Bishop challenges the Drury defense
- A second-half scoring outburst lifted Northern Kentucky University
past Drury, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon in a crucial Great Lakes Valley
Conference men's soccer game.
Seth Eckerlin and Chris Thompson each tallied goals in the second
half to lift NKU. The 16th-ranked Norse improved to 10-2-2 overall,
7-2-2 in the GLVC.
to 8-4-4 overall, 5-4-2 in the GLVC.
the scoring at the 48:59 mark by knocking in a rebound shot. Tony
Ray started the play by firing a shot that Drury goalie Michael
Lassen stopped, but Bishop chased down the loose ball and scored
his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
it 2-0 at the 68:03 mark by finding the back of the net in the right
post. Thompson - who was named GLVC Player of the Week on Monday
- capped the scoring in the 86th minute with his fifth goal of the
season by sending a rebound shot past Lassen.
NKU goalie Andy
Ortman notched his seventh shutout of the season and had three saves.
The Norse, who finished with a 20-10 advantage in shots, are 6-0-1
in their past seven games.
The win against
Drury kept NKU in the hunt for both a first-round home game and
the No. 1 seed in the upcoming GLVC Tournament. The Norse, looking
for their first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament, are
currently in third place in the GLVC standings.
NKU can clinch
a first-round home game in the GLVC Tournament by winning its final
two league contests. The GLVC Tournament begins Oct. 22, and the
top four teams in the league standings will host first-round games.
and championship game will be played at the site of the highest
remaining seed Oct. 27 and Oct. 29.
NKU will hit
the road next weekend for GLVC games at Southern Indiana (Friday
at 6 p.m.) and Kentucky Wesleyan (Sunday at 1 p.m.). The Norse return
home Oct. 18 to meet Findlay at the Town & Country Sports Complex.