Sept. 16, 2012
Site: U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: #8 Notre Dame 1, Michigan 0 (2OT)
Records: U-M (2-4-0), ND (7-0-0)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, Sept. 23 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 4 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team battled tough against one of the nation's best for 103 minutes but was defeated, 1-0, by the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on a Ryan Finley score in the second overtime session Sunday (Sept. 16) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
The Wolverines (2-4) were outshot, 5-4, in the first half of action and saw their best chance of the opening stanza in the 42nd minute as a flurry inside the Notre Dame final third resulted in a shot by junior Noble Sullivan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) that was blocked just outside the six-yard box and cleared away to safety by the Notre Dame defense.
Notre Dame (7-0) began to test Michigan goalkeeper junior/sophomore Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) in the second half, with a trio of free kicks that Grinwis was up to stopping from the foot of Fighting Irish central midfielder Dillon Powers. The backstop was up to the test, as he made five second-half saves to preserve the scoreless draw heading into overtime.
Michigan had its best chance in the first overtime in the 99th minute, as freshman Luke Coulson (Manchester, England/Sutton Academy) sent in a cross from the right touchline to the back post, finding the head of senior Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill). The leaping header was sent narrowly high, resulting in the match heading to a second overtime session.
After a back-and-forth first overtime, Notre Dame drew a free kick from 35 yards out on the right flank in the 103rd minute. The ensuing service from Powers was a swooping cross that found the head of Notre Dame forward Ryan Finley that beat Grinwis lower-left to give ND the game-winner and 1-0 final score line.
The Wolverines open up Big Ten Conference action against the Northwestern Wildcats next Sunday (Sept. 23) at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. Match time is slated for a 3 p.m. central time start. Michigan is 9-5-1 all-time against the Wildcats and defeated the Wildcats at Lakeside Field, 4-2, on Nov. 6, 2010, in the last meeting of the two sides in Evanston.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
2OT -- ND, Ryan Finley, 103:42 (Dillon Powers)
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