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Wildcat men’s soccer take unbeaten streak on road

MARQUETTE — The men’s soccer team at Northern Michigan University will try to use all the momentum it’s gathered this month for a road trip downstate and to Ohio against GLIAC foes this weekend.

Working on a six-game unbeaten streak, the Wildcats travel to Ashland, Ohio, for a 7 p.m. game today before heading back north to University Center to take on Saginaw Valley State at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Fans can follow the action online through links at www.NMUwildcats. com or directly at these sites — on Twitter at https://twitter.com /NMU_Wildcats; for the Ashland game, live stats at https://bit.ly/2NBcPm4; and for the SVSU contest, live stats at https://bit.ly/2xPzMaC and live video at https://bit.ly/2d6zPCM.

Last weekend, Northern bested NAIA member Viterbo University 10-0, a record number of goals for the 3-year-old Wildcats program. Senior forward Sam Popp had two first-half goals in the Friday home game while sophomore forward Ben Hoffman got his first two goals of the season in the second half.

Returning to the GLIAC on Sunday, NMU played two overtimes before coming up with a scoreless deadlock at Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday. These two teams continue to be the only unbeatens in league games.

Now sporting a 5-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 GLIAC record, the Wildcats haven’t lost since their season opener on Aug. 30 and haven’t allowed a score over their last three games for a streak of 312 minutes, 41 seconds without letting in a goal. Goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe has a solo shutout and combined with fellow freshman Patrick Restum for the two other blankings in the streak.

Ashland (1-5-1, 0-3) and NMU are 1-1-2 vs. each other as the Wildcats won 3-0 at home and tied 3-3 at Ashland last season.

SVSU (4-2-1, 2-1) has defeated Northern five times without a loss or tie over the past two seasons. That includes three wins last year, the final one a 1-0 victory over NMU in the GLIAC Tournament semifinals on Nov. 3. Northern had defeated Tiffin 2-1 in the tourney’s opening round in its first-ever postseason game just a few days earlier.

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