Wildcats Allow Late Goal, Settle for Draw

Wildcats Allow Late Goal, Settle for Draw

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Northern University Men's Soccer (1-0-1, 0-0 GLIAC) allowed two second half goals to the University of Missouri-St. Louis (0-1-1, 0-0 GLVC) to earn a 2-2 double overtime tie Saturday afternoon in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Wildcats wasted little time getting on the board when sophomore Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Michigan) found sophomore Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) who scored the first goal of the contest seven minutes in. Karlsson, who picked up his first goal of the season, is the top returning goal scorer from last years squad.

Freshman Birkir Baldursson (Kopavogur, Iceland) put NMU up a pair of goals in the 35th minutes on an assists from sophomore David Feldmann (Hamilton, Montana). The Wildcats took the two score advantage into the halftime break.

Pat Ries was the hero for the Tritons finding the back of the net twice in the second half to force the overtime periods. Ries' second goal came in the 89th minute narrowly extending the contest.

After ending regulation tied, 2-2, neither team could gain the upper hand in the either of the "sudden victory" overtime periods forcing the 2-2 draw.

Next up for the Wildcats is there 2017 home opener on Thursday against Upper Iowa University at 4 p.m. The Peacocks are currently 1-0 on the season, but host Lewis University Sunday afternoon.