Wildcats Look to Ride Momentum After Strong GLIAC Start

Wildcats Look to Ride Momentum After Strong GLIAC Start

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (4-1-0, 2-0-0 GLIAC) hosts their final non-conference match of the season on Friday against Viterbo University (1-4-1, 0-0-0 NSAA) before returning to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Sunday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (4-2-0, 2-0-0 GLIAC). Friday's match is set to take place at the NMU Soccer Field beginning at 1 p.m., while Sunday's road contest will also kick-off at 1 p.m. (EDT).

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

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. Viterbo
Game Program: http://nmuwildcats.com/programs
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2QGocXZ
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2gKCaqA 

Sunday at Parkside
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2QDLIEF
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2NxPbGd

   WIN STREAK

NMU currently owns a four-match win streak which is the longest in the program's three-year history, while their 4-1-0 overall record is the best start to a season since the team began play in 2016.

The team pushed their streak to four-consecutive matches after earning the victory in a pair of GLIAC contests over the weekend. In the opening weekend of GLIAC competition, the Wildcats defeated Davenport University courtesy of two early goals from junior defender Edgar Astorga (Chicago, Illinois) and Junior midfielder Callum Olpin (Norwich, England). NMU shutout Purdue University Northwest on Sunday with four different student-athletes scoring five combined goals.

   GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

For the first time since the 2016 campaign, a Wildcat was named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week. Callum Olpin earned the honor after netting three goals and an assist in the two NMU victories over the weekend. He recorded his first multi-goal effort in a Wildcat jersey on Sunday and scored the game-winning goal in both matches. 

For the season, Olpin has three goals and a pair of assists to total 8 points. He now has a career high in all three categories.

   OPTIONS IN GOAL

Three different Wildcats have seen time in goal this season with a pair earning two victories on the year. Freshman goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe (Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany) recorded the win in both matches over the weekend. He allowed just one goal and made 10 saves in 160:46. Fellow freshman goalkeeper Patrick Resum (Okemos, Michigan) has seen action in three matches this season and also owns a 2-0-0 record to go along with a .90 goals against average and 10 saves.

   SENIOR LEADERS

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 senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) will be honored October 14 for Senior Day.

   POGGI IN HIS THIRD SEASON

In his third season at the helm of the Wildcats, head coach David Poggi owns a 15-22-4 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.

   NMU VERSUS VITTERBO

The meeting will be the first between the two programs. The V-Hawks only victory this season came against NMU's Upper Peninsula rival Finlandia University.

   NMU VERSUS PARKSIDE

The meeting will be the first between the two programs. The Rangers are in their first season as a member of the GLIAC after previously being in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.