MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (2-2-1, 0-0-0 GLIAC) won their final non-conference contest of the season, 9-0, over Finlandia University (2-1-0) at the NMU Soccer Field. A record-breaking performance from freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) goals form five other Wildcats highlighted the evenings performance.
Caroline Halonen broke the school record for points in a match and tied the school mark for goals in a contest Wednesday evening. Halonen netted four goals and added an assist in the one-sided victory over the Upper Peninsula Opponent. She topped the points record held by her sister sophomore forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) who also scored four goals a season ago against Purdue University-Northwest.
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After controlling the ball for the opening 10 minutes of action, the Wildcats got on the board at the 12-minute mark courtesy of Caroline Halonen's first goal of the season. Eight minutes later, Caroline followed with her second goal of the match to put the Wildcats up, 2-0.
Near the end of the opening half, senior midfielder Maddie Herbert (Clarkston, Michigan) found her first goal of the season at 37:46 to push the Wildcat lead to three goals. Exactly one minute later, Caroline Halonen connected on a penalty kick to make it a 4-0 Wildcat lead. NMU took the four-goal lead and a 19-3 shot advantage into the halftime intermission.
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Despite four goals in the match from Caroline Halonen, five Wildcats netted their first goal of the season including Herbert's in the opening half. Freshman defender Grace Filipiak (Belmont, Michigan) scored less than five minutes into the second half with an assist going to freshman midfielder Credence White (Grand Rapids, Michigan). It was the first point of the season for both Wildcats.
Freshman midfielder Natalie Stampfly (Stevensville, Michigan) put NMU up 6-0 with her first goal of the year at the 65-minute mark. Herbert was credit with the assist on the goal for her third point of the match. White also got in on the goal scoring for her first of the season just 10 minutes later. Caroline Halonen and freshman forward Jenna Chappell (Leslie, Michigan) earned assist on NMU's seventh goal of the match.
Caroline Halonen added her record tying fourth goal and record breaking ninth point of the match in the 79th minute. The score put NMU up, 8-0, but freshman midfielder Keara Bullen (Mason, Michigan) came away with the final goal with under two minutes to play. Senior defender Sophia Sachs (Green Bay, Wisconsin) was credit with an assist on the final goal that sealed a 9-0 victory for NMU
The Wildcat defense managed to hold the Lions' offense at bay for nearly the entire match with Finlandia attempting just four just in the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) only needed to make one save en route to her first shutout of the season.
Frontuto is continuing to rise up the NMU record book during her second season of action. She now has five shutouts for her career, good enough for sixth-place in school history. Her six career wins give her sole possession of sixth-place in school history.
GLIAC play starts this weekend when the Wildcats travel to take on Purdue University-Northwest on Friday. NMU will stay on the road for a Sunday afternoon match up with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Friday's match is set for 3:30 p.m., while Sunday's match will start at 1 p.m.