MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (1-2-1, 0-0-0 GLIAC) is set for one last non-conference tune-up on Wednesday before opening Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action over the weekend. The Wildcats will host Finlandia University (2-0-0) Wednesday at 4 p.m. before traveling to Purdue University-Northwest Friday at 3:30 p.m. and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Sunday at 1 p.m.
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.
The Wildcats played to a draw against the University of Southern Indiana in their first contest of the weekend. Freshman forward Rachael Erste (Rockford, Michigan) scored less than 10 minutes into the match to give her team the lead, but the Screaming Eagles netted a late goal to force overtime. Neither squad was able to seal a win in the overtime periods forcing the first draw of the season for either team.
In the second match of the weekend, NMU fell to Lewis University on the road. A score at the 19 minute mark for the Flyers was enough to give Lewis the shutout win.
Three Wildcats lead the way for NMU with one goal each. Sophomore forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) netted a goal in the season opener after leading the Wildcats a season ago. She is joined by a pair of freshmen in Erste and forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) who each have one goal in 2018. Freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) is the only other Wildcat to record a point this season with an assist versus USI.
|FRONTUTO IN GOAL|
Sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) continues to sit near the top of the GLIAC leader board in the saves category with 22 on the season. That number is second-best in the conference, while she also owns a .815 save percentage and a goals against average of 1.18. With 107 career saves, Frontuto now has the 10th-most saves in program history.
|BASMA IN HER SECOND SEASON|
Head coach Sonia Basma is in her second season at the helm of the Wildcats in 2018. She owns a 5-13-3 record and a 2-5-2 mark in GLIAC competition.
|NMU VERSUS FINLANDIA|
The Wildcats have defeated Finlandia in all five matchups between the two programs. In their last contest, NMU earned an 11-0 victory on September 1, 2016. The Lions own a 2-0-0 record on the year and have yet to surrender a goal to their opponents.
|NMU VERSUS PURDUE-NORTHWEST|
Last season, NMU and PNW met for the first time after the Pride became full-time NCAA Division II members. The Wildcats earned a 5-0 road victory highlighted by a school-record four goal performance by Jenna Halonen. In 2018, they own a 2-2-0 overall record.
|NMU VERSUS PARKSIDE|
It has been 12 seasons since the Wildcats and Rangers last met with the Wildcats taking a 1-0 neutral site victory in 2006. It will be the first conference match between the two programs with UWP joining the GLIAC in 2018. In 2018, they own a 1-3-1 overall record.