Oct. 8, 2002


Top-ranked NKU (11-0-1) plays road match Friday

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team, ranked No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll for the fourth consecutive week, will hit the road and play a non-conference match at Hillsdale (Mich.) College at 3 p.m. Friday.

The Norse, 11-0-1 overall, will return home Sunday to face Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Saint Joseph’s College at 2:30 p.m. at the Town & Country Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky. NKU is 5-0-1 in the GLVC and is in sole possession of first place.

Hillsdale is 2-7-1 overall. A year ago, NKU posted a 7-1 win over the Chargers in a match played at the Town & Country Sports Complex.

Saint Joseph’s is 5-6-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the GLVC. The Norse defeated the Pumas by a 3-0 count a year ago at Rensselaer, Ind.

Kristen Noakes and Kendra Zinser scored goals Sunday as NKU defeated the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2-0, at the Town & Country Sports Complex. Amy Martini and Bessie Black recorded assists for the Norse, who gave head coach Bob Sheehan his 99th career victory at NKU. Sheehan is 99-21-6 in six years with the Norse.

The NKU defense picked up its sixth shutout of the season and limited the Rangers to just six shots. NKU goalies Megan Zalla, Sam Westerling and Jennie Ulrey combined for the shutout and three saves.

Zalla owns a 0.63 goals against average this season.

Stephanie Sandfoss continues to lead NKU in scoring with seven goals and six assists. Aisling Callaghan is No. 2 on the team with seven goals and three assists, and Noakes is No. 3 with eight goals.

NKU is now 34-0-3 in its last 37 matches against GLVC teams. The Norse have not lost to a GLVC opponent since Oct. 9, 1999, when Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville posted a 3-1 win over NKU.



Megan Zalla