MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team opened the 2012 season on Thursday (Aug. 30) with a 4-0 loss to the University of Minnesota Duluth from the NMU Soccer Field.
The Bulldogs (1-0) scored a goal in the first half and three in the second. The Wildcat’s (0-1) generated opportunities early but couldn’t capitalize.
“I thought in the first half we played really well against a quality team,” said NMU head coach Matt Granstrand. “I thought we could have been up 3-1 at halftime. But being a young team, every time we made a mistake, we were punished and that’s what happens.”
Senior Amelia Johnson missed a tough angle shot at an open net when UMD goalkeeper Hannah Iaizzo fell down late midway through the first half. The ‘Cats also had a free kick that was shot wide.
The Bulldogs first goal came at 36:09 by Jennifer Smith. Her unassisted goal came off a free kick from 25 yards out of the box from the left side.
UMD’s second goal came at 53:45 when Dani Potter took advantage of a turnover created by teammate Kelli Klun. Sally Stromme kicked the ball in the net after a corner kick by Hannah Keil for the third goal at 65:04.
The final Bulldog goal came on a header at 75:25 by Katie Schneider after a corner by Smith.
“It was a better game than the score reflects, I think, but quality teams will finish your mistakes, and they did,” added Granstrand.
NMU hits the road for its first road trip against two more Minnesota teams over the weekend. The ‘Cats play at Bemidji State at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 1) and Minnesota Crookston at 1 p.m. on Labor Day (Sept. 3).
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