Katrina Frost scored two goals as the Kennesaw State University Owls defeated Northern Kentucky University 2-0, improving the Owls record to 2-0 in the Atlantic Sun conference.
But after the game, the number everyone was talking about was 150. As in 150 wins for the KSU program, all of them under head coach Rob King.
Coach King is in his 12th season at Kennesaw State, where he has posted a very impressive 74% winning percentage. He led the Owls to the 2003 NCAA Division II College Cup national championship. King and KSU have continued their winning ways since moving up to Division 1 in 2005, recording several Atlantic Sun regular season and tournament titles.
With an opportunity to get the milestone victory on a perfect day for soccer, the Owls did not disappoint with a solid win in front of their home crowd at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
KSU had the run of play during most of the first half, and they were able to capitalize in the 36th minute with Frost’s first goal.
The first half ended on a negative note as Northern Kentucky’s Brieh Walker went down with what appeared to be a knee injury and had to be carried off the field. Hopefully it’s not a serious injury and she’ll be back soon for the Norse.
The second half was lively, as both teams had good chances throughout. KSU had two great chances in the first 10 minutes, but the shots were just off target. Northern Kentucky responded a few minutes later with a very dangerous corner kick that the Owls’ freshman goalie Olivia Sturdivant was able to intercept.
Frost tacked on her second goal of the day in the 68th minute. After Northern Kentucky’s goalie Tanner Ruberg punched out a shot on goal, the Owls got the ball back in the box, and Frost put a perfectly placed chip shot over the Ruberg for the goal.
Northern Kentucky threatened to retaliate just 4 minutes later when Allison Ponzer dribbled into the KSU penalty area, but Kelsey Barr made a great defensive stop for the Owls, clearing away the danger.
End-to-end action continued literally to the end of the match. In the 89th minute, NKU’s Casey McMillan was on the receiving end of a great cross, but the Owl’s defense held firm. On the resulting counter-attack, KSU’s Iyani Hughes got past the Norse defense as the PA announcer was counting down the last 10 seconds of the match. Her shot went just wide of the far post.
The Owls look to continue their Atlantic Sun success with 5 games in October, including 3 in a row on the road. Their next home game is Friday, October 18th against Stetson.
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