Granstrand gains 100th NMU win

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University’s 4-0 win Sunday over visiting Findlay (Ohio) in women’s soccer was more than just a GLIAC triumph.

Not only was it the Wildcats’ fourth straight victory, but it was head coach Matt Granstrand’s 100th career win at NMU.

“We’re starting to play some good soccer,” Granstrand said after his team had improved to 6-6-1 overall and 4-4-0 in conference play.

“I like the way we’re moving the ball around and our ability to pass the ball all over the field is really opening up things.

“We can always get better and work on things, but another good win against a good Findlay team,” he added.

NMU got on the board in the 12th minute when sophomore midfielder Wynona Maravilla took a corner kick was headed by freshman defender Lindsey Tuggle straight to a wide open senior midfielder Ashley Katers, who buried the goal in the open net.

Then, sophomore forward Paula Hafner was able to take advantage of a Findlay mistake when the Oiler goalkeeper misplayed a ball that Hafner was able to steal and sneak past her to the far post in the 39th minute, giving Northern a 2-0 advantage.

The Wildcats outshot the Oilers 7-3 in the first half.

Early in the second half, Katers was able to find the back of the net for the second time in the game and fourth time this season.

She took a pass from senior defender Kim Rietveld in the middle of the field and went far post to give Northern a 3-0 lead.

Findlay then started to make a push in its offensive zone, but sophomore keeper Caroline Glantz was up to the challenge and made six saves before NMU added to the lead in the 77th minute.

Hafner was able to score her second goal of the game, 12th of the season, when freshman defender Hollie Koning chipped the ball to freshman midfielder Tabitha Boze who fed Hafner with a cross.

Hafner was able to shake a defender and go far post to beat the goalkeeper to give NMU a 4-0 advantage.

Glantz finished the game with eight saves to improve her record to 5-5-1.

NMU finishes the home portion of its regular season by hosting Grand Valley State at 4 p.m. Friday and Ferris State at noon Sunday.

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