Wildcats End Home Schedule on a High Note

Wildcats End Home Schedule on a High Note

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (4-9-1, 2-8 GLIAC) earned a 2-0 victory over Purdue University-Northwest (3-8-2, 2-7-1) Sunday afternoon in the team's final home contest of the 2017 season.

The Wildcats outshot the Pride in the opening half by a slim margin, 4-2. Three of the four shots came in the opening 25 minutes, with the third resulting in an NMU lead. Sophomore midfielder Nick Metcalfe (Royal Oaks, Michigan) found the back of the net on a header off a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Callum Olpin. It was the first of the season for Metcalfe, while earned his first assist.

NMU's defense held the Pride to just a pair of shots in the opening half with none being on-goal. It was tied for the lowest shot total in the opening half for a Wildcat opponent this season.

PNW picked up the offensive pressure in the second half, trying to even the score. The Pride outshot the Wildcats 8-6, also putting three shots on-target. It would be NMU that found a score, though, to go up a pair. A penalty called in the box on the PNW goalkeeper resulted in a penalty kick for the wildcats on the 78th-minute of action. Sophomore defender Mirko Nufi (Crema, Italy) was awarded the kick and found the corner of the net past the outstretch arms of the Pride keeper.

The goal ensured revenge for the Wildcats who fell to PNW, 2-1 earlier this season in Hammond, Indiana in a game plagued by extreme heat.

Between the posts, sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) picked up his third shutout of the season, making three saves in the process. Torelli increases his season total to 37 saves, while his goals-against-average improves to 1.35. His saves total is good enough for third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while his GAA is fifth-best in the league.

NMU hits the road next weekend for a pair of GLIAC matchups. On Friday, the Wildcats will take on Ashland University at 4:30 p.m. before facing Tiffin University Sunday at noon.