The Northern Kentucky men’s soccer team fell to Evansville on Tuesday evening by a final score of 2-1. With the win, the Purple Aces move to 9-8-1. NKU is now 7-5-4 on the season.
“It was a valuable match for us tonight, despite the result,” said NKU head coach Stu Riddle. “We were able to get a large number of guys their first starts of the year and share the minutes throughout the squad. We learned some important lessons and will be better for it on Friday night when we host Green Bay.”
NKU SCORING SUMMARY
Edo Durante scored the first goal of his young career in the 26th minute. Nick Perez played a ball over the top of the Evansville defense, and Durante tapped the ball to the right of the Purple Aces’ goalkeeper.
BETWEEN THE POSTS
Christian Carey got his first start of the season in the net for NKU. He faced 12 shots on the night and made five saves.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
Evansville earned a free kick just outside the box in the seventh minute. Ian McGrath took the free kick, but pushed his shot wide left.
Christian Carey was forced to make a save in the ninth minute on a shot by Evansville’s Caleb Williams.
Moments later, Tom Suchecki played a ball into the box, but the Purple Aces’ goalkeeper, Matthew Keller, was able to pick it up.
A handball in the box resulted in a penalty kick for Evansville in the 16th minute. McGrath put his shot past Carey to give the Purple Aces a 1-0 lead.
In the 20th minute, Williams doubled the lead for Evansville. He fired a shot to the left side of the net on a pass from McGrath.
Edo Durante pulled one back in the 26th minute to make the score 2-1.
Carey made a nice save in the 27th minute to deny Williams another goal.
Rikard Lindqvist tried to score the equalizer in the 36th minute, but his shot from the top of the box went wide left.
Sam Bonano took a shot for Evansville in the 40th minute, but Carey stopped the shot to earn a save on the play.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
Carey made a save for NKU in the 50th minute on a low and hard shot from Evansville’s Ben Weber.
Brett Wilson put a shot on goal in the 63rd minute, but Keller was in position to make the stop.
In the 66th minute, Lindqvist took a shot, but his attempt was blocked by the Evansville defense.
Lindqvist nearly tied the match in the 77th minute. He fired a shot from the left side of the box, and it ricocheted off of the crossbar and back into play.
In the 84th minute, Lindqvist got behind the Evansville defense and had a great look to score. But he pushed his shot to the right of the frame, which resulted in a goal kick for the Purple Aces.
Evansville had a 12-6 shot advantage in the match.
Five players for NKU earned their first starts of the season.
This was the final nonconference match of the regular season for the Norse.
The Norse conclude the 2017 regular season against Green Bay on Friday, Nov. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. NKU will recognize its seniors before the match.
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