Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team falls in regular-season finale

KENOSHA, Wis. — The Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team’s dream of hosting a GLIAC Tournament game were dashed Thursday when league champion Wisconsin-Parkside defeated the Wildcats 3-2.

Nevertheless, the fourth-year Wildcats set a record with overall and league wins at 8-10 and 7-7 and did make the tourney as it will go on the road for the GLIAC quarterfinals Monday at Northwood or Saginaw Valley State, who have a game against each other this afternoon to determine the No. 2, 3 and 4 seedings for the tourney. NMU is locked in at No. 5 while Parkside is atop the standings at 10-2-2, 11-5-2 overall.

The Wildcats edged out No. 6 Ashland, which is 6-7-1 and 6-10-1.

On Thursday, NMU got out of the gates quickly, scoring barely more than four minutes in when senior Eric Suess took a pass from junior Luca Lippert for his second goal of the season and Lippert’s fourth assist.

The scored remained that way until late in the first half, when Parkside tied it in the 39th minute on a goal by Stevi Krecak, then took the lead about 14 minutes into the second half on a goal by Leki Prpa.

NMU tied it 2-2 about 2 1/2 minutes after the Rangers took the lead when freshman Ryan Palmbaum scored unassisted for his eighth goal this season.

Then with just over 13 minutes left in regulation, Parkside knocked home the game winner from Jack Mittelsteadt.

Northern freshman goalie Jonas Vorbau made four saves as Palmbaum had a team-leading six shots, four on goal.