Murphy's Goal Pushes U-M Past Wisconsin in Big Ten Tourney
James Murphy

Nov. 7, 2012

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Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (First Round)
Score: Michigan 1, Wisconsin 0
Records: U-M (9-8-1), UW (6-8-5)
Next Match: Friday, Nov. 9 -- vs. Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 2:30 p.m. CST

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a Big Ten Tournament opening-round win over the Wisconsin Badgers by a 1-0 count Wednesday (Nov. 7) at Lakeside Field. A score from freshman James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) in the 68th minute on an assist from junior T.J. Roehn (Tampa, Fla./South Florida) proved the be the difference for the Wolverines, who will take on No. 2 seed Northwestern on Friday (Nov. 9) at 2:30 p.m. CST (TV: Big Ten Network).

Third-seeded Michigan had the first chance of the match in the 12th minute of action, as junior/sophomore Nick Lewin (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern) sent a cross from the left flank inside the 18, where it was headed wide left by senior Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul).

Sixth-seeded Wisconsin had an opportunity in the 23rd minute, as a U-M defensive miscue resulted in a shot by Jerry Maddi from 20 yards out. The attempt was turned away by the sprawling U-M goalkeeper, junior/sophomore Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills), to preserve the 0-0 score line.

Seven minutes later, junior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) sent a low through ball from the right flank, finding senior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville) just inside the 18, but the shot was saved by Wisconsin goalkeeper Chase Rau.

In the 50th minute of action, the Maize and Blue earned a penalty kick after Harris was taken down inside the penalty area on an extended run from midfield into the Michigan finishing third. The ensuing penalty was taken by junior/sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), but the shot banged off the left post and was gobbled up by Rau.

The Wolverines had another opportunity in the 62nd minute, as Wisconsin's goalkeeper was called for a foul after using his hands, dropping the ball, and picking it the ball back up inside the 18. The foul resulted in a set piece from freshman James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) that was bent around the Badger wall and was stopped by Rau diving to his right.

Michigan took the lead in the 68th minute, as junior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) fed Roehn with a ball on the left flank. The striker then sent a pristine low through ball inside the box to Murphy, who sent home the shot lower left for the lone goal of the match. All three of his scores have been of the match-sealing variety.

The U-M defense then stepped up in the remaining minutes, led by Grinwis, who controlled the Badger final third and made two saves to secure his third shutout in the last four games and fifth this season.


By Periods 1 2 F
Wisconsin 0 0 0
Michigan 0 1 1

Scoring, Time (Assists)
2nd -- Michigan, James Murphy, 67:57 (TJ Roehn, Fabio Pereira)

Shots: U-M 15, Wisconsin 8
Shots on Goal: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 2
Saves: U-M 2 (Adam Grinwis), Wisconsin 4 (Chase Rau)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, Wisconsin 3
Cards: U-W, Kyle McCrudden, 63:17 (Yellow); U-W, Blake Succa, 85:15 (Yellow)


• Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe has now started 81 straight matches, having never missed a match in his career and sits tied for first place in program history in the category. Additionally, he is tied for fourth all-time in program history in matches played. With a start in Friday's match, Alashe will break the program record for the most starts in U-M soccer history.

• Three Wolverines have found themselves in the starting 11 in each match this season: Latif Alashe, Tyler Arnone and Adam Grinwis. Grinwis has been the lone Wolverine to play every minute of every match.

• With the win, the Wolverines improve to 9-11-1 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.

• Michigan is now 11-4-3 in the all-time series against the Badgers.

• Michigan is now 5-1 over its last five matches and 8-3-1 in its last 12 matchups.

• The five shutouts for Grinwis on the season rank tied for third most in program history.

• U-M is now 2-of-4 on penalty attempts this season, with both Arnone and Pereira going 1-for-2 on attempts.

• Michigan has now outscored teams 12-7 in the first half this season but has been outscored by a 13-9 margin in the second stanza.

• Murphy is now the team leader in shots, with 36. Fabio Pereira now leads the team with 12 points and extended his team lead in assists, recording his sixth on the season tonight.

• The assist by Roehn gives him four on the season and puts him in second on the squad in the category, as well as third on the team in overall points.

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