Despite a furious rally in the final 10 minutes, the Northern Kentucky Norse couldn’t complete the comeback in a 3-2 loss at UNC Asheville to kick off the 2021 season for both teams.

Head Coach Stu Riddle

“It was a very disappointing start to the regular-season today. We are a long way off of where we need to be performance wise and, while we showed good fight and character to get back into the game with two good goals, it was too little, too late. We will dust ourselves down and look forward to an improved performance on Saturday.”


  • Jarron James put the Bulldogs on the board in the 14th minute, putting away passes from  Jake Kemhadjian and Conor Behan.
  • UNCA added another goal in the 46th minute when NKU misplayed a ball sent into the box that resulted in an own goal.
  • Behan added an unassisted tally in the 57th minute.
  • In the 82nd minute, Ryan Godding played a ball forward that Jesse Randall struck and set to the far side for NKU’s first tally.
  • Just three minutes later, a foul by UNC Asheville in the box resulted in Randall’s second goal of the day.

Between the Posts

  • Daniel Bermingham (0-1) started in goal. He was charged with all three goals and made five saves in the match.
  • Josiah Pokapac played the final 8:49 and did not face a shot.
  • Bulldog Leon Musial picked up the win, moving to 1-0. He registered four saves and allowed both Norse goals.

Match Summary

  • UNC Asheville was on the front foot, placing five of its six first-half shots on goal.
  • Northern Kentucky also had its changes with four shots, including two on goal.
  • Jake Kemhadjian had an early attempt for UNCA that resulted in a team save, but Ryan Godding got forward for an attempt just two minutes later. Godding’s shot was blocked.
  • UNCA struck in the 14th minute on James’ score.
  • Tobias Karlsen and Godding both got off attempts in the 35th and 39th minutes, respectively, that force Musial to make saves.
  • NKU’s own goal came just 11 seconds in the second half.
  • The Norse had back-to-back corner kicks in the 54th and 55th minutes, but were unable to pressure the Bulldogs any further.
  • Behan found the back of the net in the 57th minute on the clock.
  • Northern Kentucky dodged a few close calls with UNC Asheville having shots clang off both the post and crossbar.
  • Randall but NKU on the board in the 82nd minute and then again in the 85th to really put the pressure on UNCA.
  • The Norse earned a corner kick in the 88th minute and then a free kick in the final minute, but were unable to find the equalizer.

Norse Notes

  • Randall’s two scores are the first two in the redshirt-freshman’s career.
  • All three of Randall’s shots were placed on frame.
  • NKU finished with 10 shots, putting six on target, while UNC Asheville placed eight shots on goal and attempted 15 total.

Next Up

NKU returns home to host Centre College on Saturday, Aug. 28. The match will kick off at 7 p.m.



Bryan McEldowney

Assistant Athletic Director

Communications and Media Services

Northern Kentucky University


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