Freshman Rachael Erste’s first collegiate goal leads Northern Michigan University to 1-1 women’s soccer tie

HAMMOND, Ind. — The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team kept its record at .500 with a 1-1 double-overtime nonconference tie against Southern Indiana on Thursday.

Playing at a neutral site in northern Indiana, NMU (1-1-1) held the lead for nearly 80 minutes before the Screaming Eagles forced the deadlock late in regulation.

NMU freshman forward Rachael Erste scored her first collegiate goal 9:47 into the game with an assist credited to junior defender Gaelin Hirabayashi.

By halftime, the Wildcats held a 6-3 shots advantage before each team’s offense erupted for 16 shots in the second half. NMU also had the only two shots of the first 10-minute OT, one of which was on goal, while SIU held a 2-1 shots advantage in the second extra period.

NMU sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto finished with six saves, three in each regulation half. In three games this season, Frontuto has made 17 saves and has an .810 save percentage and 1.24 goals against average.

The Eagles tied the game with about four minutes left in regulation when Courtney Spicer scored.

NMU finishes this road trip on Sunday at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. The Wildcats lead that all-time series, 4-2, with the Flyers taking the last matchup in 2013.

The Wildcats’ next home game is against Finlandia at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the NMU Soccer Field.

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