MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-8-2, 1-5-0 GLIAC) will finish the 2018 season with a three-match road trip beginning this weekend. The Wildcats start the trip at Ashland University (8-2-4, 3-1-2 GLIAC) with Friday's kick-off set for 5 p.m. On Sunday, NMU will travel to Saginaw Valley State University (10-2-2, 4-1-1 GLIAC) for a noon match. The final contest of the season will take place October 26 at Michigan Technological University (7-5-1, 2-4-0 GLIAC).
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.
The Wildcats began their final home weekend of the season by hosting the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. UWP netted the first goal of the match, but junior defender Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Maryland) netted her first goal of the season just before the half to tie the match. The Rangers went on to record a 2-1 victory.
Despite outshooting Purdue University-Northwest, 22-9, on Sunday, the Wildcats allowed a goal in the 75th-minute. It would prove to be the lone score of the contest, giving PNW the victory.
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 20 points are the most for a Wildcat since Paula Hafner in 2014 and is fifth-most in the GLIAC. Her seven goal are also fifth-most in the conference, while her six assists are tied for second.
On the defensive side, the Wildcats have significantly improved during the 2018 campaign. NMU has improved their goals against average by nearly half to 1.03 though the first 14 matches of the season. The team has shutout their opponents on three occasion in 2018 and allowed just one goal in seven more matches.
Senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) is leading the Wildcats in-goal having appeared in seven matches and started the last five. She is ranked in the top-five of the GLIAC in a number of goalkeeper categories including saves with 45. That total is fifth-most while her save percentage of .865 is second-best in the league. She has allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the conference and owns a goals against average of 1.13 for the season.
Three Wildcat defenders have appeared in every match this season to lead the defensive turnaround. Hirabayashi, senior Sophia Sachs (Green Bay, Wisconsin), and senior Anna Worman (Racine, Wisconsin) have consistently been leading the defensive effort for NMU.
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It will be the first match up of the season between the Wildcats and Eagles with the last meeting coming in the GLIAC Tournament quarterfinals a season ago. Overall, NMU is 4-18-4 against AU, but a pair of matches since 2014 have gone to overtime.
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The Wildcats own the all-time series with a 14-11-2 record and an 8-5-1 mark on the road against the Cardinals. Both matchups last season went into double overtime with SVSU earning a victory in Marquette and both teams playing to a scoreless draw in University Center, Michigan.