Soccer ’Cats travel to Duluth Bulldogs

Julie Goldberg

After losing three home games this past week, the Wildcat soccer team will search for their first win of the season this weekend at the University of Minnesota-Duluth at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.

The Wildcats started their season against St. Cloud State and Winona State this past weekend, losing to St. Cloud State 2-1, and losing to Winona State 2-1. Freshman Forward Casey Durand scored the lone NMU goal in the loss to St. Cloud State with an assist from junior defenseman Rachel LaManna.

Against Winona State, sophomore defenseman Maria Kiilunen scored the lone Wildcat goal in the loss with an assist from sophomore defenseman Hollie Koning. On Tuesday, Sept. 8 the Wildcats fell to the Bemidji State Beavers 1-0 on their homefield.

Junior forward Sarah Stram scored the only goal of the game for the Beavers at 51:28 of the second half.

NMU head coach Matt Granstrand declined to comment, citing lack of print coverage. His players were instructed not to comment as well.

The Wildcats are traveling to Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday to play against the Bulldogs.

“We will be practicing four times this week,” University of Minnesota-Duluth head coach Greg Cane said. “NMU is a well coached, good team. We will need to be very orderly defensively and work hard to break them down.”

The Bulldogs played No. 7-ranked Central Missouri on Friday Sept. 4, losing 6-0 and play Michigan Tech at noon on Saturday, Sept. 12 in Houghton before taking on the Wildcats.

Last season, the Wildcats beat Minnesota-Duluth 2-1 with junior Paula Hafner scoring a goal for NMU.