Wildcats Open GLIAC Season

Wildcats Open GLIAC Season

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer team begins Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action this weekend as they play Purdue University Northwest on Friday afternoon and then host University of Upper Iowa Sunday at the NMU Soccer Field.


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

Friday vs. Purdue Northwest

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

Live stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/msoc/2019-20/boxscores/20190920_awfn.xml

Sunday vs. Upper Iowa

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

Live stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/msoc/2019-20/boxscores/20190922_h11c.xml


Northern Michigan hosted Lewis University Thursday afternoon but were unable to take victory. The Flyers scored a goal with just over a minute remaining in the first half to take a halftime lead. The Wildcats tied the score with six minutes remaining to force overtime.

In overtime, the teams played an even first 10 minutes. However, with just 1:42 to go in the match, Lewis managed to score in double overtime to take victory.

The team then took on #16 Lake Erie College on Sunday but dropped the contest 1-0.


Four players have scored so far this season for NMU. Freshman Ryan Palmbaum (Rocklin, California) leads the team with two goals. His two goals also places him in a tie for the GLIAC's lead. His four points put him in a tie for second-most points in the league while his nine shots put him third.

Senior Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) scored the season's first goal by converting a penalty kick in the team's opener.

Senior Eric Suess (Ludwigsburg, Germany) scored the game-winner against University of Southern Indiana while junior Vegard Ervall (Trondheim, Norway) scored NMU's goal last week.


The Wildcats have notched three assists this year on five goals. Senior Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) helped Suess score the game-winner against the Screaming Eagles.

Olpin gathered an assist in the team's match at Quincy University. Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Mich.) also achieved an assist at Quincy.


Freshman Jonas Vorbau (Wuppertal, Germany) is second among all GLIAC goalkeepers as he has allowed just three goals this season. He is also ranked in goals against average as he has allowed just 1.76 goals per game.


This will be the fifth matchup between the teams in program history, with a 2-2 tie between the teams. NMU does hold a 9-4 goal advantage in the series. The team's split last year's contests, with NMU winning 5-0 and PNW capturing a 2-1 victory. The Pride comes into the weekend at 0-4 this season.


The Wildcats enter Sunday's match looking to tie the series as Upper Iowa holds a 1-0 lead. The team's played in 2017 with Upper Iowa taking a 2-1 victory. The Peacocks are 0-3 this season and will visit University of Wisconsin Parkside on Friday.