Wildcats Surrender Penalty Kick, Fall in Final Minutes

Wildcats Surrender Penalty Kick, Fall in Final Minutes

MIDLAND, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (3-7-1, 1-6 GLIAC) fell to Northwood University (8-2-2, 6-0-1 GLIAC) with the Timberwolves finding the back of the net late in Friday afternoon's game for the lone score.

Northwood controlled the offense from the start holding the Wildcats to a single shot in the opening half of play. NU managed nine chances, including five on goal.

During the first half, the NMU defense stepped up to the challenge of facing the top team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) saved all five shots put on-goal by the Timberwolves.

The Wildcats picked up the offense in the second half recording six shots, finishing the game with seven. The strong defense continued into the second half for NMU, as Torelli finished with a season-high eight saves in the match.

Nine cards were awarded in the game, all coming in the second half. With six cards handed out already, Torelli was given a yellow on a foul in the box resulting in a penalty kick for the Timberwolves in the 81st-minute. NU's leading goal scorer found the back of the net for the seventh time this season on the penalty kick, which proved to be the deciding goal.

Offensively, sophomore midfielder Nick Metcalfe (Royal Oak, Michigan) was the lone Wildcat to record multiple shots and the only to record a shot on-target. Metcalfe had two shots, while six other players each recorded a single shot.

NMU finishes the weekend on the road with Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday. The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats in Marquette, 3-0, earlier in the year. The matchup is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start time.