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Tuesday June 25, 2024

This story was written by NMU Sports Information

The Northern Michigan University women's soccer team took care of business on the field Sunday afternoon, defeating the Wisconsin Parkside Rangers 1-0 and securing their first GLIAC Championship title.

This is the second straight season the Wildcats have made it to the GLIAC championship match, and the first time the Wildcats have won the championship in program history. It is also the third time in four years the team has made it to the finals under head coach Jon Sandoval.

Molly PistoriusMaria StormBrooke Pietila, and Jillian Thompson were all selected for members of the All-GLIAC Tournament Team

The 'Cats were able to get a lead on the Rangers after scoring the lone goal a little more than halfway through the first half, with Brenna Musser netting her first goal of the season. The 'Cats dominated the game in both halves, as they would go on to outshoot the Rangers 24-6 with 9-1 on target.

"It really hasn't sunk in yet," NMU Coach Jon Sandoval said. "A lot of pride for the players for the amount of work they have put in during the regular season, but also our pride for the Northern Michigan community. The amount of support that we've seen this year; it's obviously great to win, and it's an even better feeling when you're winning with a great fan base that we have."

The Wildcats were on the front foot to start the match, outshooting the Rangers 10-3 before netting the first goal of the game a little over halfway into the first half. Brooke Pietila earned a free kick that she delivered into the box, which was swarmed by the Rangers. Brenna Musser found a way through the traffic and scored her first goal of the season. This gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 advantage while outshooting their opponents at 14-3 as they strode to the locker room. 

The 'Cats await the NCAA selection show to determine where they will become a part of the NCAA Regional Tournament play. The selection show takes place on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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