’Cats lose at Tech, win home exhibition

Karly Ratzenberger

The Wildcat soccer team took to the road on Monday, Sept. 10 to face Michigan Tech, losing their non-conference game against the Huskies, 2-0.

Head coach Matt Granstrand said the team played well against Tech and the level of play between the two teams is very similar.

“It was 1-0 and we tried to get the tying goal, but they scored on us in the end to make it two,” Granstrand said. “We haven’t seemed to be able to capitalize on some scoring opportunities and that is hurting us a bit.”

The Wildcats captured a home turf win last Saturday against Schoolcraft College, 3-1.

The ’Cats set the pace three minutes into the first half, with a goal scored by sophomore forward Tevun Sellers.

The second half was a busy one for the Wildcats. Senior forward Amelia Johnson scored two consecutive goals to make the score 3-0. Schoolcraft answered back with their only goal of the game 20 minutes into the half.

Sellers said she thought the game was amazing, and a great way to start off the official season.

“We lost our first two games against teams we should have beaten, so that was kind of disappointing, but we came out today and we did great,” Sellers said.

Head coach Matt Granstrand said the team played really well and the exhibition game served its purpose.

“They all played and got some quality time in so it was good,” Granstrand said.

Sellers said she was nervous about the game because Schoolcraft had beaten Saginaw Valley State University, who is usually good competition for the Wildcats.

“Coming into this game, I was a bit worried,” Sellers said. “But, we went into this game like we do every time: wanting to win and play our hardest.”

Sophomore midfield Kim Rietveld said the she felt really good about the game, because the team tried out a lot of new things.

“We came out really strong and played really well, we had good possession and passing,” Rietveld said.

Sellers said the team had been working on the forwards and center midfielders all week, and as a result, the ’Cats played a game of possession.

“We just really focused on making sure we find feet instead of just knocking it over the defense much like we have been doing,” Sellers said.

Rietveld said she is looking forward to the rest of the season, and how the ’Cats play together.

“We played really well in our exhibition game, and I am excited to see if we go up from here and I believe we can,” Rietveld said. “I believe we are a really good team and we have the potential to get really good.”

The Wildcats will make the trip to central Ohio this week to play Notre Dame College on Thursday Sept. 6, and Lake Erie College on Sunday, Sept. 16.