---Eric Ashworth (14)
scored his fourth goal of the year, and fifth of his career, off a header
in the 40th minute. The score helped spur the Norse on to a 3-2 victory over
Ashland on Friday night.
Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
Mo. – Many
athletes listen to music during their pregame warmups as a way
to prepare for a game.
night’s performance was any indication, the Northern
Kentucky University men’s soccer team was enjoying The Who’s “Won’t
Get Fooled Again,” as the Norse defeated Ashland, 3-2, to
advance to the NCAA Division II Midwest Region final.
season’s 8-2 victory by the Norse over the Eagles,
Ashland responded with a 1-1 draw on Oct. 14.
The Norse (16-2-2)
didn’t take long, as they forced two corner
kick opportunities in the first four minutes. While the first didn’t
bear any fruit, the second did, as Braden Bishop stole away goalkeeper
Ryan Cruise’s clearance attempt and buried a shot from 15
yards out for his seventh goal of the season.
second goal of the match came in the 40th minute on a familiar
as Anthony Meyer took a deep throw-in for
the Norse and put it right on target for Eric Ashworth to knock
home his fourth goal of the season on a header.
Not content to be
left out of the scoring, Midwest Region Player of the Year Steven
Beattie got in the mix just three minutes later,
scoring on a header of his own for his team-leading 21st goal of
the season. The tally gave the Norse a 3-0 halftime lead, but little
did they know it was the final shot they would take in the match.
(15-4-2) came back on the attack in the 54th minute when Tom Mangotic
scored his seventh of the year. The Eagles cut the
advantage to one on Ross Ashley’s ninth marker this season
in the 72nd minute.
Ashland had another flurry of scoring opportunities
during a five-minute spurt, but managed just one shot on goal in
the span, which NKU
goalkeeper Michael Lavric turned away for his fourth save of the
to stop a shot for Ashland, ending Ashland’s
season having gone winless in its final three games (0-2-1).
now advances to its third consecutive regional final on Sunday,
where the Norse will take on the winner between the second semifinal
of the day, featuring tournament host Rockhurst taking on Lewis.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Eastern time).