Early Goals Secure Wildcat Victory in GLIAC Opener

Early Goals Secure Wildcat Victory in GLIAC Opener

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (3-1-0, 1-0-0 GLIAC) defeated Davenport University (1-4-1, 0-1-0 GLIAC) Friday afternoon by a score of 2-1. The victory pushed the Wildcats' win streak to three consecutives matched in the 2018 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener.

  ASTORGA GETS THINGS STARTED

ASTORGA GETS THINGS STARTED

Despite a number of chances on the offensive end for the Panthers, it was NMU that managed to put a goal on the scoreboard first. At the 18-minute mark, junior midfielder Edgar Astorga (Chicago, Illinois) netted his second goal of the season to give the Wildcats the early lead. Junior midfielder Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) recorded his first point of the season with an assist on the play.

  OLPIN NETS FIRST GOAL AT HOME

Later in the opening half, Olpin added his second and third points of the match with a goal of his own. The cross from came from senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) who recorded his seventh point and first assist of the season.

The goal is the second of Olpin's NMU career and the first he has scored in front of the home crowd. His last goal came a season ago on October 20 at Ashland University.

  GLIAC VICTORY

DU picked up the offensive intensity in the second half of play, edging NMU in shots, 11-4. Their offensive attached eventually paid off when they cut the Wildcat's two-goal lead down to a single goal at 67: 19.

Olpin's goal in the first half proved to be the difference maker, as the Panther's failed to complete the comeback. NMU managed to thwart the Panther's attack in the second half to secure a 2-1 victory in the conference opener. It is the first time in program history that the Wildcats have begun conference play with a victory.

  KLIEBE MAKES SEASON DEBUT

In his first action of the season, freshman goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe (Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany) recorded one of the best performances of the early season for the Wildcats. Kliebe recorded seven saves and held the Panthers scoreless for the first 67 minutes of action. Kliebe's performance earn him his first collegiate victory between the posts.

Kliebe joins fellow freshman goalkeeper Patrick Restum (Okemos, Michigan) to have recorded a victory in goal this season. Restum is 2-0-0 on the year with a shutout to his credit.

  NEXT UP

NMU will look to continue their current three-match win streak on Sunday when they play host to Purdue University-Northwest. The afternoon match with the Pride is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the NMU Soccer Field.