Wildcats Start Season Strong, Defeat SCSU

Wildcats Start Season Strong, Defeat SCSU

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (1-0-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC) topped St. Cloud State University (0-1-0, 0-0-0 NSIC) in their season opener by a score of 2-1. A late goal gave the Wildcats the advantage and the team's first victory over SCSU since 2008.

    FAST START

Wasting little time, the Wildcats scored their first goal of the season just 2:54 into the match. After the ball bounced around on a corner kick, freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) booted one into the back of the net. The first goal of her collegiate career was unassisted and put NMU up, 1-0.

    ALL KNOTTED UP

With 10 minutes to play in the half, SCSU managed to tie the contest with a goal of their own. The teams went into the half tied at one goal each despite the Wildcats owning a 6-4 shot advantage.

Much of the second half went by with little offensive action. A flurry of shots occurred late with the Huskies eventually recording a 7-3 shot advantage in the second period.

    HALONEN SEALS THE VICTORY

HALONEN SEAL THE VICTORY

NMU's third and final shot of the half proved to be the most important after sophomore forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) netted a bomb from nearly 50 yards out. Her first goal of the season was unassisted and put the Wildcats up, 2-1, in the 80th minute of action.

    STAT LEADERS

Halonen's goal sealed the NMU victory while she also tied for the team lead in shot attempts with four, three of which were on goal. Moore also recorded four tries with all four coming on-net. Freshman forward Rachel Erste (Rockford, Michigan) was the only other Wildcat to take a shot, which was also on-goal.

Recording her first victory of the season was sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin). She played all 90 minutes between the posts and made eight saves, which ties for the second most in her career. 

    NEXT UP

The Wildcats will look to carry the momentum into Sunday's home matchup with the University of Minnesota Duluth. That match is set to take place at the NMU Soccer Field at noon. The Bulldogs opened their season Thursday evening with a 2-0 loss to Michigan Technological University.

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