MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (6-3-4, 3-2-4 GLIAC) senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Popp scored three of the four Wildcat goals over the weekend to lead the team to a pair of 2-2 draws. On Friday, he netted the first goal of the match just five minutes in to give NMU an early lead. After Saginaw Valley State University managed to take a 2-1 advantage late, Popp scored in the 73rd-minute off a free kick that would eventually force overtime and a draw.
On Saturday, Popp scored another early goal less than six minutes into the match to put the Wildcats ahead. Sophomore midfielder Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany) would also add an early goal seven minutes later that would eventually help seal a 2-2 draw.
With his second goal on Friday, Popp broke his own school-record for goals in a single season with seven. His performance on Sunday pushed the same record to eight goals with three matches to play. The same goal also gave him his 16th point of the season which also broke his own single season record. He now has 18 total points during the 2018 campaign.
Popp is the third Wildcat to earn a weekly GLIAC award this season after junior midfielder Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) and freshman goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe (Hessisch Lichtenau Germany) did so on earlier in the year. Overall, it is the sixth time in program history that an NMU Men's Soccer student-athlete has earned the weekly honor.
NMU will finish the 2018 campaign on the road for three-consecutive matches. The Wildcats will travel to Purdue University-Northwest on Friday and Davenport University on Sunday with kick-off set for 2:30 p.m. both days.
Just two weekends of action remain in the 2018 regular season before the 2018 GLIAC Tournament gets underway. Currently, the Wildcats sit at third in the conference standings with 13 points. The top two teams in the league will receive a first-round bye in the tournament, while the third and fourth seeded squads will host quarterfinal matches against the fifth and sixth ranked teams.