MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan soccer season begins this week with three non-conference games against Minnesota foes.
Coming off their most successful season in school history, the 2011 ‘Cats look to build on the success of last year’s NCAA tournament season.
NMU finished 9-6-5 overall with an 8-4-3 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The ‘Cats finished the season in the NCAA tournament, losing to Northern Kentucky 4-0.
The ‘Cats begin a new season on the pitch Sept. 1 at Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs finished the 2010 season 12-6-2 overall and 10-3-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The teams tied 1-1 in last year’s meeting in Marquette, with the Bulldogs holding a 9-3-2 series lead. Duluth was picked to finish second in the NSIC Preseason Poll.
NMU then returns home for a two-game home stand against Minnesota-Crookston and Bemidji State.
On Sept. 3, NMU begins their home schedule against Minnesota-Crookston. The Golden Eagles finished last season with overall at 2-13--2 with a 2-10-1 mark in the NSIC. The ‘Cats have dominated the Golden Eagles in recent years, holding a 5-1-0 series lead.
NMU closes out the weekend on Sept. 4 against Bemidji State. The Beavers finished last season at 14-4-1 and 9-3-1 in the NSIC. The Beavers were picked sixth in the NSIC Preseason Poll, after finishing third a season ago. The ‘Cats lead the series 3-1-0, with the last meeting coming in 2007.
Home games are held on the Outdoor Fields behind the Superior Dome with free admission.
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