Wildcats’ Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Ranked Bulldogs

Wildcats’ Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Ranked Bulldogs

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-3-2, 1-1-0 GLIAC) dropped a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match to No. 17 Ferris State University (8-1-0, 2-0-0 GLIAC) Sunday afternoon at the NMU Soccer Field.  

  DEFENSE STEPS UP

With Ferris St. averaging 19 shots and two goals per match, the Wildcat defense would be the key coming into the day. The Bulldogs took three shots on goal in the opening 15 minutes, but the NMU defense and sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) managed to thwart the early attack.

  UNLUCKY BOUNCE

At the 21-minute mark, FSU was able to find the first goal of the match after a deep cross that went off the post. A Bulldog was able to rebound the ball before sending it into the back of the net.

The goal sent the Wildcats into the halftime intermission trailing, 1-0, despite their offensive pressure growing in the latter part of the first half. Freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) led the team with four shot attempts, while fellow freshman and midfielder Peyton McNabb (Springfield, Missouri) attempted the only NMU shot on-goal in the half.

  SECOND HALF

Again, it was the Wildcat defense stepping up in the second half with Ferris St. outshooting Northern 8-1 in the first 20 minutes. A trio of defenseman in junior Gaelin Hirbayashi (Ijamsville, Maryland), senior Sophia Sachs (Green Bay, Wisconsin), and senior Anna Worman (Racine, Wisconsin) helped anchor the NMU defense against 25 total shots by the Bulldogs. Those three have appeared in each of the Wildcats nine matches this season and helped hold their opponents to less than one goal per match.

  HALONEN SCORES AGAIN

FSU managed to increase their lead near the midway point of the second half. The Bulldogs went up 2-0 on the scoreboard in the 65th minute.

Leading the team in nearly every offensive category, freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) started a comeback bid for the Wildcats in the 70th minute. Freshman midfielder Credence White (Grand Rapids, Michigan) sent a cross to the top of the box where Halonen was double teamed. She managed to get a foot on the ball and tap it past a charging Bulldog goalkeeper for her seventh goal of the season. For White, it was her second assist of the year.

Halonen also leads the GLIAC in nearly every offensive category. She now leads the league outright in goal, but also has the top marks in points and shots with 19 and 36. Her five assists are tied for the most in the conference.

  FINAL

NMU managed a pair of shots on-goal in the final fifteen minutes of action, but could not extend the match, falling, 2-1. Moore led the Wildcats with five shots in the match, one of which was on-target. White had a pair of shots on-goal, while Halonen and McNabb each finished the match with one.

  DUAL EFFORT IN GOAL

Frontuto earned the start between the posts for NMU. She recorded five saves in nearly 28 minutes of action. Shortly after the Bulldogs scored their first goal of the match, senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) made her second appearance of the season in relief. Vermette made seven saves the rest of the way to set a career-high.

  NEXT UP

The Wildcats now get a week to prepare for Upper Peninsula rival Michigan Technological University. They will host the Huskies Sunday, September 30 for a noon kick-off at the NMU Soccer Field. MTU sits at 4-3-1 on the season and are 0-2-0 in conference action.