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Northern Michigan University’s Caroline Halonen named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week in women’s soccer

Northern Michigan University’s Caroline Halonen moves the ball against Northwood on Sept. 15, 2019, at the NMU Soccer Field in Marquette. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — Junior Caroline Halonen earned women’s soccer GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week after leading Northern Michigan University to a pair of wins in the Superior Dome last week.

This was the Wildcats’ first GLIAC weekly award in women’s soccer this season.

Already far and away the leading scorer for NMU, Halonen scored two goals in a 6-0 win over Purdue Northwest on Friday and a goal and assist in a 3-2 victory over Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday.

The downstate Hartland resident now has nine of the Wildcats’ 21 goals this season.

With this year’s postseason and her entire senior season still to come, Halonen is already in the top 10 in program history in five career statistics — fifth in assists with 12, seventh in points with 52, seventh in shots with 174, tied for eighth in game-winning goals with four and ninth in goals with 20.

Wisconsin-Parkside's Jazmin Castanon, center, lunges forward attempting to strip the ball from Northern Michigan University's Caroline Halonen in the first half of their GLIAC women's soccer game played at the NMU Soccer Field in Marquette on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

The league has announced that the GLIAC Tournament opens at noon Tuesday at campus sites, meaning NMU should host as it has the third-highest points per game in its Points Rating System because conference teams haven’t played an equal number of games.

NMU’s 6-2-1 record means it is one of just two GLIAC teams to have played its full nine-game schedule, the other being Purdue Northwest. But four more league games are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, including two by Saginaw Valley State, that could round out a full nine-game schedule for four more GLIAC teams.

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

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