MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Women's Soccer has released their 2019 season schedule which features nine home contests and four matches against NCAA Tournament teams.
The 2019 season gets started with the Wildcats heading to University of Minnesota-Duluth for a 7 p.m. start on Friday, September 6. The team then heads to St. Cloud State University on Sunday, September 8 looking to repeat a victory over the Huskies in 2018's season opener.
The home schedule begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 13 with NMU welcoming Winona State University to Marquette. On Sunday, September 15, Northwood University comes to town and begins at 1 p.m. as well.
The team will then visit University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday, September 21 before facing the Rangers on Friday, September 27 on their home field at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 29 sees the Wildcats host University of Purdue-Northwest and will get started at 1 p.m.
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play official begins at Ferris State University on Friday, October 4. The Bulldogs are coming off an appearance in the NCAA Third Round. The team then heads to Northwood Sunday, October 6. The next week, Sunday, October 13, NMU heads to rival Michigan Technological University.
The Wildcats return to Marquette for a four-game home stand. The stretch begins with NMU taking on defending GLIAC Championing and NCAA National Runner-up Grand Valley State University for a 4 p.m. start on Friday, October 18. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, Davenport University comes to town.
Saginaw Valley State University then comes to town for a 3 p.m. game on Friday, October 25. The Cardinals were another NCAA Tournament team last year. The home stand concludes with a fourth NCAA Tournament team, Ashland University, played on Sunday, October 27 at 1 p.m.
After a weekend at Purdue-Northwest on Friday, November 1, and Parkside Sunday, November 3, the regular season concludes with a league scheduled, non-conference matchup with rival Michigan Tech for Senior Day.
NMU returns rising sophomore Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) and junior Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Maryland), who both received All-GLIAC honors last season. Halonen also was named D2CCA All-Region. As a team, 2018 saw the Wildcats nearly double their goals per match and saw their best start to a season since 2011. NMU will look to build on their improvements as they look to make an appearance in the 2019 GLIAC Tournament.