#21 Wildcats Take Their Unbeaten Streak on the Road

#21 Wildcats Take Their Unbeaten Streak on the Road

MARQUETTE, Mich.—No. 21 Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (5-1-1, 2-0-1 GLIAC) will finish a three-match road stand this weekend when they travel to Ashland University (1-5-1, 0-3-0 GLIAC) on Friday and Saginaw Valley State University (4-2-1, 2-1-0 GLIAC) on Sunday. The Wildcats are set to take on the Eagles under the lights at 7 p.m. on Friday, while kick-off on Sunday is set for 2:30 p.m.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

Fans can follow both contests this weekend using the links below. These links can also be found on the team schedule or composite calendar at NMUwildcats.com. 

Friday at Ashland
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2NBcPm4

Sunday at Saginaw Valley St.
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2xPzMaC
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2d6zPCM

   WEEKEND RECAP

On Friday, NMU hosted a non-conference match with Viterbo University at the NMU Soccer Field. The Wildcats netted five goals in each half to earn a 10-0 victory, the most goals for a single match in program history. Senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) found the back of the net twice in the first half, while sophomore forward Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Michigan) scored a pair of goals in the second half for his first scores of the season.

In a battle of two teams unbeaten in conference play, neither NMU or the University of Wisconsin-Parkside was able to take an advantage on Sunday. The Wildcats and Rangers played to a scoreless draw in 110 minutes of action.

   UNBEATEN STREAK

After a 1-0-1 weekend, the Wildcats have pushed their unbeaten streak to six-consecutive matches, the longest such streak since the team began play during the 2016 season. NMU has not dropped a match since the season opener on August 30 and won five straight contests earlier this season to set a program record.

   SHUTTING OUT THE OPPONENT

Freshman goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe (Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany) recorded one solo shutout over the weekend, while combining for one more with fellow freshman goalkeeper Patrick Resum (Okemos, Michigan). The duo also combined for a shutout against Purdue University Northwest on September 16 making it three-consecutive matches the Wildcats have shutout their opponents. The NMU defense has shutout their opponents over the last 312:41 minutes of play and have not allowed a goal since September 14.

   SENIOR LEADERS

The first seniors in program history will graduate in 2018-19 after joining the inaugural team three years ago. Senior midfielder Carson Burmeister (Grayling, Michigan), senior forward Nick Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin), senior defenseman Kevin Hoof (Grove, Minnesota), and Sam Popp will be honored October 14 for Senior Day.

   NMU VERSUS ASHLAND

The two teams have evenly matched over the past two seasons with a 1-1-2 record in four matchups. Last season, the Wildcats earned a 3-0 win at home before fighting to a 3-3 draw on the road later in the season. The Eagles are 1-5-1 this season and winless in three GLIAC contests.

   NMU VERSUS SAGINAW VALLEY ST.

The Wildcats are 0-5-0 against SVSU over the past two seasons. The two teams last met in the GLIAC Tournament a season ago after the NMU advanced to postseason play for the first time in program history. The Wildcats defeated a ranked Tiffin University team before falling to the Cardinals in the semifinals.