Oct. 1, 2011
Site: State College, Pa. (Jeffrey Field)
Score: Michigan 2, #19 Penn State 1
Records: U-M (3-7-1, 1-1 Big Ten), Penn State (5-3-1, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Wednesday, Oct. 5 -- vs. Western Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Sophomore Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) scored with 63 seconds remaining in regulation to give the University of Michigan men's soccer team a 2-1 victory on Saturday night (Oct. 1) over No. 19 Penn State at Jeffrey Field. The Wolverines moved to 1-1 in conference play and ended a three-game losing streak with the victory.
Penn State gained the tying goal in the 89th minute when Mark Fetrow tallied his first goal of the season. Mackenzie Arment assisted on the goal at 88:35. Michigan answered Penn State's equalizer with the game-winner 18 seconds later as Harris tallied his third goal of the season.
The Wolverines grabbed a 1-0 lead when junior Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill HS) scored at 75:44. The goal for Lussiez was his fourth of the season and first since his second-half hat trick at Detroit on Sept. 14.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half. The Nittany Lions outshot the Wolverines, 10-2, and had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) stopped six shots in the opening stanza and finished the contest with eight saves.
Michigan returns to Ann Arbor for a pair of home games this week at U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines will host the Western Michigan Broncos on Wednesday (Oct. 5) at 7 p.m. and return to Big Ten play against the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m.
Shots: U-M 6, PSU 16
Shots on Goal: U-M 5, PSU 9
Saves: U-M 8 (Adam Grinwis), PSU 3 (Andrew Wolverton 2, Team 1)
Corner Kicks: U-M 1, PSU 6
Cards: U-M, Adam Grinwis, 88:31 (Yellow); PSU, Brian Forgue, 88:35 (Yellow).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Steve Burns
On the game ... "This was definitely a complete game for us. Our guys played with an urgency and a focus both offensively and defensively for 90 minutes. I'm so proud of each and every one of our guys and how we battled through some tough conditions against a very good Penn State team."
On the goals all coming late in the game ... "Both teams had trouble unlocking each other. It took a magnificent strike from Etienne that came off the inside of the post to get us on the board. The late goal they scored, as disappointing as it was, was a good finish by their center back off a broken corner kick play. Our response to their goal was terrific. We earned a free kick and David Yang made a courageous run to beat their keeper to the ball and flick it past him as he was hit hard. Zeke was lurking on the back post and sniffed out the game-winner."