Both the Northern Kentucky women’s and men’s soccer teams were in action for key Horizon League conference games on Tuesday afternoon when the Indianapolis women’s team beat the IUPUI Jaguars 1-0 while the men’s team beat the UIC Flames 1-0 defeated in their season finale.
With the victory over IUPUI, the Nordic women’s soccer team improved to 6: 0: 1 in the game of the Horizon League and increased their winning streak to five games.
The win over UIC was the final game of the regular season for the Nordic men’s football team, bringing their record to 7-1.
Defense, solid goal play by Stines drives the WSOC team to victory
In the season preview article for The Northerner women’s soccer team reported That defense was a priority for head coach Bob Sheehan and his team during practice and off-season practice.
As noted in this article, the Northerners have returned many key players from their 2019 roster on the defensive, and these veterans including senior Megan Patrick and juniors Chloe Mills and Lily Menssen have anchored the Northerners to one of the toughest defensive teams in the To become Horizon League in 2021.
After the victory on Tuesday, the northerners are in the opposing scoring average with a tie for second place in the Horizon League and only allow 0.50 goals per game. In addition, their lead of +0.88 points occupies third place in the league.
It was this defensive tenacity that led the Northerners to victory on a day when it was difficult to score goals against an IUPUI defense that is also holding its own as one of the leading units in the Horizon League. The jaguars recorded 14 shots in the competition, but the northerners only allowed six of them to get in.
When IUPUI got the chance to get the ball into the net, NKU goalkeeper Mimi Stines was instrumental in keeping them off the scoreboard. Stines amassed six saves, including a dive stop to the left of IUPUI’s Elizabeth Bueckers, which would have put the Jaguars 1-0 ahead in the 48th minute.
A little more than ten minutes later, the Norse would be on the scoreboard thanks to a goal from Mills, after Lindsey Meyer had assisted just a few meters from the goal.
CHLOE MILLS! She achieves her fifth career goal and gives the Northmen the lead! #NorseUp pic.twitter.com/WeXIpfpJq8
– NKU Women’s Football (@NKUNorseWSOC) March 30, 2021
The NKU would hold the 1-0 lead for the remainder of the competition and maintain their lead in the Horizon League standings as the postseason game approaches.
The Northerners will wrap up their regular season schedule with a home game against the Wright State Raiders on Monday April 5th at the NKU Soccer Stadium. The starting gun is fired at 1:00 p.m.
The NKU men’s soccer team secures the championship in the regular season by defeating the UIC
With 12 newcomers accession As part of the program for the spring season 2021, expectations of the NKU men’s soccer team were tempered, especially since the pandemic made it unclear what the season would look like at all.
Despite their youth, the NKU men’s soccer team has not only made itself known as a competitor in the Horizon League, but also as a force to be reckoned with in the Horizon League tournament over the past two months.
On Tuesday, the Northerners proved just that for 90 minutes on Tuesday against a UIC Flames team that came into the game 6-1: 1 and fought for first place in the Horizon League tournament when they hit a tough 1 : Won 0 win to take home the regular season title.
Goalkeeper Daniel Bermingham was instrumental in the Nordic victory. He scored 12 saves in the game and kept the Flames off the scoreboard for the afternoon.
Berminghams 12 parades destroyed his previous career high of seven parades, which he had reset on February 28 against the Cleveland State Vikings.
The northerners attacked the penalty area aggressively against the UIC and collected 13 shots, seven of them for the game, but were only able to get the ball through the net in the 77th minute.
The Norse had a corner kick and after the first failed attempt, the second midfielder Ben Hegge shot the ball through the net for his first goal as a member of the Norse and gave the Norse a 1-0 lead.
The UIC would have two more opportunities to shoot in the waning minutes, but the Northerners and Bermingham were able to neutralize the threats and secure their fourth road win of the season.
Due to the number one win in the Horizon League tournament starting April 11th, the Northerners hold Home advantage should they get past their semi-final opponent through the championship game.