TIFFIN, Ohio—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (4-10-2, 2-9-1 GLIAC) dropped their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference finale Sunday afternoon, 2-0, to Tiffin University (7-6-3, 5-4-2 GLIAC).
A slow start early for both teams, the Dragons finished the first half with a 6-5 shot advantage. Despite the lack of offense, TU found the back of the net in the 29th-minute on a deep ball that beat the NMU defense into the goal.
Trailing, 1-0, entering the second half, the Wildcats upped the offensive pressure looking to even the score. NMU outshot the Dragons 14-4 in the second, finishing the game with a 19-10 advantage.
Just three of the Wildcat shots were on-goal with a pair of NMU players recording four total shots each. Sophomore defender Mirko Nufi (Crema, Italy) and sophomore midfielder Callum Olpin each took four shots while sophomore midfieder Nick Metcalfe (Royal Oak, Michigan) took three. Either other players each recorded a single shot.
Despite the offensive attack of the Wildcats in the second half, NMU was unable to get on the board. Tiffin added an insurance goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game to go up a pair, putting the game out of reach, handing the Wildcats the 2-0 loss.
In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) recorded four saves to bring his season total to 48, fourth best in the GLIAC. His 22 goals allowed in 2017 are the fifth fewest in the conference.
With one non-conference game remaining in the regular season, NMU's postseason hopes hang on the remaining games for Ashland University. The Eagles need to lose their remaining GLIAC contests to send it to tie breakers between the three programs for the final spot in the GLIAC Tournament.
The regular-season finale is set for next weekend when the Wildcats play host to Notre Dame College (OH) with the game being held at a neutral site in Grand Rapids Michigan. Davenport University will be the host for the matchup in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a scheduled start time of noon.