Aug. 23, 2011
The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan men's soccer team (0-0) kicks off the 2011 season on the road, traveling to Bowling Green to take on the Falcons on Friday (Aug. 26) at 6 p.m. inside Cochrane Field in Bowling Green, Ohio, before wrapping up the weekend at Kentucky on Sunday (Aug. 28) at 7 p.m. inside the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky.
Season Tickets on Sale -- For the first time ever, the University of Michigan athletic ticket office is offering ticket packages for men's soccer. The cost is $90 for all 10 matches at U-M Soccer Stadium and can be purchased over the phone, in person or online. [ Release | Order Season Tickets ]
Highest Preseason Ranking Ever -- The Wolverines enter the season as the No. 9-ranked team in the country, marking U-M's highest preseason ranking ever in its 12 years as a varsity program. The Wolverines finished the 2010 season ranked fourth in the country after making their first appearance in the College Cup, reaching the national semifinals. U-M posted a school-record 17 wins last season and captured its first Big Ten Tournament title.
A Whole New Look -- The Wolverines have to fill the void of losing eight letterwinners from last year's squad, welcoming 12 newcomers to this year's team. There is also a brand new look on the sidelines as head coach Steve Burns added Craig Waibel and Andrew Wagstaff to his coaching staff during the offseason.
A Glance at Bowling Green -- Michigan leads the all-time series against the Falcons by a 6-2 margin, including a 5-1 triumph in 2010 at the U-M Soccer Stadium. BGSU won the first two matches in the series, but Michigan has reeled off six straight wins. Friday's match is the season opener for both teams and is the first trip to Bowling Green for the Maize and Blue since a 6-1 win on Sept. 28, 2003. The Falcons are coming off a 6-9-3 season in 2010 and return eight starters and 17 letterwinners from the 2011 campaign.
A Look at Kentucky -- This weekend's game marks the second consecutive campaign the Wolverines and Wildcats have met on the pitch. Michigan came away with a 3-2 overtime victory on Sept. 22 last season at home. U-M leads the all-time series against UK, 5-1, with its only loss coming during the 2008 campaign. UK went 7-8-4 in 2010, falling in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Conference USA Tournament to end its season.
Building on Last Season -- Michigan is coming off its most successful season in program history, going 17-5-3 while making its first-ever appearance in the College Cup. The Wolverines won their first Big Ten Tournament title in school history, reeling off nine consecutive victories to end the season before falling to No. 2 Akron in the national semifinal match. U-M set team records for points (155), goals (53), assists (49), games played (25) and wins (17). The Wolverines also achieved their highest end-of-season ranking ever, coming in at No. 4 in the final poll.
Home Sweet Home -- The Wolverines will play their second full season at the newly remodeled U-M Soccer Stadium in 2011. U-M went 9-2-1 at home in 2010, including an NCAA Tournament first-round win over Central Florida. The Maize and Blue will play at home 10 times in 2010, making its first appearance at the South Athletic Complex next weekend (Sept. 2 and 4).
Look at Me...I'm on TV! -- The Wolverines will be featured on the Big Ten Network four times during 2011. Michigan will be on BTN against Ohio State on Sept. 25, Indiana on Oct. 15, against defending national champion Akron on Oct. 18 and versus Michigan State on Oct. 30. All matches will appear live except for the Indiana match, which will air on Oct. 16.
Friday, Sept. 2 -- vs. Butler (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4 -- vs. Northern Illinois (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2:30 p.m.