Wildcats Return Home for Final Time in 2018

Wildcats Return Home for Final Time in 2018

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-6-2, 1-3-0 GLIAC) competes at the NMU Soccer Field for the final weekend in 2018 against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (3-8-3, 2-4-0 GLIAC) on Friday and Purdue University-Northwest (3-10-0, 1-5-0 GLIAC) on Sunday. Friday's match with the rangers will begin at 1 p.m., with kick-off on Sunday set for noon.

Prior to Sunday's match with the Pride, the 2018 Senior Day ceremony will be held with six Wildcats being honored for their dedication to the NMU Women's Soccer program. 

  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. Saginaw Valley St.
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2y9IelR
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2gKCaqA
Game Program: http://nmuwildcats.com/programs

Friday vs. Saginaw Valley St.
Twitter Updates: https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2PmeWal
Live Video: https://bit.ly/2gKCaqA
Game Program: http://nmuwildcats.com/programs

  WEEKEND RECAP

The Wildcats began the weekend with a loss at Davenport University. The Panthers netted a late goal in the 66th-minute, while the Wildcats stopped five more shots on-goal during the match. On Sunday, NMU was faced with No. 2 Grand Valley State University and their second ranked scoring offense in the country. After the Lakers scored a goal less than three minutes in, the Wildcats defended 31 shots, 10 on-goal, to hold GVSU well below their average of more than four goals per match. 

  STAT LEADERS

Freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) has led an offensive outburst for the Wildcats in 2018 as she is near the top of the conference rankings in nearly every offensive category. Her 19 points are the most for a Wildcat since Paula Hafner in 2014 and is fourth most in the GLIAC. Her seven goal are third most in the conference, while her five assists are tied for fifth.

Sophomore forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) is second on the team with seven points, while her and freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) are tied for second with three goals each.

   LOCKDOWN DEFENSE

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.

Senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) has earned the start in the last three matches between the posts. She has totaled 377:07 this season and owns a 0.95 goals against average and a .892 save percentage in 2017, both career-highs. Sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) leads the Wildcats with a 4-3-2 record this season. Her goals against average sits at 0.94 while she also has 2.5 shutouts this season and a save percentage of .837. She is currently ranked in the top-five of the conference in all three categories.

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. 

  SENIOR DAY

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. 

  NMU VERSUS PARKSIDE

Prior to this season, the two teams had three times but not since the 2006 season. After joining the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2018, the two sides met in October and played to a 2-2 draw in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It will be the first meeting between the Wildcats and Rangers since their first-ever match in 2001.  

  NMU VERSUS PURDUE-NORTHWEST

The Wildcats have defeated PNW in both of their previous matchups including a 3-0 victory in October 14. NMU has outscored the Pride 8-0 in the two matches and will host PNW for the first time on Sunday.

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