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Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team takes control early in 3-1 win over Michigan Tech

MARQUETTE — The weather outside might’ve been frightful — or just typical for a Marquette County early spring day — but the result inside was delightful for the Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team.

Playing indoors in the Superior Dome, the Wildcats posted a 3-1 victory over their chief rival, Michigan Tech, in a GLIAC matchup on Sunday to improve to 2-1 this season. Three NMU players each scored their first goals of the season.

Northern jumped out to the lead in the game’s fourth minute when Isabela Cardoso took a pass from Stephanie Trujillo and sprinted past a Huskies defender to kick it in from 12 yards out around MTU goalkeeper Erika Gabriel, who had come out of the net to defend.

Thirty-one minutes later, the Wildcats’ Caitlyn Trombley was running inside the box and passed the ball to Evelyn Flor, who launched the ball from the middle of the field high and left of Gabriel.

Tech got its only goal just over 15 minutes into the second half when Haley Ruiter scored, but NMU needed barely five minutes to re-establish a two-goal lead.

That’s when MTU (1-1-1) committed a foul inside the penalty area and Northern’s Caroline Halonen converted the ensuing penalty kick into the left side of the net.

Northern’s defense didn’t allow any kind of shot, let alone one on goal, throughout the first half and finished the day with an 11-4 shots advantage.

Halonen took four shots and Trujillo had two as NMU goalkeeper Shenae Kreps finished with one save.

The Wildcats hit the road for a pair of GLIAC matches this weekend, their last away from the dome in the regular season as they still have four matches at home the following two weekends.

This weekend, NMU plays at Saginaw Valley State at 1 p.m. Thursday and at Ashland at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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

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