HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan soccer team got the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference portion of its season started with a 3-1 win over U.P. rival Michigan Tech on Wednesday (Sept. 7) night from Sherman Field.
“It’s fantastic to come up here and get a win over a quality opponent,” NMU head soccer coach Matt Granstrand. “Tech has a program that is on the rise and should be a very good program for years to come.”
NMU remains unbeaten with a 3-0-1 record.
Junior goalkeeper Jessica Baker kept the Wildcats in the game early as she came out of the net to take the angle down on a shot by Lindsey Van Rooy of the Huskies and made a clutch save 17 minutes into the game.
“Jessica’s save early in the game was crucial,” NMU head coach Matt Granstrand said. “If Tech would’ve scored on that goal I think the game would have been a lot different.”
Amelia Johnson got the ‘Cats on the board 30 minutes into the game when buried her first goal of the season. She received a pass from Kylee St. Arnauld and chipped the ball over the MTU goalkeeper from inside the box.
Kim Rietveld scored her first goal in a Wildcat uniform a few minutes before halftime (41:16). Teammate Chelsea Lyons got her first assist on the season with a pass up the middle to Rietveld.
The Huskies scored their lone goal 10 minutes into the second half when Van Rooy scored on a header from teammate Katie Boardman.
Chelsea Lyons continued her goal scoring streak of four games at 12:29 into the second half. Amelia Johnson carried the ball to the net and crossed it over into the box. MTU goalkeeper MaryBeth Spoehr came out to stop the ball but misplayed it and Lyons was able to bang it home after both teams exchanged kicks.
“We have a lot of experience on our team,” Granstrand added. “Our defense has been together for three years and they do a great job communicating to each other.”
The Wildcats take their unbeaten record and continue their six-game road strip as they travel to Ohio Dominican on Sunday (Sept. 11).
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