Wildcats Prepare for Second Week

Wildcats Prepare 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 https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats

Thursday vs. Lewis

Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/

Live stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/msoc/2019-20/boxscores/20190912_dvw9.xml

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, 6-2.


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.)


This will be the first-ever matchup between the two programs. Lewis comes into Thursday's contest at 2-0 on the year, defeating Purdue University Northwest 1-0 and then bested University of Wisconsin Parkside 1-0 in double overtime.


The Wildcats take on the Storm for the first time since 2016 and look to even the series. The two teams played twice that year, with Lake Erie winning the first matchup 1-0, then the teams tied 1-1 later that same season. The Storm are currently 2-0 with wins over Ashland University and Slippery Rock University. Lake Erie takes on Malone University Tuesday afternoon and will play Davenport University Friday night before taking on the Wildcats at Davenport University.