Wildcats Begin Conference Action at Home

Wildcats Begin Conference Action at Home

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (2-1-1, 0-0-0 GLAIC) will host a pair of conference matches this weekend when No. 16 Saginaw Valley State University (3-1, 0-0 GLIAC) travels to Marquette on Friday at 4 p.m., while NMU will take on Northwood University (2-2-1, 0-0 GLIAC) Sunday at 1 p.m.

Live stats and live video can be found at nmuwildcats.com, while there will also be in-game updates on Twitter at @NMU_Wildcats.

Weekly Notes:

Wildcats split home weekend: Playing in their second overtime game of the season, the Wildcats fell to Upper Iowa in the first overtime period Thursday. Despite falling behind early in the contest, NMU tied it at one 10 minutes into the second half before losing in overtime. On Sunday, Northern Michigan scored just before and just after the halftime intermission to take the 2-0 advantage over Marygrove College, eventually taking the 3-1 victory. The Wildcat defense held the Mustangs to a single shot on goal.

Popp's weekend surge: After failing to record a point in the opening weekend of 2017, junior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) scored five points on two goals and an assist over the weekend. Scoring the squad's first goal of each game, Popp also recorded an assist to freshman midfielder Edgar Astorga (Chicago, Illinois) in Sunday's victory over Marygrove. A season ago, Popp recorded a single point.

Harenda lends a helping hand: Junior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin) leads the Wildcats in assists with three on the season. The junior has assisted on a goal in all but one game, failing to do so against the University of Missouri-St. Louis during the opening weekend of play. Sophomore midfielder Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) lead the team in assists a season ago with five.

Torelli impresses between the posts: Sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) has played in all 390 minutes in goal for the Wildcats over the first two weeks of the season earning a 2-1-1 record in the process. Torelli's goals against average sits at 1.15 while facing just 10 shots on the season, making five saves.

Poggi enters his second year: NMU Head Coach David Poggi is in his second season as the head coach of the Wildcats, producing a record of 7-11-3 overall.

NMU versus Saginaw Valley St.: It will be the third matchup in for the two schools in men's soccer after SVSU won two matchups in 2016. The Cardinals are 3-1, while dropping from No. 4 to No. 16 in the United States Soccer Coaches Association after splitting two games last week.

NMU versus Northwood: It will be the third matchup for the two schools in men's soccer with Northwood earning a pair of victories a year ago. The Timberwolves are 2-2-1 in 2017, going 1-1-1 last week.