ASHLAND, Ohio (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer (4-9-2, 1-6-0 GLIAC) began their road weekend with a 4-0 loss to Ashland University (9-2-4, 4-1-2 GLIAC). The Wildcats now have two road games remaining to end the 2018 regular season campaign.
It did not take long for one team to take an advantage with Ashland netting the first goal of the match less than seven minutes in. Despite two Wildcats shots over the next 20 minutes, the next goal of the contest also came from Ashland. The Eagles scored in the 29th-minute to take a 2-0 lead that would last through the end of the first half.
The Wildcats managed to hold off the high-powered AU attack for much of the second half before they netted their third goal of the match in the 69th-minute. Prior to the goal, NMU had stopped three shots on-goal for the Eagles in the second half.
With less than three minutes remaining, Ashland added their fourth and final goal of the contest of a corner kick. The score put the Wildcats in a 4-0 deficit that would hold the rest of the match to seal an AU victory.
VERMETTE IN GOAL
Senior goalkeeper Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) picked up the start between the posts. Vermette made seven saves in the contest to bring her season total to 52, fifth-best in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Her save percentage in 2018 sits at .825, third-highest in the league.
Senior forward Jaime Montgomery (Gaithersburg, Maryland) was the lone Wildcat to attempt multiple shots on-goal in the match with two. Senior forward Aimee Colla (Muskego, Wisconsin) also attempted a pair of shots with one coming on-target. Freshman forward Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) also attempted one shot on-target in the match.
NMU wraps up the weekend with a noon matchup against Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday. The Wildcats own the all-time series with a 14-11-2 record and an 8-5-1 mark on the road against the Cardinals. Both matchups last season went into double overtime with SVSU earning a victory in Marquette and the two teams playing to a scoreless draw in University Center, Michigan.