The Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team defeated Cleveland State in exciting fashion on Saturday by a final score of 2-1. Tom Suchecki scored with 57 seconds left to lift the Norse to victory. NKU moves to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in the Horizon League. CSU falls to 4-7-2 on the year and 1-3-2 in the league.

“It was an absolutely magnificent result!,” said NKU head coach Stu Riddle. “I am very proud of the lads to dig deep in a very difficult situation and find a way to pick up a vital three points in Horizon League play. It was fitting that two seniors linked up for the winning goal, and I’m delighted we got a win for all seven of the seniors on senior day.”


  • Alex Willis put the Norse ahead 1-0 in the 30th minute. Abdul Kooistra played a ball up the field to Willis, and he put his shot into the lower right corner.
  • With the score tied 1-1, Suchecki scored with 57 seconds left to give NKU a 2-1 lead. Rizwaan Dharsey passed the ball over to Suchecki, and his shot from close range went past the Vikings’ goalkeeper.


  • Jim Barkei faced nine shots and made three saves in the win. He improves to 8-2 on the season.


  • Barkei made his first save of the contest in the fourth minute.
  • Willis had a header attempt in the seventh minute, but it went wide right.
  • In the 25th minute, Barkei stopped a hard shot by CSU’s Noah Pio.
  • Harvey Moyes blasted a shot from outside the box in the 26th minute, but it went high of the frame.
  • Willis gave NKU a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute.
  • Alex Greive took a shot in the 31st minute, but his attempt was also high of the mark.
  • NKU had a 4-3 shot advantage in the half.
  • The Vikings took three corner kicks in the period, compared to three for the Norse.


  • In the 48th minute, CSU’s Gabe Pewu tried to curl his shot into the right upper corner, but it landed out of bounds for a goal kick.
  • Greive had his shot saved in the 55th minute.
  • CSU’s Pio tried to score for the Vikings in the 60th minute, but his shot hit the outside of the post and went out for a goal kick.
  • The Norse were forced to play with 10 men in the 66th minute after a second yellow card was issued to Felix Komolong.
  • In the 84th minute, the Vikings’ Hayden Parente found some space in the box, but he put his shot high of the frame.
  • CSU evened the match at 1-1 in the 87th minute. Lawrence Karpeh dribbled the from the right side near the end line and passed to Parente. Parente slipped his shot past Barkei to tie the match.
  • Suchecki scored with 57 seconds left to lift NKU to victory.


  • Cleveland State had a 12-9 shot advantage.
  • NKU recorded five corner kicks in the contest, compared to four for the Vikings.
  • Willis’ goal was his 16th of the season, and Suchecki’s was his first.
  • The 10 wins are the most for the program in the Division I era.


  • The Norse travel to IUPUI on Sunday, 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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