Wildcats Fight to Scoreless Draw Versus Strong Cardinal Offense

Wildcats Fight to Scoreless Draw Versus Strong Cardinal Offense

SAGINAW, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (2-6-2, 1-1-2 GLIAC) successfully defended against 33 shots to secure a double-overtime scoreless draw with Saginaw Valley State University (5-4-1, 1-2-1 GLIAC) Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals held the Wildcats to a single shot attempt in the opening half, while recording 10 shots of their own. The second half was much of the same, with SVSU tallying 16 chances at the net. At the end of regulation, NMU only managed four shots to the Cardinals' 26.

Shots were nearly identically in the overtime periods with SVSU edging Northern Michigan by one in the overtime periods combined, 7-6. For the game, The Wildcats were outshot 33-10.

An impressive day for the Wildcats' defense, the back row and freshman goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) held their opponents to just 10 shots on goal. Despite the strong attack from the Cardinals' offense, NMU managed to contest nearly every shot to force the scoreless draw.

Frontuto finished the contest recording 10 saves, marking the first time this season that the freshman has recorded double-digit saves. Her total for the season rose to 51, fifth most in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Frontuto's third solo shutout of 2017 drops her goals against average to 1.39 on the season.

Offensively, senior forward Madison Hamilla (Gaylord, Michigan) took half of the team's shots with five, one of which was on-target. Freshman forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) followed with two shots and one on-goal. Junior defender Anna Worman (Racine, Wisconsin) junior forward Aimee Colla (Muskego, Wisconsin) and junior midfielder Maddie Herbert (Clarkston, Michigan) each recorded a single shot.

The Wildcats end their four-match road trip with a 1-1-2 mark and now look to end the season with five of their last six at home. NMU hosts a single match next weekend with rival Michigan Technological University (4-5-1, 1-2-1 GLIAC) coming to Marquette, Michigan Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m.