Sept. 21, 2013
Site: Morgantown, WVa. (Dick Dlesk Field)
Score: Michigan 2, West Virginia 1 (OT)
Records: U-M (2-2-2), West Virginia (3-3-1)
Next U-M Match: Tuesday, Sept. 24 -- at Oakland (Rochester, Mich.), 7 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, WVa. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team earned its first road win of the season, as junior/sophomore Colin McAtee (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) netted the game-winner in the 96th minute to lift the Wolverines to the 2-1 victory at West Virginia on Saturday (Sept. 21) at Dick Dlesk Field.
In a match that was affected early by a downpour, Michigan jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of action. Senior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) was responsible for the score as he took a pass from junior/sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) to give the Wolverines the early 1-0 lead.
U-M earned a stellar chance on goal in the 17th minute, as senior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent School (Conn.)) weaved through a trio of Mountaineer defenders. However, the shot from 15 yards out was turned away by a sprawling Lee Johnston.
The Maize and Blue headed into the half with a distinct shot advantage (11-3) and corner-kick advantage of 7-2.
U-M dodged a bullet in the 54th minute of action. West Virginia forward Kyle Underwood beat a Michigan defender on the left flank and chipped a shot towards goal, but the try skipped ride wide right.
The second stanza saw the Mountaineers transition to a more offensive brand of soccer, as WVU outshot U-M, 10-1, in the second half. The U-M defense held strong under the pressure but conceded the game-tying score with 18 seconds left in regulation, as Majed Osman finished on an assist from Ryan Cain and Zak Leedon off a long throw-in.
It was McAtee who was the man of the night for U-M, however, as he fired a rip in the first overtime at the 95:37 from 20 yards out that began off a free kick and was assisted by senior Malcolm Miller (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill) and junior/sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville).
Michigan returns to action, finishing off its three-match road swing Tuesday (Sept. 24) at 7 p.m. against the Oakland Grizzlies in Rochester, Mich.
Shots: U-M 14, WVU 13
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, WVU 5
Saves: U-M 4 (Adam Grinwis), WVU 5 (Lee Johnston)
Corner Kicks: U-M 12, WVU 7
Cards: U-M, Fabio Pereira, 38:10 (Yellow); U-M, Ezekiel Harris, 38:30 (Yellow); WVU, Haydon Bennett, 38:31 (Yellow).
N O T E S
The goal for Harris is his first of the season, while the helper for McAtee is his second of the season.
The win is U-M's first road win since downing No. 11 Indiana on Oct. 19, 2012.
McAtee's goal is his first of the season. It also marked the first multi-point game of his career.
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