The Northern Kentucky women’s soccer team went on the road Saturday evening and earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Milwaukee. The Norse are now 7-4-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Horizon League. The Panthers remain unbeaten at 11-0-3 and 3-0-2 in League play. Both teams had tied for first place in the 2017 Horizon League preseason poll.

“Our team demonstrated outstanding character tonight in earning a draw against a tough opponent on the road,” said NKU head coach Bob Sheehan. “Our players competed with passion and intensity and did everything we asked them to do. We are extremely proud of our team.”

Macy Hamblin gave the Norse a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. Jessica Frey played a ball from the left side to the top of the box. Hamblin secured the pass and fired her shot to the lower right corner of the net.

Emily Lohmann made a career-high 11 saves in the match. Her record is now 7-3-1.
The Norse also recorded two team saves in the contest.

In the eighth minute, Hamblin had the first shot on goal of the match, but her header attempt was saved by the Milwaukee goalkeeper.
Hamblin put the Norse ahead 1-0 in the 17th minute.
Lohmann was forced to make her first save of the match in the 18th minute on a shot by Lourdes Onwuemeka.
Onwuemeka tied the match at 1-1 in the 30th minute. A cross was played into the left side of the box. Onwuemeka trapped the ball, and hit it into the right side of the net.
Lohmann made another save in the 35th minute. Milwaukee’s Aubrey Krahn took a shot from well outside the box, and Lohmann easily scooped up the ball.

Lohmann made an easy save in the 51st minute.
The Norse tried to counter after the save, but Ally Perkins pushed her shot to the right of the frame.
Perkins had another shot in the 57th minute, but the Milwaukee goalkeeper made the save to prevent her from scoring.
NKU continued to apply pressure in the half. Frey had a shot, but her attempt went wide.
Moments later in the 59th minute, Emily Soltes took a shot, but the Milwaukee defense blocked the attempt. Payton Naylor then had a shot, but her attempt went wide.
In the 61st minute, Lohmann made two great saves to keep Milwaukee from taking the lead. A corner kick played into the box found McKaela Smelzer, and she put her header attempt on frame. Lohmann cleared the ball out, but Krahn was close by and also put a shot on goal. However, Lohmann made another save to extinguish the scoring threat.
Milwaukee’s Kelli Swenson put her header attempt on frame in the 63rd minute, but Lohmann was once again able to make the save.
Hamblin tried to put the Norse ahead in the 64th minute, but her shot went wide left.
Milwaukee’s Onwuemeka got behind the NKU defense in the 68th minute, but Lohmann made another fine save.
Onwuemeka and Smalley each had a shot on goal for Milwaukee in the 73rd minute. However, Lohmann made saves on both attempts.
In the 75th minute, Milwaukee’s Smelzer nearly scored on a header off of a corner kick, but the NKU defense cleared the ball off of the line.
Krahn had a header for Milwaukee in the 79th minute, but the NKU defense once again cleared the ball on the line to prevent the Panthers from scoring.
Perkins nearly scored the go-ahead goal for the Norse in the 89th minute. She made a nice move to find space in the Milwaukee defense, but her shot was just high of the frame.

Rachel Conaway put a shot on goal in the 92nd minute, but the attempt was saved.
In the 94th minute, Frey found herself open on the right side of the box, but her attempt went high of the net.
Onwuemeka had a shot attempt in the 96th minute for Milwaukee, but it went wide right.
In the 107th minute, Onwuemeka took a shot from outside the box. However, Lohmann was able to secure the ball for another save.
Emily Lohmann made 11 saves in the contest, which was a new career high.
Milwaukee had 27 shots in the match, compared to 16 for the Norse.
The Panthers also had a 12-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Milwaukee is one of three teams to remain unbeaten in NCAA Division I.

The Norse host Green Bay on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m., and the match will be broadcast on ESPN3.


Ryan Wilker
Northern Kentucky University
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant