Wildcats Look to End Skid at Home

Wildcats Look to End Skid at Home

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (2-5-1, 0-4 GLAIC) will return home for a pair of conference contests with Tiffin University (3-2-3, 2-0-1 GLIAC) travels to Marquette on Friday at 4 p.m., while NMU will take on Ashland University (4-3, 0-3 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 swept on the road: The Wildcats fell to 0-4 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after being swept on their road trip over the weekend by Purdue University-Northwest and Davenport University. It was the first matchup for NMU with both schools as both entered the GLIAC and NCAA Division II in 2017. Sophomore defender Lewis Murray (Edinburgh, Scotland) scored the lone NMU goal in the 77th-minute against PNW.

Offensive leaders: Junior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) leads the Wildcats with five points with a pair of goals and an assist in 2017. Freshman forward Birkir Baldursson (Kopavogur, Iceland) is tied with Popp for the team lead in goals. Baldursson and sophomore Forward David Feldmann (Hamilton, Montana) each have four points on the season.

Harenda lends a helping hand: Junior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin) leads the Wildcats in assists with three on the season. Sophomore midfielder Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) lead the team in assists a season ago with five. Feldmann has a pair of assists behind Harenda.

A New Face in Goal: Sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) has played 679 minutes in goal for the Wildcats of a possible 749. After receiving a red card ejection in Sunday's match with DU, sophomore goalkeeper Brayden Wilinski (Seymour, Wisconsin) entered the contest in the 70th-minute, finishing the game with five saves. Torelli will be ineligible for Friday's game, leaving Wilinski and freshman Cole Sing (Berrien Center, Michigan) as the two keepers on the roster.

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 7-15-3 overall.

NMU versus Tiffin: NMU and TU met on two occasions in 2016 with the Wildcats earning a 2-1 road victory in the first matchup. The Dragons picked up the 2-1 victory in Marquette near the end of the season to even the all-time record at 1-1.

NMU versus Ashland: It will be the third matchup between NMU and AU with the teams meeting twice in 2016. Ashland earned a victory in the first matchup, while the second contest ended in a 1-1 draw.