Sept. 26, 2000

NKU TO HOST BELLARMINE ON FRIDAY

No. 5 Norse look to extend winning streak to nine

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team, now 9-1 overall, 4-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, will play host to Bellarmine University at 8 p.m. Friday night at the Town & Country Sports Complex in Wilder.

NKU is ranked No. 5 nationally in the latest Division II poll. The Norse are also ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II Central Region ratings. The top seed in the regional ratings will host the first round of the NCAA Division II Central Region in November.

Minnesota State - a team which NKU has already beaten by a 7-1 score earlier this season on a neutral field - is ranked No. 2 in the Central Region. The Norse are tied with Southern Illinois at Edwardsville (4-0) for first place in the GLVC standings. Southern Indiana is also unbeaten at 3-0 in the GLVC, but the Lady Eagles’ scheduled match at Wisconsin-Parkside last Friday was postponed due to inclement weather.

NKU defeated the University of Indianapolis, 1-0 in overtime, on Sunday to extend its winning streak to eight. Jeanna Martin’s goal eight minutes into overtime gave the Norse the victory.

Martin’s goal - a rebound shot that beat UI goalie Linn Rolstad - came in the 98th minute of play. Tricia Ruark and Amanda Trout both assisted on the winning shot by Martin, who now has three goals this season. Goalie Lauren Piening recorded the shutout for NKU and had three saves. Piening ranks No. 3 in the GLVC in goals against average with 0.85.

Junior forward Betsy Moore has seven goals and three assists for 17 points, and she is tied with junior midfielder Tricia Ruark (four goals and nine assists for 17 points) for team leadership in scoring. Both players rank No. 2 in the GLVC in total points.

Sophomore midfielder Bessie Black has scored six goals and has three assists for 15 points. Sophomore forward Kristen Noakes has scored four goals.

As a team, NKU ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in scoring with an average of 3.7 goals per match.

Bellarmine currently owns a 4-4-2 record, including 0-4 in the GLVC. NKU leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 2-1. The Norse defeated Bellarmine, 3-0, last season in Louisville, Ky.