NMU kickers blanked by visiting Lakers, 1-0

MARQUETTE – For 55 minutes Friday, the Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team held No. 10-ranked Grand Valley State University scoreless Friday in Marquette.

It wasn’t enough, however.

The Wildcats wound up dropping a 1-0 decision in GLIAC action, ending a four-game winning streak.

GVSU’s Dani Johnson took a rebound off a free kick that had been saved by NMU goalkeeper Caroline Glantz.

Johnson then re-directed the ricochet into the net at 55:32 for the match’s lone goal.

With the loss, coach Matt Granstrand’s Wildcats fall to 6-7-1 overall and 4-5 in conference action.

The Lakers, meanwhile, improved to 14-2 and 9-2, respectively.

Glantz wound up saving six of the seven shots she faced in the contest.

GVSU outshot the Wildcats 18-3, including a 10-1 margin in the opening frame.

Senior Ashley Katers had the first look at a goal for NMU in the 25th minute (24:38), but the shot was hauled in by Lakers goalkeeper Andrea Strauss.

NMU sophomore Paula Hafner also had two looks at the goal, one which was saved by Strauss in the 61st minute (60:01).

The second that sailed wide in the last minute of action.

The Wildcats return to action at noon Sunday when they host Ferris State at the NMU Soccer Field.

Prior to kickoff, the Wildcats will honor their six departing seniors.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251, or via email at cremsburg@miningjournal.net.