Several of NKU’s Lady Norse soccer players stretched out at midfield in the NKU soccer stadium preparing for their final exhibition game Aug. 29 against the NKU women’s soccer alumnae.
The Lady Norse fell to the alumnae last year by a score of 3-2, and the alumnae were not looking to give up the throne this year.
“The reigning alumni champions are ready to kick some butt,” said 2009 alumna Alex Armstrong.
However, despite the confidence of the alumnae team, the Lady Norse prevailed 3-1 dominating the alumnae with 33-8 shots on goal.
The team started the game strong pushing the tempo early, and just missed a goal wide and to the left at the 2:38 mark.
NKU’s offense didn’t slow the pace from there as they scored the game’s first goal in the 27th minute, only to have it quickly neutralized by the alumnae’s scored goal in the 28th minute.
The Norse found the net again in the 37th minute, but 2000 alumna Lisa Geiman-Resing would change that.
Geiman-Resing went to the Norse bench and asked Coach Bob Sheehan to wipe the goal off the board because she felt the Norse had been offside during the goal.
Coach Sheehan responded with a smile, held out his cell phone and said if she wanted the goal taken off the board, than she needed to call the scorekeeper herself.
She took his phone, dialed the scorekeeper upstairs and argued her point. Soon after, the Norse scoreboard went from two back to one, and the crowd applauded the change.
With the efforts of Geiman-Resing, the score was deadlocked at one, despite 19 shots on goal by the Norse.
NKU started the second half as strong as the start of the game with a goal in the 53rd minute, and again in the 61st minute.
Despite losing the crown to NKU, the alumnae held their heads high as they walked off the field, taking in the nostalgia of the game.
“It’s always fun to get back together with old friends,” said 2009 alumna Brandy Doss.
For the current Lady Norse, this game was the final exhibition before their regular season kicks off in September.
“I think we did some good things,” Sheehan said. “Hopefully we’ll be ready for next week against Findlay.”
The Lady Norse begins regular-season play at 5 p.m. Sept. 3 against Findlay.
Story by Derick Bischoff