Wildcats Fall on Late Goal

Wildcats Fall on Late Goal

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-4-2, 1-1-0 GLIAC) fell victim to a last-minute goal Sunday afternoon by Michigan Technological University (5-3-1, 0-2-0 GLIAC) at the NMU Soccer Field.

  DEFENSE HOLDS STRONG

The Wildcat defense held off a strong Huskies offensive attack in the opening half. MTU outshot NMU 12-8 with the Huskies taking all six combined shots on-goal in the first 45 minutes of action. The Wildcat defense managed stop all six of those shot attempts to send both teams into the halftime intermission deadlocked at zero.

  SECOND HALF

It was much of the same story in the second half with NMU attempting to keep the Husky offense at bay. MTU attempted 15 shots in the second half to finish the contests with a 27-12 advantage. Despite the number of chances, the Wildcats managed to hold their opponents scoreless for the opening 72 minutes of action.

In the 72nd minute, MTU managed to net the first goal of the match after a long cross was sent past the Wildcat keeper. The Wildcat offense did pick up their offense the rest of the way attempting a pair of shots on-goal and a corner kick in the final 18 minutes but could not extend the match, falling 1-0. 

  NEARLY EVEN SIDES

With the NMU loss, the Huskies now have a 7-6-2 lead in the all-time series which has been tightly contests over the past five seasons. In seven matches over that span, each victory for both squads has been decided by a single goal. Since the first matchup in 2010, four matches have gone to overtime.

  VERMETTE EARNS THE START

Making her second appearance and first start of 2018, senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) recorded a career-high six saves in the first half alone. She went on to finish the match with 10 saves. Vermette's season goals against average is now 0.91 while her save percentage sits at .905. 

  STAT LEADERS

Freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) again lead the Wildcats with four shots and one on-goal. Fellow freshman forward Rachael Erste (Rockford, Michigan) attempted three shots, while senior midfielder Aimee Colla (Muskego, Wisconsin) also attempted multiple shots with two. Erste attempted one of the Wildcats shots on-goal with freshman midfielder Peyton McNabb (Springfield, Missouri) also recording a shot on-goal.

  NEXT UP

After three straight matches at the NMU Soccer Field, the Wildcats will hit the road for a pair of GLIAC contests next weekend. On Friday, they will travel to Davenport University for a 5 p.m. start. NMU then travels to Grand Valley State University on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kick-off with the top team in the conference.