MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (3-6-1, 1-5 GLIAC) head back on the road for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contests at Northwood University (6-2-2, 4-0-1 GLIAC) Friday at Noon and No. 10 Saginaw Valley State University (7-1-1, 4-0-1 GLIAC) Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Wildcats fell victim to both teams at home earlier in the season.
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Wildcats split weekend at home. NMU returned home over the weekend, splitting a pair of GLIAC matches. Despite holding Tiffin University to five shots in the match, a goal less than two minutes into the second half put the Wildcats into a 1-0 deficit that they could not climb out of. Three goals in the second half against Ashland University propelled the Wildcats for the team's first win in three weeks.
Popp gets his points. Junior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) lead the Wildcats in points over the weekend collecting all four against Ashland. Popp assisted on the first two scores of the game before netting one of his own for the third and final goal of the victory.
Ties for the team lead. Popp holds a share of the team lead in both goals and assists on the season. Freshman forward Birkir Baldursson (Kopavogur, Iceland) netted his third goal of 2017 also on Sunday to give him a share of the lead with Popp. With Popp's two assists, he moved into a tie for the team lead with junior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin) as both have three on the year. The duo is currently tied for second most in the GLIAC.
Torelli's Return. Sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) sat Friday's contest after receiving a red card in the game prior. Torelli recorded his second shutout of the season making a pair of saves on nine shots faced. Torelli's goals against average dropped to 1.40 after the shutout victory.
Poggi enters his second year: NMU Head Coach David Poggi is in his second season as the head coach of the Wildcats, producing a record of 8-16-3 overall.
NMU versus Northwood. The Wildcats are 0-3 in two seasons versus the Timberwolves including a shutout loss earlier this season. In the series NU has outscored Northern Michigan 7-1 all-time in the series.
NMU versus Saginaw Valley. A loss early this season to the Cardinals dropped NMU to 0-3 all-time versus SVSU. The Wildcats were shutout, 3-0, by the then No. 13 Cardinals to improve their goal differential to 7-1 in the three matchups.