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NMU women end skid with 2-1 win

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team ended a weekend homestand with a victory on Sunday that ended a four-game losing streak.

The Wildcats scored twice in the second half to upend Purdue Northwest 2-1 at the NMU Soccer Field in a nonconference game against a GLIAC rival.

NMU senior Jamie Montgomery broke a scoreless deadlock with a goal in the 67th minute. She brought the ball from the right side to the corner of the box and fired a left-footed shot past PNW goalkeeper Leonie Heck into the left side of the net for her third goal of the season.

After the Pride’s Hailey Arlis tied the game about 12 minutes later, Northern sophomore Caroline Halonen knocked home the game winner with about 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation. Easily the Wildcats’ leading scorer as a freshman, Halonen had taken 25 shots without a goal so far this season.

Leading up to the game-winner, Purdue Northwest was called for a foul inside the box, giving Halonen the penalty kick that she placed into the bottom right corner for the lead.

Halonen finished with nine shots while Montgomery had four, with three on goal.

NMU held big advantages of 21-6 in overall shots and 10-4 in shots on goal.

Junior goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto made three saves as Northern improved to 2-5 and PNW fell to 1-5.

The Wildcats hit the road for three matches and won’t return home for nearly three weeks. The trip begins with the team’s first GLIAC match of the season at Ferris State in Big Rapids at 4 p.m. Friday.