MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (2-1-1, 0-0 GLIAC) split their weekend at home with a 3-1 victory over Marygrove College (2-3, 0-0 WHAC) Sunday afternoon for their first home victory of 2017.
With fouls being the story of the first half, neither team was able to find many clear shots at the goal in the opening period. Each team ended the half with eight fouls each with a combined six coming in the opening 15 minutes of play.
Junior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage in the 44th minute for his second score of the season. Junior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin) threaded a pass into the box that was received by sophomore forward David Feldmann (Hamilton, Montana) Hoffman sent it back near the top of the box for Popp who found the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. At the half, NMU held a 4-2 advantage in shots with three being on-goal.
Just over 10 minutes into the second half, Sophomore midfielder Edgar Astorga (Chicago, Illinois) scored his first goal of the season in the 56th minute to put the Wildcats up a pair. Popp was credited with the assist to earn his third point of the afternoon.
Despite the Mustangs cutting the deficit with a goal in the 72nd minute, freshman forward Birkir Baldursson (Kopavogur, Iceland) pushed the lead back to a pair off a free kick in the 74th minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) earned his second win of 2017 facing just six shots on the afternoon. Torelli's goals against average sits at 1.15 for the year, good enough for fifth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
NMU hosts another pair of contests next weekend, both will be GLIAC events. Saginaw Valley State University come to Marquette on Friday for a 4 p.m. game, while Northwood University will take on the Wildcats Sunday at 1 p.m.