MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer team kicks off the 2019 season with the first home event of the season by taking on the University of Southern Indiana on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. on the NMU Soccer Field. The squad then heads to Quincy University Sunday for a 1 p.m. start.
Thursday's season opener features video and live stats Sunday's match will only have live stats provided as of this time.
Thursday vs. USI
Live stats: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/msoc/2019-20/boxscores/20190905_a6ef.xml
Sunday at Quincy
Live stats: https://quhawks.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary
The squad will lean on senior Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) and junior Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Mich.) as they both finished tied for second last year with four goals. Juniors Brady Kronenburg (De Pere, Wis.), Markus Sandstad (Asker, Norway) and Vegard Ervall (Trondheim, Norway) also return and look to contribute to the offensive attack after the team finished second in goals scored in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last year.
The Wildcats return three starting defenders from last season who helped guide the team to a stretch that saw them shutout opponents for five-straight matches and allowed the second fewest goals in the conference. Anchoring the defense will be seniors Lewis Murray (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Eric Suess (Ludwigsburg, Germany) and junior Isaac Wigermo (Gothenburg, Sweden).
Six seniors will look to guide the team this season. In addition to Olpin and Hoffman on offense, and Suess and Murray defensively, Sveinn Karlsson (Sveinn Karlsson), and Nick Metcalfe (Royal Oak, Mich.), enter their final season as Wildcats this year.
BETWEEN THE POSTS
Sophomore Patrick Restum (Okemos, Mich.) returns for his second season with the Wildcats with four games of experience he gained during his first year with NMU. Restum allowed just two goals and picked up two victories in those four matches. Competing with Restum for goalkeeper minutes will be freshman Jackson Bowers (Commerce Twp., Mich.) and Jonas Vorbau (Wuppertal, Germany).
NMU returns 10 players who appeared in at least 10 games with seven of them starting at least 10. Due to injuries, many more players were forced into new positions as the season progressed. The benefit to this is the fact that many players can now fill multiple roles, allowing for significant depth this year. This returning experience includes two junior midfielders, Arni Eiriksson (Akureyri, Iceland) and Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany).
NMU VERSUS SOUTHERN INDIANA
Thursday's contest will be the second matchup between the two schools. Last season, the Wildcats came away with a 2-0 victory over the Screaming Eagles.
NMU VERSUS QUINCY
This will be second meeting in program history with the Eagles, with NMU winning 3-2 last season. Quincy opens their season Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.