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Northern Michigan University men’s soccer moves up in national rankings

MARQUETTE — The men’s soccer team at Northern Michigan University moved up one spot to No. 21 in this week’s edition of the United Soccer Coaches poll for NCAA Division II.

The Wildcats (5-1-1, 2-0-1 GLIAC) began last weekend with its biggest offensive outburst in the three-year history of the program with a 10-0 win over NAIA member Viterbro University.

NMU then played to a 0-0 draw at Wisconsin-Parkside in a battle of league unbeatens that extended Northern’s September record to 5-0-1.

Their previous five-game win streak and current six-game unbeaten are also the longest in program history, and a streak of three straight shutouts has extended that streak to 312 minutes, 41 seconds of game play.

The Wildcats finish this month with a pair of GLIAC matches on the road, playing at Ashland, Ohio, at 7 p.m. Friday and at Saginaw Valley State at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

They open October with a home match against Northwood at 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the NMU Soccer Field.