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Freshman Ryan Palmbaum leads Northern Michigan University men’s soccer to road victory

FAYETTE, Iowa — Freshman Ryan Palmbaum couldn’t stop once he started scoring on Friday afternoon.

He knocked in three goals in less than four minutes during the second half to lead the Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team to a 4-1 victory at Upper Iowa in a GLIAC game that improved the Wildcats’ mark to 4-8 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

Palmbaum’s hat trick is the second in program history and gives him five goals this season.

Tied 1-1 exactly five minutes into the second half, Palmbaum unbroke the tie as senior Lewis Murray got an assist.

Then just 2:03 later right after a foul on the Peacocks, Northern junior Arni Eiriksson found Palmbaum to set up another goal, and another 1:42 later, the freshman completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal.

Upper Iowa (0-10-1, 0-7-1) scored the first goal from Seth Russell about 19 minutes in, which was answered about 13 1/2 minutes later by NMU senior Ben Hoffman off an assist by freshman Francisco Espinoza.

In goal, Northern sophomore Patrick Restum made two saves as NMU outshot the Peacocks 11-6. Palmbaum led the way with four shots.

Not only did Friday’s victory break a five-game losing streak, but it marked the most goals scored by the Wildcats this season.