MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University Women’s Soccer (2-5-1, 1-0-1 GLIAC) swept the weekly awards in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with freshman forward Jenna Halonen (Howell, Michigan) taking the offensive honors and freshman goalkeeper Brianna Frontuto (Luxemburg, Wisconsin) collecting the defensive award.
Halonen earned the award after a collecting four goals on 15 shots over the weekend. The NMU road trip was highlighted by a four-goal performance over Purdue University-Northwest Saturday morning. The Wildcats shutout the Pride, 5-0, with Halonen connecting on four of her 11 shots. On Sunday, Halonen collected four shots, two on-target, while the team fought Davenport University to a scoreless draw.
The freshman is currently second in the conference in both goals and points with seven goals and 16 points.
In goal, Frontuto recorded 176 minutes of a possible 200 over the weekend in between the posts. The freshman combined for a shutout over PNW with junior Emma Vermette (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) while picking up her second career solo shutout in the team’s draw with Davenport. At the end of the weekend, Frontuto’s saves total increased to 39, while her goals-against-average decreased to 1.65.
Overall, Frontuto and the NMU defense have not allowed a goal in 290-consecutive minutes of play.
Next up for the Wildcats will be Northwood University who NMU defeated nearly two weeks ago for their first victory of 2017. The Wildcats and Timberwolves will face-off Friday in Midland, Michigan, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Two days later, NMU will go up against Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan, Sunday at noon.
(INFORMATION AND PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN ATHLETICS)