Soccer Advances to GLIAC Tournament Semis
MARQUETTE, Mich. – The No. 3 seeded Northern Michigan University soccer team (9-4-5) defeated the No. 6 seed Ferris State 4-3 Tuesday afternoon from the Outdoor Fields. The teams combined for only one goal apiece during the two regular season games but the offense broke through in the GLIAC tournament quarterfinal game.
Amelia Johnson opened the scoring at 14:41 of the first half off of a long pass up the middle from Brekelle Sellers. Kara Lovelace scored her first goal for Ferris at 23:27 to even the score going into halftime.
Dana Stephens scored quickly in the second half to give the Wildcats the one goal lead but again, Lovelace picked up her second goal out in front of the net to tie the game.
Stephens scored her second goal of the game while Brekelle Sellers picked up her second assist of the game at 52:47 to take the lead again. Three minutes later Kari Buckel scored on a free kick from the right side of the field to put the ‘Cats up two.
NMU head coach Matt Granstrand wasn’t surprised with Sellers play, “She’s been a player that has worked for her playing time. She’s turning into the player we expect her to be.”
Ferris fought hard down the stretch outshooting NMU 8-2 in the final 10 minutes. Hillary Braun brought the Bulldogs within reach when she scored a volley goal off a sideline pass from Kara Lovelace, but NMU held on for the victory.
Dana Bush got the win for NMU recording 10 saves, while Rachel McCollum had 10 of her own for the Bulldogs.
Granstrand know he has two really good goalkeepers, “We have two that can step in and do the job. It’s a good problem for a coach to have. Dana has shown true leadership this year in the game she hasn't been starting.”
Next up for NMU is a matchup with the No. 3 seeded Tiffin Dragons. NMU will play Tiffin Friday (Nov. 3) at 11 a.m. from the campus of Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich.
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