Nov. 18, 2012
Site: Akron, Ohio (First Energy Stadium/Cub Cadet Field)
Event: NCAA Tournament (Second Round)
Score: #1 Akron 2, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (11-10-1), Akron (18-1-2)
Next U-M Match: Season Complete
AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 defeat against the No. 1 Akron Zips in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday (Nov. 18) at First Energy Stadium/Cub Cadet Field. With U-M trailing 2-0, a goal by James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) cut the deficit in half in the 62nd minute, but the Wolverines were unable to find the breakthrough against the No. 5 national seed.
Michigan (11-10-1) outshot the Zips 3-1 in the first 25 minutes, with two of the three attempts coming off corner kick headers from senior Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul) and junior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth).
Akron (18-1-2) had its first chance in the 31st minute, as Eric Stevenson blasted a shot from 40 yards out dead center that skipped wide. Seven minutes later, the Zips had a trio of shots in rapid succession, as junior/sophomore goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) stopped Dillon Serna point-blank. A shot by Scott Caldwell that came off a rebound was also turned away by the sprawling Michigan goalkeeper. The following shot by Serna was blocked and cleared to safety by the Michigan defense.
Stevenson's long ball prominence paid off in the 42nd minute, as he collected a loose ball at the top of the box and buried a right-footed shot upper-90 right to give the Zips the 1-0 lead heading into the intermission.
U-M closed the opening half with a flurry of shots in the waning moments, as Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill), Murphy and senior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville) had opportunities, two of which were turned away by Akron goalkeeper David Meves.
Michigan picked up the second half where it left off offensively, as Murphy took a shot from left to right at the top of the 18, but it skipped wide right to keep the score line 1-0 in favor of the Zips. Arkron added to the lead in the 59th minute, as Thomas Schmitt collected a loose ball at the top of the 18, took a touch, and chipped a shot past Grinwis to stretch the lead to 2-0.
In the 62nd minute sophomore/freshman Colin McAtee (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines) was taken down at the top of the 18, resulting in a free kick for the Wolverines. Following the takedown, Murphy was sent off for dissent via a straight red, leaving with Michigan with 10 men for the remainder of the match.
The Maize and Blue was able to capitalize on the sequence, as Murphy buried the ensuing set piece upper 90 left on an assist from junior/sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) to cut the Akron lead in half with 28 minutes left to play.
Trailing by the 2-1 count in the 86th minute, junior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) gave Michigan its final push, as the mercurial midfielder struck a bending shot from left to right that was parried by Meves in grand fashion to help secure the Akron victory.
The Wolverines wrap up the 2012 season, the first under the guidance of head coach Chaka Daley, with an 11-10-1 overall record, a five-win improvement from last season. U-M also bids farewell to five seniors in Brian Klemczak (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Stevenson), Noble Sullivan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central), Opare, Alashe and Lussiez.
Scoring, Time (Assists)
1st -- Akron, Eric Stevenson, 42:09 (unassisted)
2nd -- Akron, Thomas Schmitt, 58:36 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, James Murphy, 61:19 (Tyler Arnone)
Shots: U-M 12, Akron 25
Shots on Goal: U-M 5, Akron 11
Saves: U-M 9 (Adam Grinwis), Akron 4 (David Meves)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, Akron 5
Cards: U-M, Ezekiel Harris, 0:36 (Yellow); Akron, Robbie Derschang, 3:46 (Yellow); U-M, Colin McAtee, 61:17 (Red); Akron, Saad Abdul-Salaam, 80:39 (Yellow); U-M, T.J. Roehn, 83:50 (Yellow).
N O T E S
Michigan ended the season on a 7-3 run in its final 10 matches.
The goal for James Murphy was his fourth of the season.
U-M falls to to 8-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament overall and 1-2 against Akron in the event.
Michigan outscored opponents by a 30-26 margin this season and outshot opponents 309-287. Fourteen of the 21 U-M matches were won or lost by one score, and Michigan was 7-7 in those matches.
U-M is 3-9 against Akron all-time.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Chaka Daley
On the match ... "Obviously disappointed with the result. I thought Akron played well there early in the second half, which proved to be the difference in the game The outplayed us maybe not in possession but definitely quality. We almost came back at it there with 10 men, but it's a little bit unfortunate and our guys are down a little bit for sure, but there will be better years ahead for us going forward."
On the goalkeeper play ... "I thought both goalkeepers were outstanding. David (Meves) didn't have as much to do as Adam (Grinwis) did, but that save late in the game on Fabio's (Pereira) shot top pocket is absolutely superb, and then Adam made three or four saves there in the second half that were superb as well."
On what the team has accomplished ... "As a new coach coming into a new situation and to get acclimated to a new staff, I think our guys have grown by leaps and bounds this season. This definitely wasn't the bottom of the rollercoaster, but we were climbing and climbing as Akron was at the top of coaster, and there will be better days for Michigan soccer for sure."
U-M Junior/Sophomore Goalkeeper Adam Grinwis
On playing his last games with senior defenders Brian Klemczak and Kofi Opare ... "It was awesome being able to play behind two players who were so skilled and so much great experience under their belts. To bring me in and accept me last season after they already had a formed duo really meant a lot to me and I'll always cherish playing alongside two players with their type of caliber."
On his effort tonight ... "We knew that Akron was going to be a shooting team, and we were prepared for it. Sometimes outside shots are a good thing because they are not as dangerous if we're only giving them shots from outside. It is my job to stop them. Fortunately today I was able to make a few good stops for the team and keep us in the game at least."
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