Men's Soccer Visits SVSU and Northwood This Weekend

Men's Soccer Visits SVSU and Northwood This Weekend

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer team continues their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road trip this weekend as they head to Saginaw Valley State University Friday and Northwood University Sunday.


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Friday at Saginaw Valley State


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Sunday at Northwood


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The Wildcats picked up two GLIAC victories last weekend. The weekend started with NMU visiting new GLIAC member Upper Iowa University where NMU scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Peacocks 4-1. The team then visited Purdue University Northwest Sunday and scored two goals in the first 20 minutes which proved to be enough as the Wildcats defeated the Pride 2-1.


Freshman Ryan Palmbaum (Rocklin, Calif.) set NMU history in Friday's victory at Upper Iowa. The first year Wildcat scored three goals in less than four minutes, scoring at 50 minutes, 52:03 and 53:45 for the fastest hat trick in program history. It was also the second-fastest hat trick in Division II history. He then added another goal and an assist Sunday at PNW and has six goals and three assists for the season. His six goals place him tied for second in the GLIAC.


Senior Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Mich.) tied Friday's match with the Peacocks in the 33rd minute to score his second goal of the season and ninth career goal. Freshman Francisco Espinoza (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was credited with his first career assist. 

Senior Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) scored Sunday's deciding goal in the 19th minute getting assists from Palmbaum and senior Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany). It was Olpin's seventh career goal and second of the year. Lippert recorded two assists against Purdue Northwest and is now tied for the team's lead along with Palmbaum. 

Senior Lewis Murray (Edinburgh, Scotland) assisted on Palmbaum's first goal and junior Arni Eiriksson (Akureyri, Iceland  ) assisted on his second. It was Murray's second assist of the year and fourth of his career while Eiriksson recorded his second career assist.


Northern Michigan is currently tied for fifth place with Ashland University as both teams hold a 4-5 GLIAC record and 12 points. Three teams are currently tied for second place at 6-3 and have 18 points. Purdue Northwest is in seventh place with five points and are 1-6-2 in the league. The Wildcats hold the tiebreaker over PNW but Ashland currently holds it over NMU. NMU will host Ashland on Sunday, November 3. With two victories or two PNW losses, the Wildcats will clinch their third-straight GLIAC Tournament appearance.


The Cardinals are tied for second in the GLIAC with a 6-3 conference record.  SVSU comes off a 3-2 defeat to Davenport University after defeating Ashland 3-2 Friday.


NMU fell to the Timberwolves 1-0 earlier in the season. NU comes into the match at 6-3 in the GLIAC and tied for second in the league. Last week, Northwood defeated Davenport 3-0 Friday and Ashland 2-1 on Sunday.


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