U-M Blasts Wildcats, Advances to Big Ten Tourney Final
Etienne Lussiez

Nov. 9, 2012

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Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinals)
Score: Michigan 3, Northwestern 0
Records: U-M (10-8-1), NW (11-5-4)
Next Match: Sunday, Nov. 11 -- vs. Michigan State - Big Ten Tournament final (Evanston, Ill.), Noon CST

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The third-seeded University of Michigan men's soccer team marched on to the finals of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament for the third time in program history on the heels of two first-half goals -- from junior/sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and junior T.J. Roehn (Tampa, Fla./South Florida) -- downing No. 2 seed and host Northwestern Friday (Nov. 9) by a 3-0 count at Lakeside Field. U-M has posted three straight shutouts and four in the past five games.

Arnone got U-M on the board first in the early going as junior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) sent a ball from the U-M defensive third to junior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) in central midfielder on the right flank. Arnone, the recently named All-Big Ten first team honoree then did the rest, volleying the ensuing shot with his right foot and found upper-90 left for his fifth goal of the season.

The Maize and Blue outshot the Wildcats by a 7-1 margin in the first 17 minutes of action, before Roehn and sophomore TJ VanSlooten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview) hooked up for U-M's second goal, just minutes before the half in the 40th minute. VanSlooten looped a through ball inside the 18, finding Roehn just outside the six. A class finish by the U-M striker lower right resulted in the Wolverines jumping out to the 2-0 lead heading into the half.

Michigan struck again in the 53rd minute, when Pereira sent in a bending through ball that found the foot senior Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill) at the top of the 18. The forward then warded off a Wildcat defender to beat Wildcat keeper for his first goal of the season.

Goalkeeper junior/sophomore Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) collected his third straight clean sheet with three saves on the match.

Michigan will now take on No. 5 seed Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament final Sunday (Nov. 11) at noon CST. The match will once again be broadcast live via the Big Ten Network. Michigan is 1-1 all-time in the tournament final, winning in 2010.


By Periods 1 2 F
Northwestern 0 0 0
Michigan 2 0 0

Scoring, Time (Assists)
1st -- Michigan, Tyler Arnone, 3:25 (Fabio Pereira, Ezekiel Harris)
1st -- Michigan, T.J. Roehn, 39:46 (T.J. VanSlooten)
2nd -- Michigan, Etienne Lussiez, 52:15 (Pereira)

Shots: U-M 13, Northwestern 7
Shots on Goal: Michigan 6, Northwestern 3
Saves: U-M 3 (Adam Grinwis), Northwestern 2 (Tyler Miller)
Corner Kicks: U-M 2, Northwestern 3
Cards: Michigan, James Murphy, 25:39 (Yellow); Michigan, Kofi Opare, 59:28 (Yellow)


• Michigan is now 2-2 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament against the Wildcats.

• With his 82nd career start, senior tri-captain has now started the most matches in U-M history, surpassing Ryan Sterba (2002-05) for the most starting nods in program history. Alashe has seen his name in the starting 11 every game during his four years in Ann Arbor. Additionally, he is tied for first all-time in program history in matches played.

• With Etienne Lussiez's goal, 12 players have scored at least one goal for the Wolverines this season. Last season, a total of 11 players scored for the Wolverines. The program record for goal scorers in a season is 13, set in 2007.

Adam Grinwis is now riding a three-match shutout streak while allowing five goals in the last eight matches, and he has registered six clean sheets on the season, which ranks him tied for second in program history with Patrick Sperry (2008) and Chris Blais (2009). He is two away from surpassing Sperry's eight clean sheets that were registered in 2007.

• The win for the Wolverines marks the eighth time in program history that the Wolverines have won at least 10 matches in a season.

• With the win over the Wildcats, the Wolverines improve to 10-11-1 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.

• Michigan is now 6-1 over its last seven matches and 9-3-1 in its last 13 matchups.

• U-M has now outscored teams 14-7 in the first half this season but has been outscored by a 13-10 margin in the second stanza.

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