NKU Beats Kentucky in Men's Soccer; Next Up, FC Cincinnati Reserves
It's a busy week for the Northern Kentucky men's soccer team.
The Norse beat the Kentucky Wildcats, 2-1, on Monday night in Lexington in the team's first exhibition match.
"It was a really encouraging first match together for this new team,” said head coach Stu Riddle. “We've had four days together and to come away to one of the top teams in the country and get a victory is a very positive first step. We have plenty to work on and will be straight back on the training pitch tomorrow as we look to improve ahead of our next match."
Tom Suchecki scored goals in the 27th and 30th minutes to give NKU a 2-0 lead in the first half. Suchecki’s opening goal came off a bouncing ball at the 18-yard box that he shot to the left of the goalkeeper. His second goal was a brace that beat the goalkeeper from more than 20 yards out.
Jim Barkei made one save in the net for the Norse. He played all 90 minutes in goal for NKU.
Kentucky had 16 shots in the match, compared to five shots for the Norse. However, each team had four shots on goal.
The Wildcats recorded nine corner kicks in the game, while NKU had just one.
The Norse will host FC Cincinnati’s reserve team on Wednesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at NKU Soccer Stadium, and the match will be broadcast on ESPN3.
"I'd like to thank the staff of FC Cincinnati for giving us this wonderful opportunity and being incredibly supportive of NKU soccer since I arrived on campus," said NKU head coach Stu Riddle.
"I think every young soccer player harbors an ambition to play at the professional level, so what a magnificent experience for our student-athletes who get to play in this match. I am certain it will benefit us all greatly moving forward."
NKU women's soccer team picked to win Horizon League
The Northern Kentucky women’s soccer team tied for first place with Milwaukee in the 2017 Horizon League preseason poll. Each team received 86 points and five first-place votes.
The Norse are looking to defend their 2016 Horizon League tournament championship this season. NKU returns Macy Hamblin, the 2016 Horizon League Player of the Year, and Jessica Frey, the 2016 Horizon League Championship MVP.
Milwaukee finished the 2016 campaign as the Horizon League Championship runners-up. The Panthers bring back midfielder Anna Smalley, a 2016 All-Horizon League first team selection.
Detroit Mercy, Oakland, Wright State, UIC, IUPUI, Youngstown State, Cleveland State, and Green Bay rounded out the rest of the Horizon League preseason poll.
NKU begins the 2017 regular season on Friday, Aug. 18 with a match against Eastern Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.at NKU Soccer Stadium.
2017 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll
Team Points (1st place votes)
1. Northern Kentucky - 86 (5)
1. Milwaukee - 86 (5)
3. Detroit Mercy - 73
4. Oakland - 66
5. Wright State - 59
6. UIC - 53
7. IUPUI - 42
8. Youngstown State - 34
9. Cleveland State - 32
10. Green Bay - 18