Wildcats Begin GLIAC Season Against DU, PNW

Wildcats Begin GLIAC Season Against DU, PNW

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (2-1-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC) are set to begin Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action this weekend when they host Davenport University (1-3-1, 0-0-0 GLIAC) and Purdue University-Northwest (2-1-1, 0-0-0 GLIAC). On Friday, the Panthers come to town for the first conference match of the year at 3:30 p.m. The Pride will come to the NMU Soccer field for a Sunday afternoon match 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.

Friday vs. Davenport
Game Program: http://nmuwildcats.com/programs
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2O2UfPS
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2gKCaqA

Sunday vs. Purdue-Northwest
Game Program: http://nmuwildcats.com/programs
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2x12tl3
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2gKCaqA


The Wildcats took a victory in their lone match over the weekend when they hosted Quincy University. After netting a pair of goals in a two-minute span late in the first half, NMU managed to tack on a third goal later in the match to thwart the Hawks' comeback bid.

Junior midfielder Edgar Astorga (Chicago, Illinois) was the man of the match after recording four points on a goal and two assists. He scored the first goal of the match before earning the lone assists on the following two goals. Junior defender Lewis Murray (Edinburgh, Scotland) and senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) recorded the other two goals for the Wildcats, while sophomore forward Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Michigan) added an assist on the Astorga goal.  


Popp is the only Wildcat this season with multiple goals, leading the team with three. His three goals and six points both lead the team and are tied for the top spot in the GLIAC. Murray and Astorga are the only other Wildcats to earn a goal this season after their performances over the weekend, while Astorga also has three assists on the year to lead the team.


Freshman goalkeeper Patrick Restum (Okemos, Michigan) made his second start in Sunday's victory over Quincy. He improved to 2-0-0 on the season after making three saves and manning all 90 minutes in goal for the Wildcats.

For the season, Restum now has nine saves and a 1.00 goals against average after shutting out USI in his collegiate debut. His GAA is third-best in the GLIAC, while his .818 save percentage is second-best in the conference this season.


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 13-22-4 record. He guided NMU to their first postseason appearance in program history during the 2017 season, where the Wildcats defeated Tiffin University, 1-0, in the GLIAC Tournament to earn their first-ever postseason victory.


The Wildcats dropped both contests to Davenport a season ago with a final goal differential of 3-0 combined in the two matches. The Panthers are 1-3-1 overall this season with a draw over then-No. 19 Maryville University to begin the season.


Currently with a 2-1-1 overall record, the Pride will take on Northwood University before making the trip to Marquette, Michigan. The two programs split their two matches a year ago with each squad winning on their home turf.