MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer defeated the University of Wisconsin-Superior Friday afternoon, 5-0, in the Wildcats only exhibition of the season.
|GETTING THINGS STARTED EARLY|
It did not take long for NMU to het on the board with junior midfielder Nick Metcalfe (Royal Oak, Michigan) put a cross into the back of the net. Assists on the play came from a tip by junior midfielder Edgar Astorga (Chicago, Illinois) and a free kick for senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan.)
Popp continued to lead the offense in his first match as a senior. After recording an assist on the Metcalfe goal to open the contest, Popp found the back of the net at the 29:57 mark. Assists on the goal came from junior defender Lewis Murray (Edinburgh, Scotland) and junior midfielder Callum Olpin (Norwich England). Popp's three points tied for the team lead in the lone exhibition match.
After getting injured in the second game of the regular season a year ago, sophomore forward Ben Hoffman (Prtoskey, Michigan) made his return to the Wildcat lineup scoring three points with a goal and an assist. At the 57:01 mark, he recorded an assist on a junior forward David Kromah (Brooklyn Park, Michigan) goal. Less than two minutes later, he netted an unassisted goal of his own.
|SCORING IN BUNCHES|
Astorga capped a three goals in three minute flurry with the fifth and final goal of the game came on a penalty kick. Astorga was taken down in the box allowing him to put a shot off the crossbar and into the goal.
|NEW FACES IN GOAL|
Junior goalkeeper Brayden Wilinski (Seymour, Wisconsin) earned the start in goal for the Wildcats, playing the entire first half. Wilinski did not face a shot on goal courtesy of the Wildcat defense. Freshman goalkeeper Patrick Restum (Okemos, Michigan) entered at the half and made three saves.
|REGULAR SEASON OPENER|
The Wildcats now turn their attention to the 2018 regular season which will begin Thursday at the NMU Soccer Field. Coming to town for the first game will be Mercyhurst University for a 3 p.m. matchup. The Wildcats have a quick turnaround and will travel to the University of Southern Indiana for a region matchup Sunday at 3:30 p.m.