KENOSHA, Wis.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (3-2-2, 0-0-0 GLIAC) battled to a 2-2 draw Sunday afternoon at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1-4-2, 0-0-0 GLIAC) in a non-conference matchup with a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent.
|CONTROLLING THE TEMPO|
The Wildcats were able to control the ball for much of the opening half outshooting the Rangers 15-5. Despite the offensive dominance, an own goal allowed Parkside to take the early advantage in the eighth minute.
At the 27-minute mark, NMU was able to knot the match up at one goal each courtesy of freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) goal. Moore was able to beat her defender to score her fourth goal of the season. Sophomore forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) sent the ball to Moore, earning her first assist of the season.
|SLOW SECOND HALF|
Neither squad was able to find a rhythm in the second half with both teams taking a combined eight shots in the first 35 minutes of the half. Just three of those eight shots would end up on-goal with Parkside going on to outshoot the Wildcats, 15-11 in second half and overtimes.
At 82:05, the Rangers managed to find the back of the net on a header to take their second lead of the match. The advantage was short lived as freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) scored less than two minutes later to tie the match at two goals each.
The score was Caroline Halonen's sixth of the season and came off a corner kick that she was able to bend into the back of the net to tie the match and force overtime. The goal tied Caroline Halonen for the GLIAC lead in goals, while her four assists and 16 points lead the conference outright. She also has the top spot in the GLIAC with 29 shots on the season.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the final eight minutes of regulation, sending the Wildcats to their second overtime match of the season. Despite facing a flurry of shots in the first OT period, the NMU defense was able to hold of the PNW attack with none of their five shots coming on-goal.
It was the Wildcats who outshot their opponents in the second overtime period, 5-3, with a pair of shots on-goal. The Pride were able to manage the NMU attack forcing a 2-2 draw at the final buzzer.
|FRONTUTO IN GOAL|
Sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) recorded six saves in the match, including a pair in the second overtime period. Her 29 saves are third-best in the GLIAC, while her 0.99 goals against average ranks fourth-best in the conference. With the draw, Frontuto's season record moves to 3-2-2.
The Wildcats will return to the friendly confines of the NMU Soccer field on Friday when they host GLIAC opponent Northwood University at 3:30 p.m. They will finish the weekend on Sunday at noon when Ferris State University comes to the NMU Soccer Field.