Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team shut out in opener

MARQUETTE — Despite an edge in shots and corner kicks, the Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team was unable to get a ball into Mercyhurst’s net and lost 2-0 in the season opener for both teams.

The Wildcats, who won 5-0 in an exhibition against Wisconsin-Superior a week ago, held a 10-7 advantage in shots and lopsided 12-1 edge in corner kicks.

But Lakers goalkeeper Martin Jarc stopped all three shots on goal he faced, while NMU’s Brayden Wilinski made two saves.

Henri Toophoven made it 1-0 nearly 22 minutes into the game, then Hady Sarr scored in the 61st minute.

NMU had two shots on goal in the first half by junior defender Lewis Murray and junior midfielder Nick Metcalfe. Junior defender Eric Suess had the Wildcats’ lone shot on goal after halftime.

Northern hits the road for a game at Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana, at 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is