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Adam Grinwis posted five saves and the shutout, while Kofi Opare headed in a Fabio Pereira corner kick at 69:49 for the match's lone score as U-M topped Michigan State, 1-0, to reclaim the Big Bear Trophy.
Kofi Opare scored twice to ignite a four-goal burst in U-M's 4-1 win over Northeastern.
The Wolverines begin the Chaka Daley Era this season.
At Michigan ... Ranks 13th in matches played in U-M history with 76, eighth in matches started (71) and fifth in minutes played (6,411) ... College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big Ten squad (2012) ... Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch List (2012) ... Team tri-captain (2012) ...Team Defensive MVP (2011) ... Second Team All-Big Ten (2011) ... Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2009).
Senior (2012) ... Had one header shot against No. 1 seed Akron (Nov. 18), Michigan State (Nov. 11), and Wisconsin (Nov. 7)... Scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Michigan State off an assist from Fabio Pereira (Nov. 3) ... Scored two goals in 4-1 win over Northeastern (Sept. 9), the first coming off a header on a corner from Fabio Pereria in the 26th minute, and the latter coming in the 71st minute on another Pereira helper ... Had shot in 3-0 loss to Cleveland State (Sept. 2)... Missed nearly a month of season (Sept. 9-Oct. 16) due to appendix injury and broken nose, returning to lineup against Penn State (Oct. 6).
Junior (2011) ... Second Team All-Big Ten honoree ... Started all 20 matches as a central defender ... Scored a pair of goals in back-to-back matches on headers, the first coming in a 2-1 loss to Wisconsin (Oct. 9) and the latter coming at Oakland (Oct. 12) ... Ranked fifth on squad in shots with 25 ... Had at least one shot on goal in 12 matches ... Had season-high five shots against the Badgers (Oct. 9), with three shots on goal ... Assisted on a Tyler Arnone goal against Indiana (Oct. 15) for lone helper of the season ... Racked up a team-best 1,781 minutes played, playing the entire match on ten occasions.
Sophomore (2010) ... Saw action in 25 games, with 24 starts in the U-M defense ... Concluded the season with one point on an assist ... Tallied his first point of the season with an assist in U-M's 3-2 overtime win over No. 3 Maryland (Dec. 4) to advance to the 2010 NCAA College Cup ...One shot on goal in U-M's win over Kentucky (Sept. 22) ... Recorded a shot on goal in U-M's double overtime game against Marquette (Sept. 19) ... Saw action as a starting defender in U-M's season-opening games against Detroit (Sept. 1) and No. 14 Drake (Sept. 3)... Posted one shot against Detroit (Sept. 1).
Freshman (2009) ... Saw action in action in 14 games with 10 starts ... Recorded two points on the season (1g) ... registered six shots ... Made his debut as a starter against Notre Dame (Sept. 1) ... Recorded his first collegiate goal -- the game-winner -- against Wright State (Sept. 11) ... Made his eighth start of the season in U-M's victory over No. 12 Northwestern (Nov. 1) ... Made his first back-to-back starts since September with starts against Northwestern (Nov.1)and Ohio State (Nov. 7) ... Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
Prep ... St. Paul (2009) ... Led his high school to the soccer center championship in 2006 ... Team was a finalist in 2007 ... Took home the St. Francis Invitational title in 2008 ... Member of two regional zone championships (2007-08) and earned finalist honors in 2006 ... Two-time Sossa zone champions (2007-08).
Club/Junior Team ... St. Catharine's Concord Gunners ... Captured the Ontario Cup in 2007-08 ... Claimed the 2007 U18 West Division Championship (2007) and the U18 OYSL league championship (2007) ... Represented Ontario at the Canadian Club national championship, taking a fourth-place finish (2007) ... Member of United States U-20 squad.
Personal ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
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