NMU soccer team gets 1st win of season, 5-1

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team broke through into the win column for the first time this season at home on Friday afternoon.

The Wildcats, who had been snakebit after losing several games late including two in overtime, defeated GLIAC foe Malone 5-1 at the NMU Soccer Field adjacent to the Superior Dome to improve to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the GLIAC.

Northern began its scoring frenzy in the 12th minute when Carmen Villarruel scored off of a corner kick by Leah Arnold. The Wildcats added a goal about eight minutes when Paula Hafner knocked in her own rebound.

After Malone scored early in the second half to cut it to 2-1, the Wildcats’ Abby Cook answered with an unassisted goal in the 61st minute. Within six minutes, teammate Lauren McDermott found Tabitha Boze for another goal, then Kelsa Dykehouse got her team’s fifth marker when she intercepted a Malone pass and snapped it past Pioneers sprawling goalie Leah Rauscher in the late going.

NMU’s outburst was well earned as it outshot Malone 23-5. Rauscher had seven Malone saves while Northern’s Alexandra Simmons had three saves.

The Wildcats remain home to host another GLIAC foe from Ohio, Lake Erie College, at noon Sunday.