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Men's Soccer Hosts Northwood Friday With GLIAC Championship at Stake

The #11 Cardinals host the #17 Timberwolves Friday for the GLIAC regular season championship...
The #11 Cardinals host the #17 Timberwolves Friday for the GLIAC regular season championship...

UNIVERSITY CENTER - The Saginaw Valley State University men's soccer team is set to host the Northwood University Timberwolves on Friday (Oct. 30) at 2:30 p.m. in a match that will decide the regular season champion of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

The Cardinals, ranked 11th nationally and second in the latest installment of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings, will square-off with the 17th-ranked Timberwolves at SVSU's Braddock Field. Northwood is ranked third in the regional rankings, right behind SVSU.

The teams met earlier this season on Friday, September 11th at Northwood. In the GLIAC-opening contest for both teams, SVSU ran out to a 2-0 lead over the home team and held off a late charge from the T-Wolves for a 2-1 victory.

The Cardinals can seal the 2015 GLIAC regular season championship with a win or a tie and the Timberwolves need a victory in order for them to claim the title. The regular season champion earns the right to host the annual league postseason tournament, which takes place November 6th and 8th. 

Leading the charge for SVSU will be forwards Tyler Channell and Jordan Kalk, whose names are littered atop the national and conference statistical rankings.

Channell leads the nation in assists with 14 and total points, accumulating 50 so far in 2015. He is also third in goals with his 18 scored this season. Kalk is ranked second in the nation with 20 goals and is third with 42 total points. Matt Wilson also sits in the top-10 nationally with 11 assists for the Cardinals. 

The Cardinal defense has been stout this year as well, with a 1.00 goals against average that is second in the league. Goalkeeper Alexandre Bouillennec has posted a record of 14-1-0 and four shutouts in 2015. He is third in the GLIAC in save percentage (.763) and goals against (14).

Saginaw Valley will be going up against the best defense in the league statistically, as Northwood leads the way with just nine goals scored against them and a 0.59 goals against average. 

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