Oct. 30, 2012
Site: U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: Michigan 2, Detroit 1
Records: U-M (7-8-1), UDM (9-8-0)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Nov. 3 -- vs. Michigan State--Battle for Big Bear (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team fell behind in the 40th-minute, but a pair of unanswered goals in the 45th-minute from sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and the game-winner from freshman James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) in the 66th-minute led the Wolverines to an imperative 2-1 victory over the Detroit Titans Tuesday (Oct. 30) night.
The Wolverines were aided on the night with 28 shots, a season-high, which also ranks as the sixth-most in program history, and outshot the Titans by a 28-8 margin on the night.
U-M controlled the flow of the match in the onset, outshooting the Titans 7-1 prior to a Detroit breakthrough. UD got on the board first as Jason Leslie collected a loose ball inside the Michigan six-yard box on a pass from Alex Mendonca and found the back of the net to give the Titans a 1-0 lead at the 40:55 mark of the first half.
A turning point in the match occurred seconds before the half, as a Wolverine flurry in its finishing third resulted in a handball inside the box by Patrick Soltys, who was shown a red card and sent off, resulting in a U-M penalty attempt, and left the Titans with 10 men on the pitch for the rest of the match. Arnone then buried the first penalty-kick opportunity of his career, knotting the match a 1-1 heading into the halftime intermission with 45 minutes of action remaining.
The Maize & Blue continued to mount offensive pressure in the second half against a shorthanded Titan squad, outshooting UD 18-6 in the second stanza.
Michigan nearly took the lead in the 59th-minute, as sophomore TJ VanSlooten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview) had a shot point-blank from the right side of the six-yard box, but Detroit goalkeeper Nathan Steinwascher was up to the task, smothering the near post attempt to preserve the 1-1 score line.
The Wolverines found the breakthrough they were looking for in the 66th minute, as Arnone sent a low cross from the right flank inside the six that found the foot of Murphy. The freshman then deposited the ensuing shot from in front of the goal mouth lower right to give the Wolverines the eventual game-winner and 2-1 advantage.
The Michigan defense was put under pressure in the final minutes of action by an attack-oriented Detroit side, but were able to withstand the pressure in the waning moments to preserve the 2-1 victory in front of 504 fans who braved frigid temperatures, horizontal rain, and 20-plus mile per hour winds throughout the match.
The Wolverines return to action for Saturday (Nov. 3) in a vital Big Ten clash with local rival Michigan State. The Wolverines are seeking a win to enhance their NCAA tournament chances on Senior Night, and will also look to reclaim the Big Bear Trophy, which is annually awarded to the winner of the match on a yearly basis. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. from U-M Soccer Stadium.
Shots: U-M 28, UD 8
Shots on Goal: U-M 12, UD 4
Saves: U-M 3 (Adam Grinwis), UD 9 (Nathan Steinwascher)
Corner Kicks: U-M 9, UD 6
Cards: UD, Adam Bedell, 3:42 (Yellow); UD, Patrick Soltys,44:44 (Red); UD, Head Coach, 72:25 (Red); U-M, Ezekiel Harris, 81:42 (Yellow); UD, Assistant coach, 90:00 (Red)
N O T E S
The win marks the first time this season the Wolverines have won back-to-back matches.
Michigan improves to 6-3-1 at home this season
The win is also U-M's fifth of the season by one goal
The last time U-M had 28 shots in match was on Sept. 11, 2009, as the Wolverines defeated Wright State.
The eight shots by Arnone is a career-high, and the match marks his first three point output of the season.
Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe has now started 79 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 16 matches. Grinwis has been the lone Wolverine to play every minute of every match.
Michigan has now outscored teams 12-7 in the first half this season but has been outscored by an 13-7 margin in the second stanza.
The Wolverines remain undefeated against Detroit with a 9-0-2 all-time mark
Arnone and Murphy are now 1-2 on the squad in shots with 32 and 31, respectively. Arnone is also tied with Fabio Pereira for the team lead in points with 11, and leads the team in goals (4).