MARQUETTE, Mich. – The other football was in action today on the NMU Soccer Field as the Wildcats played its first game on the renovated pitch. NMU scored three first-half goals and then added two more in the second 45 minutes for a 5-0 win over the visiting Ashland University Eagles. It was the conference opener for both teams. NMU improves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) while the Eagles fall to 3-1-1 and 0-1 respectively.
Dana Stephens kicked home the first goal of the game in the 17th minute (17:19) on an assist from Amelia Johnson. For Stephens it was her first goal of the season. Celia Sturos made the count 2-0 with her second goal of the season at 37:08. Emily Lockery assisted on the goal. Kari Buckel scored the third goal of the half at 43:34 for her first of the season.
Lockery opened up the scoring in the second half with her first goal of the season (45:17) for a 4-0 lead. KC McCary scored the final goal of the contest at 87:37 for her first career goal. The final three goals for the ‘Cats were all unassisted.
Kara Music and Jessica Baker combined for the shutout. Music recorded five saves while Baker had one. NMU dominated the shots with 25 to nine for the visiting team. Nineteen of NMU’s shot were on-goal. The ‘Cats had six corner kicks while the Eagles had none.
NMU is back on the road facing Grand Valley State (Sept. 18) and Ferris State (Sept. 20) this coming week.
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