Pereira Breaks Deadlock Late, Carries U-M Past Valparaiso
Fabio Pereira

Oct. 27, 2012

Boxscore | Highlights

Site: U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: Michigan 1, Valparaiso 0
Records: U-M (6-8-1), Valparaiso (4-7-5)
Attendance: 614
Next U-M Game: Tuesday, Oct. 30 -- vs. Detroit (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- An 89th-minute goal from junior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) gave the University of Michigan men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday (Oct. 27) at U-M Soccer Stadium. Michigan goalkeeper junior/sophomore Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) turned in an excellent performance, making three saves while posting his fifth career shutout.

The Wolverines (6-8-1) were outshot by a 7-4 margin in the first half but finished the game strong, holding Valpo to just two shots in the second. Perreira's third goal of the season came from just outside of the 18-yard box after he was set up by a back heal from sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville). Perreira's goal tied him with Arnone for the team lead.

The Crusaders were unable to find the back of the net despite numerous opportunities. Early on, Valpo's Eric Nieto's lobbed shot from around 30 yards out hit the crossbar.

Valpo had another first half chance when Charles Barden took a through pass behind U-M's defenders, but Grinwis came out to make the stop.

Michigan had the first opportunity when Perreira found junior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) off of a corner in the fifth minute, but Harris' headed effort was sent right into the hands of keeper Kyle Zobeck. Later in the half, in the 38th minute, freshman James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) drew a handball just outside the box. However, his free kick sailed high.

In the second, junior Malcolm Miller (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill HS) dispossessed the opposing defender and took the ball in behind the Valpo defense, but his attempt was saved by Zobeck. The Wolverines had another great break in the 83rd minute when a blocked shot landed right at the feet of sophomore TJ VanSlooten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview), but his attempt sailed over the bar.

Despite a slow start, the Wolverines found their groove, outshooting Valpo 8-2 in the second and had a 5-2 advantage in corners for the game.

U-M returns to action Tuesday at U-M Soccer Stadium against Detroit at 7 p.m. The Wolverines have just two home games remaining, with the finale coming next Saturday night against Michigan State at 7 p.m.


By Periods 1 2 F
Valparaiso 0 0 0
Michigan 0 1 1

Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd-- Michigan, Fabio Pereira, 88:30 (Tyler Arnone)

Shots: U-M 12, Valparaiso 9
Shots on Goal: Michigan 3, Valparaiso 3
Saves: U-M 3 (Adam Grinwis), Valparaiso 2 (Kyle Zobeck)
Corner Kicks: U-M 5, Valparaiso 2
Cards: U-M, Malcom Miller, 89:10 (Yellow)


• Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe has now started 78 matches in his career and now sits alone in third place in program history in the category. Additionally, he is sixth 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 13 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 an 13-6margin in the second stanza.

•The Wolverines improve to 4-0 all-time versus Valparaiso.

•Four Wolverines have at least 20 shots on the season in Tyler Arnone, Fabio Pereira (21), Latif Alashe (21) and James Murphy (25).

•Adam Grinwis has now posted five career shutouts, including three this season. His last came at home against Oakland (Oct. 9).

•Fabio Pereira is now tied with Tyler Arnone for the team lead with three goals.

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