Men’s Soccer defeats USI 2-0

WILDER, Ky. – Chris Thompson, Tony Ray and Tony Capurro each scored goals Friday night as the Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team posted a 3-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan at the Town ‘ Country Sports Complex.

Thompson and Ray netted goals in the first half as the Norse built a 2-0 lead. Capurro added a second-half score for NKU, which won its third straight game to improve to 3-1.

Capurro, Jason Larkin and David Botos each recorded assists for the Norse. NKU jumped out to a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the game – the second goal a spectacular shot from 25 yards out on the left wing by Ray into the net – and was never threatened.

The Norse controlled field position most of the contest, held a 13-2 edge in shots and cruised past Kentucky Wesleyan in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener for both teams. NKU did not allow a shot in the second half.

Jeremy Curington and Anthony Sucietto combined for the NKU shutout. NKU has beaten Kentucky Wesleyan (0-4 overall, 0-1 GLVC) 13 consecutive times. The Panthers have not defeated NKU since the 1992 season.

On Sunday, Kyle Roberts and Tony Capurro each scored second-half goals Sunday as the Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to four games with a 2-0 decision over Southern Indiana at the Town ‘ Country Sports Complex.

Dan Impellizzeri and Daniel Ertel recorded assists as NKU improved to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse took advantage of two yellow cards on Southern Indiana’s Jeff Slaga – the second at the 61:32 mark – to push across both goals against the shorthanded Screaming Eagles.

Roberts gave NKU a 1-0 lead at the 64:46 mark by drilling a shot into the back of the net off a nice feed from Impellizzeri. Capurro added an insurance goal at the 82:02 mark by finishing off a rebound of an Ertel shot.

Capurro, a sophomore and a graduate of Moeller High School, now has three goals this season. NKU finished with a 15-4 edge in shots.

Southern Indiana dropped to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the GLVC.The Screaming Eagles lead the all-time series with NKU by a 14-9-2 count.

NKU will travel west next weekend for GLVC road contests at Drury (Friday at 8:30 p.m.) and Rockhurst (Sunday at 3:30 p.m.). Drury and Rockhurst are both first-year members of the GLVC.

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