Northern Kentucky falls at home to Wright State

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky men’s soccer team suffered a 4-0 setback against Wright State on Saturday evening at NKU Soccer Stadium.

“We’re a young team and we’re battling through as best we can. We have to be patient because we have a lot of freshman and the bottom line is, they’re going to make mistakes,” said head coach John Basalyga. “Against a good team like this, we played well, but made two mistakes to give up two goals late in the first half. That’s changes the whole complexion of the game. But, I’m pleased with the effort they’ve been giving and they come to practice with a good attitude so we’re going to build off that.”

Between the Posts
· Sophomore Christian Carey started in goal and picked up two saves in his 60:46 minutes played.

· Dezmond Thompson made his second career appearance, taking over in goal in the 61st minute.
The freshman logged a season-high 29:14 minutes with one goal allowed and two saves.

· Wright State goalkeeper Joel Sundell posted one save in his solo shutout.

First Half Summary
· The Wright State defense held the Norse without a shot throughout the first half.

· The Raiders struck for a pair of goals within the final five minutes of the opening period. Peguy Ngatcha dribbled through the box and deposited the first goal in the 43rd minute.

· Elliot Cutts then found the back of the net in the 44th minute when the ball was bobbled inside the box. Jackson Dietrich gathered the ball and dished it to Cutts for the goal.

Second Half Summary
· The NKU offense picked up in the second half, totaling six total shots including a shot from Anders Mathiesen less than two minutes into the stanza.

· Tucker Monheimer created a scoring opportunity later in the half, dribbling into the offensive third and sending a cross into the box, but couldn’t connect with the offense.

· Freshman Bryce Day posted the team’s only shot on goal, coming in the 73rd minute.

· Ngatcha scored his second goal of the day in the 56th minute on an assist from Eric Lynch, followed by the final goal at the 75-minute mark off the foot of Luke Treadway.

Norse Notes
· Thompson, a freshman goalkeeper, has seen action in each of the last two games. He has totaled 46:45 minutes of action with three saves and one goal allowed.

· Jacob Cunningham and Anders Mathiesen each posted a pair of shots. Five of Mathiesen’s nine total shots this season have come in the last three games as the freshman earned his second start of the season on Saturday.

Up Next
· The Norse host crosstown foe Cincinnati on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at NKU Soccer Stadium. The match will be played as part of a doubleheader with the women’s team. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. before the women take on Oakland at 7:30 p.m.

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