Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team can earn GLIAC Tournament berth with win over Michigan Tech in first-ever game in Superior Dome

MARQUETTE — It’s all or nothing for the Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team this weekend when the Wildcats host Michigan Tech to close the regular season.

The 2 p.m. Friday game isn’t just an Upper Peninsula rivalry game, it will determine who gets the final berth in the GLIAC Tournament.

The game will also mark the first time a Wildcats’ soccer game has been played inside the Superior Dome, instead of its usual home outdoors at the NMU Soccer Field just outside the dome.

Northern is currently on the outside looking in, residing in ninth place with eight teams making the postseason. The Wildcats must defeat the seventh-place Huskies to move up to eighth or possibly seventh, depending on what No. 7 Wisconsin-Parkside does.

If NMU wins, it was capture the tiebreaker vs. MTU and guarantee themselves a berth regardless of what Parkside does. But if the Wildcats tie, they will at best pull into a tie with Parkside, which currently has four points to NMU’s three. And with Parkside holding the tiebreaker vs. Northern, Parkside would secure the No. 8 position.

The Wildcats got into this position after winning their first GLIAC game of the season last weekend, winning at Purdue Northwest 2-0 and losing at Parkside 1-0. NMU goals were scored by sophomore Rachael Erste and junior Andrea Sekloch, both assisted by freshman Evelyn Flor. Junior teammate Brianna Frontuto made 10 saves while tending the goal in the two games, giving her 99 this season, far and away the most in the GLIAC and 24th in NCAA Division II.

NMU evened the all-time series against Tech at 17-17-2 when it defeated the Huskies 3-2 in Houghton on Oct. 13.

Fans can follow the team on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NMU_Wildcats. For video from Saturday’s match, visit online at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/ and for live statistics, visit http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wsoc/2019-20/boxscores/20191108_hbp5.xml.

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