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Northern Michigan University Wildcat men’s soccer team looks to open GLIAC with home victory on Friday afternoon

Northern Michigan University’s Ryan Palmbaum, center, tries to weave his way through Lewis’ Matt Budreck, left, and Timm Adler during the first half of a game last Thursday at the NMU Soccer Field in Marquette. (Journal photo by Ryan Stieg)

MARQUETTE — The men’s soccer team at Northern Michigan University has a pair of home games over the three days, hosting Purdue Northwest in its GLIAC season opener on Friday afternoon and Upper Iowa in a nonconference matchup on Sunday afternoon at the NMU Soccer Field.

The Wildcats (1-3) are working on a three-game losing streak, though last week’s pair of games were both one-goal losses, including a 2-1 setback in double overtime to Lewis.

Four players have scored so far this season for NMU. Freshman Ryan Palmbaum leads the way with two goals, which also ties him for tops in the GLIAC.

NMU freshman Jonas Vorbau is second among GLIAC goalkeepers in allowing just three goals this season. He is also ranked in goals-against-average, giving up 1.76 goals per game.

This will be the fifth matchup between Northern and Purdue Northwest (0-4 this season), each team winning twice. Last year, NMU won 5-0 and lost 2-1.

Northern Michigan University's Ben Hoffman, center, sprints ahead of Lewis University's Timm Adler, left, and Matt Budreck during the first half of their college men's soccer game last Thursday at the NMU Soccer Field in Marquette. (Journal photo by Ryan Stieg)

Game updates throughout the weekend can be found at https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats.

For Friday, follow video online at https://portal.stretchinternet. com/nmu/ and live stats at http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/msoc/2019-20/boxscores/ 20190920_awfn.xml.

On Sunday, video can be found at https://portal.stretchinternet. com/nmu/ and live stats at http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/msoc/2019-20/boxscores/20190922_h11c.xml.

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