#22 Wildcats Push Win Streak to Five Straight

#22 Wildcats Push Win Streak to Five Straight

MARQUETTE, Mich.—No. 22 Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (5-1-0, 2-0-0 GLIAC) earned their fifth-consecutive victory over Viterbo University (1-5-1, 0-0-0 NSAA) Friday afternoon in front of the home fans. The win marked the first time in program that the Wildcats reached the double-digit goal mark in a match.

  OLPIN CONTINUES HIS STREAK

Reigning Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week junior midfielder Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) scored the first goal of the match for the Wildcats. His fourth of the season came in the 10th minute with an assist going to junior midfielder Nick Metcalfe (Royal Oak, Michigan) for his first point of the season.

  DON'T BLINK

It did not take long for the Wildcats to add to their lead with senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) scoring a pair of goals in a three-minute span. At 14:26, he netted his fourth goal of the season to tie Olpin for the team lead. NMU's second goal came on a penalty kick after a hand ball in the box to give the Wildcats a two-goal lead.

His second goal of the game occurred just three minutes later, when Popp regained the team lead with his fifth goal of the season. NMU took a 3-0 lead on the scoreboard after Popp's second of the game with Olpin recording the assist.  

  A GAME OF FIRSTS

Two more Wildcats scored before the end of the first half to send NMU into the halftime intermission with a 5-0 advantage. Senior midfielder Carson Burmeister (Grayling, Michigan) netted the first goal of his Wildcat career at 34:07. Sophomore midfielder Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany) recorded an assist of the score.

Just five minutes later sophomore forward Brady Kronenburg (De Pere, Wisconsin) also scored his first goal in a Wildcat jersey. NMU's fifth goal of the match was assisted by sophomore midfielder Edson Torres (De Pere, Wisconsin) and junior forward David Kromah (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota)

Shortly after the start of the second half, Kromah got into the scoring frenzy with his first of the season. Less than three minutes into the half, Kromah's score put the Wildcats up 6-0 on the scoreboard. 

  HOFFMAN FINDS A RHYTHM

After missing most of the 2017 season due to injury, sophomore forward Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Michigan) scored his first goal of the season at 60:22. Lippert picked up his second assist of the match and the season on the score that put the Wildcats ahead by seven. Six minutes later, Hoffman scored again for his second goal of the match to give the Wildcats an 8-0 advantage.

  FIVE STRAIGHT WINS

After two more Wildcat goal late in the match, NMU was able to seal a double-digit victory. Freshman midfielder Alexander Galbraith (Montgomery, Ohio) netted his first collegiate goal in the 75th minute on a corner kick form junior midfielder Sveinn Karlsson (Akureyri, Iceland) The final score of the match was courtesy of a penalty kick from senior forward Nic Harenda (Waukesha, Wisconsin) for his first goal of the season.

The 10 goals for NMU set a school record with it being the first time in program history the Wildcats have reached the double-digit plateau. It also increases the best win-streak in program history to five matches with the Wildcats headed back to conference play.

  ANOTHER COMBINED CLEANSHEET

For the second-consecutive match, the Wildcat defense held their opponent without a goal in 90 minutes of action. Freshman goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe (Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany) made his third-consecutive start but did not see a shot on-goal in the opening half. Fellow freshman goalkeeper Patrick Restum (Okemos, Michigan) came in for the second half and recorded three saves.

With another shutout, it has been 202:41 since the Wildcats have allowed a goal to their opponents. The duo of Kliebe and Restum also combined for a shutout in the last match against Purdue University Northwest.

  NEXT UP

The Wildcats return to GLIAC action on Sunday when they head to Kenosha, Wisconsin to take on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Rangers recorded a win over Northwood University Friday afternoon.