Men’s soccer kicked 7th victory in GLVC

Reed Sparks

The Northern Kentucky University Men’s Soccer Team extended its winning streak to 10 matches this past weekend with on-the-road shutout wins against conference opponents Missouri-Rolla, Sept. 21 and Missouri-St. Louis, Sept. 23.

The Norse relied on two corner-kick goals from Eric Ashworth and Chad Cook, netted early in the first half in the first match against Missouri-Rolla,

Braden Bishop capped off the scoring with a second-half goal to give the Norse an eventual 3-0 shutout victory. Freshman goalkeeper, Michael Lavric, picked up his fourth career shutout. Head Coach John Balasyga talked about his team’s success with corner-kicks in the match.

“(Corner kicks) are something we’ve worked hard on the past couple weeks. It’s all about hitting a spot and getting your players to that spot.”

Against Missouri-St. Louis, the Norse secured a 2-0 victory with goals from Freshman Steven Beattie and Braden Bishop-his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Norse goaltender, Andy Ortman, recorded his 14th career shutout in net.

Coming up on the schedule, the Norse play host to Southern Illinois at Edwardsville on Friday, Sept. 28 and Quincy on Sunday, Sept. 30. Coach Balasyga talked about facing defending GLVC champions SIU Edwardsville.

“They (SIUE) have been the kingpins for many years. The last two or three years against them have come down to the last minute. It’s time to put up or shut up.”