NMU soccer: Wildcats tie Ferris State in double overtime

MARQUETTE – In a matchup as even as they come, the Northern Michigan University soccer team tied Ferris State 1-1 in two overtimes on Friday at the NMU Soccer Field.

The Wildcats are now 4-8-2 overall and 4-3-2 in the GLIAC.

“We would have liked to get the win, but I’m not disappointed with our play,” Northern head coach Matt Granstrand said.

The Bulldogs (8-5-1, 6-3-1) kicked off the scoring in the first half.

In the 34th minute of play, freshman Meredith Smith charged NMU freshman goalkeeper Alexandra Simmons as the latter played the ball. Smith got a shot off that beat Simmons.

Less than two minutes into the second half, NMU leading scorer – freshman Paula Hafner – buried a shot from sophomore Gabriella Garza to tie the score.

From there, it was a defensive battle through the rest of regulation and two overtimes.

The Bulldog’s defense attacked in overtime, posting one shot in the first extra session and two in the second. NMU didn’t get a shot on net.

“We’re a little beat up in the back,” Granstrand said. “We have some defenders out hurt and we started to run out of gas back there.”

Nevertheless, Granstrand said he was pleased with the team’s play in what is considered the best conference for soccer in the country.

“It was just a good game of two teams going at it,” Granstrand said. “This was a typical game between two talented teams.”

Granstrand said the momentum shifted from team to team throughout the game, evident in shots recorded: Ferris led with 7-5 in the first half and NMU held a 6-4 advantage in the second.

The ‘Cats hit the post three times during the game, just inches away from tilting the game in their favor.

“We coulda, shoulda, woulda, won the game,” Granstrand said. “We’re happy to get a tie, but would’ve liked to get the win.”

In their last home game of the season, the Wildcats face No. 1 Grand Valley State at noon on Sunday. It will be Senior Day for NMU.