Soccer team earns pair of road wins

Clairisa Laws

The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team earned two GLIAC wins this past weekend in Ohio, both by the score of 4-0 over the Lake Erie College Storm and the Malone University Pioneers.

The NMU wildcats conquered Lake Erie College Friday, Oct. 10 in Painesville, Ohio. Sophomore forward Paula Hafner started the scoring streak off with a goal in the first period.

Sophomore forward Carmen Villarruel scored two goals, and freshman forward Danielle Defries one goal both in the second period. Senior center back, and GLIAC conference honor roll mention for week 6, Haley Boroughf said that the team has done very well playing strong and playing  as a team.

“We knew that we were controlling the game in the first period,” Boroughf said. “We applied that same intensity from the first half, to the second half scoring three more goals so we just came out with the same intensity at half.”

Following the first win of the weekend, the Wildcats earned their second win over Malone University Sunday, Oct. 12 in Canton, Ohio. Hafner and freshman center midfielder Abby Cook started the game off with a goal each in the first half.

Hafner scored her second goal of the game in the second half, along with sophomore midfielder Wynona Maravilla. Head coach Matt Granstrand said he was pleased with his team’s performance in the conference wins.

“I thought we played well,” Granstrand said. “We’ve played well all year, but we are finally starting to get some results for how well we have played all year.”

NMU currently stands with a 2-4 conference record. Hafner was named GLIAC Soccer Offensive player of the week and is ranked in conference with 13 points.

Villaruel places with 10 points. Sophomore goalie Caroline Glantz totaled eight saves this weekend and stands ranked in conference play with 28 saves. As family weekend is coming up,  NMU will host the Tiffin University Dragons 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 and the University of Findlay Oilers at noon. Sunday, Oct. 19.

Currently, the Dragons are 1-5 in conference, while the Oilers are 3-2-1. Senior forward Ashley Katers hopes for another great weekend and NMU community support.

“I feel pretty confident going into this weekend,” Katers said. “We have only won one game home, so I really just want us to sweep another weekend. It would be nice for people to come and support us. People being here really encourage us.”