November 8, 2006
BAY CITY, Mich. – Northern Michigan University’s Matt Granstrand was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year by his peers. Named to the All-GLIAC Women’s Soccer Team from the Wildcat team were goaltender Kara Music to the first-team and forward Renee LeBlanc to the second-team. Balloting was conducted by the league’s coaches.
Granstrand having just concluded his third season at NMU led the Wildcats to its best records ever overall at 16-2-0 and 6-2-0 in GLIAC play. NMU finished in third place in the GLIAC standings, which is the best-ever finish for the team. His 2006 edition of the ‘Cats set over 15 NMU records including: most wins in a season (16), fewest losses (2), fewest goals allowed (16), longest winning streak (7 games-twice) and most shutouts (12). Granstrand guided the 2006 team to its first-ever national and regional rankings. His record at NMU is now 33-15-3 and his overall collegiate record is 64-37-6 in 10 seasons.
Music, a freshman from Whitehouse, Ohio, recorded nine shutouts for the season, which is a new NMU record. She led the GLIAC in save-percentage (.868), shutouts and was third in goals-against (.850). For the season, Music was 15-2-0.
LeBlanc, a junior from Fenton, Mich., had a team-high 14 goals. She led the GLIAC in game-winning goals (8) and tied for fourth in goals. LeBlanc has 35 career goals. The NMU record is 38, which is held by Carolyn Kunas (2000-03).
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