Wildcats Brave the Weather, Earn GLIAC Victory

Wildcats Brave the Weather, Earn GLIAC Victory

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-2-2, 1-0-0 GLIAC) remains unbeaten in their previous four matches after a 1-0 defeat of Northwood University (1-5-0, 0-1-0 GLIAC) Friday afternoon at the NMU Soccer Field.

  BRAVING THE ELEMENTS

With wind, rain, and cold temperatures plaguing the afternoon, the elements were the story of the first half. Both squads recorded their fair share of shots with Northwood eventually edging the Wildcats, 9-7, in the opening half. 

Despite seven shots on goal for the Timberwolves in the first 45 minutes, the Wildcat defense and sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) held NU without a score. She recorded a save in each of the seven shots on-goal faced before the halftime intermission. 

  MOORE SAVES THE DAY

The offensive tempo slowed in the second half courtesy of increased rain and winds. The weather conditions caused for just one combined shot on-goal in the second half. It was the Wildcats on the attacking end of that shot which would prove to be the difference maker.

Freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) found the back of the net in the 77th minute of play for her third goal of the season. A cross by freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) bounced around a group of players for both squads before Moore was able to recover the ball for the lone score of the match. Halonen picked up her team-leading fifth assist and 17th point of the season on the score.

  HISTORIC START

NMU was able to hold their opponent without a shot in the final 13 minutes after they took the first lead of the match. They are now unbeaten in their past four matches with a 3-0-1 record over the span. The 4-2-2 start for the Wildcats is the best since the 2011 campaign when the Wildcats began the year with a 5-1-2 mark.

  CLEAN SHEET

Thanks to the NMU defense, Frontuto did not face a shot on-goal in the second half to finish the contest with seven saves, her best mark since the season opener. Her season saves number now climbs to 36, the most in the conference. Her save percentage sits at .837 which is the fifth-best mark in the GLIAC. With a .87 goals against average, she is one of just four goalkeepers in the conference to own a sub-one mark.

Frontuto is climbing the program record book in a number of other categories including wins and shutouts. Her second solo shutout of the season brings Frontuto's career total to seven. That number is tied for the fifth-most in Wildcat history. After earning her fourth win of the season on Friday, Frontuto now owns eight for her career which gives her sole possession of seventh-place.

  NEXT UP

The Wildcats will host their second GLIAC match of the weekend on Sunday when they take on No. 17 Ferris State University at noon. The Bulldogs compete against Michigan Technological University Friday evening.