ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Brendan Murphy scored on a penalty kick in the 106th minute as Atlantic Sun-leading Northern Kentucky edged UNC Asheville 2-1 in double overtime Wednesday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
The match was tied 1-1 late in the second OT period when the Bulldogs were called for a foul near the box. Referee Matt Lawler awarded the visitors a penalty kick.
Murphy connected for his third goal of the season at 106:38 to give the Norse (8-3-6) hard-fought victory. Asheville fell to 4-12-0 on the year. The one-goal defeat was the Bulldogs seventh of the season and it marked the sixth time they’ve lost on a goal late in regulation or in overtime. Both of Asheville’s overtime losses have come late in the second overtime period.
The Bulldogs trailed 1-0 after Justin Wolstenholme scored his first goal of the season for the visitors in the 40th minute.
Asheville rallied in the second half as freshman Tevin Beckwith tallied the first goal of his career. Quentin Reynolds took a shot that hit the goal post but Beckwith was right there on the rebound to knot the match at 1-1 at 71:50.
The home team came close to taking the lead minutes later when a blast by Grady Bradshaw was stopped by NKU goalkeeper A.J. Fleak.
Northern Kentucky had some chances late in regulation as Nicholas Chiarot had two shots stopped by Bulldog goalkeeper Dan Jackson.
Neither team could get much offense going in overtime until the foul was called on the Bulldogs in the 106th minute.
The Norse held a 22-13 edge in shots and 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
UNC Asheville returns home to face nationally-ranked and Big South leader Coastal Carolina Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Chanticleers are ranked fifth in the nation and will be the highest-ranked team to ever play at Greenwood Field. Saturday’s game will also be Senior Day as the school honors its five seniors playing their final home game. The five seniors are Bobby Castro, Rob May, Kenny Lingerfelt, Hans Lohmeyer and Mick Giordano.