MIDLAND, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (6-11-2, 2-9-1 GLIAC) saw their season come to an end Friday morning falling, 1-0, to Saginaw Valley State University (13-3-1, 9-2-1 GLIAC) in the semifinal round of the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
Despite plenty of offensive chances in the first half for both squads, neither team was able to find the back of the net. The Cardinals ended the half with an 8-3 shot advantage, but only one combined shot came on-goal. Along with the 11 combined shots, there were an additional seven scoring opportunities on corner kicks.
The highlight of the half for the wildcats came on a ball in the box. Sophomore midfielder Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) was able to get a shot off among a group of SVSU defenders that nearly got through, until a Cardinal defender was able to get a head on it just before getting to the goal.
Neither team was able to record a shot in the opening 10 minutes of play to start the second half. Soon after, NMU took a flurry of shots at the goal recording three shots in less than two minutes.
SVSU found an offensive rhythm next with four shots in the next 10 minutes. The final shot proved to be the difference makers when the Cardinal's Michael Hamilton put a shot off the crossbar. Hamilton would follow his shot, beating a defender to put the rebound into the net for the game's only score.
A total of 25 shots were taken in the game with SVSU owning the category, 17-8. Of those 25 shots, just four were put on-target as the Cardinals had three, while the Wildcats took one. Sophomore midfielder Callum Olpin took the lone NMU shot on goal, while seven other Wildcats also recorded a shot attempt.
Sophomore goalkeeper Filippo Torelli (Parma, Italy) recorded a pair saves in the contest, one in each half. Torelli ends the year having made 60 saves and allowing 24 goals for a goals-against-average of 1.35.
With the 2017 season coming to an end, the Wildcats end the year with an improved win percentage and more wins than the 2016 squad, while also appearing in the postseason for the first time and earning the program's first postseason victory. Last season's team was the first season for the NMU Men's Soccer program.
Late Thursday evening, the All-GLIAC teams were announced with junior defender Kevin Hoof (Grove, Minnesota) being honored as an honorable mention. Hoof ended the season scoring two goals in 18 games, making the start in all 18.