MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team made the most of hosting for the first time a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women’s Soccer Tournament game. Tuesday afternoon the Wildcats hosted the University of Findlay Oilers in the quarterfinal game.
After a scoreless first half of play the ‘Cats scored two goals within an eight minute span in the second half as the Oilers made a game of it with a goal of their own with under 10 minutes left in regulation. But in the end NMU won 2-1 to advance in the tournament. NMU will travel to Grand Valley State for the semifinals and final of the tournament. The ‘Cats will face the Lakers Friday afternoon (Nov. 6) at 2:30 p.m. Tiffin will square off against Saginaw Valley State in the other semifinal Friday at noon. The winners of each semifinal game would meet in the tournament final Sunday (Nov. 8) at 1 p.m.
With the win NMU improves to 10-8-1 on the season. The Oilers conclude the 2009 campaign with a 5-11-2 slate.
Amelia Johnson put the ‘Cats on the board first with her fifth goal of the season off a rebound at 51:34 for the 1-0 lead. Dana Stephens made the score 2-0 with her team-leading 11th goal of the season at 59:15. Kari Buckel assisted on the goal. Findlay cut the score in half on a goal by Ashley Ruz with a little more than seven minutes left in the game (83:02). Emily Beddoes assisted on the goal.
Kara Music in goal in goal for the ‘Cats recorded nine saves. Alicia Tutino for the Oilers had four saves. Findlay outshot NMU for the game by a 16-11 count. The Oilers registered 10 shots on-goal while NMU had six. The ‘Cats had seven corner kicks to three for Findlay.
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