Northern Michigan University soccer men win, women lose over the weekend
MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team won a high-scoring 3-2 game at home over Quincy on Sunday, while the Wildcat women’s soccer squad dropped a 1-0 decision at Lewis on Saturday.
The NMU women have one more nonconference game before jumping into GLIAC play. The Wildcats host Finlandia (2-0) of Hancock at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Both teams begin league play at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The Northern men host Davenport (1-3-1) at the NMU Soccer Field, while the Wildcats women travel to Purdue Northwest in Hammond, Indiana.
NMU men 3, Quincy 2
At the NMU Soccer Field, the Wildcats improved to 2-1 by forcing the visitors to play catchup for much of the game.
The game nearly went to halftime scoreless before Northern scored twice in the final six minutes of the first half.
Junior midfielder Edgar Astorga broke the deadlock with his first goal this season at 39:02 as sophomore forward Ben Hoffman assisted.
Then exactly two minutes later, junior defender Lewis Murray netted his first goal of the fall with Astorga assisting.
Quincy (1-3) pulled within 2-1 on a goal by Aubrey Reis in the 18th minute of the second half, but NMU needed just 26 seconds to regain its two-goal cushion.
At the 63:05 mark, Northern senior forward Sam Popp got his third goal of the season. He came from just in front of the net after Astorga, who got his second assist, had sent the ball into the box.
Quincy added a final goal about 12 minutes later from Kyle Fraser, but freshman goalkeeper Patrick Restum wouldn’t let another shot through to preserve the win.
Restrum made three saves.
Lewis 1, NMU women 0
At Romeoville, Illinois, the host Flyers (1-2-1) scored on a penalty kick by Kailey Parnello in the 19th minute and held off the Wildcats (1-2-1).
Sophomore Jenna Halonen and freshman Caroline Halonen, who are sisters, each had a pair of NMU’s eight shots.
Sophomore teammate Brianna Frontuto stopped six Lewis shots, four coming in the first half.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.