Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team gets defensive for 1-0-1 weekend downstate
MARQUETTE — The women’s soccer team at Northern Michigan University didn’t give up a goal all weekend to achieve a win and a tie downstate over the weekend to extend its streak without a loss to three games.
After opening their season 0-5, the Wildcats improved to 2-5-1 with a 5-0 win at Purdue Northwest and 0-0 tie at Davenport.
The men, however, lost a pair of games to those same schools to fall to 2-5-1 overall and 0-4 in the GLIAC.
NMU women win, tie
Northern is 1-0-1 in the GLIAC with its first weekend of games that counted in the conference standings.
On Saturday morning in Hammond, Indiana, freshman forward Jenna Halonen scored four goals as NMU dominated Purdue-Northwest offensively, taking 20 shots, including 12 on goal, to just eight shots for the home team.
Halonen, whose seven goals and 16 points are more than the Wildcats’ team leader in those categories had for all of 2016, scored in the 14th minute before teammate Allyssa Milam made it 2-0 about 7 1/2 minutes later.
With its first intermission lead of the season, Halonen poured it on in the second half, scoring twice in just over two minutes about midway through the half before adding another goal in the final two minutes of regular time.
Junior defender Maddie Herbert, senior forward Madison Hamilla and junior defender Raven Mitchell got assists on Halonen’s second-half goals.
Freshman goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto improved to 2-4 by playing most of the game as junior Emma Vermette of Sault Ste. Marie entered in the 66th minute. Each had one save.
On Sunday at Caledonia just outside of Grand Rapids, NMU found offense much harder to come by against Davenport, but leaned on Frontuto as the Northern goalkeeper played the entire game, including two overtimes, without allowing a goal, facing 15 shots with six on target. The Wildcats had 14 shots, five on goal.
Davenport had more scoring opportunities in the first half with the only four corner kicks before intermission. NMU narrowed the offensive gap after coming back on the field, getting four of the second half’s first five shots.
The offense also opened up in the second OT, with Northern taking four shots and the Panthers three.
Halonen and junior teammate Anna Worman each managed four shots, with two of Halonen’s on goal. Hamilla and senior teammate Abby Cook each took two shots.
The NMU women remain on the road this weekend, going to Midland to play Northwood at 4:30 p.m. Friday before taking a short jaunt to University Center between Bay City and Saginaw to face Saginaw Valley State at noon Sunday.
NMU men shut down
After suffering a 2-1 loss at Purdue Northwest on Friday, the Wildcats were shut out by Davenport 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
NMU had to feel fortunate to remain in a scoreless draw at halftime as the home Panthers had all seven first-half shots. Davenport got on the board in the 69th minute with a header by Cam Cavanagh before a Northern own-goal made it 2-0.
Junior defender Kevin Hoof took the Wildcats’ first shot on goal in the 72nd minute, while junior teammate Sam Popp also got one on goal in the waning minutes.
NMU sophomore goalkeeper Brayden Wilinski came into the game in the 19th minute after starting goalie Filippo Torelli was ejected. Wilinski had five saves.
Northern returns home to the NMU Soccer Field for two GLIAC games against Ohio schools this weekend, hosting Tiffin at 4 p.m. Friday and Ashland at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.