- Kristen Votapek’s goal with 2:41 remaining in the second
overtime gave No. 25 Northern Kentucky University a 2-1 victory
over No. 13 Ashland in a battle of nationally ranked NCAA Division
II women’s soccer teams Tuesday afternoon.
started the winning sequence by playing the ball to Amy Law, who
sent a ground cross to Votapek in front of the goal. Votapek finished
by sending the ball past Ashland goalie Becky Kasper with just 2:41
left on the clock.
Law’s cross itself
might have found the back of the net, but the speedy Votapek knocked
it in with authority.
“It was really,
really slow,” NKU head coach Bob Sheehan said of the winning
score. “Kristen was there to knock it in.”
It was the
fourth goal of the season for Votapek, a senior and a graduate of
Amelia High School.
a 1-0 lead just 14 minutes into the game when Renee Kozma scored
from five yards out. The Eagles (5-2) held a 15-5 advantage in shots
during the first half and a 1-0 edge at the break.
“I thought Ashland
really had their way with us in the first half,” Sheehan said.
“We were lucky to be down just a goal in the first half.”
a 24-yard shot into the upper left corner of the net in the 75th
minute to tie the contest at 1-1. The two teams battled through
a scoreless first overtime period, setting the stage for Votapek’s
“If we don’t go to the Final Four, I want Northern
Kentucky to go,” Ashland head coach John Hall said. “I
think they feel the same way. I’ve said this before, it’s
so, so easy to win something once. It’s hard to keep doing
it. I think we’ve earned respect from Northern Kentucky, and
I’ve always respected Northern Kentucky.”
recorded six saves for NKU, which improved to 4-1. The Norse also
avenged a 1-0 loss to Ashland during last season’s NCAA Division
II Tournament and upped their lead in the all-time series with the
Eagles to 3-1-1.
“Ashland has a
tremendous program. We have a lot respect for them,” Sheehan
NKU also extended
its winning streak to four after suffering a season-opening loss
to Lincoln Memorial.
NKU will resume
GLVC play Friday with a 6 p.m. contest at Drury, which is in its
first year as a member of the GLVC. The Norse will also play at
Rockhurst (Mo.) at 1 p.m. Sunday in a GLVC game.
quotes courtesy of Al King, Ashland Sports Information)