September 2, 2011

Wildcats Open Season with Tie in Rainy Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team got caught in a thunderstorm and had its game delayed by an hour and a half at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Once the game got started the two teams used the full 110:00 and ended the game in a 2-2 tie after two overtimes.

“We had a great performance,” head soccer coach Matt Granstrand said. “Duluth is a quality team and it was a good test to see where we are. If we play like we did tonight, it could be a good year.”

NMU was down by one late before Chelsea Lyons scored the equalizer at 73:41 to even the score at two. It was her first goal in a Wildcat uniform.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first when Dani Potter put the ball past NMU goalkeeper Jessica Baker at 11:15 in the opening half.

Freshman Tevun Sellers scored her first goal in a Wildcat uniform with an unassisted goal at 22:00.

“Tevun had a very nice finish on a breakaway and Chelsea was setup by Amelia Johnson and Brekelle Sellers,” Granstrand said. “We had many one-on-one chances but just couldn’t capitalize. It was a good start to the year though.”

Maureen Stormont scored the second UMD goal a minutes after NMU’s first goal. She also assisted on the Bulldogs first goal.

NMU outshot UMD 20-11. Lyons had six shots and Johnson had five with four on goal.

Hanna Iaizzo made 12 saves for the Bulldogs.

NMU returns home to take on two more Minnesota schools. The ‘Cats host Minnesota Crookston on Saturday (Sept. 3) and Bemidji State on Sunday (Sept. 4). Both games are set to start at 1 p.m.

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