NMU soccer continues to win

BIG RAPIDS – Momentum continues to build for the Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team after the Wildcats extended their winning streak to five games with a 1-0 overtime victory at Ferris State on Friday afternoon.

Northern improved to 5-7 overall and 5-3 in the GLIAC after a seven-game losing streak to open the season has turned into a considerable win streak.

“I’m proud of my team and the way they compete,” NMU head coach Matt Granstrand said. “I thought we played a great game against a well coached and very talented Ferris team.”

The Wildcats and Bulldogs battled through two scoreless halves, though Northern’s Paula Hafner sprung free for a shot on net in the 17th minute before being denied by Bulldog goalie Maddie Haustein.

With the game still scoreless after regulation, the Wildcats wasted little time in the extra period to find some offense.

Hafner got another shot off two minutes into OT. It hit the crossbar but the rebound was deflected into the net by Carmen Villarruel.

The Wildcats held the edge in shots, 15-14, and corner kicks, 7-4. Alexandra Simmons remained solid in the net for Northern Michigan, posting three saves. Haustein posted seven saves.

The Wildcats complete their four-game, two-week road trip with a game at noon Sunday at Grand Valley State in Allendale. NMU plays at home at 4 p.m. Friday against Saginaw Valley State.