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Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team falls twice at home

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer lost a pair of home games at the NMU Soccer Field over the weekend, falling to nationally ranked Grand Valley State 5-0 on Friday afternoon and 3-2 to Davenport on Sunday.

NMU fell to 3-9 overall and 0-4 in the GLIAC, while the Lakers, ranked third in NCAA Division II, improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 after Friday’s game and Davenport is now 5-5-1 and 3-0-1.

On Friday, Chantel Carranza scored four goals for the Lakers even though the halftime score was just 1-0. GVSU put the game away with three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Northern junior goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto made 11 saves as freshman teammate Evelyn Flor led the team with two shots, including one of her team’s two shots on goal. The other shot on goal was by Natalie Stampfly.

Then on Sunday, NMU tied the game 1-1 in the 59th minute after taking advantage of a corner kick. Sophomore Caroline Halonen booted the kick, which was taken by senior teammate Gaelin Hirabayashi and headed into the net.

The Panthers retook the lead before NMU senior Jamie Montgomery retied it when she knocked in a penalty kick for her fourth goal of the season.

Then in the 79th minute, DU’s Alexa Dekam knocked in the game-winner.

Halonen had four shots and an assist while Frontuto made five saves in goal.

Northern remains home for two more games this weekend, beginning with a 3 p.m. Friday game against Saginaw Valley State.