Sept. 3, 2004

NORSE MEN USE DEFENSE TO DOWN ASHLAND

Berberich’s goal gives NKU 1-0 victory in John Toebben Classic

WILDER, Ky. - Three games into the 2004 season, the Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team still has not surrendered a goal.

The result is a 2-0-1 start for the Norse after their 1-0 win over Ashland University in the John Toebben Classic presented by Provident Bank on Friday night. Solid defense by NKU prevented the Eagles from scoring, and a timely goal by freshman Chris Berberich gave the Norse the victory.

Randy Walters found Berberich in front of the net with a cross eight minutes into the second half, and the 6-foot-3 freshman beat Ashland goalie Charles Curren for his first collegiate goal. It marked the second straight game that Walters assisted the winning score to a freshman.

Last Sunday, Walters combined with Jason Larkin on the winning goal in a 1-0 overtime victory against the University of Findlay. Walters now has two assists this season, and both have resulted in winning goals.

NKU goalie Nate Madden notched his third straight shutout and recorded one save. The Norse will meet Christian Brothers (Tenn.) University at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the final game of the John Toebben Classic.

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Chris Berberich