 p.m. Friday.
started the scoring for NKU in the 13th minute by knocking in a
rebound of his own shot after a Thompson corner kick. It was Eckerlin's
third goal of the season.
tallied his team-leading ninth goal of the season at the 50:39 mark
by placing a shot past Indianapolis goalie Matt Spaulding. Bishop's
goal was assisted by Eckerlin and Thompson.
the scoring at the 61:50 mark with his seventh goal of the season.
The junior forward took a crossing pass and finished with a shot
from 15 yards. Dan Impellizzeri and Eric Ashworth assisted the goal.
NKU goalie Andy
Ortman collected his 10th shutout of the season. The Norse, ranked
15th nationally in the latest Division II poll, finished with a
17-7 edge in shot attempts.
NKU's 14 wins
are the most since the 1996 season, when the Norse finished 14-5-1.
The most victories in NKU history is 16, set in 1995.
contest against Wisconsin-Parkside is a rematch of last season's
GLVC Tournament first round, when the sixth-seeded Norse upset the
third-seeded Rangers, 2-1. Earlier this season, NKU knocked off
Wisconsin-Parkside again, 1-0, at Kenosha, Wis.
was forced to rally from a 2-0 deficit Sunday to defeat Missouri-Rolla,
at Edwardsville, the No. 1 seed, will meet Lewis in the other semifinal
Friday. The championship contest is scheduled for Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.