September 25, 2012
A NORSE FORCE
Late goal lifts N. Kentucky over Leathernecks
MACOMB, Ill. - An late goal gave Northern Kentucky a 1-0 win over Western Illinois in a nonconference match at John MacKenzie Alumni Field on Tuesday evening.
The Leathernecks fall to 2-5-2 with the loss, while the Norse pick up their second straight win to improve to 2-6.
Northern Kentucky scored the lone goal of the game in the 86th minute, when Mohammad Salhieh took a rebound and beat Leathernecks keeper Yves Dietrich left post to make the score 1-0.
Mohab El Tawila picked up the assist by taking the initial shot that rebounded.
After starting sluggishly, as the Norse took the first five shots of the game, the Leathernecks had chances from sophomore Mario Alvarez and senior Aaron Appel, each putting a shot on goal.
Alvarez fired another laser in the second half, which had to be saved by a lunging A.J. Fleak, who earned the shutout by saving all five shots he faced.
Dietrich made four saves in net for the Leathernecks, who also received shots on goal from senior Nathan Bruinsma and freshman Erick Bloom in the second half.
The Norse held advantages in shots (14-9) and corner kicks (4-1) over the Leathernecks.
"[Northern Kentucky] was as young as we were, so it was a pretty ugly game in terms of tactics and possession," Western Illinois head coach Dr. Eric Johnson said. "But they had high energy and outworked us and created a chance at the end."
The Leathernecks continue Summit League play this week, traveling to Oakland for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday.