Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead for the second time in as many games, Morehead State dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to Northern Kentucky on Monday night at Jayne Stadium.
The Eagles fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Norse advance to 2-0.
"We moved another step forward tonight," said head coach Warren Lipka. "We're getting our numbers back, we're getting better, and that's what we need to do."
The match's first goal came by way of friendly fire from the NKU defense early in the second half. Shortly after, Northern Kentucky responded with a perfect cross from Kayte Osterfeld, ending in an authoritative header by Jessica Frey that was just out of Morehead State goalkeeper Michelle Washburn's reach. Frey also netted the game-winning goal off an assist from Shawna Zaken in the 69th minute.
"This is a time we need to learn and come together before conference play," Lipka said. "If we keep on improving every game like we're doing now, we're going to be okay."
Washburn faced 20 shots on the day, logging eight saves in the process. Juniors Samantha Damante and Cara Maher recorded three shots apiece, each landing two on goal. Melissa Pickren and Shelby Huddleston both added an attempt off the bench.
Morehead State picks back up on Friday, welcoming Bowling Green to Jayne Stadium at 6 p.m. ET.