MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-3-2, 1-1-0 GLIAC) will enjoy nearly a week off before they retake the field on Sunday against Upper Peninsula rival Michigan Technological University (4-3-1, 0-2-0 GLIAC). Kick-off is set for noon at the NMU Soccer Field.
Fans can follow this weekend's contest this using the links below. These links can also be found on the team schedule or composite calendar at NMUwildcats.com.
The Wildcats had a pair of home matches plagued by weather but managed to come away with a split weekend. On Friday, freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) netted her third goal of the season in the 76th minute to seal a 1-0 victory over Northwood University despite strong winds and rain. Mother Nature threw cold temperatures at NMU and No. 17 Ferris State University on Sunday. The Wildcats attempted a comeback in the second half, trailing 2-0, but fell just short by a final score of 2-1 after a goal from freshman forward Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan).
Last season, NMU finished the year 4-11-2 under first year head coach Sonia Basma. Just a year later, the Wildcats are off to their best start since the 2011 campaign when they began the season 5-2-2 overall. Currently with a 4-3-2 record, the squad is above .500 for the first time since the 2014 season.
On the defensive side, the Wildcats allowed more than 1.50 goals per game to their opponents last season. Nearly cutting that number in half, NMU is allowing just 0.94 goals their opponents per match through the first nine contests of the season. The team has shutout their opponents on three occasion in 2018 and allowed just one goal in three more matches.
Sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) has anchored he Wildcat defense between the posts with a 4-3-2 record. Her goals against average sits at 0.94 while she also has 2.5 shutouts this season and a save percentage of .837. She is currently ranked in the top-five of the conference in all three categories.
Three Wildcat defenders have appeared in every match this season to led the defensive turnaround. Junior Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Maryland), senior Sophia Sachs (Green Bay, Wisconsin), and senior Anna Worman (Racine, Wisconsin) have consistently been leading the defensive effort for NMU. Freshman Kiera Scanlan (De Pere, Wisconsin) has also made her presence in the back line know, appearing in eight matches.
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Caroline Halonen has also led a turnaround on the offensive end as she leads the GLIAC in nearly every offensive category. Her 19 points are the most for a Wildcat since Paula Hafner in 2014, while her seven goals and five assists are also the most in the league.
Along with Caroline Halonen, a number of Wildcats have helped the team more than double their goal scoring rate. Last season, NMU netted just shy on one goal per match but are scoring more than two per contest in 2018. Sophomore forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) and Moore each have three goals this season, while six more Wildcats have netted one score of their own.
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The two squads have played 14 times since the 2010 season, playing to a 6-6-2 record over the span. A season ago, the two sides met twice with the road squad stealing the victory on each occasion.