Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Michigan 4, Northeastern 1
Records: U-M (2-2-0), Northeastern (3-1-0)
Next U-M Game: Friday, Sept. 14 -- at Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.), 7:05 p.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team used season-highs of four goals and 20 shots to overpower the previously undefeated Northeastern Huskies by a 4-1 count on Sunday (Sept. 9) at U-M Soccer Stadium. Senior Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul) scored twice in the match, while junior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) had a goal and a pair of assists in the victory.
U-M mustered four shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of action to control the early scoring chances. In the 26th minute, the Maize and Blue earned the first goal of the match, as Opare headed home a corner kick off the foot of Pereira from the left flank.
Less than two minutes later, the match swung in the Wolverines favor, as Northeastern goalkeeper Oliver Blum was issued a straight red card in the box for kicking a U-M attacker, and resulted in the Huskies surrendering a penalty that was converted by Pereira to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead and a man advantage the rest of the match.
In the closing minutes of the half, Northeastern cut the Michigan lead in half with a strike from Don Anding in the 43rd minute from the left side of the 18-yard box that was ripped past the sprawling Michigan goalkeeper junior/sophomore Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) to bring the score line to 2-1. Michigan answered right back seconds later at the 43:18 mark, as senior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville) took a flick pass from sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) inside the six and beat backup Husky keeper Dylan Faber to stretch the U-M advantage to 3-1 heading into the half.
With a two-goal cushion and man advantage heading in the second half, U-M put the match away in the 71st minute, as Pereira and Opare connected on a 1-2 pass, with Opare beating Faber inside the final third to bring the score line to a favorable 4-1 outcome.
The Wolverines hit the road for the second time this season on Friday (Sept. 14), as the squad will take on Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. The game will kick off at 7:05 p.m. CDT.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Kofi Opare, 25:18 (Fabio Pereira)
1st -- U-M, Pereira, 26:50 (penalty kick)
1st -- Northeastern, Don Anding, 42:42 (unassisted)
1st -- U-M, Latif Alashe, 43:18 (Tyler Arnone)
2nd -- U-M, Opare, 70:46 (Pereira, James Murphy)
Shots: U-M 20, Northeastern 7
Shots on Goal: U-M 12, Northeastern 4
Saves: U-M 3 (Adam Grinwis), Northeastern 8 (Oliver Blum 4, Dylan Faber 4)
Corner Kicks: U-M 6, Northeastern 3
Cards: Northeastern, Oliver Blum, 26:50 (Red); Northeastern, Team, 45:56 (Yellow); Northeastern, Jonathan Eckford, 63:20 (Yellow); Northeastern, Conner Alexander, 73:22 (Yellow); U-M, James Murphy, 83:16 (Yellow).
N O T E S
Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe stretched his consecutive-match started streak to 67, and has started every match in his U-M career.
Freshman Jack Brown made his collegiate debut, becoming the fourth Wolverine to do so this season.
The Wolverines are now 2-0 on the season when Alashe dons the captain's armband.
Michigan's 12 shots at halftime are a season high, and the 20 total shots are a season best.
The four goals scored are the most since U-M beat Detroit 4-1 on Sept. 14, 2011.
Fabio Pereira is now 2-for-3 on penalty kicks in his career.
Kofi Opare's two goals on the afternoon equal last year's season total.