HAMMOND, Ind.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (3-2-1, 0-0-0 GLIAC) earned their second-consecutive victory in a non-conference match at Purdue University-Northwest (2-4-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC) Friday afternoon. The Wildcats recorded a 3-0 victory after a quick offensive start to the match.
It only took 11 minutes for the Wildcats to get on the scoreboard courtesy of sophomore forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan). Her second goal of the season came off a cross from freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) that Jenna Halonen was able to put past the PNW keeper. It was the third assist of the year for Caroline Halonen.
At the 19-minute mark, NMU scored a pair of goals less than 20 seconds apart to increase their advantage to three goals. Caroline Halonen found her fifth score of the season at 19:11 with help from freshman forward Rachael Erste (Rockford, Michigan) For Herbert, it was her second assist of the season.
The third goal came at 19:31 also came from Jenna Halonen. Her second goal of the contest and third of the season gave her the second multi-goal match of her career. Once again, Caroline Halonen was credited with the assist on her sister's goal.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second half despite the Wildcats edging PNW in shots, 7-3, and corner kicks, 3-2. For the match, NMU outshot their opponent, 16-6, and allowed just two shots on-goal.
The victory is the second in as many matches for NMU who tied their longest win streak of last season with Friday's win.
In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) earned the start but did not face a shot on-goal in the opening half. Senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) started the second half between the post and finished the match with a pair of saves.
Frontuto would get the win to improve her record to 3-2-1 on the season. Her goals against average improved to 0.87 on the season, while her save percentage remains at .821. Her 23 saves on the season are second-best in the GLIAC, while her save percentage and GAA are fourth and fifth-best in the league.
|FRESHMAN CONTINUE TO SHINE|
A number of freshmen continue to lead the way for the Wildcats in the early part of the 2018 season. Seven freshmen have recorded goals with season highlighted by four from Caroline Halonen and a pair from freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan). Nearly 73-percent of NMU's points this season have been produced by first year players.
After recording less than one goal per match a season ago, the Wildcats are averaging 2.50 goal per contest in 2018, including 12 in their previous two matches. Through six contests, NMU has totaled 15 goals, with Caroline Halonen leading the team with 5 of her own.
Additionally, the Wildcat defense has stepped up allowing less than one goal per match. Last season, NMU allowed more than 1.5 goals to their opponents.
The Wildcats finish the weekend with another non-conference match against a GLIAC opponent. NMU travels to Kenosha, Wisconsin to take on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.