MARQUETTE, Mich. – A wild and back-and-fourth contest is the best way to describe the Northern Michigan soccer team’s thrilling 4-3 double overtime victory over Northwood this afternoon (Oct. 23).
With the win, the ‘Cats improve to 9-5-3 overall and 7-5-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Timberwolves fall to 5-10 overall and 4-10 in the GLIAC.
Tevun Sellers put the Wildcats on the board first with a goal from her sister Brekelle at the 31st minute of the first half. The goal was Sellers sixth of the season.
KC McCary put NMU up by two off of a rebound from Becky Schmidt at the 60th minute.
Just four minutes later, Northwood’s Amanda Watson found the back of the net, putting the Timberwolves on the scoreboard for the first time.
Moments later Amelia Johnson responded with a goal of her own at the 66th minute with an assists from Chelsea Lyons.
Trailing 3-1, the Timberwolves’ Alyssa Tomassi took a shot from 20 yards out on the left side at the 67th minute, to trim the lead to just one goal.
During a seven minute span, the two teams combined to score four goals.
NMU appeared to be on its way to a victory but with less than three minutes remaining, Northwood’s Tonya Sitney drilled a shot over goalie Jessica Bakers head and off the upright to tie the game at 3-3.
In the second overtime, a yellow card on Kaylagh Hollen for a tackle in the box, gave a penalty kick to Northwood’s Heather Rhodes. The shot hit the upright and was knocked out by goalkeeper Jessica Baker.
With less than one minute remaining in the second overtime, the ‘Cats Missy Mohr attempted a corner kick that was deflected off of a Northwood player and found its way to Amelia Johnson via Chelsea Lyons. Johnson took the ball from 10 yards out on the left side and planted it in the net for the game winner. The goal was the junior’s second of the match and first game winner of the season.
NMU junior goalkeeper Jessica Baker turned away 13 of the 16 shots she faced, while Northwood keeper Rebecca Lipinski stopped seven of the 11 that came her way.
Amelia Johnson led the ‘Cats with two goals on the afternoon and Chelsea Lyons contributed two assists, both on Johnson goals.
NMU hosts rival Michigan Tech at 4 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 28) to close out the regular season.
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