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Northern Michigan University women lose 1-0 on road

KENOSHA, Wis. — The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team has been forced into a must-win situation in its final regular-season game later this week to make the GLIAC Tournament.

That happened after the Wildcats lost 1-0 at Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday despite junior goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto making five saves.

The game was scoreless for more than 82 minutes until the Rangers’ Delaney Benich scored an unassisted goal with 7:40 left.

Senior Jamie Montgomery led the Northern offense with five shots with one on goal, while sophomore teammate Rachael Erste had four shots and two on goal. Like Frontuto, UWP goalie Adrianna Bratel made five saves.

On Friday, the Wildcats posted their second shutout of the season while breaking a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 win at Purdue Northwest in Hammond, Indiana.

Erste scored her first goal of the season about 14 minutes into the second half, then junior Andrea Sekloch got her first career goal barely a minute later. Freshman Evelyn Flor assisted on both goals. Frontuto made five saves.

The Wildcats close their regular season with a home game against Michigan Tech at 2 p.m. Friday at the NMU Soccer Field.

At 4-12 overall and 1-7 in the GLIAC, good for three points, Northern needs a win over the Huskies (5-9-1, 2-6) to insure a top-eight finish in the league and berth in the tourney. A loss or tie would leave them out of the event.