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NKU Battles FC Cincinnati Reserves to a Draw

The Northern Kentucky men’s soccer team ended its friendly match with the FC Cincinnati reserve team in a 1-1 draw. Tom Suchecki scored his third goal of the preseason in the 25th minute to even the match.

"It's another step in the right direction for this new team,” said head coach Stu Riddle. “FCC had some top players who have played in some big games on the field tonight, so to come out of it with another positive result is very encouraging. We have great unity amongst the squad and I'm looking forward to our last exhibition game on Sunday."

Abdul Kooistra drew a foul in the box in the 25th minute, which led to a penalty kick for the Norse. Suchecki hit his shot in the center of the goal, as the FC Cincinnati goalkeeper moved to his right.

Jim Barkei faced 13 shots on the night, but only three were on goal. He made two great saves to prevent the visitors from going ahead.

The first major offensive action of the half came in the 18th minute. FC Cincinnati’s Djiby Fall was near the center of the box, and he fired a shot right out Barkei, who was able to clear the ball out of the box to prevent a goal.

In the 20th minute, Fall put the visitors ahead 1-0. Pat McMahon crossed the ball on the ground in the center of the box. Fall secured the pass, and hit a hard driven ball in the upper left-hand corner of the net.

A few minutes later, NKU evened the score at 1-1 on a penalty kick. Suchecki converted from the spot after Kooistra was fouled in the box.

FC Cincinnati had another good chance to score in the 38th minute, but the visitors’ shot was blocked by the NKU defense.

FC Cincinnati looked to score right away in the second half. In the 47th minute an FC Cincinnati shot rattled the post, but the NKU defense cleared the ball to prevent the visitors from taking the lead.

Barkei made a great save in the 67th minute. A player on trial for FC Cincinnati entered the left side of the box and fired a shot that Barkei punched away.

In the 84th minute, the Norse had a chance to go ahead. Suchecki nearly added his second goal of the game on a powerful header, but FC Cincinnati’s keeper caught the ball to extinguish the threat.

FC Cincinnati had 13 shots, compared to three for Northern Kentucky.

The Norse earned six corner kicks, while FCC had two.

NKU will host Urbana on Sunday, Aug. 20 at NKU Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

-Staff report

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