Golden goal sends NKU to third round
Frye's goal in 108th minute leads Norse past Bellarmine
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Megan Frye's golden goal in the 108th minute sent Northern Kentucky to a dramatic 1-0 victory against Bellarmine in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The win advances NKU (16-1-2) to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Norse will face Grand Valley State for the Midwest region championship.
Frye took a cross from Amanda Mason at the corner of the 18-yard box and put her shot high to the right post past Bellarmine goalkeeper Amy Kunowski for her third goal of the season. Hannah Wissel also picked up an assist on the play.
“It was a great strike by Megan,” said head coach Bob Sheehan, “Hannah and Amanda played her the ball and she hit it first strike. It was a beautiful goal.”
“Amanda was fighting for the ball at the top of the box,” said Frye. “She just slid it to me and I was able to finish.”
“That's the fun thing about this part of the season,” added Sheehan. “That was the last game this team will ever play on this field, so you give a little extra effort and the excitement is a little extra as well.”
The Norse outshot the Knights on the day, 12-8. NKU's Cassie Lingenhoel made five saves in the victory to preserve the clean sheet and pick up her fourth shutout of the season.
“Cassie has stepped in and done a wonderful job for us,” said Sheehan. “She organizes the defense for us and is a very vocal leader on the field.”
Bellarmine ends the season with a 16-3-3 record.
The Norse last met Grand Valley State in the 2009 Midwest Region championship in Denver, Colo. The teams played to a scoreless draw before Grand Valley advanced on penalty kicks.