Wildcats Win Fourth Straight, Sweep GLIAC Opening Weekend

Wildcats Win Fourth Straight, Sweep GLIAC Opening Weekend

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (4-1-0, 2-0-0 GLIAC) earned their fourth-consecutive victory Sunday afternoon, 5-0, over Purdue University Northwest (2-3-2, 0-2-0 GLIAC). The victory was the fourth-consecutive for the Wildcats and sealed a sweep in the opening weekend of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

  EARLY GOALS ARE THE TREND

For the second time this weekend, the Wildcats were able to record multiple goals in the first half to help seal a GLIAC victory. Junior midfielder Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) got the scoring started with his second goal of the season at 19:59. Junior defender Lewis Murray (Edinburgh, Scotland) picked up his first assist of the year on the first score of the match.

  FIRST WILDCAT GOAL

The second goal of the match came from sophomore midfielder Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany) who netted his first career score in a Wildcat uniform. Senior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin) and Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) picked up assists on the goal, which put NMU up, 2-0.

  MIDFIELD BOOT

Senior defender Kevin Hoof (Grove, Minnesota) capped the first half with his first goal of the season from nearly midfield. A free kick from nearly 60 yards out went just over the PNW goalkeepers outstretch arms and into the back of the net. The unassisted goal was scored with 14 seconds remaining in the opening half and sent the Wildcats into the halftime intermission with a 3-0 lead.

  OLPIN'S WEEKEND

NMU continued to add to their lead in the second half of play with Olpin netting his second goal of the match. After intercepting the ball near midfield, Olpin beat his defender and sent the ball over the Pride goalkeeper from nearly 40 yards. The goal put the Wildcats ahead, 4-0, at the 59-minute mark.

Olpin finished the weekend with three goals and an assist after recording one of each in Friday's conference victory over Davenport.

  WIN STREAK CONTINUES

The final score of the match came from Murray who picked up his third point of the match with a goal at 77:58. Sophomore forward Brady Kronenburg (De Pere, Wisconsin) earned the assist on the score for the first point of his Wildcat career.

Holding the Pride at bay the rest of the match, NMU was able to push their winning streak to four matches with the 5-0 victory. The current streak is the longest in program history, while the Wildcats are off to their best start in the three-year history of the program.

  CLEAN SHEET

Freshman goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe (Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany) made his second-consecutive start of the season, manning nearly 71 shutout minutes between the posts. Kliebe improved to 2-0-0 on the season with his save percentage improving to .909 and his goals against average improving to 0.56.

Fellow freshman goalkeeper Patrick Restum (Okemos, Michigan) helped seal the combined shutout, coming into the match for the final 19:14.

  NEXT UP

NMU will return to action on Friday for their final non-conference match of the season when they host Viterbo University at 1 p.m. The Wildcats will return to GLIAC play on Sunday when they travel to league newcomer the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Sunday at 1 p.m. (EDT).