Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: FIU 1, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (0-1-0), FIU (1-0-0)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Aug. 31 -- vs. SMU (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m. [ Tickets ]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team fell to the FIU Panthers by a 1-0 count Friday (Aug. 29) in the 2014 home opener at U-M Soccer Stadium. A Donald Tomlinson score at 67:00 proved to be the difference in the matchup.
U-M outshot the Panthers, 5-3, in the first half but was outpaced by a 6-3 margin in the second stanza. U-M came out the box with consistent pressure early on and earned a solid chance in the 12th minute of action as senior Nick Lewin (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Western) sent a service from the right flank 20 yards out that found the head of freshman Ahinga Selemani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) inside the area. However, the header sailed wide right, keeping the score at 0-0.
Right before the end of the half, U-M once again nearly had the opening goal of the match, as sophomore Rylee Woods (Jamestown, Ohio/Greeneview) streaked down the left flank and sent in a ball inside the 18, but it was turned away by a sprawling FIU keeper in Robin Spiegel.
FIU burst out of the gates in the opening minutes of the second half, as Quentin Albrecht hit a shot off the right post in the 48th minute and had a header two minutes later that hit the crossbar.
On the counter attack in the 58th, junior William Mellors-Blair (Nottingham, England/Georgia St.) beat a defender down the right sideline and sent in a cross inside the six. However, the headed effort by Selemani from the top left of the box flew narrowly wide right in what was U-M's final solid opportunity of the opening match of the season.
Ten minutes later in the 68th minute, FIU found its breakthrough, as Juan Bededetty took a ball in transition as the Panthers had numbers on the U-M defense. Bededetty sent a ball to the top of the 18 that found Donald Tomlinson, who deposited his sliding shot into the back of the net near side for the lone goal of the match, giving FIU the 1-0 lead and eventual victory.
U-M then went on to control the majority of the pressure in the midfield but was unable to gather any further scoring chances against a packed in FIU backline.
U-M concludes its opening weekend Sunday (Aug. 31) at 2 p.m., as the Wolverines play host to SMU from U-M Soccer Stadium.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- FIU, Donald Tomlinson, 67:00 (Juan Benedetty, Ismael Longo)
Shots: U-M 8, FIU 9
Shots on Goal: U-M 1, FIU 4
Saves: U-M 3 (Adam Grinwis), FIU 1 (Robin Spiegel)
Corner Kicks: U-M 3, FIU 5
N O T E S
U-M is 14-7-3 all-time at home under the direction of Chaka Daley
U-M Falls to 11-4 all-time in season openers. The last defeat came in 2011.
Junior transfer William Mellors-Blair also made his U-M debut.