The Northern Kentucky men’s soccer team fell to Wright State on Saturday evening by a score of 1-0. With the loss, NKU drops to 6-4-4 overall and 2-3-2 in League play. The Raiders move to 9-5-1 and 5-2-0 in the Horizon League.
“Ironically, I thought it was one of our best performances of the season against a team that is leading the Horizon League right now,” said NKU head coach Stu Riddle. “We missed a penalty kick and gave away a soft goal which ultimately cost us the match, but we’re still alive and confident ahead of our match with Detroit Mercy next week.”
Barkei made three saves in the contest, and his record is now 6-4-4.
The Norse also had one team save in the match.
NKU had a great chance to score early in the match. A foul in the box led to a penalty kick, but WSU’s Alex Williams made the save on the attempt.
Barkei made his first save of the contest on a shot by A.J. Paterson in the eighth minute.
TJ Harris tried to put the Norse ahead in the 22nd minute, but his shot attempt was saved by Williams.
WSU scored the lone goal of the match in the 39th minute. Stefan Rokvic scored his seventh goal of the season on an assist by Sam Deroy to give the Raiders the lead.
Tom Suchecki took a shot on goal for the Norse in the 55th minute. However, Williams was once again able to make a save.
Barkei was forced into action in the 72nd minute on a shot by Alec Philippe.
Barkei made another save in the 77th minute on a shot by Luke Treadway.
NKU’s final scoring chance came with just under 40 seconds left in the match. Brett Wilson fired a shot on goal, but Williams made the save to prevent a late equalizer.
Rokvic had one final opportunity to score, but the Norse defense earned a team save with just seconds remaining in the match.
The Norse and Raiders were fairly even from a statistical perspective.
WSU had 10 shots, compared to eight for the Norse.
The Raiders recorded five shots on goal, while NKU had four.
Each team had 14 fouls in the match.
· The Norse will be on the road for the second-straight weekend, when they travel to Detroit Mercy on Oct. 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Ryan Wilker
Northern Kentucky University
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant


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