Wildcats Drop Home Finale, 1-0, to PNW

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) — Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-8-0, 1-5-0 GLIAC) dropped their regular season finale, 1-0, to Purdue University-Northwest (4-11-0, 2-6-0 GLIAC) Sunday afternoon at the NMU Soccer Field. The Wildcats will finish the 2018 campaign with three-consecutive road matches.

SENIOR DAY
Sunday's match with PNW will be Senior Day for the Wildcats with the team honoring six seniors prior to kick-off. Senior midfielder Aimee Colla (Muskego, Wisconsin), senior midfielder Maddie Herbert (Clarkston, Michigan), senior forward Alaina Perry (Haslett, Michigan), senior defender Sophia Sachs (Green Bay, Wisconsin), senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault St. Marie, Michigan), and senior defender Anna Worman< /a> (Racine, Wisconsin) were recognized for their commitment to the program prior to Sunday's match.

FIRST HALF
With just one shot attempt per team in the opening 15 minutes of action, both teams found their offensive rhythm near the midway point of the opening half. The Wildcats finished with a 6-4 shots on-goal advantage led by junior defender Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Maryland) with two.

Freshman midfielder Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) attempted four shots in the first half, while junior forward Jaime Montgomery (Gaithersburg, Maryland) added three.

SECOND HALF
The Wildcat offense continued to control the ball for much of the second half, outshooting their opponents 10-4, in the second 45 minutes. NMU also added a trio of corners in the second half to finish the match with a 7-1 advantage in the category.

Despite the ball control, a late goal by the Pride would prove to be the difference maker. A shot across the box and into the top corner of the net gave PNW the first score of the match in the 76th minutes of play. The 1-0 advantage would last the rest of the way sealing a victory for the Pride.

VERMETTE IN GOAL
With five saves in the match, Vermette moved into the top-five in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference goalkeeper categories. Her 45 saves on the season are fifth-best in the league, while her .865 save percentage is second-best.

STAT LEADERS
Halonen lead the Wildcat offense with six shots and three on-goal in the match. Nor far behind, Montgomery and freshman forward Taelor Moore (Warren, Michigan) each attempted five shots. Hirabayashi added a pair of shots, both on-goal.

NEXT UP
NMU will finish the 2018 season with three road matches beginning Friday. The Wildcats travel to Ashland University for a 5 p.m. kick-off with the Eagles. On Sunday, NMU will take on Saginaw Valley State University at noon. The season will end at Michigan Technological University on October 26.