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Men’s team sets school record for soccer wins

Nick Kayiatos

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I’m somewhat skeptical on commenting about the success of the Norse Men’s Soccer Team.

I have this problem where if I start commenting on a team’s success, suddenly the team turns to mush.

That’s not always the case, but sometimes when I open my mouth, the team I’m pulling for starts to stumble. It’s similar to the Sports Illustrated curse or a star player being placed on the cover of the Madden video game.

But when a team is down to the final regular season game and has yet to lose, or even tie, a person can’t help but to take notice.

In any sport, whether it’s volleyball, baseball, tennis, water polo or even anything non-athletic, it’s just about impossible to go undefeated, regardless of the level of the playing field.

It’s rare that you see a team go wire-to-wire, whether it’s little league, high school, college, or the professional level. The same goes for academics.

How many people can say they’ve held a 4.0 GPA for their entire college career on this campus? No many, I’m guessing.

With the win over Rockhurst Friday night, the Norse clinched the GLVC title. The 2007 Norse team now has the distinction of having the most wins in school history in the regular season with 18.

Also, before this year, no team had ever won twelve conference games in a season.

And I don’t mean no NKU team had ever done that. No Great Lakes Valley Conference team had. Again, this highlights the magical season the Norse have had, thus far.

This could easily be one of the best, if not the best defensive teams in NKU history. There’s no doubt this team is the best overall team in the program’s 27 years.

What’s flying under the radar, however, is that this is one of the best teams defensively in the country. Look at the statistics. They lead the GLVC in goals allowed per game at .33.

Also, they rank at the bottom in saves per game. Why? Because no one is getting close to the net, which is to say it’s not due to inept goalkeeping.

Besides, keeper Michael Lavric leads the conference in shutouts with seven. He’s only allowed six goals all season? Of course you’re going to win a majority of your games. Any team that gives up just two or three goals a month is going to set records.

So here’s to the Norse. You can’t help but admire their strong points, and struggle to find any weaknesses.

The GLVC Tournament begins this upcoming weekend, as the Norse are hosting the quarterfinal match against Wisconsin-Parkside, Oct. 28 at the Town ‘ Country Sports Complex in Wilder.

If the Norse get past the first round, it will play the winner of the No.4 seed Quincy versus the No. 5 seed Rockhurst in the semifinal Nov. 2.

I just hope I don’t give them the ol’ Kayiatos jinx.

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