NMU Men's Soccer Returns to Marquette; Will Honor Seniors Sunday

NMU Men's Soccer Returns to Marquette; Will Honor Seniors Sunday

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer returns to the NMU Soccer field this weekend for their final home matches of the 2019 regular season.  The Wildcats will take on Davenport University Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. and then will host Ashland University Sunday for Senior Day where the team will honor their seniors prior to the game.

  FOLLOW ALONG

Updates throughout the weekend can be found at https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats

Friday vs. Davenport

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Sunday vs. Ashland

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  LAST TIME OUT

NMU picked up two victories this weekend and collected several program firsts in the process. On Friday, the Wildcats defeated Saginaw Valley State University 3-0 for the team's first-ever victory and shutout over Saginaw Valley State in program history. The team returned to action Monday at Northwood University and scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation to force overtime. They then went on to score just 1:01 into the second overtime for the first road overtime victory and victory over Northwood.

  SENIOR DAY

The team will honor their seniors prior to the start of Sunday's match with Ashland. This year's squad features six seniors including Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Mich.), Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland), Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany), Nick Metcalfe (Royal Oak, Mich.), Lewis Murray (Edinburgh, Scotland), Callum Olpin (Norwich, England), and Eric Suess (Ludwigsburg, Germany).

The group of seven seniors have amassed 38 goals and 41 assists during their NMU careers.

Hoffman, Metcalfe, Karlsson and Suess will leave as the first four-year players in the program while Murray and Olpin have been with the Wildcats for three seasons.

  SCORING POINTS

The Wildcats scored six goals and finished with a total of 18 points over the weekend. Junior Arni Eiriksson (Akureyri, Iceland) scored two goals in the final ten minutes of regulation against Northwood for four total points. Hoffman also tallied four points, scoring a goal at SVSU and posting an assist in both matches. 

Freshman Ryan Palmbaum (Rocklin, Calif.) and Francisco Espinoza (Buenos Aires, Argentina) both tallied a goal and an assist. Palmbaum found the net at SVSU, his third straight game with a goal. Espinoza scored Monday's game winner at Northwood.

Junior Isaac Wigermo (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored a goal Friday, and sophomore Kaffie Kurz (Paynesville, Liberia) and Karlsson both notched an assist.

  PLAYOFF PICTURE

Northern Michigan has secured a GLIAC Tournament spot for the third straight season and are currently tied for fourth place with Northwood, boasting a 6-5 GLIAC record with 18 points. Ashland is in sixth place at 5-5-1 and 16 points. NMU and NU trails third place, SVSU by one game and three points.  Davenport is in second, trailing the conference leader, University of Wisconsin Parkside, by one points.

The top two seeds receive a bye in the first round with the third and fourth seed hosting the bottom two seeds on Monday, November 11.  

  NMU VERSUS DAVENPORT

DU holds a slight lead over NMU, as the Wildcat record with Davenport is 1-3-1. NMU captured a 2-1 victory last season then the team's tied 2-2 later in the year.  Earlier this season, DU bested the Wildcats 1-0. The Panthers 8-3 in the GLIAC and 8-6 overall and have won three matches in a row.

  NMU VERSUS ASHLAND

The all-time series is tied at 2-2 after Ashland defeated NMU 1-0 earlier this year.  The Eagles enter the weekend after defeating Upper Iowa University 4-0 Friday, then tied with Purdue University Northwest 0-0 Sunday.

  50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS

Throughout the 2019-20 season, NMU will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.