Comeback Bid Falls Short for Wildcats

Comeback Bid Falls Short for Wildcats

HAMMOND, Ind.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (2-4-1, 0-3 GLIAC) began their weekend road trip with a 2-1 loss to Purdue University-Northwest (3-2-1, 1-1 GLIAC) Friday night in the first-ever matchup between the two schools in men's soccer.

It was all offense early with nine combined shots in the opening 21 minutes. The ninth shot would result in the first goal of the contest as the Pride connected to take an early, 1-0, advantage. The Wildcats failed to record a shot attempt the rest of the half after PNW took the lead.

Just over ten minutes into the second period, PNW went up a pair of goals while they continued to shut down NMU offensively. The Wildcats did not record a shot in the opening 22 minutes of the second half. The PNW defense held NMU to more than 49 consecutive minutes of play without a shot attempt.

Scoring the lone NMU goal was sophomore defender Lewis Murray (Edinburgh, Scotland) who picked up his first goal of the season and his Wildcat career in the 77th-minute to pull NMU within one. However, the squad was unable to complete the comeback with a single shot in the game's final 13 minutes.

Despite the loss, sophomore midfielder Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) helped the Wildcats outshoot the Pride with three of the team's nine shots. All three of Karlsson's attempts were on target with the team putting five on-goal.

Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) faced four shots on-goal making a pair of saves in the contest.

Next for the Wildcats, the squad will look to pick up their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory in Caledonia, Michigan, taking on Davenport University. It will be the first matchup between the two programs in men's soccer with the Panthers joining the NCAA Division II and GLIAC this season.