Wildcat men’s soccer opens with exhibition win

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team won an exhibition game 5-0 at home against Wisconsin-Superior.

Playing at the NMU Soccer Field in its lone exhibition this season, the Wildcats didn’t need long to get on the scoreboard. Just 2 minutes, 33 seconds into the game, Nick Metcalfe put a cross into the net with assists going to fellow junior midfielder Edgar Astorga and senior forward Sam Popp.

Popp then scored himself just a few seconds short of the 30-minute mark with assists going to junior defender Lewis Murray and junior midfielder Callum Olpin.

Leading 2-0 at halftime, NMU scored a trio of goals in a stretch of just over three minutes not quite halfway through the second half.

Junior forward David Kromah, sophomore forward Ben Hoffman and Astorga notched the goals with an assist going to Hoffman on Kromah’s goal.

This marked the return to the lineup for Hoffman, who was injured in the second game of last season. He, Popp and Astorga each had a goal and an assist for three points.

Junior Brayden Wilinski played in the Wildcats’ net in the first half without facing a shot on goal, while freshman Patrick Restum took over after halftime and stopped all three shots he faced.

Northern opens its regular season at home against former GLIAC member Mercyhurst at 3 p.m. Thursday, then hits the road for a 3:30 p.m. game Sunday at Southern Indiana.

The Wildcats come home again for four straight games, beginning with Quincy on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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