NMU soccer team ends season on high note

Courtesy of NMU Athletics

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University soccer seniors went
out on top in their final game in the Green and Gold as the Wildcats
defeated Malone 7-0 on Sunday (Oct. 28) to snap a seven-game winless
streak. NMU finished the season 4-13 overall and 2-10 in the Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“We had a good day today and it was a lot of fun,” NMU coach Matt
Granstrand said. “We knew that this year was going to be a challenge but
it’s a great way to end it. This is a good group and it’s the most fun
I’ve had coaching in many years. It’s a good way to go out for the

Seniors Becky Fiorenza, Amelia Johnson, Jenna Peplinski and Brekelle
Sellers all started the game. Sellers scored her first goal of the season
and added two assists. Johnson scored her third of the season.

“The seniors have been great leaders,” Granstrand added. “They work hard,
they play hard and with a year like this, they kept it positive and fun.
We trained hard and played hard every day and that’s a credit to the

Sophomore Tevun Sellers opened the game’s scoring with her third of the
year from sister Brekelle 9:15 in. Johnson added to the lead six minutes
later as she shot in a loose ball inside the box. Sophomore Taylor Smith
scored her third of the year in the 24th minute as she dribbled up the
middle and shot into the net.

The ‘Cats scored three goals in the first six minutes of the second half.
Sophomore Kim Rietveld scored her second of the season three minutes after
the break as Brekelle Sellers fed her the ball for her second assist of
the day. Tevun Sellers added her second of the game a minute later as she
rebounded a shot by Rietveld and Brekelle Sellers buried her first of the
year on a long shot 35 yards out.

Sophomore Heather Amr got on the board with her first career goal at 86:31
with the assist going to freshman Katie Lyders-Petersen.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Shelby Conard tallied five saves for her
third shutout of the year.