NMU Women's Soccer prevails in tight battle with Michigan Tech

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HOUGHTON, Mi. The Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer team visited rival Michigan Technological University for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup and scored with 2:33 left in the game to defeat the Huskies 3-2 Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats got on the board quickly, scoring the first goal just 2:39 into the match. Sophomore Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Mich.) scored her second goal of the season on NMU's first shot of the game.

After Tech tied the score at 1-1 two minutes after NMU's goal, the teams went scoreless for nearly 30 minutes until Halonen was able to use a corner kick to find senior Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Md.) in the box who headed the ball into the net. The goal gave NMU a 2-1 lead that the Wildcats held for the remainder of the first half.

The hosts took advantage of a penalty kick to tie the game in the 83rd minute, but NMU answered with 2:33 left to play to win the game. Freshman Evelyn Flor (Hugo, Minn.) was able to find freshman Isabelle Brusilow (Grosse Point, Mich.) who then put the ball into the net to score her first career goal and game winner.

In goal, junior Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wis.) posted eight saves.

Halonen had a goal and an assist along with four shots. Brusilow, Flor, Hirabayashi, junior Isabela Cardoso (Sao Paulo, Brazil), freshman Brenna Musser (Grand Rapids, Mich.), and sophomore Rachael Erste (Rockford, Mich.) each added a shot as well.

The Wildcats will now return to the NMU Soccer Field for four straight home matches, starting with #3 Grand Valley State University on Friday afternoon.