Wolverines Lose to Wildcats on Late Goal in Regular-Season Finale
Dylan Mencia

Nov. 5, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Result: Northwestern 1, Michigan 0
Records: Michigan (5-13-1, 1-5-0 Big Ten), Northwestern (10-4-4, 4-0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Nov. 9 -- vs. Wisconsin - Big Ten Tournament First Round (U-M Soccer Stadium), 6:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team was defeated, 1-0, on Saturday (Nov. 5) by the Northwestern Wildcats, who tallied the game's lone goal at 83:09 at U-M Soccer Stadium. With the victory, the Wildcats captured the Big Ten regular-season championship.

Michigan held the Northwestern attack in check until the 84th minute, when Wildcat forward Reed Losee sent a cross from the right flank 35 yards out inside the six. Teammate Chris Ritter collected the service at the top of the six and chipped the shot past senior goalkeeper Tim Bergsma (Beverly Hills, Mich./Southfield Christian) for the lone goal of the match.

U-M began the match with a quality opportunity in the 12th minute, as junior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) took a feed down the right side from classmate Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) and fired shot that was turned away.

Northwestern nearly broke the scoreless tie in the 22nd minute, when Lepe Seetane took a pair of touches at the top of the 18 and ripped a shot at point-blank range that was stopped by Bergsma.

The first half went scoreless, with Northwestern outshooting the Wolverines, 7-3, and gaining a trio of corner kicks, which all came in the 20th minute of action.

Freshman/sophomore Nick Lewin (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Western) started the second stanza off on a positive note in the 54th minute, as he collected a loose ball from the top of the box off a failed clear. However, his shot from 20 yards out sailed wide right.

Seetane nearly broke the scoreless tie with 13:40 left in the match on a long-distance try, skipping shot from 35 yards out that challenged Bergsma, but the senior keeper smothered the attempt.

Bergsma had five in his first career start. Northwestern outshot Michigan, 15-8, on the match and had four corners to Michigan's zero.

The Wolverines will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Tournament (Wed-Sun., Nov. 9-12) at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Michigan, which has wrapped up the No. 6 seed in the tourney, will take on second-seeded Wisconsin on Wednesday (Nov. 9) at 6:30 p.m.


By Periods 1 2 F
Northwestern 0 1 1
Michigan 0 0 0
Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- NU, Chris Ritter, 83:09 (Reed Losee)

Shots: U-M 8, NU 15
Shots on Goal: U-M 2, NU 6
Saves: U-M 5 (Tim Bergsma), NU 2 (Tyler Miller)
Corner Kicks: U-M 0, Akron 4
Cards: NU, Chris Ritter, 63:14 (Yellow).


• Michigan started all four seniors on the night, with Jarrett Kerr and Eric Leifland playing on the back line, Bergsma in goal, and Adam Shaw in his customary holding midfield position. The starting nod was the first of Jarrett Kerr's career

• The five stops by Bergsma on the match equaled his career total heading into the match.

• Michigan was defeated by Wisconsin in regular-season play by a 2-1 count on Oct. 9 in Ann Arbor.

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