NMU Returns Home to Take on GLIAC Foes

NMU Returns Home to Take on GLIAC Foes

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's (3-2-2, 0-0-0 GLIAC) returns to the NMU Soccer Field for a pair of matches this weekend when they host Northwood University (1-4-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC) and Ferris State University (6-1-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC). Friday's match with the Timberwolves is set for 3:30 p.m. with Sunday's match against the Bulldogs kicking off at noon.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

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.

Friday vs. Northwood

Game Program: http://nmuwildcats.com/programs
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2xlEVaI
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2gKCaqA

Sunday vs. Ferris St.
Game Program: http://nmuwildcats.com/programs
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2xkF522
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2gKCaqA

   BUSY WEEK RECAP

With three games on the schedule for last week, the Wildcats got off to a strong start with a shutout victory over Finlandia University. Freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) broke a pair of school records with four goals and nine points in the match, while five other Wildcats also netted a goal in the match. Senior midfielder Maddie Herbert (Clarkston, Michigan) and freshman midfielder Credence White (Grand Rapids, Michigan) each recorded one goal and one assist in the match.

NMU then hit the road for a pair of non-conference matchups against GLIAC opponents. They defeated Purdue University Northwest in for their second-consecutive shutout. It was sophomore forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) who recorded multiple goal in this match to help guide NMU to a victory. On Sunday, Caroline Halonen netted a goal with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The goal forced overtime where neither team could pull ahead resulting in a 2-2 draw.

   GLIAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

In three matches last week, Caroline Halonen led the Wildcat offense with six goals, three assists, and 16 points. The week began with the freshman tying the school record for goals in a match with four in a shutout victory over Finlandia University. Also adding an assist in the match, Halonen set the program record for points in a match with nine. 

Against Purdue University Northwest, Caroline Halonen scored or assist on each of the Wildcats three goals in the match to add four more points. NMU ended the weekend with a 2-2 draw at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where Halonen tied the match with less than seven minutes to play. She now leads the GLIAC in every major offensive category with six goals, four assists, 16 points, and 29 shots this season.

   FRONTUTO IN GOAL

Sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) has made all seven starts this season for the Wildcats in-goal en route to a 3-2-2 record. She owns a 0.99 goals against average and a .806 save percentage to go along with one solo and one combined clean sheet in 634:29 of action this year.

Her efforts put Frontuto near the top of the conference in multiple goalkeeper stats. Her 29 saves for the season are third best in the GLIAC, while her GAA is fourth-best in the league. Her six career shutouts are the sixth-most in program history, while her seven wins and 107 saves are tied for seventh and eighth-most in the Wildcat record book.

   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 7-13-4 record and a 2-5-2 mark in GLIAC competition.

   NMU VERSUS NORTHWOOD

NMU owns the all-time series lead over the Timberwolves with a 13-12-2 record in the 22-year series. A season ago, the two teams split two matches in 12 days with the road team earning the victory in each contest.

   NMU VERSUS FERRIS ST.

The Wildcats own the all-time series lead in the series with a 13-7-5 record. The series has been extremely close over the years with nine overtime contests despite NMU owning a 44-35 goal differential. Last season, the Wildcats recorded two goals in the first half to defeat the Bulldogs in Marquette.

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