Sept. 7, 2003

TUSCULUM STUNS NKU IN OVERTIME

No. 3 Norse fall, 2-1, in overtime

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Elaine Knudsen’s goal two minutes into overtime Sunday gave Tusculum (Tenn.) College a 2-1 upset victory over No. 3 Northern Kentucky University in women’s soccer.

Knudsen took a pass from Elaine Green, who played the ball into the box, and buried a shot past NKU goalie Sam Westerling into the net from the left side. Tusculum improved to 3-0 with the victory and ended NKU’s regular-season unbeaten streak at 21.

NKU had not lost a regular-season game since Oct. 28, 2001, when Mercyhurst (Pa.) College posted a 1-0 victory against the Norse. NKU, ranked No. 3 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, had played No. 1 Christian Brothers University to a 1-1 tie Friday night.

NKU (2-1-1) took a 1-0 lead just before halftime when freshman Lindsey Thieken finished off a cross from Laurel Chalk for her first career goal. Tusculum, however, tied the game 12 minutes into the second half when Rachel Barron scored an unassisted goal.

NKU attempted 17 shots and finished with 13 corner kicks. Tusculum totaled 11 shots, but the Pioneers were limited to just one corner kick the entire game.

A year ago, NKU posted a 2-1 win over Tusculum at the Town & Country Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky. The all-time series is now tied at 1-1.

NKU will return to action Friday with a 5:30 p.m. contest against Gannon (Pa.) University at the Town & Country Sports Complex. The Norse will also meet Mercyhurst at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Lindsey Thieken