HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech soccer team is scheduled to battle rival Northern Michigan in the first of two meetings scheduled between the two schools for this season on Sunday. Sunday's match will be a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest while the second matchup on October 27th in the Houghton is considered a non-conference contest.
Michigan Tech enters Sunday's game with an overall record of 4-5-1 and 1-2-1 against GLIAC opponents. The Huskies played to a 1-1 double overtime draw this past Sunday at Northwood, rallying with a second half goal from sophomore Katri Studtmann to force the extra frames. Tech fell 1-0 in a hard fought battle at Saginaw Valley State to open the weekend last Friday.
Nine Michigan Tech players have scored goals and/or had assists through the first 10 matches of the 2017 season. Senior Sarah Boyd and freshman Brooke Schauer share the team lead in goals with two apiece while freshman Emily Zeitunian boasts a team best five points thanks to a goal and three assists. Boyd, Schauer, and senior Taylor Archibald all have four points in the statistics.
Senior goalie Kirsen Hudak has been outstanding once again in front of the net, allowing less than one goal per game. She comes into the weekend ranked second in the GLIAC in both goals against average (0.94) and fewest goals allowed (8). Hudak has three of Tech's wins and both shutouts to her credit while making 41 saves over the course of 10 games.
The Huskies will be fighting for position in the GLIAC playoffs down the stretch and are currently tied for sixth place in the conference with three other teams. Grand Valley State and Ashland share the lead in the conference with 3-0 records while Northern Michigan is one point ahead of Tech in fifth place.
Northern Michigan is 2-6-2 overall, but have secured a win and two ties in their first four GLIAC matches of the year. The Wildcats are coming off a 0-0 tie at Saginaw Valley State in their last outing this past Sunday. NUM lost at Northwood 1-0 last Friday to begin the weekend.
Freshman Jenna Halonen has scored seven of the Wildcats 10 goals this year to power the offense so far. She has also assisted on two other goals, giving her 16 points. Halonen is ranked second in both total goals and points in the GLIAC statistical rankings. As a team, Northern Michigan is averaging a goal per game while surrendering 1.41 goals per match to opponents.
Freshman goalie Brianna Frontuto has spent the majority of the time in front of the net for the Wildcats, logging 908:09 of game time. She has a record of 2-5-2 with 51 saves against just 14 goals allowed.
Sunday's match for Tech will be the final regular season road game on the 2017 schedule. The Huskies will be in Houghton for the final five matches against Ashland, Tiffin, Grand Valley State, Ferris State, and Northern Michigan to finish out October.
Sunday's game at NMU is slated for 1 p.m. and fans can follow the action with live video and stats by clicking here.