Second Half Goal Lifts Northern Kentucky to 1-0 Win Over Penguins

Abriana Rondin (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Abriana Rondin (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Youngstown, Ohio - A second half goal in the 60th minute from Northern Kentucky proved to be the game-winner as the Norse defeated the Penguins 1-0 on Sunday afternoon from Farmers National Bank Field.

The Norse improve to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the Horizon League while the Penguins drop to 3-9-1 (1-3 Horizon League).

The first half featured a ton of midfield play between both teams but the Norse applied offensive pressure in the closing minutes. With just three seconds remaining in the half, Shawna Zakena ripped a shot that hit the post before trickling across the goal line as the clock hit zero. 

In the first half, the Norse held the shot advantage 10-3 and had the only corner kick opportunity. Kate McEachern made one save while three different Penguins recorded a shot. 

The Norse opened the second half with a number of scoring chances and were finally able to find the back of net in the 60th minute. Lindsey Meyer played a pass to Kailey Ivins in the box who dished it off to Shawna Zaken, who fired a strike into the goal to give the Norse a 1-0 lead. 

The Penguins had a scoring opportunity just two minutes later when a shot from Marcella Sizer was tipped over the crossbar by Mimi Stines, the NKU goal keeper.

For the game, the Norse out shot the Penguins 20-10 but each team had a corner kick opportunity. McEachern finished the match with three saves while Addie Roman (3), Sizer (3), Regan LaVigna (2), Kylan Harper (1) and Olivia Polnow (1) each recorded a shot for the Penguins. 

The Penguins continue their three-game home stretch at Farmers National Bank Field when they host Green Bay on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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