Northern Kentucky picked up three points in the Horizon League standings in its conference opener thanks to a 1-0 win against Detroit Mercy at NKU Soccer Stadium on Thursday night. The win moves the Norse to 3-3-2 on the season and 1-0-0 in league play. The Titans slide to 1-7-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the Horizon League.
“One of the reasons we challenged ourselves with our nonconference schedule was to see how fast the teams play in the ACC and other power conferences. Can we learn from those moments? And, I think we have. I think we’ve gotten better.”
- Reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week Lydia Self put the Norse on the board in the 41st minute. Self headed home a corner kick from Madelyn Koewler. Koewler sent the kick far post, where Self finished it to the near side.
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- Mimi Stines put up a clean sheet for the Norse in goal, facing only two attempts on frame out of seven total shots from the Titans. She improves to 3-3-2 on the year.
- Detroit Mercy’s Marisa Silver suffered the loss and slides to 1-2-0. Silver racked up 11 saves in the contest and surrendered the lone Norse goal.
- An aggressive Norse side opened the match with five corner kicks and five shots across the first 22 minutes of the match.
- Ashleigh Cronin fired a rocket in the 31st minute from just outside the 18-yard box and forced Silver to go high for the save.
- Koewler played a ball into Annie Green in the 34th minute. Green redirected the ball toward the lower right side of the net, but Silver made the diving save.
- Macy Harper ripped an attempt in the 41st that was blocked out over the end line, resulting in the corner that led to the Norse goal from Self.
- Less than 30 seconds later, Wilmes took a long-range attempt which forced another save by Silver.
- Northern Kentucky held a decisive first-half advantage in nearly every statistical category, leading 13-2 in shots, 4-0 in shots on goal and 9-0 in corner kicks.
- The Norse pressed on in the second half looking for the insurance goal. Wilmes sent one on target just 46 seconds into the stanza and put another on frame just two minutes later.
- In the 58th minute, Kaya Vogt forced Silver to make another save with her shot to the bottom right.
- Wilmes and Lindsey Meyer both put shots on frame in the 77th and 78th minutes, respectively.
- In the 87th and 88th minutes, Wilmes forced another pair of saves from Silver with two more shots on goal.
- However, Detroit Mercy’s best look at the equalizer came in between Wilmes’ final two attempts. Erica Leinweber put a shot on target that was knocked down by Stines. Taylor Stanley collected the rebound but fired high as she was under duress from the Norse defense.
- NKU attempted another 15 shots, putting eight on goal, in the second stanza. It also earned six more corner kicks.
- In total, the Norse led 28-7 in shots, 12-2 in shots on goal and 15-0 in corner kicks
- Northern Kentucky finished the match with 28 total shots and placed 12 of them on goal. This marks the most shots attempted in a match since NKU took 30 against Indianapolis on Sept. 17, 2010.
- With the clean sheet against Detroit Mercy, the Norse have now registered three shutouts in the last four matches and have allowed only one goal during that span. Consequently, they are 2-0-2 in the last four as well.
- Self’s goal is the first of her collegiate career and comes on the heels of being named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week following NKU’s shutout win at Ohio.
- Nine different players have now registered a point for Northern Kentucky this year and six players have scored a goal.
Northern Kentucky is set for a Sunday matinee match at UIC in Chicago on Sept. 19. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. (ET)/1 p.m. (CT).
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