GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (5-10-2, 2-9-1 GLIAC) earned a 2-0 victory in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon over Notre Dame College (11-5, 8-3) at a neutral site in Grand Rapids Michigan.
The Wildcats took the lead at the 28-minute mark in the opening half thanks to a pair of goals. Sophomore midfielder Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) netted the second goal of the year with his only shot attempt of the game. His attempt was able to find the back of the net despite being deflected by a Falcon defender.
Just over 10 minutes later, junior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) put the Wildcats up two goals with a pull-back shot into the net. Popp's fifth goal of the year came on a pass from Karlsson who was credited with his second assist of the season.
With neither team able to find the back of the net in the second half, NMU was able to maintain the 2-0 advantage and end the regular season with a victory heading into the post season.
Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) earned his fourth shutout of the season in the 2-0 victory. His goals-against-average improved to 1.39 on the season, good enough for fourth-best in the GLIAC. Torelli's two saves in the game put his season save total to 50, also fourth-best in the conference.
Some help from around the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference ensured the Wildcats' season would not end on Saturday. Tiffin University's overtime victory over Ashland University put AU and NMU into a tie for the final seed in the six team GLIAC Tournament. The Wildcats earned the sixth and final seed after winning the head-to-head tie breaker with a 1-0-1 mark over the Eagles in 2017.
The opening round of the conference tournament is set for Tuesday with NMU taking on Tiffin in Tiffin, Ohio. The Dragons earned a victory in both matchups this season with a 3-0 goal differential. Tuesday's match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.