Men's Soccer Hosts Parkside Saturday

Men's Soccer Hosts Parkside Saturday

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer hosts the University of Wisconsin Parkside on Saturday for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.


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The Wildcats returned to the NMU Soccer Field last week but were unable to find the net as they fell 1-0 in both games.  On Friday, the team fell to Northwood University before dropping a contest to Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday.


The Wildcats have suffered tough losses recently, as all five of their past losses have come from the same 1-0 score and three of those teams are currently ranked in the region. The unfortunate stretch began with Lake Erie College, who is ranked sixth nationally and second in the Midwest Region. GLIAC foes Davenport University and Saginaw Valley State University are also ranked in the region. Earlier in the season, they also played Lewis University, who is ranked fifth in the region, falling to the Flyers 2-1 with just 1:42 left to play in the second overtime.


The Wildcats have just 12 yellow cards this season, the second fewest among the entire league. The only team with fewer cards is Davenport, who has played two fewer games than NMU. In the league, DU and NMU are tied with just four yellow cards.

As comparison, Ashland has played in one fewer game than NMU and has 29 yellow cards on the season.  Northwood has 22 while Saginaw Valley and Parkside both have 21.


Senior Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany) leads the Wildcats with 20 shots this season with 22 shots on goal. He also leads the team with three goals and seven total points.  Senior Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) has 19 while freshman Ryan Palmbaum (Rocklin, Calif.) has taken 18. Palmbaum and junior Vegard Ervall (Trondheim, Norway) have two goals each this season. Olpin leads the team with two assists.


The Wildcats go for their first win against the Rangers as they are currently 0-1-1 in their last two meetings. Parkside comes into Saturday's match at 5-4 on the season but boast a 4-1 GLIAC record.