Soccer's Free Kick Sends Defending National Champions To Loss
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Entering Sunday’s soccer game against Grand Valley State the Northern Michigan University squad was 1-16-1 all-time against the Lakers. NMU’s last win over GVSU was a 2-0 decision in Marquette during the 2001 season. Also entering the game Sunday, GVSU had won 65 regular season games in a row and 43 straight conference games.
GVSU the defending NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Champions were also ranked second in this week’s national poll. But that all changed after 91:39 minutes of play Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats kicked home the game-winner in overtime for a 1-0 win over the Lakers. Becky Schmidt was the hero for the ‘Cats as she kicked home the game-winning goal off of a free kick.
NMU improves to 3-0-3 overall and 3-0-1 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. GVSU falls to 5-1-1 and 3-1-1 GLIAC.
The first 45 minutes of play was all Lakers as they recorded 11 shots to only two for the ‘Cats. NMU in the second half had six shots while the Lakers tallied nine. The overtime period saw the Lakers with two shots as NMU made good on its only attempt. For the game the ‘Cats had three shots on-goal while the Lakers had eight. Shots for the game was in favor of GVSU 22-9.
GVSU had all the corner kicks in the game at nine. The first half saw the Lakers with six.
Jessica Baker recorded her third straight shutout of the season. Today she recorded eight saves for the afternoon. She has not given up a goal since the Minnesota-Duluth game (Sept. 10).
NMU continues with its home slate of games next week. First up is a date with the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State Friday (Sept. 24) at 2 p.m. then the Timberwolves of Northwood visit the NMU pitch Sunday (Sept. 26) at noon.
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