MARQUETTE, Mich.- The Northern Michigan soccer team had another impressive season on the pitch. The Wildcats finished 10-6-3 overall and 8-5-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. NMU finished in second place in the GLIAC north division for the second consecutive year and in fourth place overall.
The Wildcats opened the season undefeated through the first six games of the season, with a record of 4-0-2. That impressive start landed the ‘Cats in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national poll, ranked No. 13 in the country.
NMU struggled to find the back of the net during the mid-point of the season but rebounded at the end, going 4-2 down the stretch with thrilling double-overtime wins over Northwood and Michigan Tech.
The ‘Cats made a fifth straight trip to the GLIAC Tournament, hosting Tiffin. NMU fell to Tiffin 3-0, ending its season.
NMU went 6-3-1 at home and 4-3-2 on the road. The ‘Cats swept their season series against rival Michigan Tech, 2-0, outscoring the Huskies 5-2.
The ‘Cats also finished undefeated against their non-conference opponents going 2-0-1.
NMU had four players honored by the GLIAC for their outstanding performance on the field. Junior defender Becky Schmidt was named to the all-GLIAC first team and senior forward Chelsea Lyons, junior forward Amelia Johnson and freshman midfielder Kim Rietveld were named to the all-GLIAC second team.
Forward Chelsea Lyons led the ‘Cats in scoring with 21 points and seven goals. Freshman forward Tevun Sellers was second on the team with 12 points and six goals.
The ‘Cats also had 14 student-athletes recognized as members of the GLIAC Excellence and Academic Teams. Seniors Brittany Buckingham and Melissa Mohr and juniors Jessica Baker, Caitlin Glendennig, Amelia Johnson, Jenna Peplinski and Rebekah Schmidt were named to the Academic Excellence team.
Sophomores Taylor Hager, Kaylagh Hollen, Nicole Musi, Ashley Nicholas and Rosemary Pruzinsky, junior Cassandra McCary and senior Chelsea Lyons were named to the All-Academic team.
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