Northern Michigan soccer team going to teammate's funeral

Friday, December 7, 2012 | 8:22 a.m. CST; updated 11:05 a.m. CST, Friday, December 7, 2012

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan University women's soccer team is heading to Missouri for a teammate's funeral.

Freshman midfielder Arianna Alioto from Columbia, Mo., drowned Nov. 30 at the Marquette school's Physical Education and Instructional Facility. The 18-year-old Alioto redshirted this fall while recovering from a knee injury.

Northern Michigan spokeswoman Cindy Paavola says 22 players, the head coach and others are taking a university bus to Columbia, where they're to attend a visitation Friday afternoon and a funeral service Saturday morning.

The university is covering the cost of the bus, while donors are footing the bill for the team's meals and lodging costs.

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