MARQUETTE, Mich. - The NMU Women’s Soccer team (3-0-3) (3-0-1 GLIAC) will finish their six game home stand and look to remain undefeated as they welcome Saginaw Valley on Friday (Sept. 24 at 2 pm) and Northwood on Sunday (Sept. 25 at 12:00 pm) for Homecoming weekend.
The Wildcats are coming off a huge win in overtime against number two ranked Grand Valley State on Sunday. Becky Schmidt scored her first goal of the season when she buried a free kick at 91:39 to seal the victory. The Wildcats hadn’t beaten the defending NCAA Champion Lakers since 2001 and stayed undefeated while climbing to the top of the GLIAC standings. They also broke Grand Valley streak of 65 wins in a row and 43 straight conference wins.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) also recognized the Wildcat Soccer team as an Honorable Mention in it’s weekly poll. The ‘Cats are also ranked third in the NSCAA regional rankings behind Northern Kentucky and Grand Valley State.
NMU goalkeeper Jessica Baker is the GLIAC Soccer Athlete of the Week. Baker holds a 0.45 goals against average and the sophomore recorded 2 shutouts last week and has allowed only 3 goals all year.
Saginaw Valley State is 4-2-1 and 3-1-1 in the conference. The NSCAA ranked the Cardinals 8th in the region. Kayla Johnston leads the offensive charge for the Cardinals with seven points on the season.
Northwood is 3-4 and 1-4 in the conference. They have played all but one of their games at home.
The key to beating Northwood will be holding Amanda Watson in check. Watson leads the GLIAC with 15 points on six goals and three assists. She is also second in the conference in total shots with 23.
It’s been and exciting and successful season for the Soccer Wildcats. Come support the team during the first weekend of fall and Homecoming 2010.