Aug 27, 2013
Friday, Aug. 30 -- vs. Loyola-Chicago (U-M Soccer Stadium), 4 p.m.
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Monday, Sept. 2 -- at Bowling Green (Bowling Green, Ohio), 7 p.m.
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (0-0) will open up the 2013 season and the second season of the Chaka Daley era on Friday afternoon (Aug. 30, 4 p.m.) against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at U-M Soccer Stadium and follow the Friday match with a trip to Bowling Green to take on the Falcons in a Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2) clash at 7 p.m.
Friday's match will feature schedule cards and poster giveaways. Single-game and season tickets are available for purchase through the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office. To purchase, please call (866) 296-MTIX or visit MGoBlue.com/tickets/som-index.html.
U-M returns a little more than 75 percent of its scoring output from a year ago, including its top four goal scorers, and currently holds a four-match home winning streak after going a combined 8-3-1 in 2013 home matches. The four-match streak includes a 3-1 win over Niagara on Nov. 15 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Last fall, Chaka Daley led the Wolverines to a six-win turnaround and 11-10-1 overall record, a berth in the Big Ten championship game and an NCAA Tournament victory. The squad returns 2012 All-Big Ten first team midfielder Tyler Arnone, All-Big Ten second team goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, All-Big Ten Freshman honoree James Murphy and 2011-12 leading goal scorer Fabio Villas Boas Pereira.
Michigan enters the opening match of the season after compiling a 1-0-2 ledger in the 2013 exhibition season, having tied No. 10 Louisville by a 1-1 score line on Aug. 17 and downing Cincinnati, 2-0, on Aug. 18. The final exhibition resulted in a 0-0 draw against DePaul on Saturday (Aug. 24). Junior transfer Marcos Ugarte led the team's offensive efforts with two goals, as he scored off a free kick against the Cardinals and also netted a score against the Bearcats during the run of play in the second half.
Several Wolverines spent the summer months training with multiple Major League Soccer clubs. Arnone (Philadelphia Union, Sporting KC), Pereira (Sporting KC), Ugarte (Houston Dynamo), Grinwis (Columbus Crew) and freshman Rylee Woods (Columbus Crew) had training stints. Additionally, Lars Eckenrode appeared in several reserve league matches for D.C. United.
Senior Fabio Pereira is creeping up the Michigan career record books in assists, shots attempted and games played. Most notably is the program assist record, as he holds 18, which is 10 helpers behind program leader Adam Bruh (2002-05), who paces the program records with 28. Pereira is No. 8 in shots attempted with 143, 43 shots behind program leader Mauro Fuzetti (2006-09), who leads the records with 186. Additionally, he has played in 62 matches, which are 23 behind former teammate Latif Alashe (2009-12), who played in 85 matches in his Maize and Blue career.
U-M welcomes the No. 8 recruiting class in the country according to College Soccer News, as well as the No. 10 recruiting class according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. The class is comprised of nine freshmen and Ugarte and is led by left back Woods (No. 26 player in 2013 class by College Soccer News), Brett Nason (No. 47) and Eckenrode (No. 64).
Michigan has racked up several preseason accolades, highlighted Pereira making the TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI and being named the No. 10 player in the nation by the website. College Sports Madness named T.J. Roehn and Pereira to the 2013 Big Ten Preseason All-Conference Team, while Arnone and Grinwis found their names on the second team. Pereira also found himself on the College Sports Madness Preseason All-American third team.
In the annual Big Ten Preseason list, Pereira, Grinwis and Arnone were also named to the Big Ten Players to Watch List.
As a team, U-M was named the No. 15 squad in preseason polls by both College Sports Madness and TopDrawerSoccer.com. College Soccer News has U-M listed as the No. 28 squad in its preseason poll.
The initial NSCAA Preseason Poll has U-M just outside the top 25, receiving votes. Five U-M opponents, including four in the top 12, grace the poll, led by No. 1 Indiana. Additionally, U-M will take on No. 6 Creighton, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 Akron and No. 12 Marquette. Additionally, Big Ten Conference foe Northwestern is No. 19, while South Florida also came in just outside the poll while receiving votes.
U-M will appear live twice on the Big Ten Network this season, beginning with a non-conference matchup versus the Creighton Blue Jays on Tuesday (Oct. 15) at 7:30 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium. Less than two weeks later, the Wolverines will once again appear on the network, hosting the defending NCAA national champion Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m. Additionally, U-M will appear on the Big Ten Student U Network for matches against Northwestern (Sept. 28), Western Michigan (Oct. 2), Wisconsin (Oct. 20), and Akron (October 30).
Loyola-Chicago -- Loyola finished last season with a 5-12-2 record, playing its final season out of the Horizon League before becoming a member of the Missouri Valley Conference for the upcoming season.
The Ramblers return their two top goal scorers, sophomore forward Jake Savino, who led the team with five tallies, and junior forward Andrew Raymonds, who finished just behind Savino with four. Junior Brian Bemet, who led the squad with three assists, also returns to help bolster the side's attack.
Along the backline, senior Reed Patterson, junior Brian Lunar and sophomore Dane Bergstrom each return after appearing in nearly every contest a season ago.
Loyola will look to replace last season's starting goalkeeper Peter McKeown, who recorded all five wins for the Ramblers in 2012. Sophomore Tim Dobrowolski returns experience in net, as he posted a 1.91 goals-against-average in his limited playing time during the 2012 campaign.
Former Northwestern associate head coach Neil Jones enters his first season at the helm after helping lead the Wildcats to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Jones will be joined on the sideline by newly hired assistant coach Nate Boyden, who previously worked as a volunteer assistant with the U-M women's soccer team prior to taking the job at Loyola.
Michigan is 0-1 all-time against Loyola-Chicago, falling, 3-2, to the Ramblers in the program's first season of varsity action in 2000 on Sept. 8 by a 3-2 count.
Bowling Green -- Head coach Eric Nichols and the Falcons return a total of 13 letterwinners, including nine starters, from last year's club. The 2012 team finished with an overall record of 8-9-3 and a MAC mark of 3-3-1. BGSU tied for fourth in the league regular-season standings last fall.
Michigan is 6-4 all-time against the Falcons and 1-1 in matches played in Bowling Green, falling, 2-0, on Sept. 28, 2000, and downing BGSU, 6-1, on Sept. 28, 2003.
Last season in Ann Arbor, the Falcons upset the Wolverines by a 2-0 score line on Oct. 23. The loss was a turning point in U-M's season, as the Wolverines went on to win five straight matches en route to a berth in the Big Ten Tournament championship match.
Friday, Sept. 6 -- vs. South Florida (U-M Soccer Stadium), 8 p.m.
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