MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men's soccer team (4-2) claimed their fourth straight win and third consecutive shutout in a 1-0 victory over Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opponent Northwood University on Sunday afternoon inside the Superior Dome.
The first half was big for the Wildcats' defense. The Timberwolves were only able to get off four shots to NMU's eight.
Of the shots that Northwood was able to get off in the first, only one was on goal. It was saved by Wildcat keeper Alex Weaver.
The lone goal for NMU in the contest was an excellent display of teamwork.
Emanuele Ancione was there to take a pass from Palmbaum and, with the Northwood keeper running towards him, he kicked the ball into the net for a Wildcat goal.
NMU led in overall shots 13-7 and had over double the shots on goal as the Timberwolves (7-3). Even more impressive, the Wildcats controlled possession for 61-percent of the match.
Both of Scheibal's and Ancione's shots were on target, with one of Ancione's being a goal.
Kronenburg and Kaffie Kurz took one shot each.
Kurz also shined for NMU from the midfielder position. He was able to control several 50/50 balls and provide a valuable role for the Wildcats.
NMU goalkeeper Weaver collected two saves in the contest. The keeper collected his third straight clean sheet and has continued to play every minute in net for the Wildcats this season.
"Your best offense is a good defense. It sets you up to be in good positions to get good opportunities and we defended well against a strong Northwood side," said head coach David Poggi. "Northwood has players who can change a game and our defense put us in a good position to counter that and create goal-scoring chances for us."
"This Northwood match was our most difficult to date. Really pleased and proud of how the team handled one of our most difficult opponents," added Poggi.
"Alex Weaver gets better every time he is on the field. Physically he's a tough player to beat and he is getting more comfortable in communication with our backline. He sometimes makes the difficult saves look easy and holds on to the routine ones. That is the key to his success," concluded Poggi.
NMU hosts Parkside on Saturday for the final match of the regular season. Kickoff from the Superior Dome will take place at 1 p.m.