---This own goal by a
Quincy defender gave the Norse the edge in a 2-1 contest at Town & Country
Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky.
Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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WILDER, Ky. – The top-ranked Northern Kentucky University
men’s soccer team faced a difficult challenge on Friday,
but the Norse managed to hang on for a thrilling 2-1 decision over
Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Quincy.
It was an own goal charged
against the Hawks (5-1, 1-1 GLVC) with just under four minutes
remaining in the second half that made the difference for NKU (6-0,
2-0 GLVC), which extended its regular-season winning streak to
Steven Beattie scored his conference-best eighth goal
of the season to open things up in the 15th minute, taking a through-ball
pass from Mike Jonca and depositing it in the back of the net for
the early advantage.
Things heated up in the second half, with both
teams trying to find the edge. The flared tempers resulted in five
yellow cards during the stanza, with four of those going against
NKU. The total foul count jumped from 11 in the first half to 23
in the second.
found the equalizer in the 82nd minute for Quincy, using a direct
free kick from 28 yards out to
notch his third marker of the season and tie the game at 1-all.
For NKU goalkeeper Michael Lavric, it was just the fourth career
he has allowed to GLVC opponents dating back to Sept. 7, 2007.
Lavric made a career-high five saves in the win, while QU
keeper Kyle Dillman stopped three shots on the other side.
to continue its good fortune on Sunday when the Norse face Missouri
S&T at the Town & Country Sports Complex. Kickoff
is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.