Riverhawks continue to build speed
No. 8 Falcons head into weekend with highest ranking in history
After rocketing from No. 14 to No. 5 in the lastest coaches' poll, the Riverhawks are set to face another sixth-ranked opponent -- this time No. 6 Colorado School of Mines. Northeastern State will head to Golden, Colo., on Sunday for the matchup.
First thing is first though, and the Riverhawks cannot overlook Regis in a Friday the 13th battle.
Paving the way to its upped ranking, Northeastern State met the liikes of William Jewell and then-No. 6 Rockhurst for a pair of shutouts on the weekend.
The RiverHawks used goals from four different members of the team and a strong defensive performance to secure the first win of the 2013 campaign, 4-0 versus William Jewell on Friday.
To cap the weekend on a high note, Northeastern State then went on to upset No. 6 Rockhurst 1-0 on Sunday, its first victory against a ranked opponent since 2006.
Coming off an impressive 2-0-0 start to the regular season, the Falcons moved up 17 places in the NSCAA rankings to No. 8 on Tuesday. This is the highest NCAA DII ranking that the Falcons have received in history.
The Falcons (2-0-0) moved up from their preseason ranking of No.25, after two strong victories against ranked opponents. The Falcons recorded wins against then-No.4 Mercyhurst and then-No.13 Gannon.
In the first game of the regular season, senior Tom Owens was the lone goal scorer as the Falcons outlasted Mercyhurst 1-0. On Sunday the Falcons used a strong performance from their bench to defeat Gannon 3-0. An early goal from defender Phil Cutler was followed by goals from substitutes Reymar Klochko-Khoo and Kyle Hayes.
Notre Dame (Ohio) has two matchups on deck, beginning with Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday. The Falcons will then meet Charleston on Wednesday.
|Thursday, Sept. 12|
|4 p.m.||No. 3 LIU Post vs. Wilmington (Del.)|
|7:30 p.m.||No. 2 Simon Fraser vs. Hawaii Pacific|
|Friday, Sept. 13|
|3:30||No. 9 Drury vs. William Jewell|
|6 p.m.||No. 5 Northeastern State vs. Regis|
|Saturday, Sept. 14|
|2 p.m.||No. 8 Notre Dame (Ohio) vs. Wheeling Jesuit|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 2 Simon Fraser vs. Trinity Lutheran|
|4 p.m.||No. 3 LIU Post vs. Bloomfield|
|7 p.m.||No. 4 Flagler vs. Francis Marion|
|7:30 p.m.||No. 10 Wingate vs. Carson-Newman|
|Sunday, Sept. 15|
|1 p.m.||No. 5 Northeastern State vs. No. 6 Colorado Mines|
|2 p.m.||No. 7 Rollins vs. Florida Memorial|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 9 Drury vs. Rockhurst|
|Tuesday, Sept. 17|
|1 p.m.||No. 5 Northeastern State vs. Oklahoma Christian|
|4 p.m.||No. 4 Flagler vs. Anderson|
|4 p.m.||No. 9 Drury vs. Southwest Baptist|
|Wednesday, Sept. 18|
|4 p.m.||No. 8 Notre Dame (Ohio) vs. Charleston|
|5 p.m.||No. 1 Lynn vs. Nova Southeastern|
|7 p.m.||No. 3 LIU Post vs. Dowling|
|7 p.m.||No. 10 Wingate vs. Lees-Mcrae|
|7:30 p.m.||No. 7 Rollins vs. Florida Tech|