September 22, 2009
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Beginning Friday there will be five athletic events on the Northern Michigan University campus to celebrate Homecoming. Football, soccer and volleyball are all in action at home this weekend. Between the parade and other activities surround Homecoming there will be plenty of action on the court and fields.
Soccer (4-3, 2-1 GLIAC)gets the ball rolling with a match against Saginaw Valley State Friday (Sept. 25) afternoon at 2 p.m. They will also face Northwood Sunday (Sept. 27) at noon. The team is in the midst of the conference race. This will be the first time this season the Wildcats have played back-to-back games at home. NMU defeated Ferris State Sunday when Dana Stephens scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute.
Volleyball (6-7, 2-3 GLIAC) will end its five-match home stand with two matches this weekend. The ‘Cats play Friday night (Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.) against Findlay. The team won’t have much time to rest as they will turn around and face the Chargers of Hillsdale Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. Cassie Osiecki who set a new career digs record against Ferris State leads the defensive efforts. She currently has 1,565 digs in her NMU career. The old record of 1,556 was set by Jennie Long (1991-94).
Also on Saturday (Sept. 26) the NMU football team (2-1, 2-1 GLIAC) will put its two-game winning streak on the line by facing the Bulldogs of Ferris State at 4 p.m. NMU is coming off a 48-16 win over Michigan Tech last week to bring the Miner’s Cup back to Marquette. The last time NMU was at home, two weeks ago, the team won 62-0 over the Tiffin Dragons. NMU is the top scoring team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) by averaging almost 44 points a game.
The NMU cross country team will be in the Twin Cities running at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday (Sept. 26) beginning at 8:45 a.m. Currently ranked ninth in the latest NCAA II regional rankings the ‘Cats will face a very strong field in St. Paul, Minn.
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