AU Women Record Ninth Shutout In Draw at NMU

AU Women Record Ninth Shutout In Draw at NMU


THE TURNING POINT: Northern Michigan senior goalkeeper Alexandra Simmons made seven of her 13 saves during the first half of the double-overtime draw. 

STAT OF THE GAME: For the first time since doing so during the 2004 season, the Eagles have allowed one goal in their past five games.

The Ashland University women's soccer team tied Northern Michigan in a scoreless double-overtime match in Marquette, Mich., on Sunday (Oct. 23).

It's the first time since 2011 that the Eagles (9-2-4 overall, 6-2-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) have tied four times in a season.

The Eagles outshot the Wildcats (4-9-3, 3-4-3) 24-6 in the match, but NMU senior goalie Alexandra Simmons stopped all 13 Ashland shots on goal. Ten different AU players took at least one shot on goal, and junior forward Morgan Bittengle accounted for 25 percent of the Eagles' 24 shot attempts.

AU's junior goaltender Courtney Barker saved all four of Northern Michigan's shots on goal.

The Eagles began the weekend in third place in the GLIAC and at No. 5 in the first of three Midwest Region rankings. They took over sole possession of second place after defeating the region's No. 6 team in Michigan Tech (10-3-2, 6-2-2), 2-0, on Friday (Oct. 21).

But the Huskies' victory on Sunday has the two teams tied for second place with one game remaining on their conference schedules. Michigan Tech plays Northern Michigan on Friday (Oct. 28) at 5 p.m.

UP NEXT: Ashland will play its last regular-season game of 2016 at GLIAC opponent Tiffin (3-14, 1-9) on Friday (Oct. 28) at 2 p.m.