---Alex Allison (17) and
Mike Jonca (10) celebrate the game-winning goal at Wright State.
Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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DAYTON, Ohio – The Northern Kentucky University men’s
soccer team wrapped up its preseason with a 1-0 victory over Wright
State University on Friday night.
NKU goalkeeper Michael
Lavric was tested early on, as WSU’s
Braden Fleak used his speed to get ahead of the Norse defense and
uncorked a shot that sailed just inches over the crossbar in the
eighth minute. Fleak got a second chance in the 14th minute on
a well-placed low header, but Lavric was up to the task once again.
the Norse settled into their game, junior transfer Mike Jonca
took the opportunity to shine, taking a quick run and shot from
the top of the 18-yard-box that was deflected just wide. Jonca
would get a second chance off a Dustin Downey corner kick, but
Zach Thompson sacrificed the body for the Raiders to keep the
out of the net.
Jonca would finally get his due in the 29th minute
after Alex Allison settled a ball in the defensive end and sent
a pass up
side to junior All-American Braden Bishop, who found Jonca
ahead near the box. The London, Ontario, product made a move laterally
to evade one defender before executing a laser strike to the
top right corner for the eventual game winner.
Things got dicey
for the Norse late in the first half when Lavric took a hard
contact while attempting to take away a
from the Raiders. The sophomore toughed out the rest of the
gave way to senior Keith Kelly in the second stanza.
gave way to chippy play on both sides in the second half, as
the Raiders were booked three times to one
card against the Norse. Wright State had a solid offensive
the 78th minute, forcing four corner kicks and getting
four quality shots, but the NKU defense held strong for the 1-0
Lavric made two saves and Kelly three in the combined
The Norse now stand ready to take the field in regular-season
play beginning next Friday, when they travel to Buckhannon,
to take on West Virginia Wesleyan before opening the
home half of the schedule the following Sunday against Charleston