The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team is set to host Oakland on Monday in a Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal match. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at NKU Soccer Stadium, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY vs. OAKLAND
Monday, Oct. 29 – 7 p.m. – NKU Soccer Stadium – ESPN+
The series is tied 3-3-1. The Norse picked up a 2-1 win against Oakland earlier this season on Oct. 17.
LAST TIME OUT
The Norse earned a 1-0 win at UIC on Friday evening. Shawna Zaken scored in the 34th minute to give NKU the lead, and Emily Lohmann made 11 saves in the contest.
TAKING A LOOK AT THE STATS
The Norse finished the regular season with a 10-5-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the Horizon League. NKU sports a 7-0 record when leading at the half. NKU is averaging 1.38 goals per match and gives up an average of 0.88 goals per contest. Shawna Zaken has six goals and five assists this season, and Samantha Duwel has added five goals and five assists. Emily Soltes has recorded four goals and six assists for 14 points. Emily Lohmann has started every match at goalkeeper for the Norse. Lohmann and the NKU defense have combined for seven shutouts this year. Lohmann has made 60 saves for a 0.811 save percentage and a 0.85 goals against average.
HORIZON LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lohmann was named the Nike® Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Aug. 27 for her play from Aug. 20-26. She recorded a shutout for the Norse in the 1-0 win over Xavier on Thursday evening. Lohmann faced 12 shots on the night and made five saves in the contest. She also had another good showing in a 1-0 overtime loss to Cincinnati on Sunday evening. Lohmann faced 18 shots and made six saves in that contest.
The Horizon League announced the All-Academic Team last week.Rachel Conaway, Payton Naylor, and Hannah Fischer were named to the squad. The Norse had three honorees, which was tied for the most in the league.
THIS YEAR’S SQUAD
The Norse return 17 players from last year’s team and welcome six newcomers to the squad. Lily Menssen, Ashleigh Cronin, Morgan Jewell, Ella Holland, Madelyn Koewler and Chloe Mills are in their first seasons at NKU.
HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
The Norse have an all-time record of 4-1-1 in the Horizon League Tournament. In 2015, the Norse defeated Cleveland State 1-0 in the quarterfinal, but bowed out of the tournament in the semifinals to Oakland on penalty kicks. The 2016 edition of the tournament saw the Norse win three matches to capture the Horizon League Championship. NKU defeated Wright State, Detroit Mercy and Milwaukee to earn the program’s first bid to the Division I NCAA Tournament, where the Norse faced No. 1 West Virginia. In the 2017 tournament, NKU fell to IUPUI by a score of 3-2. The Jaguars scored two goals in the final 6:04 of the match to get the victory. IUPUI went on to win the Horizon League Championship.
HEAD COACH BOB SHEEHAN
Bob Sheehan is in his 22nd season at the helm of the NKU women’s soccer team. He sports a 316-105-29 (.734) all-time record. Sheehan won his 300th career match last season against Appalachian State on Aug. 29, 2017. His teams are 24-7-5 in Horizon League regular-season play.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Oakland enters the match as the No. 6 seed in the tournament with a 3-11-3 overall record and a 3-3-3 mark in the Horizon League. The Golden Grizzlies have won two games in a row and most recently defeated IUPUI to clinch a spot in the Horizon League Tournament. Oakland is averaging 0.41 goals per match and allowing an average of 1.53 goals per contest. Seven different players have scored for Oakland.
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Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant