MARQUETTE, Mich.--Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-7-1, 1-4-0 GLIAC) dropped their opening match of the weekend Friday afternoon, 2-1, to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (4-8-2, 3-4-0 GLIAC). The Wildcats now have one final match at the NMU Soccer Field this season set for Sunday afternoon.
|LATE FIRST HALF ACTION|
It was a slow first half for both teams with the first shot on-goal not coming until the 14th minute of action. For the opening half, the Wildcats managed an 8-7 shot advantage and also attempted five corner kicks.
Both sides managed to net a goal late in the first half with the Rangers getting on the scoreboard first. Parkside scored the first goal of the match on the 37th-minute off one of their three corner kicks in the half.
Less than eight minutes later, NMU managed to knot the match at one goal each on the first goal of the season by junior defender Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Maryland). She gathered the ball on a corner kick from freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) who earned her sixth assist of the season.
As the second half started, the Wildcats eventually found their rhythm and controlled possession for much of the half. NMU attempted five shots in the second half to finish the contest with 13. The Wildcats also added a pair of corners in the match to finish with seven.
Despite controlling the ball, UWP was able to net a late goal in the 81st-minute that would prove to be the difference maker. The Rangers scored on an intercepted pass making it the first time in the last four matches the Wildcats have surrendered multiple goals. The 2-1 Parkside lead would last the final nine minutes for the final scores.
Senior midfielder Aimee Colla (Muskego, Wisconsin) led the Wildcats in shots for the first time this season with four, one coming on-goal. Caroline Halonen and freshman midfielder Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) both attempted a pair of shots. Two more Wildcats also put a shot on-goal including freshman defender Grace Filipiak (Belmont, Michigan) and freshman midfielder Peyton McNabb (Springfield, Missouri).
|VERMETTE IN GOAL|
Getting another start between the posts, senior goal keeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) made seven saves in the match, including five in the first half. For the season, she now has 40 saves, one fewer than team leader sophomore goalkeeper Briana Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin). She also has a goals against average of 1.16 and a save percentage of.870.
Sunday's match with Purdue University Northwest will be Senior Day for the Wildcats with the team honoring six seniors prior to kick-off at noon. Vermette, Colla, senior midfielder Anna Worman (Racine, Wisconsin) senior defender Sophia Sachs (Green Bay, Wisconsin) senior forward Alaina Perry (Haslett, Michigan), and senior midfielder Maddie Herbert (Clarkston, Michigan) will be the six seniors recognized before the match.