MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-4-2, 1-1-0 GLIAC) travels to a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents this weekend when they take on Davenport University (3-5-0, 1-1-0 GLIAC) on Friday and No. 2 Grand Valley State University (9-0-1, 2-0-0 GLIAC) on Sunday. Friday's contest is scheduled for 5 p.m., while Sunday's kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
Fans can follow both contests this weekend using the links below. These links can also be found on the team schedule or composite calendar at NMUwildcats.com.
|RIVALRY MATCH RECAP|
Going in to Sunday afternoon's matchup, NMU and Michigan Technological University were even in the all-time series, 6-6-2. The Wildcats face an abundant Husky offense that attempted 27 shots in the match, 11 on-goal. NMU was able to fend off the attach until the 72nd minute when MTU netted the loan goal of the match to seal a victory.
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 4-4-2 record, the squad is above .500 for the first time since the 2014 campaign.
Freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) has led an offensive outburst for the Wildcats in 2018 as she is near the top of the conference rankings in nearly every offensive category. Her 19 points are the most for a Wildcat since Paula Hafner in 2014 and is second most in the GLIAC. Her seven goal are second most in the conference, while her five assists are tied for third most.
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 0.95 goals to their opponents per match through the first 10 contests of this season. The team has shutout their opponents on three occasion in 2018 and allowed just one goal in four more matches.
Sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) has anchored the 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. Senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) has also seen time between the posts, playing in 197:07 this season en route to a 0.91 goals against average and .905 save percentage.
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 nine matches.
|NMU VERSUS DAVENPORT|
The lone matchup in program history took place during the 2017 season where both sides played to a scoreless draw. The Panthers were in their first season at the NCAA Division II level and the GLIAC.
|NMU VERSUS GRAND VALLEY ST.|
Playing late in the season a year ago, the two teams met in the penultimate match of the regular season. To that point, the Lakers had not surrendered a goal in conference play, but senior midfielder Aimee Colla (Muskego, Wisconsin) changed that in the 70th minute at the NMU Soccer Field. He goal was the first GLIAC score allowed by GVSU in 2017.