Second Half Goals Lift Wildcats over Eagles

Second Half Goals Lift Wildcats over Eagles

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (3-6-1, 1-5 GLIAC) found the back of the net three times in the second half to defeat Ashland University (4-5, 0-5 GLIAC) Sunday afternoon for their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory of the season.

It took nearly 25 minutes for Ashland to record a shot, with the Wildcats dominating the time of possession early. During those initial 25 minutes of action, NMU recorded eight shots, including four on-goal.

Despite finishing the half worth an 11-4 advantage in shots, the Wildcats allowed the Eagles to pick up their offensive tempo to end the opening half. AU threatened with three-consecutive corners around the 40th-minute but failed to convert on the opportunities.

Just seven minutes into the second half, sophomore forward David Feldmann (Hamilton, Montana) put the Wildcats on top courtesy of an assist from junior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan). The goal was Feldmann's second of the season, but NMU wasted little time increasing their lead.

Scoring three times in a 15-minute span, the Wildcats went up a pair of goals in the 62nd-minute when Popp earned his second assists of the game and third of the season to freshman forward Birkir Baldursson (Kopavogur, Iceland) The goal for Baldursson was his third of 2017, tying him with pop for the team lead. Sophomore midfielder Edgar Astorga (Chicago, Illinois) also recorded an assist on the goal.

The three assists for Popp is tied for the team lead with junior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin). The duo currently sits tied for second in the GLIAC for most assists.

Popp, on the receiving end of an assist this time, scored his third goal of the season in the 69th-minute of action to push NMU up, 3-0, over Ashland for what would be the final score. Sophomore midfielder Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) dished the assists to Popp for his first of the season.

In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) returned to record his second shutout of the season, while increasing his record to 3-4-1. Torelli faced just two shots on-goal, making the save in both instances. Torelli's goals against average dropped to 1.40 after the shutout victory.

NMU hits the road next weekend with a pair of matches at Northwood University and Saginaw Valley State University. On Friday, The Wildcats head to Midland, Michigan, to take on NU with a noon start. Sunday, October 8, the Wildcats and the Cardinals square