A goal in the 86th minute helped Oakland get past the Northern Kentucky men’s soccer team by a final score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Golden Grizzlies improve to 4-8-0 and 2-3-0 in League play. The Norse fall to 6-3-3 overall and 2-2-1 in the Horizon League.
“I think the fact that we played with 10 men for 60 minutes, and we dominated a team that was picked to win the League – it says a lot about the character of our group,” said NKU head coach Stu Riddle. “We faced an incredible amount of adversity today, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”
NKU SCORING SUMMARY
Calvin Murphy tied the match at 1-1 in the 73rd minute. He took a long free kick and sent it over the Oakland goalkeeper into the back of the net.
BETWEEN THE POSTS
Jim Barkei made a couple of critical stops during the match, and he finished with four saves on the afternoon. His record is also 6-3-3.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
Tom Suckecki tried to put the Norse ahead in the 29th minute, but his shot attempt rattled off of the crossbar.
A red card was issued to Felix Komolong in the 30th minute, leaving the Norse with 10 men on the pitch the rest of the match.
Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. The Golden Grizzlies’ leading scorer, Austin Ricci, recorded his eighth goal of the season by slipping his shot to the right of Barkei.
Ricci nearly scored again in the 42nd minute, but his shot went off of the crossbar.
The ball bounced back into play, and Barkei was forced to make a terrific save on Travis Harrington’s shot.
Barkei recorded one more save in the half on a shot attempt by Wilfred Williams in the 43rd minute.
NKU had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks during the first period of play.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
Murphy sent a hard-driven ball on the ground into the box in the 49th minute, and forced the Oakland goalkeeper to make a save.
The Norse had a few opportunities to score on corner kicks, but Wlademir Babaew and Rizwaan Dharsey were unable to convert their header attempts.
In the 58th minute, an offside call negated an Oakland goal.
Suchecki had a nice shot attempt in the 69th minute, but it was saved by the Oakland goalkeeper.
Murphy tied the match in the 73rd minute.
Barkei made a great save in the 85th minute on a shot attempt by Alec Greene.
Greene scored the game-winner in the 86th minute. A cross played into the box by Nebojsa Popovic found Green, and he volleyed his shot into the back of the net.
The Norse had a 10-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Murphy’s goal was his second of the season.
NKU will look to snap a two-match skid next week.
The Norse will host UIC on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
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