Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy of Northern Kentucky University Athletics

WILDER, Ky. - Second-half goals by Amanda Mason and Kendall Day spurred the Northern Kentucky University women's soccer team to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Quincy in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

With the win, NKU advances to take on Grand Valley State for the Midwest Region championship next weekend.

The action was back-and-forth in the first half with the teams matching each other shot for shot in the game's first 30 minutes. Quincy's Erin Conroy broke free from NKU's defensive pressure and fed Brittany Casey in the high slot. Casey then created space and fired a shot from 20 yards out beating NKU goalkeeper Rachael Wood to give the Lady Hawks the early advantage.

The Norse (19-2) began to pour on the offense late in the first half, putting together a couple of corner kick opportunities and amassing four shots in the final five minutes of the opening stanza, but NKU was held scoreless through 45 minutes.

Six minutes into the second half, the Norse found an answer when a foul just outside the 18-yard-box afforded Laura Painter a free-kick chance. Painter sent the ball across the goal mouth and found Mason waiting to put the ball home on a header and equalize the game.

Just over six minutes later Hannah Wissel would win another set piece for the Norse when her shot attempt was blocked and put out of bounds. Painter stepped in again with another cross, this time finding Day for a header just inside the left post.

Mason and Day each scored their 10th goal of the season.

The NKU defense clamped down from there by keeping the play primarily in the midfield. Quincy's (15-6-1) Jenna Boyko got free on a deep run in the 85th minute and ripped a shot on goal, but Wood was up to the task making the last of her four saves on the day.

Quincy's Toni Eye made four saves in the loss.

The game ended NKU's home season at a perfect 12-0 and extended NKU's home winning streak to 20 games, a school-record streak that began with the opening game of the 2008 season.