The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team fell to Oakland in a quarterfinal match of the Horizon League Tournament on Monday evening. The Norse took an early lead, but the Golden Grizzlies scored two second-half goals to get the 2-1 victory.

“We have an outstanding group of seniors, and this game doesn’t diminish how special they are,” said NKU head coach Bob Sheehan. “Our team worked hard throughout the match, and we congratulate Oakland on moving to the semifinal round.”


  • Kailey Ivins gave the Norse a 1-0 lead early in the fourth minute. The ball fell to Ivins in the box after a deflection. She collected it and slotted the ball past Oakland’s goalkeeper.


  • Emily Lohmann played the entire 90 minutes. She recorded six saves on the night.


  • Ivins scored in the fourth minute to put NKU ahead 1-0.
  • The NKU defense blocked a shot in the 19th and 20th minutes, respectively.
  • Oakland’s Elyssa Holfeld hit a shot on goal in the 32nd minute, but Lohmann easily managed the shot as it came off one hop.
  • Each team had one shot on goal and one corner kick in the half.


  • Oakland’s Alexis Sabbagh took the first shot of the half. However, it was high of the mark.
  • In the 50th minute, Lohmann stopped a shot by the Golden Grizzlies’ Kendra Zak.
  • Oakland scored the equalizer in the 66th minute. Alexa Sabbaugh scored from close range to tie the match at 1-1. Zak earned the assist on the play.  
  • Lohmann recorded a save on a header shot by Oakland’s Ali Amante in the 70th minute.
  • Emily Soltes took a hard shot from outside of the box right at the beginning of the 74th minute, but the Oakland goalkeeper was able to make the save.  
  • Oakland went ahead 2-1 in the 78th minute. Lauren Bos played a cross into the box from the right side, and Sydnye Gagner headed the ball into the back of the net.
  • Lohmann recorded her final save of the match in the 88th minute.


  • Ivins’ goal was her third of the season.
  • Each team took four corner kicks in the match.
  • The Norse finish the season at 10-6-1.  

Ryan Wilker

Northern Kentucky University

Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant


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