Oct. 30, 2013
Site: U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: #17 Akron 2, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (7-5-3), Akron (12-3-1)
Next U-M Match: Monday, Nov. 4 -- vs. Valparaiso - Senior Night (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team fell to the No. 17 Akron Zips by a 2-1 count Wednesday (Oct. 30) at U-M Soccer Stadium. U-M netted a goal with 30 seconds left in the first half from senior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) but was unable to overcome a 2-0 opening-half deficit.
Akron got on the board first after several early threats, most notably a strike from midfielder Adam Najem from 20 yards out that rang off the crossbar six minutes in. The Zips' Robbie Derschang netted both Akron goals, the first coming in the 15th minute and the second in the 36th minute on a side-volley from 10 yards out.
With the Zips leading 2-0 just before the half, senior/junior Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) sent in a service off a dead ball from 40 yards inside the box that was chested down by freshman Yamann Sahlool (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc). The feed was scooped up by Harris, who buried the right-footed shot lower right to cut the Akron lead in half entering the intermission.
After being outshot 13-3 opening stanza, Michigan outshot the Zips, 4-1, in the early going of the second and was even in shots with the high-powered Akron offense at 9-9 in the second.
With a little more than 12 minutes remaining, U-M had just three defenders in the back; that resulted in a flurry with six minutes remaining, beginning with a near miss from junior TJ VanSlooten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids) that trickled out for a corner. Off the ensuing corner, junior/sophomore Colin McAtee (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) made a diagonal run from the far side that was headed toward goal from inside the six.
U-M will cap off its five-match homestand with the final regular-season home game of the year on Monday (Nov. 4, 7 p.m.), as the Wolverines play host to the Valparaiso Crusaders. The night will also serve as Senior Night for the program, as the squad will honor its six graduating seniors.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- Akron, Robbie Derschang, 14:17 (Saad Abdul-Salaam, Matt Foldesy)
1st -- Akron, Derschang, 35:04 (unassisted)
1st -- U-M, Ezekiel Harris, 44:30 (Tyler Arnone, Yamann Sahlool)
Shots: U-M 12, Akron 22
Shots on Goal: U-M 6, Akron 8
Saves: U-M 6 (Adam Grinwis), Akron 5 (Fernando Pina)
Corner Kicks: U-M 7, Akron 3
Cards: U-M, Ezekiel Harris, 16:40 (Yellow); Akron, Eric Stevenson, 23:24 (Yellow); U-M, Lars Eckenrode, 40:41 (Yellow); U-M, Colin McAtee, 76:55 (Yellow); Akron, Saad Abdul-Salaam, 77:32 (Yellow).
N O T E S
The defeat snaps U-M's three-match win streak.
The one-score deficit marks the fifth straight match that an Akron/U-M game has been decided by one score.
The helper gives Tyler Arnone a team-best five assists.
Yamann Sahlool now has three points in his last two games.
The crowd of 1,007 fans marks the seventh time this season the Wolverines have surpassed the 1,000-fan barrier.