Wildcats Look for Another Region Victory at Home

Wildcats Look for Another Region Victory at Home

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (1-1-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC) will host a single non-conference match this weekend when they welcome Quincy University (1-1-0, 0-0-0 GLVC) to the NMU Soccer Field Sunday at 1 p.m.



Fans can follow both contests this weekend using the links below. These links can also be found on the team schedule or composite calendar at NMUwildcats.com.

Sunday vs. Quincy
Game Program: NMUwildcats.com/programs
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2MT04D6
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2gKCaqA


The Wildcats began the 2018 season with a loss when Mercyhurst University came to the NMU Soccer Field last week and earned a 2-0 victory. NMU managed five shots in each half to outshoot the Lakers, 10-7, for the match.

NMU finished the opening weekend with a clean sheet over the University of Southern Indiana to earn a region victory on the road.


Senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) netted both of the Wildcats' goal against the Screaming Eagles making him just the second student-athlete in program history to record a multi-goal game. Sophomore forward Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Michigan) also accomplished the feat on September 18, 2016 against Walsh University.

Popp's first goal came at the 10:19 mark of the opening half, while the second came just 2:39 into the second half. His second goal broke the program recorded for the fastest goal scored in the second half, a record also previously held by Hoffman.


A pair of NMU goalkeepers earned starts last week with junior Brayden Wilinski (Seymour, Wisconsin) earning the nod in the season opener. He played all 90 minutes versus Mercyhurst allowing two goals and making a pair of saves.

In the second match of the season, freshman Patrick Restum (Okemos, Michigan) saw the first action of his collegiate career earning a shutout victory over Southern Indiana. Restum made six saves, despite seeing a flurry of shots late in the contest.


The first seniors in program history will graduate in 2018-19 after joining the inaugural team three years ago. Senior midfielder Carson Burmeister (Grayling, Michigan), senior forward Nick Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin), senior defenseman Kevin Hoof (Grove, Minnesota), and Sam Popp will be honored October 14 for Senior Day.


In his third season at the helm of the Wildcats, head coach David Poggi owns a 12-22-4 record. He guided NMU to their first postseason appearance in program history during the 2017 season, where the Wildcats defeated Tiffin University, 1-0, to earn their first-ever postseason victory. The Wildcats also earned victories over a pair of teams that advanced to the NCAA II Tournament. 


Sunday's contest will be the first between the two schools. The Hawks currently sit at 1-1-0 on the season but are also set to compete against Purdue University-Northwest Thursday evening before heading to Marquette, Michigan.