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Women’s soccer finds stride; Men continue to struggle

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Forward Ally Perkins prepares to the kick the ball in the game against UC.

Forward Ally Perkins prepares to the kick the ball in the game against UC.

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Forward Ally Perkins prepares to the kick the ball in the game against UC.

Christopher Decker, Sports Editor

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The NKU women’s soccer team beat the University of Toledo 2-0 Friday, improving their record to 2-3 on the season and dropping Toledo to 1-3.

The Norse kept the offense rolling in this game, shooting 10 times, five of those on goal, and took five corner kicks.

Forward Ally Perkins lead the way for the Norse taking two shots on goal. The goal was the first of the freshman’s collegiate career. Samantha Duwell came off the bench and took advantage of her time on the field, scoring the second goal of the game on her only attempt. The goal was also her first of the season.

Midfielder Katelyn Newton and forward Sam Davis also added shots on goal for the Norse.

The Norse also kept the Toledo offense away from the goal, only allowing two shots on goal, both of which were saved by Emily Lohmann. This is the second shutout in a row for the Norse defense, which allowed six goals in the first three games.

Both of the Norse goals came in the first half of the game. Perkins goal came in the 23rd minute, scoring directly off a corner kick. Duwell followed up in the 42nd minute with her goal, which was set up by a pass by Sami Rutowski.

The Norse defense allowed only three Toledo shots in the first half and then only five shots in the second half.

The Norse will play Xavier on Tuesday night at home in their next match. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

Men’s Soccer Offense Struggles Again:
The men were not as fortunate as the women Friday, dropping to 0-2-1 with a 1-0 loss to Loyola.

The Norse offense was nonexistent in the loss, only taking one shot in the entire 90 minutes of action, while allowing Loyola to take 24 shots, seven of those on the goal. Loyola also took 13 corner kicks in the game.

Christian Carey played the entire game in the goal, marking the first time this season the Norse did not split time between he and Jared Leyland. Despite allowing the one goal, Carey held his own against Loyola, making five saves.

Loyola didn’t score until the 68th minute, when Fabian Lifka scored off an assist from Aiden Megally.

The Norse will continue the road trip in Chicago on Sunday, when they face Depaul University.

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