Sept. 2, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Cleveland State 3, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (1-2-0), CSU (2-1-0)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, Sept. 9 -- vs. Northeastern (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team went into halftime scoreless but conceded a trio of second-half scores and fell, 3-0, to the Cleveland State Vikings on Sunday (Sept. 2) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
The Wolverines outshot the Vikings, 7-6, in the first half, and had their first scoring chance in the fourth minute as freshman Luke Coulson (Manchester, England/Sutton Academy) sent in a looping cross from the right flank to the top of the six-yard box that found the foot of sophomore/freshman Colin McAtee (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines), who smashed the opportunity high in the opening minutes of action.
Eleven minutes later, junior Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) found yet another Coulson pass at the top of the six that was blasted but blocked by a Viking defender to keep the match knotted at 0-0. Coulson nearly connected with senior Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul) on a corner from the right sideline 15 minutes later, but the header by Opare was sent slightly high.
Cleveland State had its first legitimate chance of the match in the 41st minute, as Aaron Adkins fired a laser from just outside the six that was kick-saved by junior/sophomore Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) with the deflection hitting the crossbar to preserve the 0-0 tally heading into the half.
The Vikings found a breakthrough right at the start of the second stanza, as Zach Ellis-Hayden pick-pocketed a U-M defender and sent a low cross inside the box to Alfonso Sandoval, who netted his first career score by beating Grinwis lower left.
Cleveland State then took control of the match in the 71st minute, as Aslin Rodas took a cross from the left flank from Cazz Warren and beat a flailing Grinwis lower right to stretch the advantage to 2-0 with 19 minutes remaining. The Vikings put the match out of reach in the 73rd minute, as Rodas found Ellis Hayden on a loose ball in the Michigan third for the final tally of the match.
Michigan had two attempts in the final 15 minutes, keyed by sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), but neither was able to bring the Wolverines within striking distance.
The Wolverines continue their homestand on Sunday (Sept. 9), as they host a matchup with Northeastern at 2 p.m. from U-M Soccer Stadium.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- CSU, Alfonso Sandoval, 47:41 (Zach Ellis-Hayden)
2nd -- CSU, Aslinn Rodas, 70:44 (Cazz Warren)
2nd -- CSU, Ellis-Hayden, 73:00 (Rodas)
Shots: U-M 12, CSU 16
Shots on Goal: U-M 2, CSU 9
Saves: U-M 6 (Adam Grinwis), CSU 2 (Brad Stuver)
Corner Kicks: U-M 3, CSU 5
Cards: CSU, Zach Ellis-Hayden, 58:58 (Yellow); U-M, Ben Manko, 80:02 (Yellow).
N O T E S
Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe stretched his consecutive match started streak to 66, every match of his career.
Junior Fabio Pereira, who led the team in shots a year ago, had two shots, one on goal, in his first start of the season.
Sophomore Ben Manko earned the first start of his collegiate career on the Michigan defense.
Grinwis' six saves are a season high.
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