NMU Women’s Soccer holds off Michigan Tech, qualifies for GLIAC Tournament

MARQUETTE, Mi. At the first Fantastic Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football game played within the Superior Dome, the Northern Michigan University Women’s Soccer team defeated Michigan Technological University 2-1 and clinched a place in the GLIAC Championship and admired their seniors on Senior Day.

Prior to the game, the group admired Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Md.), Jamie Montgomery (Gaithersburg, Md.), Kaitlynn Benson (Windsor, Ontario), Ashleigh Hansen (Grayslake, Ill.), Christine Bina (Comstock Park, Mich.) and Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wis.).

Greater than eight minutes into the game, the Wildcats have been given a penalty kick and took good advantage to take a 1-0 lead early in the game.

Montgomery was fouled in the box and obtained a penalty for a outcome. The senior capitalized by placing the ball into the internet for her fifth goal of the year and her second penalty kick goal this season.

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the second half. Sophomore Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Mich.) took a corner kick and discovered Hirabayashi who had been at the center of the box. Hirabayshi managed to climb over the Tech defense and put the ball into the top left corner for the third goal of the year and fourth of her career.

Tech managed to score a goal with 24 minutes left to play with but NMU managed to continue and catch a 2-1 victory to clinch a place in the GLIAC Tournament.

Frontuto became the fifth player in program history to achieve 100 saves in a year in the first half and ended the game with six saves. She’s tied to the next most saves in a year.

The Wildcats outshot the Huskies 14-12 with Montgomery top NMU with six shots and three on target. Halonen additional three shots together with two on targets. Junior Isabella Cardosa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) tallied two shots with a single on target.

The Wildcats will now prepare for the GLIAC Tournament as they lead to high seed Grand Valley State University Sunday afternoon to get a 1 p.m. kickoff.

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