A pair of first-half goals propelled Liam Evans and his Northern Kentucky Men's Soccer teammates to a 2-1 victory over visiting Fort Wayne at the NKU Soccer Stadium.
"I thought we were excellent tonight against a very good opponent," said head coach Stu Riddle. "We needed a response from the lads after our last showing, and we were well deserving of the victory tonight."
Tom Suchecki wasted little time in putting NKU ahead, converting his penalty kick in the sixth minute.Harvey Moyes nearly gave Northern Kentucky its second goal midway through the half, but his shot from the right side of the box caromed off the left post.
However, Rikard Lindqvist found the back of the net in the 37th minute to establish a 2-0 lead for NKU.
Northern Kentucky had one final opportunity, but Suchecki's attempt went wide left.
Coming out of intermission, Fort Wayne were the aggressors early, putting up four shots in the first 15 minutes, three of which just missed finding pay dirt.
Fort Wayne got on the scoreboard in the 64th-minute. The Norse were called for a handball in the box and Keelan Barker struck to the right side of the netting to cut Northern Kentucky's lead to 2-1.
Evans nearly put NKU back out in front by two, but his attempt in the 71st minute found the crossbar.
Northern Kentucky continued applying pressure and withstood late pressure from Fort Wayne to close out its second win of the season.