Brown's Free Kick Sends U-M over Buckeyes in Double OT
TJ VanSlooten

Sept. 30, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Michigan 3, Ohio State 2 (2OT)
Records: U-M (3-5-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten), Ohio State (4-6-1, 0-2-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,402
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Oct. 6 -- vs. Penn State (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A 65-yard free-kick goal from freshman Jack Brown with 46 seconds remaining in the match gave the University of Michigan men's soccer team a 3-2 double-overtime victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday (Sept. 30) at U-M Soccer Stadium. With the win, Michigan improves to 3-5 on the season and evens up its Big Ten record at 1-1 this season.

The Wolverines got on the board first in the 34th minute of action, as junior Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) sent in a service off a corner from the right flank. The ensuing service was deposited into the back for the net on a header by junior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth), beating Ohio State goalkeeper Alex Ivanov to give Michigan the 1-0 advantage.

The Buckeyes evened the match in the 40th minute off a set piece, as Austin McAnena sent a through ball off a free kick from 25 yards out that found the foot of striker Chris Hegngi. The pass was sent home with a right-footed shot that beat Michigan goalkeeper junior/sophomore Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) to draw the scoreline even at 1-1.

A turning point in the match came in the 61st minute, as Ohio State took its first lead, when a pass deflected off the chest of Harris that gave the Scarlet and Gray the 2-1 lead. However, Pereira knotted the contest just 12 seconds later, as he took a rebound from a sophomore TJ VanSlooten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview) shot at the top of the 18 and beat Ivanov lower left for his second score of the season and tied the match at 2-2 with 29 minutes remaining in regulation.

Michigan got the game-winner off Brown's foot with 45 ticks left on the clock, as an Ohio State offsides call gave U-M a free kick from 65 yards out. The service was sent inside the six, where VanSlooten screened the keeper and allowed for the ball to soar past Ivanov to give the Maize and Blue the winner.

The Wolverines continue their homestand against Penn State on Saturday (Sept. 30) at U-M Soccer Stadium. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. kick. It will be televised live via the Big Ten Network.


By Periods 1 2 OT OT F
Ohio State 1 1 0 0 2
Michigan 1 1 0 1 3

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Ezekiel Harris, 33:59 (Fabio Pereira)
2nd -- OSU, Chris Hegngi, 39:40 (Austin McAnena)
3rd -- OSU, Own Goal, 60:39 (unassisted)
4th -- U-M, Pereira, 60:51 (unassisted)
5th -- U-M, Jack Brown, 109:15 (unassisted)

Shots: U-M 15, OSU 17
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, OSU 6
Saves: U-M 4 (Adam Grinwis), OSU 4 (Alex Ivanov)
Corner Kicks: U-M 6, OSU 6
Cards: U-M, Tyler Arnone, 61:12 (Yellow); OSU, Austin McAnena,73:59; U-M, Jack Brown, 99:00; U-M, Adam Grinwis, 100:00 (Yellow).


• Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe stretched his consecutive match started streak to 71 and has started every match in his U-M career. He now sits in sixth place in program history with 71 career starts, 11 behind program leader Ryan Sterba (81).

• Freshman and Ann Arbor native Jack Brown made his first career start for the Maize and Blue, playing the full 109 minutes.

Jack Brown's goal is the first of his career.

• Fabio Pereira's assist on Ezekiel Harris' score was his team-leading third of the season. His second goal of the year ties him for the team lead with Latif Alashe and Kofi Opare.

• A portion of the Michigan marching band, dance team and cheer team were in attendance for the match that was hailed as a Maize Star event. It is believed to be the first match ever that the band has played at.

• Ezekiel Harris' score marks the second straight season he has scored against Ohio State. He has four goals in his career, two of which have come against the Buckeyes.

• A season-high 1,402 fans were in attendance for the match.

• Michigan improves to 6-9-1 all-time against the Buckeyes and 3-3 at home this season. U-M is also now 1-1 in televised matches this season.

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