Michigan Opens Big Ten Play with Two-Goal Loss at No. 21 Northwestern
Latif Alashe

Sept. 23, 2012


Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Score: #21 Northwestern 2, Michigan 0
Attendance: 709
Records: U-M (2-5-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten), NW (6-0-2, 1-0-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, Sept. 30 -- vs. Ohio State (U-M Soccer Stadium), 6 p.m.

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team, playing a man down for the final 37 minutes of action in the second half, was blanked 2-0 by the No. 21 Northwestern Wildcats Sunday (Sept. 23) at Lakeside Field in the Big Ten opener for both sides.

The Wildcats (6-0-2, 1-0) got on the board first in the 21st minute, as a free kick from Chris Ritter at the top of the 18 was controlled by Nick Gendron, who slipped a pass to Grant Wilson, who beat Michigan junior/sophomore goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) to give Northwestern an early 1-0 advantage.

The Wolverines (2-5, 0-1) were outshot 10-3 in the opening half of action, with senior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville) being responsible for a pair of shots in the 32nd and 44th minutes of action.

A turning point in the match came early in the second stanza in the 53rd minute. Michigan defender Dylan Mencia (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep), who picked up a yellow card in the first half of action, was issued another yellow card, which resulted in a red card and the Wolverines playing a man down for the rest of the match.

The Wildcats capitalized on the man advantage 10 minutes later in the 63rd minute of play, as Wilson sent in a cross off a corner kick from the left flank. Ritter then headed the cross past Grinwis to give the Wildcats the insurance goal and bring the score line to its final line of 2-0 as the Wolverines were only able to muster a pair of shots in the second half of action from Alashe and junior Noble Sullivan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central), with Sullivan's shot coming in the final three minutes of action.

Michigan will host the Ohio State Buckeyes in its Big Ten home opener next Sunday (Sept. 30) from U-M Soccer Stadium. Match time is slated for 6 p.m., and the game will be carried live via the Big Ten Network.


By Periods 1 2 F
Michigan 0 0 0
Northwestern 1 1 2

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- NW, Grant Wilson, 21:03 (Chris Ritter, Nick Gendron)
2nd -- NW, Ritter, 63:23 (Wilson)

Shots: U-M 5, NW 14
Shots on Goal: U-M 2, NW 8
Saves: U-M 6 (Adam Grinwis), NW 2 (Tyler Miller)
Corner Kicks: U-M 2, NW 9
Cards: U-M, Dylan Mencia, 21:03 (Yellow); U-M, Mencia, 53:07 (red).


• Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe stretched his consecutive match started streak to 70, and has never not started a match in his U-M career. He now sits in sixth place in program history with 70 career starts, 11 behind program leader Ryan Sterba (81).

• The match marks the second straight match this season that the Wolverines have been shut out and second shutout of the season overall.

• The shot for Sullivan was his third of the season.

• Mencia's red card was the first of the season for the Wolverines.

• Grinwis had now made 14 saves in the past two matches played.

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