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      NMU's Hafner Scores Overtime Winner in Soccer Win over Northwood

      MARQUETTE, Mich. â?? The Northern Michigan University soccer team got a goal from freshman forward Paula Hafner 2:08 into overtime for a 1-0 win over Northwood on Friday (Oct. 11) afternoon in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game from the NMU Soccer Field. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 3-6-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the GLIAC.

      Hafner extended her point streak to six games with the tally and leads the Wildcats with five goals on the season. She has five goals and three assists in the point streak.

      Freshman Carmen Villarruel carried the ball into the box on the game-winning play. Northwood's goalkeeper came out to defend the play and Villarruel chipped it to Hafner who shot it into the back of the net. It was Villarruel's fourth assist of the season.

      "Paula is a great player but we keep telling her that she needs to pass less and shoot more," NMU coach Matt Granstrand added. "Carmen has been a good setup player all year. It's been fun watching these young players lead our offense."

      Northwood (3-5-1, 3-4 GLIAC) pressured in the first half with seven shots, including two on goal after corner kicks.

      "They had a great game plan," Granstrand said. "They put out a formation that we rarely see and executed it really well. We made some adjustments in overtime to not allow them to use the formation and used the wind to our advantage."

      Freshman goalkeeper Alexandra Simmons finished with five saves on the day. Samantha Cook had four for the Timberwolves.

      "I thought it was a good GLIAC game against two up and coming teams," Granstrand said. "We could've won or lost today and in the beginning we didn't look that great. We're happy to get the win."

      NMU continues GLIAC play on Sunday (Oct. 13) with a noon start against Saginaw Valley State from the NMU Soccer Field. The Cardinals fell 2-1 at Michigan Tech on Friday.