NKU Women's Soccer Team Wins in OT, Remains Undefeated in Conference
In its first overtime match since September 2014, the Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team defeated Valparaiso, 3-2, on a golden goal from senior Kelsey Laumann in the 101st minute to remain undefeated in Horizon League play at 4-0.
NKU’s overall record improves to 8-3 with the victory. Valparaiso, the defending Horizon League champion, slips to 4-5-3 overall and 2-2-1 in the League.
With the match locked in a 2-2 tie in double overtime, sophomore forward Macy Hamblin found Laumann inside the box. Hamblin fired an assist from the left sideline, setting Laumann up for a header from four yards out that sailed over the head of Valpo goalkeeper Sydney Galvez-Daley.
NKU recovered from a slow start to take the victory. Before the Norse defense had a chance to settle in, Valparaiso’s April Cronin capitalized on the first shot attempt of the game when she scored her sixth goal of the season for a 1-0 Crusader lead at the 1:08 mark.
The goal went unanswered throughout the remainder of the first half. The teams returned to the field in the second period and waged a back-and-forth battle.
The Norse stunned Valpo with a pair of goals within a minute and a half span beginning with a goal from Hanna Pateryn in the 59th minute. Pateryn netted the equalizer after intercepting a failed Crusader clearance attempt at the top of the box.
Sophomore forward Jessica Frey then scored her fifth goal of the season in the 61st minute for a brief 2-1 Norse lead that lasted until Valpo’s Morgan Manzke knotted the game at 2-all in the 65th minute to send the game into overtime.
Overall, goalkeeper Brooke Schocker posted five total saves in 100:45 minutes of action. Valparaiso out-shot the Norse 15-
12, while NKU edged the Crusaders in shots on goal, 9-7.
Northern Kentucky returns to action on Wednesday, October 17 when they host Horizon League rival Wright State at NKU Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN3.
Staff report/Photo via NKU Athletics