MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University soccer team (9-5-5) has been selected to play in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Wildcats are a No. 6 seed and will take on No. 3 seed Northern Kentucky on Friday (Nov. 12) from the campus of UW-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
NMU and Northern Kentucky have never played each other. The Norse have now appeared in the NCAA tournament three years in a row. Northern Kentucky is 16-2-1 and finished with the best record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference at 13-1-0.
Amanda Mason leads the Norse with 17 goals while Megan Frye has six and Claudia Bryant has five. The Norse outscored opponents 42-6 this season. Goalkeeper Rachael Wood has a .350 goals against average and a .887 save percentage.
Dana Stephens (11), Amelia Johnson (9) and Kari Buckel (5) lead the Wildcats offensive charge while Jessica Baker has done a fine job between the posts with a .988 goals against average and .868 save percentage. NMU has outscored opponents 28-24.
NMU started the season on a 10 game unbeaten streak. The Wildcats also advanced to the GLIAC tournament semifinal before losing to Tiffin.
The winner of Friday’s first round game advances to take on UW-Parkside in the second round of the Midwest Region on Sunday.
Live stats can be found here : http://livestats.internetconsult.com/uwp/wsoc/index.htm
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