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Monday July 22, 2024
NMU Ladies Outlast Weather, Panthers, In 3-0 Win

This story was written by NMU Sports Information

 The Northern Michigan women's soccer team fought through a lengthy weather delay in its match against the Davenport Panthers, securing three points with a 3-0 win.

There were multiple lightning strikes, causing the match to be delayed for a total of one hour and thirty minutes. Play stopped and resumed with just over 18 minutes left in the first half.

The Wildcats picked up a critical three points, as its overall record improved to 7-1-2 with a 3-1-2 conference record. The Panthers slip to 4-2-3 overall and a 1-2-3 conference record.

Goal scorer Stephanie Trujillo had this to say post-game:

"It was a full team effort to secure the win. This team always knows how to bounce back, even from [weather] delays."

Three separate Wildcats scored on the day; Stephanie Trujillo picked up her fourth goal of the season, Molly Pistorius picked up her seventh, and Hannah Kastamo scored her fifth

  • Kastamo and Brooke Pietila registered assists

  • Jillian Thompson picked up her sixth shutout of the season, making two saves in the effort

  • Maria Storm led the 'Cats in minutes, playing 87

  • The 'Cats dominated the shot department, with 24 attempts to the Panthers' four, including 10 on target to two

  • The Wildcats recorded 11 corner kicks to Davenports' two, and fouled 11 times to Davenports' six

  • The 'Wildcats continue its unbeaten streak, are now 16-0-4 in the last 20 matches in Marquette. The 'Cats are an impressive 22-2-6 at home over the past four seasons.

The 'Cats came out of the gate on the front foot, recording two shots in the first two minutes. Brenna Musser had a shot on target, but the more dangerous chance of the two came from Kenna Alexander, who sent it just high of the crossbar.

Not two minutes later, Molly Pistorius forced a turnover and created two more chances with Musser, both shots eventually being blocked.

Just over 10 minutes into the frame, the Wildcats struck first. Stephanie Trujillo lined up in the far corner to attempt to execute on a dead-ball opportunity. Trujillo struck a curling ball that cleared over the keeper's head and landed in the far corner of the net, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead and Trujillo's fourth goal of the season.

The game was delayed for an hour and a half from a lightning delay after 30 minutes were played in the first half.

The 'Cats came out of the break lightning quick, with Molly Pistorius flashing her speed to break through the Panthers defensive line to tap in a through ball and give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. This is Pistorius' seventh goal of the season.

The Wildcats were finally able to break through the ice from a corner kick once again. Brooke Pietila curled the ball into the goal area that Hannah Kastamo climbed the ladder for to get up and redirect into the back of the net, extending the Wildcats lead to three.

The 'Cats would go on to secure three points, clamping down defensively for the remainder of the game.

The Wildcats have one road game next weekend, traveling up the road to take on Michigan Tech on Friday, October 6, at 7 p.m.

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