HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University soccer team was defeated by Michigan Tech, 2-0, for the first time ever on Monday (Sept. 10) evening from Sherman Field in a non-conference matchup between the two Upper Peninsula rivals. The Wildcats are now 1-3 on the season and begin Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play on Friday.
“I think our second half performance was great,” NMU coach Matt Granstrand said. “You have to play a full 90 minutes to compete and we didn’t. In the first 45, we weren’t awake and that’s my fault. Lucky for us, Tech didn’t seem to be awake either. The first half was both teams just going through the motions.”
Senior forward Amelia Johnson had a great scoring chance midway through the first half that was stopped by Husky goalkeeper Jenna Phelps. Freshman Gabriella Garza also had a chance in the first half when the ‘Cats were supplying pressure in the offensive end.
The Huskies (2-2) broke the scoreless tie 53 minutes into the game with a goal by Lindsey Van Rooy. MTU added the second goal late in the game (87:14) when Amanda Whiting found the back of the net.
Tech had nine shots on goal while the ‘Cats generated five. NMU had one more corner kick (5-4) and seven more fouls (12-5).
NMU’s redshirt freshman goalkeeper Shelby Conard had seven saves between the pipes. Garza finished with three shots on goal while senior Brekelle Sellers had two and Johnson one.
Conard, Johnson, freshman Helen Kiilunen, senior Becky Fiorenza and sophomores Cheyenne Cecchini, Haley Boroughf and Kim Rietveld all played the full 90 minutes
“Kim had a really good game tonight,” Granstrand added. “She played three different positions and I know I can put her anywhere. Amelia is always good and Shelby played well in goal.”
The ‘Cats travel to South Euclid, Ohio on Friday (Sept. 14) for a first-ever meeting with Notre Dame College, to open conference play. Sunday’s (Sept. 15) matchup is against Lake Erie College.
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