The Northern Kentucky women’s soccer team fell to Cleveland State on Saturday evening by a score of 1-0. With the loss, NKU drops to 9-5-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the Horizon League. The Vikings move to 9-8-0 and 5-3-0 in League play.
“We give credit to Cleveland State, as they outworked us tonight,” said NKU head coach Bob Sheehan.
BETWEEN THE POSTS
Emily Lohmann made six saves in the match, and her record falls to 9-4-1.
The Norse also recorded a team save in the contest.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
Cleveland State applied pressure early in the first half. In the 14th minute, Dani Sowinski forced Lohmann to make a save.
The ball bounced back into play off of the initial save, and the NKU defense had to make a team save to prevent the Vikings from scoring.
Macy Hamblin recorded the first shot on goal for the Norse in the 20th minute, but CSU’s Jamie Daniels made the save to deny the attempt.
Later in the half, Hamblin and Shawna Zaken tried to score, but both shots were blocked by the Viking defense.
Elaina Walnoha gave CSU the lead in the 43rd minute. The Norse defense cleared the ball out of danger, but Walnoha secured the ball and put her shot into the right side of the net.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
The Norse picked up the pace in the second half, which resulted in three shots in the first 14 minutes of the half.
However, the CSU defense blocked two of the shots, and Daniels’ save denied Ally Perkins a chance to score.
In the 67th minute, Jessica Frey forced Daniels to make another save.
One of the best chances for NKU to score came in the 80th minute. Erin Sutton played a cross in the box, and a CSU defender nearly put the ball into the goal. However, the defender cleared the ball over the net, which resulted in a Norse corner kick.
Perkins had the final shot on goal of the match in the 88th minute, but Daniels came up with the save.
CSU had a 17-15 shot advantage.
The Vikings had eight shots on goal, compared to four for the Norse.
The loss snaps a seven-match unbeaten streak for NKU.
Before the match, NKU’s senior class of Jessica Frey, Macy Hamblin, Kayte Osterfeld, and Elizabeth Wittwer were recognized for their contributions to the program.
The Norse close out the regular season at IUPUI on Friday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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