Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team has
earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament, and the Norse
will meet Wisconsin-Parkside at 5 p.m. (EST) Thursday in the opening
round of the Great Lakes Regional at Edwardsville, Ill.
NKU, which is
making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament,
owns a 14-2-3 record. The Norse are the No. 2 seed, while Wisconsin-Parkside
(13-3-4) is the No. 3 seed.
at Edwardsville (14-3-3) is the top seed and host for the Great
Lakes Regional. The Cougars meet fourth-seeded Mercyhurst (Pa.)
in other first-round contest Thursday night.
NKU met Wisconsin-Parkside
and played to a scoreless tie in the Great Lakes Valley Conference
Tournament last week, but the Rangers advanced on penalty kicks,
game is set for 8 p.m. (EST) Saturday.
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.
goalie Andy Ortman has posted 11 shutouts. NKU freshman Braden Bishop
leads the team with nine goals. Bishop was also named GLVC Freshman
of the Year.