Wildcat Men's Soccer Shuts Out Findlay, 1-0, in Inaugural Season's Final Home Game

Wildcat Men's Soccer Shuts Out Findlay, 1-0, in Inaugural Season's Final Home Game

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan men's soccer team shut out Findlay, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the NMU Soccer Field in its final home game of its inaugural season.

Brin Lapuh made six of his nine saves in the final 15 minutes of regulation to thwart the Oilers' comeback bid.

Sveinn Karlsson scored what proved to be the lone goal in the 11th minute of the match, taking a centering feed from Nick Metcalfe in the box and firing a shot into the lower right corner of the net.

Northern Michigan built a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal in the first half, but Findlay began to up the pressure late in the second.

After Ben Richter prevented the Wildcats from building a two-goal cushion by denying back-to-back bids by Ívar Árnason and Colton Becker in the 72nd minute, the Oilers began to pepper Lapuh with shots.

Lapuh came up big in the 75th and 76th minutes, saving three-straight tries by Michael Shaikly to maintain Northern Michigan's 1-0 edge.

Lapuh's shutout was the first of his collegiate career; he split time in net with Filippo Torelli during the Wildcats' 2-0 shutout at Findlay on Sept. 25.

Metcalfe, who scored two of Northern Michigan's three goals last weekend, has now found the score sheet in three of the past four games.

The Wildcats close the regular season next weekend on the road, squaring off with Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.) and Northwood (Oct. 30, noon).

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