ALLENDALE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-6-2, 1-3-0 GLIAC) held No. 2 Grand Valley State University (12-0-1, 4-0-0 GLIAC) to a single goal, but the Wildcats dropped the match, 1-0. Coming into the match, the Lakers had the second-best scoring offense in the country with more than four goals per match.
It did not take long for the high-powered Laker offense to get on the scoreboard, netting their first goal less than three minutes into the match. It was the first shot of the goal for either team and gave GVSU the early 1-0 advantage.
GVSU attempted 15 shots in the opening half, but the Wildcat defense held the Lakers to the one goal despite six shots coming on-goal.
The second half was much the same story with GVSU outshooting the Wildcats, 17-1. Despite adding five more shots on-goal, NMU managed to hold the Lakers scoreless in the second half. The Wildcats were not able to find the back of the net or extend the match, but they did manage to stifle one of the best offensive sides in the NCAA Division II. They dropped the match, 1-0, but it was just the fourth time this season the Lakers have been held to a single score.
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Senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) made her third-consecutive start between the pipes. She made nine saves on the afternoon to bring her season total to 33. Of those nine saves, a number included scrambles at or near the net that Vermette manage to deflect out of the box. She also now owns a 0.95 goals against average and .892 save percentage in 2018.
On the defensive side, the Wildcats have significantly improved during the 2018 campaign. NMU has improved their goals against average by nearly half to 0.96 though the first 12 matches of the season. The team has shutout their opponents on three occasion in 2018 and allowed just one goal in five more matches.
Three Wildcat defenders have appeared in every match this season to led the defensive turnaround. Junior Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Maryland), senior Sophia Sachs (Green Bay, Wisconsin), and senior Anna Worman (Racine, Wisconsin) have consistently been leading the defensive effort for NMU.
The Wildcats now return to the NMU Soccer Field for their final home contests of the season when they host the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday and Purdue University-Northwest on Sunday. Friday's matchup with the Rangers will begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday's contest is set for noon.
Sunday's match with PNW will be Senior Day for the Wildcats with the team honoring six seniors prior to kick-off. Vermette, Worman, Sachs, senior midfielder Aimee Colla (Muskego, Wisconsin), senior forward Alaina Perry (Haslett, Michigan), and senior midfielder Maddie Herbert (Clarkston, Michigan) will be the six seniors recognized before the match.