Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Northern Kentucky Athletics

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Steven Beattie scored the game-winning goal with just under three minutes to play, sending the Northern Kentucky University men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Missouri S&T in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship.

NKU, ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Division II national poll, improves 17-2-3 on the season and wins its fourth Midwest Region championship in the last five years. The Norse now advance to the national quarterfinals, where the Norse will face West Virginia Wesleyan, which defeated Charleston (W.Va.), 2-1.

Beattie, a senior from Skerries, Ireland, got his foot on all three NKU goals on the afternoon, getting the work started just five minutes into the game, sending a corner kick in for an unmarked Andrew Montgomery, who notched his second goal of the season to break open the scoring.

The GLVC Offensive Player of the Year helped on the second goal as well just five minutes later, taking a pass from Nicholas Chiarot and feeding Kevin Donnelly on the right wing. The junior defender took a low-angle shot from about 10 yards and snuck the ball past S&T goalkeeper Pat McNamee for his first marker this year.

The Norse lead held for almost an hour until Kyle Schraier came up with a pair of huge goals for the Miners (11-7-3) just over five minutes apart. Schraier put home a Spencer Brinkmeyer rebound in the 63rd minute to cut the lead in half. He then leveled the game with a goal off a J.J. Bilyeau crossing pass in the 69th minute.

Beattie then worked his magic in the 88th minute. After Anthony Meyer's throw into the box was turned away by the S&T defense, Jordan Kotsopolous picked up the clearance and slid it to Donnelly in the middle. The junior then sent a through pass in to Beattie, who finished on the right side for his 22nd goal of the year, breaking his own single-season record of 21 goals set in 2008.

NKU goalkeeper Michael Lavric made three saves in the victory.

NKU has hosted the national quarterfinal twice in team history, both times falling to Lincoln Memorial by 2-1 scores. The Norse tied Millersville, 1-1, on the road in the 2008 quarterfinal, but advanced after winning the penalty-kick shootout, 5-4.