Northern Kentucky men’s soccer players Ben Hegge and Daniel Bermingham have been named the Horizon League offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, the league office announced on Friday. The recognition comes off the heels of NKU’s 1-0 victory over No. 24 UIC, securing the Norse’s first-ever Horizon League regular-season title.
“It’s fitting that on the week that we clinched the regular-season championships, that as a program we receive our first conference accolades of the season,” said head coach Stu Riddle. “Both Ben and Danny have been excellent in recent weeks and I am very pleased for them to get these well-deserved awards.”
On the offensive end, Hegge netted his first career goal in consequential fashion this week. The Cincinnati transfer was on the receiving end of a corner kick played out, where he drilled in a goal to the lower-right corner of the net from atop the penalty area. Along with the goal, Hegge, a sophomore, has two assists on the year (Feb. 28 at Cleveland State and March 12 versus Green Bay) and has seen a sharp rise in minutes played in the last three games.
Bermingham was just as important to secure the win over UIC at goalkeeper. The junior faced a barrage of 18 shots on the afternoon, making 12 saves, the most by a Horizon League keeper this season and the most by a keeper in NKU’s Division I era. The clean sheet was Bermingham’s second in a row and his fourth of the year. He currently has a 0.72 GAA and a .838 save percentage, which are first and second in the Horizon League, respectively.
With the top seed in the Horizon League Tournament locked up, NKU has a final-week bye and now waits to learn its opponent. That eventual matchup will take place on April 11 at NKU Soccer Stadium.
–Robby Johnson / Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant (WSOC/MSOC/BASE, sec. WBB)Communications and Media Services / Northern Kentucky University