MARQUETTE, Mich. – Chelsea Lyons stepped onto the soccer field for her first action at home in a soccer uniform and showed why head coach Matt Granstrand has been talking about her since her decision to join the team for 2011.
Lyons scored all three of Northern Michigan’s (1-0-1) goals in a 3-1 win over Minnesota Crookston (0-1) on Saturday (Sept. 3) afternoon in the Wildcats home opener. Lyons transferred from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and played basketball for the NMU in 2010-11. Women’s basketball coach Troy Mattson gave his blessing for her to play soccer during her final year of eligibility.
“She was wonderful today,” Granstrand said. “She is a great athlete and will not only score goals but also open up a lot of our other players to spread the goals around.”
Lyons put the ‘Cats on the board at 27:26 when she received a pass from Jessica Lusardi into the middle of the box and squeaked it past Crookston goalkeeper Amanda Stapleton. She added her second goal early in the second half (46:02) as she tipped in a pass from Brekelle Sellers.
Minnesota Crookston was able to bring the NMU lead to one when Nikki Hammond scored a goal in the box from Jessica Ramirez at 56:27.
Sellers got her second assist of the day when she had a pass to Lyons for a breakaway goal at 58:02.
“Brekelle is a great offensive threat in the midfield,” Granstrand said. “Some of our players have more of a defensive mindset in the midfield but Brekelle is out there for her offense.”
NMU gets back in action on Sunday (Sept. 4) against Bemidji State. The Beavers opened their season at Michigan Tech on Saturday and were defeated 3-2.
Game Notes: Lyons now has four goals on the season…The Wildcats remembered Carolyn Cosan before the game. Cosan was a recruit of Granstrand and was supposed to join the team in 2010 before being killed in a car accident.
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