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Wildcat soccer scores first win of 2012 at Minnesota-Crookston

September 4, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

CROOKSTON, Minn. - The Northern Michigan University soccer team picked up its first win of the season in its third try Monday, topping Minnesota-Crookston 2-0 to improve to 1-2 on the season.

"It was a good team win," NMU head coach Matt Granstrand said. "I'm proud of my team, playing three games in five days."

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Shelby Conard, who has started all three games in goal, earned her first career shutout while making six saves.

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Freshmen Gabriella Garza and Hailey Beyrand picked up the goals - the first of their careers - with Garza scoring in the sixth minute via an assist from senior Brekelle Sellers. It was Sellers' 12th career point as a Wildcat.

Beyrand snuck in the insurance goal in the 90th minute, unassisted.

"We have a lot of young players who are going to need to step up all season like they did (Monday)," Granstrand said. "We had to play a lot of players with today's weather and everyone did well."

Crookston goalkeeper Ashleigh Erdmann stopped six Wildcat shots.

NMU returns home for an 11 a.m. contest on Saturday against Schoolcraft College at the NMU Soccer Field.



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