Sept. 28, 2013
Site: U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: #7 Northwestern 2, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (2-3-3, 0-1 Big Ten), No. 7 Northwestern (7-1-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Wednesday, Oct. 2 -- vs. Western Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:00 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team outshot No. 7 Northwestern, 15-5, but surrendered a goal in each half and fell, 2-0, to the Wildcats on Saturday night (Sept. 28) in front of 1,998 fans at U-M Soccer Stadium in the Big Ten opener for both sides.
The U-M buildup nearly netted a goal in the first two minutes as junior Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I./Providence) fed junior/sophomore Colin McAtee (San Diego, Calif./Corona del Mar), but the try skipped just wide from 15 yards out.
Sophomore striker James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) also had a near miss early on, grazing the outside netting from in close.
In the 28th minute, Brandon Medina put the Wildcats on the board. After Northwestern drew a foul, the freshman found the back of the net with a free-kick bender from the right side 25 yards out that squeaked inside the left post.
Despite U-M holding a 7-2 shot lead entering the second half, the Wildcats gained a two-goal advantage at the 46:03 mark. The Big Ten's leading goal scorer, Joey Calistri, took a one-touch flick from Medina to give NU the 2-0 lead.
Senior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent School (Conn.)) nearly cut the lead in half a minute later with a point-blank shot from eight yards out that sailed high.
U-M continues its homestand this week as it welcomes the Western Michigan Broncos in a non-conference matchup Wednesday (Oct. 2) at 7 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- NU, Brandon Medina, 27:22 (unassisted)
2nd -- NU, Joey Calistri, 46:03 (Medina, Holloway)
Shots: U-M 15, NU 5
Shots on Goal: U-M 4, NU 4
Saves: U-M 2 (Adam Grinwis), NU 4 (Tyler Miller)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, NU 4
Cards: NU, Connor Holloway, 47:20 (Yellow); U-M, Dylan Mencia, 50:54 (Yellow).
N O T E S
• Dylan Mencia earned his first start of the season. He played 86 minutes, his most of the season.
• U-M is now 10-7-1 all-time against Northwestern.
• The loss marks the first time this season U-M has outshot an opponent and lost -- West Virginia (win); Bowling Green, USF (tie).
• The five shots for James Murphy equal a season high he also reached at Notre Dame Sept. 17.