Sep 7, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Michigan 1, USF 1 (2OT)
Records: U-M (1-0-2), USF (1-0-2)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Sept. 13 -- vs. Marquette (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw against the South Florida Bulls on Friday night (Sept. 6) in front of a season-high 1,846 fans at U-M Soccer Stadium. Junior TJ VanSlooten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview) had the lone goal for the Wolverines on the night in the 62nd minute of play.
U-M's most notable chance early on was a volley off a corner kick by sophomore James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School), who struck one from the top of the box that was turned away by USF goalkeeper Bretton Muhammad.
The Bulls scored first, in the 26th minute, when Stiven Salinas converted a class backheel finish from six yards out on a low cross from teammate Wesley Charpie.
A major turning point occurred in the 27th minute, as Ricardo Webb earned his second yellow card of the match, resulting in the Bulls having to play a man down for the final 83 minutes of the contest.
U-M went into the half outshooting the Bulls 5-4 but turned it on in the second stanza against the shorthanded Bulls. The Maize and Blue effort was rewarded in the 62nd minute, as a header by senior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) was settled by junior/sophomore Colin McAtee (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) inside the area. McAtee then found VanSlooten with a feed at the top of the six, where it was struck perfectly top center to give U-M the equalizer.
The Wolverines outshot USF, 10-3, in the second half and overtime sessions. U-M's final chance at goal came in the first overtime session, as Harris headed a corner kick from senior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) from the left flank, but it rang off the right post.
U-M returns to action Friday (Sept. 13), hosting the Marquette Golden Eagles from U-M Soccer Stadium. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
Shots: U-M 15, USF 7
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, USF 5
Saves: U-M 4 (Adam Grinwis), USF 6 (Brentton Muhammad)
Corner Kicks: U-M 9, USF 4
Cards: U-M, Rylee Woods, 12:53 (Yellow); USF, Ricardo Webb, 14:35 (Yellow); USF, Ricardo Webb, 27:07 (Yellow); U-M, Malcolm Miller, 30:21 (Yellow); USF, Brentton Muhammad, 36:44 (Yellow); U-M, Colin McAtee, 42:12 (Yellow); USF, Samuel Hosseini, 68:22 (Yellow); U-M, TJ VanSlooten, 81:52 (Yellow).
N O T E S
The start for Brett Nason was the first of his career
Michigan is now 1-1-1 all-time against the Bulls, falling to South Florida (ranked No. 5 at the beginning of last season), 2-1, on Aug. 24, 2012, and defeating USF, 2-0, on Sept. 21, 2003.
The goal is VanSlooten's third of his career and third of the season. He leads the team in points with six.
The assist is Harris' second of the year. He is tied for the team lead with Tyler Arnone.
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