Braden Bishop (top) beats the Wisconsin-Parkside defense for
a goal in the second half of the Norse’s 3-0 win Sunday.
Bishop is shown finishing off a header after a corner kick
by Steven Beattie. Ranger goalie Victory Perez (0) and defender
Kyle Stephenson (17) are also pictured.
- Perfection still describes the men’s soccer team at Northern
Kentucky University after the Norse’s 3-0 win over Wisconsin-Parkside
in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament
NKU - ranked
No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll - totally dominated
both sides of the field, finished with a 29-3 edge in shot attempts
and improved to 19-0 with the victory. The Norse advanced to the
GLVC Tournament semifinals, which will be played at the Town &
Country Sports Complex Nov. 2 and 4.
NKU plays No.
5 seed Rockhurst at 7:30 p.m. Friday in one semifinal contest. No.
3 seed Lewis meets No. 7 seed Indianapolis in the first semifinal
at 5 p.m. The GLVC Tournament championship game is scheduled for
Sunday at 1 p.m.
In the first-round
contest against Wisconsin-Parkside, NKU struck in the 29th minute
when Steven Beattie found the back of the net with his eighth goal
of the season off an assist from Andy Bacon. Beattie later assisted
Braden Bishop’s 14th goal of the season with a perfectly placed
corner kick that Bishop headed in past Ranger goal Victor Perez
for a 2-0 NKU advantage.
capped the scoring for the top-rated Norse in the 76th minute off
assists from Bishop and Chad Cook. The NKU defense allowed just
one shot on goal for Wisconsin-Parkside, and the Norse eliminated
the Rangers (11-7-1) from postseason play for the third consecutive
Two years ago,
NKU knocked off Wisconsin-Parkside in the first round of the GLVC
Tournament. Last season, the Norse posted a 4-0 win over the Rangers
in the NCAA Tournament.
is 0-5-1 against NKU in their past six meetings. The tie came last
season in the GLVC Tournament, when the Rangers advanced on penalty