Nov. 4, 2013
Site: U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: Michigan 1, Valparaiso 0
Records: U-M (8-5-3), Valpo (4-7-5)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Nov. 9 -- vs. Michigan State - Battle for Big Bear (East Lansing, Mich.), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On a night where the University of Michigan men's soccer team honored its graduating seniors, it was senior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent School (Conn.)) who marked the match-winner in the 27th minute from the penalty stripe in 1-0 victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders on Monday (Nov. 4) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
All six U-M seniors -- T.J. Roehn (Tampa, Fla./South Florida), Tyler Leppek (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), Malcolm Miller (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill), Dylan Mencia (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep), Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman Ainsworth) and Pereira -- saw significant playing time in the home finale victory.
Michigan's persistent pressure paid off with 18:04 left in the opening stanza, as a U-M cross was knocked down by outstretched arm of a Valpo defender inside the 18-yard box. Pereira stepped up to the spot and netted the fifth penalty score of his career.
In the 35th minute, defender Rylee Woods (Jamestown, Ohio/Greenview) had the final Michigan chance of the first half as he darted down the left flank and fired a shot from just inside the 18, but his left-footed attempt skimmed narrowly wide to send the Wolverines into the half with the 1-0 lead and 7-3 shot advantage.
Valpo's best chance of the match came in the 53rd minute off a set piece from 20 yards out. The outswinging service was initially blocked by the U-M defense, but Charles Barden followed up with a right-footed flick that was collected by a sprawling U-M goalkeeper in senior/junior Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) to preserve his fourth clean sheet of the season.
U-M's final chance of the night came in the 78th minute, as Roehn took a looping service from sophomore James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) and broke free inside the Michigan finishing third. After fending off a Crusader defender, the right footed strike from 22 yards out rang off the crossbar and was cleared to safety.
The week will be capped off by the final regular-season match of the 2013 campaign when U-M ventures on Saturday (Nov. 9) to East Lansing, Mich. The Wolverines will battle Michigan State for the Big Bear Trophy at 2 p.m. in a match that will also be streamed live on MGoBlue.com.
1st -- U-M, Fabio Pereira, 26:56 (penalty kick)
Shots: U-M 11, Valpo 6
Shots on Goal: U-M 4, Valpo 3
Saves: U-M 3 (Adam Grinwis), Valpo 3 (Tom Serratore)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, Valpo 1
Cards: Valpo, Mitch Albrecht, 40:34 (Yellow); U-M, Lars Eckenrode, 41:22 (Yellow); Valpo, TEAM, 86:03.
N O T E S
The penalty-kick goal is the fifth of Fabio Pereira's career. He trails only Kevin Taylor in the all-time record book (8).
U-M went 4-1 in the longest homestand in program history.
All six seniors saw significant action on the night, as Pereira and Mencia went the full 90. Harris played 86 minutes, while Leppek played 59 minutes, Miller saw 56 and Roehn was in for 45.