Oct. 23, 2012
Site: U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: Bowling Green 2, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (5-8-1), BGSU (6-7-3)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Oct. 27 -- vs. Valparaiso (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite outshooting the Bowling Green Falcons by a 22-10 margin, the University of Michigan men's soccer team fell by a 2-0 count Tuesday (Oct. 23) at U-M Soccer Stadium. Two early second-half scores for the Falcons proved to be the difference.
Senior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville) had his first of five shots on the night in the ninth minute, as he fired narrowly high right from 25 yards out.
Freshman James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) as well as junior T.J. Roehn (Tampa, Fla./South Florida) had chances in the 23rd and 32nd minutes, respectively, on shots from distance, but each sailed high and wide of the goal, keeping the score line at 0-0.
The Falcons mustered their best chance of the opening stanza when Danny Baraldi fired a rocket from 20 yards out that skimmed over the top of the net, and the match went into the intermission knotted at 0-0.
The Wolverines conceded a pair of header scores in the first five minutes of the second half. The first came at the 46:51 mark, as Baraldi sent in a short cross from the right flank inside the 18 that found Anthony Grant, who buried the header lower right for the first goal of the game.
Less than three minutes later, Ryan James chalked up an insurance goal at the 49:20 mark, as Ryan Snashall served a short cross, once again from the right flank, that was headed home by James.
Following the second score, the Wolverines had 14 shots, four of which were by midfield stalwart sophomore/junior Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), but BGSU goalkeeper Michael Wiest had five second-half stops to hold the Falcon advantage and pick up the clean sheet.
Michigan had its best chance to cut the Falcon lead in half with 3:54 remaining when junior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) earned a penalty kick opportunity after junior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) was taken down in the box, but the ensuing shot was turned away by the Falcon goalkeeper.
Michigan continues its regular-season-ending homestand on Saturday (Oct. 27), hosting the Valparaiso Crusaders at 2 p.m. from U-M Soccer Stadium. The match will be broadcast live via the MGoBlue.com All-Access player.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- BGSU, Anthony Grant, 46:51 (Danny Baraldi, Zach Schewee)
1st -- BGSU, Ryan James, 49:20 (Ryan Snashall, Baraldi)
Shots: U-M 22, BGSU 10
Shots on Goal: U-M 5, BGSU 4
Saves: U-M 2 (Adam Grinwis), BGSU 5 (Michael Wiest)
Corner Kicks: U-M 8, BGSU 3
N O T E S
Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe has now started 77 matches in his career and now sits alone in third place in program history in the category. Additionally, he is tied for eighth all-time in program history in matches played.
Three Wolverines have found themselves in the starting XI in each match this season: Latif Alashe, Tyler Arnone and Adam Grinwis have received nods in the first 14 matches. Grinwis has been the lone Wolverine to play every minute of every match.
Michigan has now outscored teams 11-6 in the first half this season but has been outscored by a 13-5 margin in the second stanza.
The Wolverines fall to 6-4 all-time versus Bowling Green.
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