No. 5 NKU Advances Into GLVC Finals
Nov. 6, 2010
Courtesy of Northern Kentucky
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - .Another dramatic overtime goal by Michael Holder gave the Northern Kentucky University mens soccer team a 2-1 victory over Missouri S&T in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Friday.
With the win, NKU improved to 14-2-3 overall this season and advanced to the GLVC championship game for the fourth consecutive season. NKU is seeking its first GLVC Tournament championship since 1995.
Steven Beattie, the GLVC Offensive Player of the Year, got the scoring started for the Norse in the 19th minute after a long free kick from Paul Andrews fell to the feet of Jack Little. Little was able to touch the ball over to Beattie, who made an acrobatic turn and shot on goal to notch his league-leading 18th goal of the season.
The Norse appeared to be cruising until the 88th minute, when S&Ts Peter Haw picked up a loose ball in the 18-yard-box and scooted a low shot just past NKU goalkeeper Michael Lavric, leveling the score at 1-1 just before full time.
Holder then appeared to have the game won in the 93rd minute after his header hit the crossbar and came straight down. However, the referee ruled that the ball had not crossed the goal line and play continued.
The rough and tumble play continued between the teams throughout extra time, and in the 99th minute Beattie worked the ball ahead and was fouled just outside the penalty area. The ensuing free kick got past the wall and was saved by S&T goalkeeper Pat McNamee. Holder was there to put home the rebound for his 11th goal of the season and give the Norse their second overtime victory of the season.
Lavric stopped five shots for the Norse in the victory.
NKU advances to take on Indianapolis, which defeated Quincy in overtime, 1-0, to advance to the final. Indianapolis is the first No. 8 seed to reach the championship game in GLVC tournament history. The Norse defeated the Greyhounds, 5-2, in the regular-season meeting between the two teams.