Sullivan's Golden Goal Sends Michigan Past Oakland in Double OT
Noble Sullivan

Oct. 12, 2011


Site: Rochester, Mich. (OU Soccer Field)
Score: Michigan 2, Oakland 1 (2OT)
Records: U-M (4-9-1), OU (2-9-1)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Oct. 15 -- vs. Indiana (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Junior/sophomore Noble Sullivan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central HS) scored in the second overtime session to give the University of Michigan men's soccer team a 2-1 victory at Oakland on Wednesday evening (Oct. 12) at the OU Soccer Field. The Wolverines captured their first overtime victory of the season; U-M was 0-3-1 in its previous extra-session contests.

Sullivan scored the game-winning tally at 104:53, finishing the goal on a deflected shot from inside the 18-yard box. Junior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) and sophomore Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent School [Conn.]) assisted on the first career goal by Sullivan, who scored the game-winner 64 seconds after re-entering the game as a substitution in double overtime.

Junior Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul HS) gave Michigan the first-half lead as he headed in a corner kick by fifth-year senior captain Adam Shaw (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch HS) at 30:12. The goal was Opare's second of the season and second in as many games; he also headed in a corner kick against Wisconsin (Oct. 9).

Michigan had 10 shots on goal during the opening half, while Oakland was held without a shot. The Wolverines had six corner kicks and took advantage by notching the only first-half tally on the set play.

Oakland evened the score nearly halfway into the second half as Jake Przybycien finished a low cross by Winston Henderson at 69:09. The goal by Przybycien was his third of the season. Regulation ended with the game tied at 1-1. The Wolverines outshot the Grizzlies, 22-4, in regulation and held a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks.

U-M will return to Big Ten play on Saturday evening (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.), hosting No. 18 Indiana in a primetime affair at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The game will be televised on tape-delay basis by the Big Ten Network.


By Periods 1 2OTOT F
Michigan 1 0 0 1 2
Oakland 01 0 0 1

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Kofi Opare, 30:12 (Adam Shaw)
2nd -- OU, Jake Przybycien, 69:09 (Winston Henderson)
2OT -- U-M, Noble Sullivan, 104:53 (Latif Alashe, Fabio Pereira)

Shots: U-M 24, OU 6
Shots on Goal: U-M 16, OU 1
Saves: U-M 0 (Adam Grinwis), OU 14 (Mitch Hildebrandt)
Corner Kicks: U-M 13, OU 4
Cards: OU, Jake Przybycien, 76:47 (Yellow); OU, Konner McNamara, 82:29 (Yellow).

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