Ill. - Going into Sunday's game with No. 11 Southern Illinois at
Edwardsville, only a handful of people gave Northern Kentucky University
a chance at springing an upset.
After all, SIUE
owned a 36-game unbeaten streak against Great Lakes Valley Conference
opponents. The Cougars also were 9-1 all-time against NKU in men's
soccer, and the Norse had not beaten SIUE since 1998.
The NKU players
and coaches obviously paid little attention to past history and
statistics. The Norse played the 11th-ranked Cougars even the entire
game and settled for a 1-1 tie after two overtimes at Korte Stadium
netted the game's first goal off an assist from Tony Ray early in
the second half to give NKU a 1-0 lead. It was the fourth goal of
the season for Bishop, a freshman from Centerville, Ohio.
Ray, a sophomore
from Louisville, Ky., now has four assists this season.
with 29 minutes remaining in regulation when Kevin Bielicki found
the back of the net to tie the contest at 1-all.
Ortman played 110 minutes and recorded four saves for the Norse,
now 4-1-1 overall, 2-1-1 in the GLVC. SIUE is 2-1-3 overall, 2-0-1
in the GLVC.
A year ago,
SIUE used a penalty kick to defeat NKU, 1-0, at Wilder, Ky.
NKU will return
to action Friday with a 5 p.m. GLVC game against Missouri-Rolla
at the Town & Country Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky. The Norse
also will play host to Missouri-St. Louis at noon next Sunday.