Wildcats Fall on the Road at PNW

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HAMMOND, Ind. (WLUC) — Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer (6-4-4, 3-3-4 GLIAC) dropped their first match of the weekend on the road at Purdue University-Northwest (7-6-1, 5-5-0 GLIAC) by a score of 2-1.

SLOW START
It was a slow start to the match for both teams with neither side attempting a shot on-goal in the opening 30 minutes of action. During the span, NMU attempted one shot coming from junior defender Edgar Astorga (Chicago, Illinois).

The first goal of the contest came in the 31st-minute when the pride found the back of the net. The score gave PNW a 1-0 lead that would last the rest of the first half.

OWN GOAL
Sophomore midfielder Luca Lippert (Langen, Germany) wasted little time trying to tie the match in the second half. He attempted the first Wildcat shot on-goal of the match near the 47th-minute.

At 65:30, the match was knotted at one goal each when the ball was sent into the Pride net on an own-goal. Less than five minutes later, sophomore forward Ben Hoffman (Petoskey, Michigan) attempted the second shot on-goal of the contest for NMU, but it was the Pride who would score next.

THE DIFFERENCE
A goal in the 80th-minute gave Purdue-Northwest their second lead of the afternoon, which they held on to for the final 10 minutes of action. The series between the two program is even at 2-2-0 all-time, while the Wildcats hold a 9-5 goal differential.

BETWEEN THE POSTS
Freshman goalkeeper Valentin Kliebe (Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany) made his 11th appearance of the season and 10th starting nod in the match. For the season, his goals against average sits at 0.89, while his save percentage is .839. Both of those numbers are second-best in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

NEXT UP
NMU will finish the weekend against Davenport University on Sunday. Earlier this season, NMU earned their first-ever program victory over the Panthers with a 2-1 win. The match was the 2018 conference opener and the third meeting between the two programs after DU joined the NCAA Division II and GLIAC membership. Kick-off is set for noon.

POSTSEASON HOPES
Just two matches in the 2018 regular season before the 2018 GLIAC Tournament gets underway. Currently, the Wildcats sit at fourth in the conference standings with 13 points. If Northwood University defeats Davenport Friday evening, the Wildcats will official secure a spot in the 2018 GLIAC Tournament.

The top two teams in the league will receive a first-round bye in the tournament, while the third and fourth seeded squads will host quarterfinal matches against the fifth and sixth ranked teams.