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NMU’s Halonen named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year; Pietila earns honorable mention

By Journal Sports Staff

BAY CITY — After a stellar season where she helped lead the Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team to the GLIAC Championship game, junior midfielder Caroline Halonen was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year Saturday.

Halonen led the Wildcats with 11 goals and 23 points as well as shots (62), shots on goal (25) and game-winning goals (three). She also earned a spot on the All-GLIAC First Team after leading the conference with nine regular season goals and 46 shots. Halonen finished second in points with 19.

NMU finished with a record of 8-3-1, which is the school’s best record since 2011 and Halonen’s 11 goals tied her for fifth in school season record books and seventh in career tallies with 22.

Heading into Sunday’s conference championship, Halonen was tied for fifth in multiple goal games with four, seventh in career points (56), seventh in career shots (182), tied for seventh in season game-winners (three) and tied for ninth in career shots on goal (72).

Halonen wasn’t the only Wildcat to pick up postseason honors as freshman Brooke Pietila filed a slot on the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention squad. A fellow midfielder, she has one goal and three assists with her helpers tying her for a team high.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.

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