The Northern Kentucky women’s soccer team will host Cincinnati in the Riverboat Rivalry on Thursday, Sept. 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the match will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Northern Kentucky Norse (3-2-0) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0-1)
Thursday, Sept. 7 – 7 p.m.
Highland Heights, Ky. – NKU Soccer Stadium
TICKETS: Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 per person for groups of 10 or more, $3 for youth ages 6-17, and free admission will be given for children five and under. Residents of Boone County will receive a discount admission of $3 with proper ID.
PROMOTIONS: NKU and UC faculty, staff and students will be admitted free to the contest with their All Card or UC ID. Also, youth 14 years of age and under wearing a soccer jersey or Hawaiian Luau-themed items will be admitted free.
A free slice of pizza will be given to the first 100 NKU students, and Hawaiian leis will be given to the first 100 fans. The Kona Ice Wagon will also be stationed inside the concourse of NKU Soccer Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT: The Norse suffered a tough 3-2 setback against Murray State on Sunday afternoon. The Racers got out to a 2-0 lead in the first half, but two second half goals from Jessica Frey evened the score at 2-2. However, Murray State put the match away in the 87th minute with a goal to take the 3-2 advantage.
SCOUTING CINCINNATI: The Bearcats have gotten off to a strong start in the 2017 campaign with a 4-0-1 record. Cincinnati has wins over Buffalo, Boston, Miami (Fla.) and Northwestern. The team also earned a draw against Pittsburgh. Vanessa Gilles and Julie Gavorski have led the offense this season, as each has scored three goals. Sophie Gorman and Jaycie Brown have also added goals this season.
In the net, Madison Less and Jane Sensibaugh have split time. Less has made two saves in two games, allowing two goals in the process. Sensibaugh has allowed one goal in three starts, making seven saves for a 0.875 save percentage.
Last season, the Bearcats defeated NKU 1-0 at Nippert Stadium.
TAKING A LOOK AT THE STATS: Jessica Frey leads the team with six goals. She is also tied for fourth among all NCAA Division I players in goals scored. Ally Perkins, Macy Hamblin and Emily Soltes have also contributed goals for the Norse this season.
Between the posts, Emily Lohmann has started four games for the Norse. She has made 16 saves on the year, and sports a 1.24 goals against average. Jennifer Farwell got the start for NKU in the team’s match against Murray State, and she made five saves.
HORIZON LEAGUE: The Horizon League announced its women’s soccer preseason poll for the 2017 campaign. NKU tied for first place in the poll with Milwaukee, as each team received 86 points and five first-place votes.
Detroit Mercy, Oakland, Wright State, UIC, IUPUI, Youngstown State, Cleveland State, and Green Bay rounded out the rest of the Horizon League preseason poll.
HEAD COACH BOB SHEEHAN: Sheehan is in his 21st season as the head coach of the program. He is the only coach in the team’s history and sports a 300-96-26 overall record. In Division I play, his teams are 48-43-8.
Sheehan ranks in the top 40 all-time in winning percentage for women’s soccer coaches in NCAA history across all divisions. He is also in the top 60 all-time in total victories for women’s soccer coaches across all NCAA divisions.
A SUCCESSFUL YEAR: NKU finished the 2016 campaign with a 13-7-1 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark in Horizon League play. The Norse captured the Horizon League Tournament crown and advanced to play in the Division I NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in program history. NKU fell to No. 1 West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament by a score of 3-0.
Macy Hamblin earned Horizon League Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second season in a row. Jessica Frey joined Hamblin on the first team, Katelyn Newton received Second Team All-Horizon League honors, and Ally Perkins was named to the All-Freshman Team. Hamblin, Frey and Perkins all return to the team this season.
UP NEXT: The Norse travel to Xavier on Sunday, Sept. 10 for a 7 p.m. match against the Musketeers.
Northern Kentucky University
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant