Northern Kentucky women’s soccer coach Bob Sheehan won his 300th game on Tuesday night, as the Norse defeated Appalachian State 2-1 in overtime. Sheehan ranks in the top 40 in winning percentage for women’s soccer coaches across all NCAA divisions, and he is in the top 60 for career victories.
“Appalachian State is an outstanding team,” said Sheehan. “I am proud of our players for competing the entire match. We could have been deflated when we gave up the late goal. However, our team responded and came out in the overtime period with an attacking mentality. Emily showed great composure and skill on her penalty kick goal and Ally struck her free kick exceptionally well for the game winner.”
NKU SCORING SUMMARY
Emily Soltes converted a penalty kick in the 25th minute to put the Norse ahead 1-0.
In the 95th minute, Ally Perkins took a free kick from just outside the box. Her shot deflected off an Appalachian State defender and went into the back of the net to give the Norse the 2-1 win.
BETWEEN THE POSTS
Emily Lohmann made three saves on the night. Appalachian State’s Sam Steyl also had three saves in the contest.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
Appalachian State had two shots on goal, while Northern Kentucky had three on frame during the first period of action.
The first real offensive chance of the match came in the 25th minute. NKU drew a foul in the Appalachian State box, and the Norse were awarded a penalty kick.
Emily Soltes converted from the spot to give NKU a 1-0 lead.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
In the second half, each team recorded one shot on goal.
Jessica Frey attempted a header in the 65th minute, but it went right to Steyl, who made the save.
The Mountaineers scored the equalizer in the 87th minute. A nice cross on the right side from Emmily Cowie found Kat Greer near the six-yard box, and Greer was able to one-time the ball past Lohmann to tie the game.
NKU’s Kayte Osterfeld drew a foul just outside the box within the first few minutes of the overtime period. Ally Perkins stepped up to take the free kick, and her shot deflected off an Appalachian State defender and went into the back of the net.
Appalachian State had 11 shots in the match, compared to nine for the Norse.
However, NKU had five shots on goal with the Mountaineers recording four.
Head Coach Bob Sheehan’s career record stands at 300-95-26.
The Norse will host Murray State on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.
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