MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (5-10-2, 2-9-1 GLIAC) ended the regular season over the weekend with a non-conference victory, but now look towards the postseason. Entering the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament as the six-seed, The Wildcats are set to take on the two-seed Tiffin University (8-6-3, 6-4-2 GLIAC) in Tiffin, Ohio, Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Coverage of the contest can be found at nmuwildcats.com, while there will also be in-game updates on Twitter at @NMU_Wildcats.
2017 Regular Season Recap. The Wildcats finished with an identical overall record (5-9-2) for the second-consecutive season. The 2017 season began with a pair of regional contests against the with NMU defeating the University of Indianapolis and drawing with the University of Missouri-St. Louis. NMU finished the year going 3-1-1 in non-conference play including a victory over Notre Dame College in the season finale. A 2-9-1 GLIAC record was highlighted by the final going 1-1-1 in the final three games to earn a bid into the conference tournament.
Popp's Progression. As a sophomore, junior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) recorded just two points on a pair of assists. In his junior campaign, Popp has improved to lead the team in all three categories. He leads the squad with 15 total points and five goals, while he is tied for the team lead with three assists.
Distributing the Ball. A total of 10 Wildcats have recorded at least one assists over the course of the 2017 season. Popp and junior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin) lead the team with three assists each. Four players have recorded a pair of assists, while four more have recorded a single assist during the year.
Between the Posts. Sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) has appeared 16 of the team's 17 games during the regular season. He ranks fourth in a number of categories in the GLIAC with 50 saves, 22 goals allowed, and a goals-against-average of 1.39.
2017 GLIAC Tournament Bracket. Northwood University defeated Saginaw Valley State University in the final weekend of the regular season to earn the tournament's top seed. Both teams received a first-round bye with SVSU earning the second seed. The top half of the quarterfinal bracket will feature a pair GLIAC newcomers with the four-seed Davenport University hosting the five-seed Purdue University-Northwest. The winner of that contest will take on the top seed Northwood. The bottom half of the bracket will feature the TU-NMU contest in the three-six matchup. The winner of that match will then head to SVSU for the semifinals.
GLIAC Tournament History. The 2017 GLIAC Tournament appearance will mark the first for NMU in what is just the second season in program history.
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 10-20-4 overall.
NMU versus Tiffin. The two teams have played each other four times over the course of two seasons with NMU trailing in the series, 1-3. The Dragons came to Marquette, Michigan, earlier this season and earned a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats. When NMU went to Tiffin, Ohio, two weeks ago, TU earned a 2-0 victory over NMU.