Northwestern (5-1-1) takes on Midland (3-4) in the GPAC opener for both teams. Midland is currently ranked #19 in the NAIA, three of their four losses have come at the hands of teams also listed in the NAIA rankings. Northwestern currently has the best record in the GPAC and has won two straight after their only defeat of the season.
Midland enters Saturday's match with one win in their last three contests. They have been out-scored 9-7 by opponents and out-shot 104-82 overall and 49-44 in shots on goal. Dovydas Vaskelis is the only Warrior with two goals this season (five others have scored once) and Tom Sibbald is the only Warrior with two assists. Midland has forced 50 corner kicks and has allowed 37.
Shazz Heale has played every minute in goal for Midland. He has allowed nine goals and has made 40 saves this year and has also had two shut-outs. Heale is currently tops in the GPAC with a 5.71 saves per game average.
Northwestern has won their last two matches and they have out-scored their opponents 20-11 this season including 116-81 in shots and 64-36 in shots on goal. Northwestern's Ryan Johnson has scored six goals this season and is first in the GPAC in goals scored and points. Koray Karakas and Kade Heikens have both scored three times and are tied for 4th in the GPAC in goals scored. Landon Sible and Gabriel Goncalves have both scored twice. Nate Huyser, Pedro Fonseca, Karakas, Sibole, Goncalves, and Tukker Bogaard have each made two assists and are tied for the GPAC lead in assists.
Goalkeeper Aaron Bosch has made 25 saves and has allowed 11 goals. He has also picked up three shut-outs in seven matches this season.
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