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Pizza Cat Vol. 3
Deirdre Northrup-RiestererFebruary 26, 2024

Wildcats working out kinks

Senior forward/midfielder Aimee Colla looks to pass the ball ahead
to a teammate in a previous game last season against Ashland.
Photo by: Neil Flavin
Senior forward/midfielder Aimee Colla looks to pass the ball ahead to a teammate in a previous game last season against Ashland. Photo by: Neil Flavin

The Northern Michigan University Women’s Soccer team is

searching for answers after finishing with a 4-11-2 record last

season and finishing in seventh
place out of ten teams.

The Wildcats are looking to

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put goals on the board, something that was hard to come by

a season ago. In 17 games last
year, Northern Michigan only
managed to find the back of the

net 15 times, a 0.88 goals-per-game total that must improve if

the Wildcats are serious about
competing in a tough GLIAC

Luckily for the Wildcats, sophomore forward Jenna Halonen

returns as the leading scorer for
the team after finishing 2017

with eight goals. Halonen started every game a season ago and

tallied two assists to finish with

10 points, 45 shots and 25 shots-on-goal. The Wildcat offense will

look to Halonen to put points up
but she can’t be the only scorer
on the tally sheet again.

Joining Halonen on offense is
senior attack/midfielder Aimee
Colla, who will have a deeper
role now that graduated senior
Allyssa Milam is gone. Colla

finished with two goals last season and no assists. Colla took 17

shots a year ago and put eight of
those on-net. The emphasis for
coach Basma has to be offense
and where that will come from.

Defensively for the Wildcats,

sophomore goalkeeper Brianna

Frontuto returns looking to improve heading into her second

season. Frontuto started 16 of
17 games last season and posted

a respectable 1.62 goals-against-average, letting in 28 scores

while registering 85 saves.

Seniors Sophia Sachs and Raven Mitchell hold down the back

on end on defense for the Wildcats who will try to cut down on

opponent shot production.

Northern Michigan is coached
by Sonia Basma who took over
head coaching duties before the
2017 season.

The Wildcats open their season at home when they’ll take on

the St Cloud State Huskies in a
home matchup Aug. 30 at 5:30

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