September 22, 2006
'Cats Extend Winning Ways
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University soccer team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 5-4 win over Ferris State on Friday afternoon. The seven games ties the longest unbeaten streak for the ‘Cats and adds to the winning streak. The ‘Cats are now 9-1-0 overall on the season and 2-1-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). FSU falls to 5-4-0 and 1-1-0 respectively.
NMU jumped out to a quick 3-0 a little half way through the first half of play. Colleen Klein opened the scoring with a goal at 8:36 of the game. Amanda Gadomski assisted on the goal. Renee LeBlanc added to the scoring column with a goal at 12:39 on an assist from Casey Wilcox. At the 27 minute mark (27:21), Celia Sturos scored her second goal of the season to give the ‘Cats a three-goal lead. LeBlanc assisted on the goal.
The Bulldogs closed the gap by scoring two goals in about four minutes. Kristie Smilanich kicked home both goals at 30:44 and 34:39 respectively. The scoring was not done for the ‘Cats in the half as Andrea Lebert added a goal at 36:12 to give the ‘Cats the 4-2 lead. LeBlanc assisted on Lebert’s goal before she scored her second goal of the game on a penalty kick at 37:54 to make it 5-2. Smilanich scored her third goal of the game at 42:16 on a penalty kick. After the first 45 minutes of play the ‘Cats held a 5-3 advantage.
The Bulldogs added a goal at 56:23 by Kirstin Lumley for the final margin. FSU had the advantage of the shots by a count of 31-14. Corner kicks were also in favor of the home team as the Bulldogs had eight to two for the ‘Cats. Kara Music went the distance in goal for the ‘Cats as she had 12 saves for the game.
NMU will stay on the road with a game at Grand Valley State on Sunday (Sept. 24).
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