Sept. 2, 2003


Norse to play defending NCAA national champion this Friday

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team will meet defending NCAA Division II national champion Christian Brothers University at 5 p.m. this Friday at Memphis, Tenn.

NKU, ranked No. 3 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, is 2-0 after defeating both Saginaw Valley State University and the University of Findlay last weekend. The Norse also extended their regular-season unbeaten streak to 20 with the two victories.

NKU has not lost a regular-season game since Oct. 28, 2001, when Mercyhurst (Pa.) College posted a 1-0 victory against the Norse.

Christian Brothers - which will open the season Tuesday night against Southwest Baptist - is ranked No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. NKU posted a 1-0 victory over Christian Brothers last season, and it was the only loss for the Buccaneers in 2002.

NKU enters the match Friday having allowed just three shots in two shutout wins this season. Freshman Sam Riley leads the Norse with two goals, and senior Kendra Zinser has a goal and an assist.

Sophomore Katie Hanck leads NKU with two assists, and sophomore Michelle Kelly has scored a goal and added an assist.

The NKU defense is led by senior back Becky Schnieders, junior sweeper Robyn Withers and sophomore back Ashley McGuffey. Sophomore goalie Sam Westerling has a 0.00 goals against average entering Friday’s contest against Christian Brothers.

NKU will also meet Tusculum (Tenn.) College at noon Sunday in Memphis. Tusculum is 1-0 after opening the 2003 season with a 6-0 win over King College last Saturday.

Sam Riley