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Dallas Wiertella April 30, 2024

W Soccer: No. 11 Wildcats host GLIAC tournament for the first time in history

Wildcats defeat Huskies and take regular season champion title.
Molly Birch
KEEPING THE MOMENTUM — The Wildcats get ready for the GLIAC tournament next week starting as the No. 1 seed.

The Wildcats honored four seniors in the game on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. against the Huskies, Izzy Brusilow, Gwen Kiilunen, Brenna Musser and Haley Gruener.

The ‘Cats defeated the Huskies in a 1-0 decision. NMU’s Stephanie Trujillo had the lone goal for the team early in the first half, and goalkeeper Jillian Thompson made seven saves to shutout Michigan Tech. This win solidified the No.1 spot in the conference, making the team the regular season champions. 

NMU hosted the GLIAC tournament for the first time in program history yesterday as they faced off against No. 8 Purdue Northwest in the quarterfinals on Monday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. The ‘Cats defeated the Pride in a 3-0 victory and secured their spot in the national tournament. 

“There is no one on our team that can take a day off because the team is so deep and so competitive,” said Head Coach Jon Sandoval. “So, I think when you have a great leadership group combined with the informal leaders, the informal ballplayers [are] designed for success.” 

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This season there are seven Wildcats with over 1000 minutes played and two that lead the GLIAC in goals, Molly Pistorius and Hannah Kastamo. There are also two ‘Cats ranked top five in the GLIAC in assists, Trujillo and Kastamo. 

The women’s soccer team has had a recording breaking season with both individual and team stats. Wildcats goalkeeper, Thompson, now holds the record for shutouts in a single season with 12, currently, with the previous records being nine shutouts. 

The last time the Pride and Wildcats played each other, the game came to a 1-0 decision in favor of NMU. In their last match up, the ‘Cats outshot the Huskies 4-1 overall with the majority of their opportunities occurring in the second half of the game. 

“It’s tough to beat opponents. It’s tough to beat opponents twice in a year,” Sandoval said. “Given the circumstances, the pressure, all those types of things, things don’t get easier for you. And luckily, we’re fortunate to have a group that is okay with things not being easy. They’re tough.” 

This past weekend, the NMU women’s soccer team hosted the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals and the Ferris State Bulldogs. The ‘Cats finished the weekend 1-0-1 after drawing a 1-1 tie with the Cardinals and defeating the Bulldogs 1-0. These wins caused the team to ascend in the rankings nationally grabbing the No. 11 overall. This is the highest they have been ranked in history. 

On Friday against Saginaw Valley State, the goals for both teams came in the last two minutes of the match. Angelina Perritano scored for the Wildcats but the Cardinals answered back in the final seconds of the match. In the game against Ferris State, Kastamo scored the game-winning goal with a header past the Bulldogs goalie.

The team now looks ahead to the GLIAC semifinals against No. 5 Seed Ferris State this Friday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. The ‘Cats will look to add to their two game win streak against the Bulldogs this weekend to advance to the GLIAC Finals.

“This has been a group that’s been in the Upper Peninsula for a while. We don’t shy away from the color. I mean, we run into it, we definitely take it head on so we’re not afraid of the cold,” Sandoval said.

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Chloe Everson
Chloe Everson, Sports Editor
Hi! My name is Chloe and I am a fourth-year senior here at NMU. I am a Public Relations major and have always enjoyed sports. I love being outdoors, shopping, and drinking coffee at all hours of the day. I am extremely excited to be a part of the North Wind with hopes of improving as a writer!
Dallas Wiertella
Dallas Wiertella, Multimedia Editor
Through my experience here at the North Wind I have been able to have the privilege of highlighting students through all forms of multimedia journalism. Whether I'm in front or behind the camera, I aim to highlight human achievement in whatever way I can!
Molly Birch
Molly Birch, Editor-In-Chief
My name is Molly, and I am in my second year at NMU. I come from Midland, MI, probably one of the most boring places on earth. However, we do have the only Tridge in the world, so that’s pretty nifty (google “The Tridge Midland, MI”; it’s worth it, trust me). I enjoy reading, writing, knitting, and learning new things in my free time. I speak fluent-ish German, and I’m naturally a blonde. I’ve always loved journalism. I started taking journalism classes in my freshman year of high school and immediately fell in love with everything about the field. My favorite stories to write are profiles of everyday people because I love the intimate personal aspect of telling their stories. I am also an avid photographer.