Wildcats Prep for Non-Conference Match to End the Regular Season

Wildcats Prep for Non-Conference Match to End the Regular Season

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (4-10-2, 2-9-1 GLIAC) will end the regular season Saturday afternoon when they take on Notre Dame College (11-4, 8-3 MEC) at a neutral site in Grand Rapids Michigan. The contest is scheduled to be played at Davenport University beginning at noon.

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:

Weekend recap. Tied at one goal each after the first half, NMU and Ashland University traded a pair of goals each in the second half. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the overtime periods, resulting in a 3-3 draw. Tiffin University found a goal in the first half and added an insurance goal late in the match, but the Wildcats were unable to score one of their own, falling 2-0.

Postseason hopes. The Wildcats will need some help from around the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference to secure a berth in the 2017 GLIAC Tournament. Five teams have already earned a bid with Ashland and NMU fighting for the sixth and final seed. With NMU having completed their GLIAC schedule, the Wildcats will hope for a Tiffin University victory over Ashland, which would put both NMU and AU at identical 2-9-1 conference marks. The Wildcat would then own the head-to-head tie breaker having defeated the Eagles once, and fighting to a draw in the second matchup. If the TU-AU match ends in a draw or Eagles win, the Wildcats will be eliminated from postseason contention.

Popp is back on top.  Junior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) holds the team lead in both goals and points on the season. His goal over the weekend brought his season totals to 11 points on four goals and three assists. For his career, Popp has totaled 13 points with a pair of assists as a sophomore.

Tied for the team lead. Junior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin) is locked in a tie with Popp for the team lead in assists, each recording three on the year. A trio of Wildcats have helped on a pair of goals each, while five players have one assist.

Between the posts. In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) recorded 11 saves over the weekend to bring his season total to 48, fourth best in the GLIAC. His 22 goals allowed in 2017 are the fifth fewest in the conference.

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 9-20-4 overall.

NMU versus Notre Dame College. The matchup will be the first meeting between the two schools in men's soccer.