Travis’ late goal pushes Racers past Northern Kentucky

Story by Gage Johnson, Contributing writer

The Racers traveled to Northern Kentucky University on Sunday and added another game to the win column by defeating the Norse in late-game fashion with a score of 3-2.

Both teams got right to business firing off multiple shots in the first few minutes.  Murray State took charge first with a goal by freshman forward Rebecca Kubin. The Racers continued a relentless offensive attack, and with senior forward Harriet Withers sixth goal of the season, it looked like the early stages of a blowout.  However, Northern Kentucky wasn’t going down without a fight.

After managing to hold the Racers scoreless in the first, senior forward Jessica Frey tallied the first goal for the Norse in the early minutes of the second.  Both goalies continued to work hard, keeping the game at a stalemate.  Northern Kentucky was able to break the scoreless drought with Frey’s sixth goal of the season, evening the score at 2-2.

The game went down to the wire, with Murray State attempting many of their 24 game total shots in the final minutes.  The Racers’ bench came in clutch, and freshman midfield/forward Kayla Travis entered the game.  She only logged 20 minutes in the game, but she made the most of it.  Travis’ first goal of the season was a big one, as it gave Murray State a 3-2 lead in the final minutes of the half.  

With the victory, Murray State improves to 4-0-0 on the season, while Northern Kentucky falls to 3-2-0.  The Racers will look to continue their win streak when they hit the field at 3 p.m. on Sept. 8 against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock at Cutchin Field for the first time in three games.