---Tony Ray closed out
the penalty-kick shootout, converting in the fifth round to give the Norse
a 4-3 win to advance to the national quarterfinals.
Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
Mo. – It
is a rare occasion that a draw is something special, especially
in the sport of soccer.
But the Northern
Kentucky University men accomplished a feat last seen 20 years
ago following a scoreless tie against Lewis in the
NCAA Division II Midwest Region championship, winning the penalty-kick
shootout, 4-3, to advance to a third straight national quarterfinal.
Norse (16-2-3) last won in a shootout on Nov. 2, 1988, when the
Norse bested Kentucky Wesleyan, 4-3, to advance to the Great
Lakes Valley Conference semifinals. All-time, NKU is 3-1 when advancing
via the shootout, their only loss coming in their last round of
kicks, taken on Oct. 27, 2006, in the GLVC Tournament semifinals,
when Wisconsin-Parkside outshot the Norse, 6-5, to make the league
regulation time was dominated by the Norse, who outshot the Flyers
18-10 margin in the game, including
a 13-6 edge
during the contest’s first 90 minutes. Both goalkeepers were
stellar, with Lewis’s Anthony Szymel making nine saves, while
NKU’s Michael Lavric stopped five shots on the other end.
Norse had their chances in the second overtime as well, with
Dustin Downey and Steven Beattie each directing shots toward the
Lewis net. Anthony Meyer took a shot with 61 seconds left in
game, but sent his drive high and forced penalty kicks.
the first round of the shootout went according to plan, the Norse
got a scare when Mike Jonca failed to convert in the
round. Nestor Hernandez followed him immediately with a miss
of his own, when Beattie tied the score at 2-all.
came up next for the Flyers, but was unable to put the ball in
the net, giving the Norse an opening. Dustin
proceeded to make his kick to put the Norse ahead, and Tony
Ray followed up in the final round to seal the win.
its third consecutive regional championship and advance to the
NCAA Division II national quarterfinals, where
will travel to take on Millersville (Pa.), the champions
of the Atlantic Region. Millersville posted a 1-0 victory
Rock on Sunday to win that regional title.