Men's Soccer Prepares for Second Week

Men's Soccer Prepares for Second Week

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer team returns to the NMU Soccer Field Thursday afternoon to take on Lewis University then hits the road again to take on Lake Erie College in a neutral site contest at in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Thursday's match features video and live stats but Sunday's match will only have live stats provided as of this time. Game updates throughout the weekend can be found at

Thursday vs. Lewis


Live stats:

Sunday vs. Lake Erie in Grand Rapids, Michigan, played at Davenport University

Links for Sunday's contest are not available at this time.


Northern Michigan opened the 2019 season in exciting fashion with a 2-1 victory over Southern Indiana, an NCAA Tournament team last year. NMU held a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute with a penalty kick goal. In the second half, the Screaming Eagles tied the score, but the Wildcats answered in the 68th minute and held on late to win the match. On Sunday, the team fell in their first road contest of the year, falling to Quincy.


Senior Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) scored the first goal of the year for NMU, putting a penalty kick into the net. Olpin was dribbling to the goal when he was brought down inside the box. He then put the ensuing kick into the net to put NMU up 1-0.  


After the Eagles tied the score at 1-1 in the 62nd minute, senior Eric Suess (Ludwigsburg, Germany) put the Wildcats back on top. In the 68th minute, senior Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) crossed the ball into the box, which Suess was able to head past the goalkeeper for his first goal since his freshman season.


In the team's matchup at Quincy, freshman Ryan Palmbaum (Rocklin, California) scored his first career goal, then added a second one later in the game. In the second half, Palmbaum scored on a pass from Olpin for his first career goal at Northern Michigan. He then scored again 10 minutes later, heading in a cross from senior Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Mich.).

Mich.) and Jonas Vorbau (Wuppertal, Germany).


NMU returns 10 players who appeared in at least 10 games with seven of them starting at least 10. Due to injuries, many more players were forced into new positions as the season progressed. The benefit to this is the fact that many players can now fill multiple roles, allowing for significant depth this year. This returning experience includes two junior midfielders, Arni Eiriksson (Akureyri, Iceland) and Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany).


Thursday's contest will be the second matchup between the two schools. Last season, the Wildcats came away with a 2-0 victory over the Screaming Eagles.


This will be second meeting in program history with the Eagles, with NMU winning 3-2 last season. Quincy opens their season Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.