Oct. 5, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Western Michigan 2, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (3-8-1), WMU (4-7-0)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, Oct. 9 -- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Western Michigan scored the game-winner in the 81st minute to defeat the University of Michigan men's soccer team by a 2-1 score on Wednesday evening (Oct. 5) at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines (3-8-1) were unable to get the equalizer and suffered their eighth one-goal loss of the season.
Senior co-captain Tim Bergsma (Beverly Hills, Mich./Southfield Christian HS) got the start in goal for the Wolverines and finished the contest with three saves. Bergsma gave regular starter redshirt freshman Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) the night off after 11 straight starts in goal.
The Broncos took the lead 1-0 early in the second half as Yllson Asani headed in a free kick from six yards out. Kai Mendes assisted on the goal with his long free kick that Asani headed past Bergsma into the open net on the right side at 47:28.
Michigan tied the game 10 minutes after the Western Michigan goal as junior David Yang (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) scored his first career goal at 57:04. Yang took a pass from sophomore Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) on the left side and slid it into the right side of the WMU net.
Western Michigan's Kyle Farris scored what turned out to be the game-winner at 80:25, finishing a passing combination from Pat Schiffer and Kai Mendes with a shot low left. Bergsma got a hand on it, but the ball found the back left corner of the net.
Michigan had an excellent scoring chance with two minutes remaining, but sophomore Malcolm Miller's (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hills HS) header hit the crossbar in a flurry following a corner kick.
The Broncos had three scoring chances in the first half, but Bergsma came through with key saves. At 16:38, Shane Lyons headed a crossing pass that Bergsma punched out of the area. Bergsma played the angle on a shot by Jason Grant from 12 yards out on the right side and made the save at 21:18. Darren Jones had a left-footed shot on a set piece from 28 yards out that Bergsma corralled at 35:27.
The Wolverines had a pair of first-half shots on goal but were unable to score and the game was scoreless at half. WMU outshot U-M by a 7-4 margin and had five corner kicks compared to one for the Wolverines.
Michigan returns to Big Ten play against Wisconsin on Sunday (Oct. 9). The 2 p.m. game will be played at the U-M Soccer Stadium.
Shots: U-M 14, WMU 9
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, WMU 5
Saves: U-M 3 (Bergsma), WMU 6 (Murrell 5, Team 1)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, WMU 5
Cards: U-M, Matthew Rickard, 84:22 (Yellow); U-M, Ezekiel Harris, 88:29 (Yellow).