Wisconsin-Parkside Fights To 1-0 Victory Over Northern Kentucky

Meredith Novak's blast propels UW-P to first NCAA Tournament win since 2004.

Nov. 16, 2008

11/16/2008 4:34:14 PM

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SOMERS, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Parkside women's soccer team used both the routine and the extraordinary to earn the program's first NCAA Tournament victory in four years, Sunday afternoon at the Wood Road Soccer Complex. The Rangers' 1-0 victory over Northern Kentucky earned them the right to take on the region's top-ranked team, Grand Valley State.

The routine was bred out of familiarity with the Ranger's opponent, Northern Kentucky University. The Great Lakes Valley Conference rivals were matched up against each other for the second consecutive Sunday, and third time overall this season. The extraordinary came in the way the Rangers earned the team's 14th shutout of the year - behind a career-best seven saves for freshman goalkeeper Cassie Glodowski.

As in both prior match-ups, Ranger junior Meredith Novak got the scoring started. The eventual game-winning goal developed out of the Ranger defense as Amanda Vandenavond carried the ball into the central midfield after beating her defend off the dribble. From there, Vandenavond touched the ball forward up the left side to sophomore Caitlin Moon. Unable to face up to the goal from 20 yards out, Moon chipped the ball across the 18-yard line to Novak, who blasted her right-footed effort into the upper right corner, beating Norse goalkeeper Angela Healy.

Novak's 15th goal of the year came with the northerly wind at the Rangers' back. Those conditions allowed Parkside to retain possession of the ball for 60-percent of the first half (25:19), which led to UW-P outshooting the Norse 7-4 in the period, while taking three corner kicks, compared to none for NKU.

As the teams switched ends for the second half, possession of the ball began to level out, as the teams essentially split control of the ball (22:36 for NKU; 22:24 for UW-P). Still, with the wind advantage, NKU got its best scoring chance of the day. With just over 10 minutes remaining, Kara Costello's glancing header from 12 yards out made a beeline for the upper left corner of the net, only to be parried over the crossbar by Glodowski.

By virtue of the win, the Rangers advance to the NCAA Tournament Third Round, where they will take on Grand Valley State on Friday, November 21, for the Midwest Region Championship. The winner of that matchup will then take on the Central Region champion on Sunday, November 23.

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