MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University soccer team will look to avenge last year's season-ending loss at 4 p.m. today when it hosts Tiffin at the NMU Soccer Field.
The Dragons upset the Wildcats, 3-0, in the first round of the GLIAC playoffs in Marquette last season to improve to 6-1-1 over NMU.
Tiffin, which is 4-0-0 in Marquette, has started 2012 with a 2-3-2 overall mark but is winless in GLIAC play at 0-1-2.
Northern is coming off a 5-0 loss to Michigan Tech on Saturday, dropping the team to 2-5-0 overall and 1-2 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats have been shut out in all five losses.
The Wildcats four goals in their two wins have come from four scorers - freshmen Hailey Beyrand, Tiffany Trembley, Gabriella Garza and sophomore Tevun Sellers.
The Wildcats host Findlay at noon Sunday to cap a three-game homestand. The Oilers enter the weekend unbeaten in GLIAC play at 2-0-1, but 2-3-1 overall.
Findlay is 3-5-0 in Marquette while the all-time series is knotted up at 9-9-1.
NMU was shut out in its last meeting against the Oilers, 1-0, in Findlay last year.
heads to Twin Cities
The Wildcat cross country team will face its biggest test of the season at the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn.
The Maroon race which NMU will run in features 460 runners from 38 schools and begins at 10:50 a.m. Saturday.
"The top two teams that finished two and three in the country were at the Roy Griak (last year) so that one is good to see in the whole country where we stand against some of the top teams in Division II," NMU head coach Jenny Ryan said prior to the season.
NMU is ranked No. 29 this week in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll and No. 4 in the Midwest Region.
Junior Mallory Celaya is the reigning GLIAC women's cross country runner of the week after leading NMU at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold Invite last week, finishing in 19th place in 22 minutes, 53 seconds.
NMU hires new
Former Holy Redeemer High School (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) diving coach Bill Williams has joined the Wildcat swimming and diving team as an assistant, according to head coach Heidi Voigt, who announced his hiring on Thursday.
Williams will work with the Wildcat divers.
"I'm excited to have Bill as my diving coach," Voigt said. "He is very passionate about diving and will be an excellent leader of our young squad of four divers moving forward."
Williams' collegiate experience includes the last three summers coaching diving camps at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. He worked with USA Olympic diving coach John Wingfield and had a chance to meet a majority of the diving team that competed in London.