UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. — The Northern Michigan men's soccer team was downed by No. 22 Saginaw Valley State, 3-1, Friday afternoon.
Ívar Árnason drew the Wildcats within a single strike in the 67th minute of the match, but the GLIAC-leading Cardinals found the back of the net in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
In the first half, Saginaw Valley State built a 2-0 lead despite sending only four shots on net. Matt Wilson's 13th goal of the year opened the scoring in the 26 minute; Troy Watson netted what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 45th minute from 20 feet outside of the box.
Árnason scored Northern Michigan's lone goal on a penalty kick. In the 81st minute, Nick Metcalfe had a chance to pull the Wildcats even with the Cardinals but was denied by Connor Keane.
Less than two minutes later, Andrew Dalou took a pass from Azaad Liadi and beat Filippo Torelli to put the game out of reach.
Northern Michigan wraps up the regular season Sunday by taking on Northwood in Midland, Mich. at noon.