HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech soccer team returns to Sherman Field this weekend to battle Purdue Northwest and Parkside in a pair of key Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches Friday and Sunday. It will be the second time the Huskies have played each of these programs with the Huskies winning both contests. Tech topped Purdue Northwest 3-0 and Parkside 1-0 in September.
Michigan Tech enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-5-1 and are looking for win number one in the GLIAC. The Huskies suffered a pair of tough losses last weekend at second ranked Grand Valley State and Davenport. Tech gave the Lakers all they could handle Friday night, but fell at the end 3-1. The Huskies trailed at the break 1-0, but tied the match in the second half before two late scores by the Lakers proved to be the difference.
Senior Marisa DeMario, sophomore Jesse Jacobusse, and freshman Stephanie Yeager led the Huskies in total shots with two apiece while freshman Grace Shaw picked up her 6th goal of the season on her only attempt of the evening. The assist Friday night by Yeager was her first of the season. Sophomore Amanda Young played all 90 minutes in front of the net and made six saves.
On Sunday at Davenport, Tech battled back from a 2-0 deficit to draw within one at 2-1, but unfortunately the Panthers maintained the edge at the final horn. Freshman Gabby Sgambati paced the Huskies' offense with four shots and had the lone goal on the afternoon, her third of the year. Shaw followed with three shot attempts and provided the assist on Sgambati's goal in the 39th minute. Young made three saves and played all 90 minutes in front of the net for the Huskies.
Shaw powers the Tech offense through the first 11 matches of the season, scoring six goals while adding four assists en route to 16 points on the stat sheet. Shaw is fifth in the GLIAC in total goals, tied for sixth in total assists, and eighth in total points. Young ranks second in the conference with 52 saves.
Purdue Northwest is 3-10 overall and 1-5 against GLIAC opponents coming into Friday's match at Sherman Field. The Pride snapped a nine match losing skid this past Sunday with a 3-2 upset win over Northwood. The scoring has been divided up between six different players, with Brook Switzer recording a team high two goals. The Pride have played three different goalies this year, but Kelley Sharp has logged the most minutes with 450:00 and has 37 saves during that time span. As a team, Purdue Northwest is second in the GLIAC with 85 total saves.
Parkside carries a 3-8-2 record with them into the weekend, meeting Northern Michigan in Marquette Friday before playing the Huskies on Sunday. Chloe Couves is the top player on offense, having scored five goals while dishing out three assists through the first 12 matches. Tech will also have to keep an eye on Delaney Benich, who has four goals during the 2018 campaign. Lara Ferrari has made a GLIAC best 73 saves in front of the net in 1,020 minutes.
Friday's match against Purdue Northwest is slated to get underway at 5 p.m. with Sunday's kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m.