Soccer Loses First of the Year
MARQUETTE, Mich. – The NMU soccer team (6-1-4, 6-1-2 GLIAC) went down in defeat on a sunny warm Friday afternoon from the Outdoor Fields. Findlay (5-3-2, 5-3 GLIAC) scored the lone goal early in the second half and held on to beat the Wildcats 1-0.
Both teams had many great scoring chances in the first half. NMU’s Kari Buckel had two great scoring chances that were shot high of the net. Sandy Findley and Brittany Guglielmi both had opportunities to take the lead for the Oilers. Guglielmi had a shot hit the crossbar.
Sara Jones finally scored the only goal of the game off of a defender after a corner pass. She buried the unassisted goal at 52:37 from just inside the box on the right side.
From there, the game got physical. Findlay recorded 13 fouls while NMU had seven. The Oilers were also whistled for two yellow cards. One was on the bench and the other was on goalkeeper Alicia Tutino after she ran into Amelia Johnson.
“They were a little bit physical but that’s what we expect.” NMU Head Coach Matt Granstrand said.
NMU had many chances for the equalizer in the second half. KC McCary had a shot from inside the box go just wide and Dana Stephens couldn’t quite corral the ball on a breakaway after Findlay’s goaltender overran the ball.
Granstrand knows his team had a shot, “We had our chances but if you don’t finish your chances this is what happens. Findlay was the better team. They got the goal. They won the game.”
Jessica Baker recorded eight saves for the ‘Cats and Tutino had six.
The ‘Cats look to bounce back from their first loss of the season, this Sunday (Oct. 10), when they host Tiffin from the Outdoor Fields at noon.
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