The Northern Kentucky women’s soccer team will make the short trek to Xavier on Sunday evening to face the Musketeers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the match.

Northern Kentucky Norse (3-3-0) vs. Xavier Musketeers (3-3-1)
Sunday, Sept. 10 – 7 p.m.
Cincinnati, Ohio – XU Soccer Complex

LAST TIME OUT: NKU fell to No. 24 Cincinnati by a score of 1-0. The Bearcats were ranked in the most recent Top Drawer Soccer Poll. Cincinnati’s Sophie Gorman scored the lone goal of the match in the 39th minute to help the Bearcats to victory. Emily Lohmann played well for the Norse at goalkeeper. She faced 26 shots, making nine saves on the evening.

SCOUTING XAVIER: The Musketeers are 3-3-1 on the year, and the team most recently fell to Duquesne on Friday by a score of 3-1. Xavier and NKU have one opponent in common, as each team has played Eastern Kentucky in 2017. The Musketeers were defeated, 1-0, by EKU. Offensively, Xavier is led by Samantha Dewey and Sydney Schembri. Dewey has scored three times this season, with Schembri adding two goals. Toni Bazzaro has played every minute for the Musketeers in the net. She has made 45 saves on the year, allowing 11 goals for a 1.49 goals against average.

TAKING A LOOK AT THE STATS: Jessica Frey leads the team with six goals and 12 points. She is tied for fourth in NCAA Division I in goals scored. Ally Perkins, Macy Hamblin and Emily Soltes have also scored goals for the Norse this season. As a team, the Norse are averaging 11.5 shots and 1.50 goals per match. NKU has also put 39-of-69 shots on frame for a 0.565 shots on goal percentage.

Lohmann has seen most of the action in the net for the Norse. She is 3-2-0 on the year, having played 454 minutes. This season, she has made 25 saves for a 0.806 save percentage.

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 300-97-26 overall record. In Division I play, his teams are 48-44-8. Coach Sheehan picked up his 300th win in a 2-1 overtime victory against Appalachian State on Aug. 29.

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 host UIC on Friday, Sept. 15 to open Horizon League play. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at NKU Soccer Stadium, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

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Ryan Wilker
Northern Kentucky University
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant

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