MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (3-10-2, 2-5-2 GLIAC) clinched a berth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament despite a 3-1 loss to No. 3 Grand Valley State University (15-2, 9-0 GLIAC) Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.
With Michigan Technological University and Northwood University dropping their GLIAC finales today, the Wildcats were able to hold onto the seventh seed in the GLIAC Tournament aided by Friday's victory over Ferris State University.
In Sunday's contest, the Wildcats stayed strong on defense against one of the top teams in the country. Coming into the game, the Lakers had not allowed a goal in conference action, while scoring 41 in eight games.
NMU successfully defended against seven shots in the opening 35-minutes of action with freshman goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) making a pair of saves. GVSU would score their first goal in the 35th-minute. Just before the half in the 42nd, the Lakers added a second goal to go up a pair.
For the first time in 2017, GVSU allowed a goal to a conference opponent in the 69th-minute when junior forward Aimee Colla (Muskego, Wisconsin) found the back of the net from outside the box for her second goal of the season. The shot bounced in front of the Lakers' keeper, popping up over her head and into the goal. Freshman defender Kaitlynn Benson (Windsor, Ontario) and senior defender Allyssa Milam (Williamston, Michigan) were both credited with assists on the play, Benson getting her first and Milam recording her third of the year.
Just over five minutes later, GVSU went back up a pair, extending their lead to 3-1 in the 76th-minute. NMU could only get one shot in the final 14 minutes, failing to reduce the gap and dropping their regular season GLIAC finale.
Frontuto recorded six saves in the contest to bring her season total to 76. That number is third best in the GLIAC, while it is also 12th-best in a career at NMU. Frontuto is one save away from entering the top-10 for saves in a single season.
The regular-season finale is set for next weekend when the Wildcats hit the road to take on conference rival Michigan Technological University in a non-conference matchup. The contest is set to take place Saturday in Houghton, Michigan with a start time scheduled for 5 p.m.
The first round of the GLIAC tournament is Tuesday, October 31 with the higher seed hosting the game. NMU will go to Ashland, Ohio to take on the number-two seed Ashland University (10-5-1, 7-2 GLIAC).