Two overtimes and 110 minutes of action didn’t produce a goal for either team despite constant pressure from the Norse as Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine ended in a 0-0 draw on Thursday night in Louisville, Kentucky. NKU moves to 1-3-1 on the season, while Bellarmine sits at 0-0-4.

Head Coach Bob Sheehan

“This team has handled a great deal of adversity in a mature fashion in a very short time period this season. Our team continues to improve each time out. We did a great job of controlling the tempo and the flow of the game. However, we have to find a way to score goals. We created some excellent opportunities, bu the final product is not where it needs to be right now. It is still very early in the season and this group will continue to grow.”

Between the Posts

  • Mimi Stines (1-3-1) picked up her first clean sheet of the season after playing all 110 minutes in goal for the Norse. She faced nine shots and saved both on-target attempts.
  • Bellarmine’s Elyssa Francis (0-0-4) was active the whole night, making 12 saves on NKU’s 13 on-goal shots. The Knights were credited with a team save on the remaining shot on goal.

Match Summary

  • NKU earned an early corner in the fourth minute and a free kick on the right-side outskirts of the box four minutes later. Chloe Mills got a head on the corner and sent it wide right, while Lindsey Meyer’s attempt on the free kick went straight at Francis in goal.
  • Kayla Wypasek let one rip from deep in the 11th that Francis stopped.
  • Bellarmine’s first attempt came from Sophie Bish nearly 18 minutes into the contest. The shot went well high and wide right.
  • Stines picked up her first save on Bish’s second shot, which was fired straight to the Norse goalkeeper.
  • Wypasek struck a low bouncing shot in the 23rd-minute forcing Francis to make her third save of the half.
  • Megan Sullivan worked along the end line to earn NKU’s second corner, which was successfully cleared by the Knights.
  • Reagan Kommor one-timed a shot towards the upper left for Bellarmine under heavy duress from the Norse back line, but sailed the shot high and wide.
  • Shelby Wall got back-to-back shots off from about eight yards out. The first attempt was blocked, but the rebound found Wall again. Francis was able to get a toe on Wall’s second attempt for the kick save.
  • Wypasek pressured early in the second half, taking a shot towards the left post causing Francis to make a save.
  • Shortly thereafter, NKU earned a corner that Madelyn Koewler lofted into the box for Mills, who put the header out high.
  • Wall got her foot on a ball played into the box by Annie Greene. Once again, Francis was there to pick up the shot.
  • Only 45-seconds later, NKU drew a corner kick that was nearly put into goal. Mills and Sullivan both got a piece of the ball before Bellarmine was finally able to clear it.
  • Northern Kentucky had another dangerous attempt in the 79th minute. Meyer and a Knight were vying to get their head on a free kick and the ball popped up over Francis, but it came down on the right post before being successfully cleared.
  • Late in the 83rd minute, the Norse drew a foul about 20 yards out from goal. Koewler ripped a shot off the Bellarmine wall.
  • The Knights were on the front foot in the first overtime, attempting four shots and putting one on target before the Norse took their first shot.
  • That shot was a doozy from Meyer. Meyer collected a pass at the top of the 18-yard box, dribbled to her left and sent a shot off the crossbar.
  • Kaya Vogt had the first opportunity in the second overtime. Francis picked up her 12th save on Vogt’s shot.
  • Bellarmine’s Regan Kommor ran onto a ball in the box in the 108th-minute, but her contested attempt went high.
  • NKU earned a late corner with mere seconds remaining, but were unable to get the corner or a shot off in time.

Norse Notes

  • The Norse took 19 shots and put 13 on frame in the contest. The last time Northern Kentucky put at least 10 shots on goal came on Feb. 10, 2021, against Robert Morris, when they registered 10.
  • NKU’s 19 total shots were also the most since it attempted 20 versus Purdue Fort Wayne on March 24, 2021.
  • NKU finished the first half with seven shots and placed five of them on target. Bellarmine attempted four shots, with only one coming on frame.
  • The second halve was even more lopsided as the Norse placed seven of their 10 shots on goal. The Knights didn’t register an attempt in the second half.
  • Overtime was a bit more equal, with each team placing one shot on goal and Bellarmine registering a 4-2 advantage in total shots.
  • Meyer, Wypasek, Greene and Wall each attempted three shots on the night, totaling nine of the Norse’s shots on goal as well.
  • With tonight’s overtime contest, Northern Kentucky has now played in three this year and is 1-1-1. All four of Bellarmine’s matches have gone to overtime, and all have ended in draws.

Next Up

Northern Kentucky returns to the friendly confines of NKU Soccer Stadium for a Sunday matinee against Evansville. The match is set to start at 1 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.

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Bryan

Bryan McEldowney

Assistant Athletic Director

Communications and Media Services

Northern Kentucky University

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