MARQUETTE, Mich. – After splitting a pair of games last weekend at home, the Northern Michigan University soccer team travels downstate for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. The Wildcats face Northwood University on Friday (Oct. 5) at 7 p.m. at the Midland Soccer Complex. On Sunday, (Oct. 7), NMU travels to University Center, Mich. for noon matchup against Saginaw Valley State University.
Coach Matt Granstrand’s squad enters the week at 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the GLIAC. NMU fell to Tiffin University, 3-2 on Friday (Sept. 28), but came back for a 3-0 shutout win over the University of Findlay on Sunday (Sept. 30).
On Friday, seniors Becky Fiorenza and Amelia Johnson each scored their first goals on the season. Johnson added a second goal on Sunday afternoon against Findlay. Sophomore Taylor Smith earned her first goals of her Green and Gold career as she scored two goals on Sunday. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Shelby Conard had 12 saves on the weekend and has totaled 45 for the season. With Sunday’s win, Conard marked her third win of the season and her second shutout.
Northwood is 3-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the conference. The Timberwolves had a scoreless tie with Ohio Dominican on Friday night. On Sunday, Northwood defeated Ashland 2-0 in Ashland, Ohio. Alyssa Tomassi is tied for the GLIAC lead with seven goals. Teammate Amanda Watson is tied for third in the league with six goals.
NMU and Northwood last faced each other a season ago in Marquette. The ‘Cats defeated the Timberwolves 4-3 in double overtime with the game-winning goal by Johnson. NMU leads the overall series 9-7-2, but trails 3-5-0 in games played in Midland.
Saginaw Valley (4-1-4, 3-0-3 GLIAC) comes into the weekend in second place in the conference after a weekend sweep of Ohio Dominican and Ashland. The Cardinals defeated Ashland on Friday, 3-0. In Saturday’s matchup against the Panthers, the Cardinals came out on top, 1-0. Annie Aubrey leads the team with three goals.
NMU has the 11-8-1 advantage over SVSU in the all-time series, and leads games played on the road, 7-3-0. The ‘Cats fell to the Cardinals in a 2-0 shutout on October 21, 2010 in Marquette.
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