BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team used a goal by Dana Stephens with less than a minute left in regulation to defeat Ferris State Sunday by a score of 3-2. NMU split its weekend road swing as they lost at Grand Valley State Friday.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 4-3-0 overall on the season and 2-1-0 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. On the other hand the Bulldogs fall to 1-5-1 and 1-2-0 respectively.
Stephens scored the first goal of the game for her second of the season at 11:58 to get the ‘Cats on the board. Emily Lockery assisted on the goal. Kari Buckel made the count 2-0 with her second goal for 2009, off a rebound inside the box, on an assist from Aurora Jackson in the 34th minute (34:05).
Ferris made a game of it with two goals in the matter of about seven minutes. Bri Borgman scored at 77:35 then teammate Megan McCabe tied the game at two-all at 84:59. Stephens was the hero with her second goal of the day and third of the season at 89:31 on an assist from Kari Buckel. The shot was a cross outside the 18 which hit the back post.
Kara Music tallied eight saves in the win. NMU had 17 shots for the game while the Bulldogs had 22. Of NMU’s shots 11 were on-goal as the home team had 10 shots on-target. Ferris had the edge on corner kick at four to two.
The ‘Cats return home next week for two contests. Saginaw Valley State visits Friday (Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.) then Northwood will face the ‘Cats Sunday (Sept. 27 at noon).
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