Aug. 29, 2012
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (0-1) will open up the 2012 home slate by hosting a pair of matches, first against the Vermont Catamounts on Friday (Aug. 31) at 7 p.m. from U-M Soccer Stadium, followed by a matchup against the Cleveland State Vikings on Sunday (Sept. 2) at 4 p.m.
Michigan owns a 2-0 all-time record against Cleveland State, having faced the Vikings in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. In 2000, U-M took the matchup 3-2 in overtime and 1-0 in the 2001 season. The Wolverines have never faced the Catamounts.
U-M Falls at No. 5 South Florida in Season Opener -- After a scoreless first half against the Bulls, junior Dylan Mencia netted his first career score off a deflection from a shot by freshman Luke Coulson in the 47th minute, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage. However, a pair of scores by USF less than a minute apart in the 65th and 66th minutes gave USF the lead for good.
Mencia Notches First Goal -- Mencia, who subbed on in the 29th minute, tallied the first goal in his Michigan career in the USF match and played 50 minutes in total. After struggling with injuries in the preseason, Mencia's lone shot of the night found the back of the net.
Newcomers Make Maize & Blue Debut -- Four Wolverines made their career debuts in Maize and Blue as junior transfer T.J. Roehn, redshirt freshman Colin McAtee, and true freshmen Luke Coulson and James Murphy all saw action, with McAtee, Coulson, and Murphy finding the starting 11.
Wolverines Return Scoring Punch -- Michigan returns all but three of its 2011 goal scorers this season, along with eight starters, with the biggest loss being two-year starter and holding midfielder Adam Shaw. Additionally, 12 letterwinners return to team up with eight newcomers in the 2012 version of the U-M program.
Opare Named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big Ten Squad -- Senior defender Kofi Opare has been named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-Big Ten squad. Opare, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team last season, has started 50 matches in his three seasons and scored a pair of goals last season off set-pieces.
Alashe's Streak -- Senior Latif Alashe is riding a consecutive start streak of 64 matches heading into the weekend, having never missed a match in his Maize and Blue career. After playing more of a wide midfield role the past several seasons, Alashe will also see time as a central midfielder in the 2012 campaign.
Grinwis Named PDL Goalkeeper of the Year -- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Adam Grinwis was named the Professional Development League Goalkeeper of the Year as well as Rookie of the Year on Aug. 6. He also earned a spot on the all-league and all-central conference teams for his summer club squad, the Michigan Bucks.
Grinwis led the squad to an 8-0-1 record when in goal and compiled five clean sheets. Additionally, he allowed a league-low four goals on the season and led the Bucks to a 3-1 mark in U.S. Open Cup matches. The returning Michigan starting goaltender also turned away 50 shots on the year.
New Coaching Staff Takes Shape -- Former Providence College head man Chaka Daley was named the second head coach in program history Dec. 23, 2011, after 12 seasons at his alma mater.
In the past seven seasons, he guided the Friars to a 72-47-21 mark, and led his alma mater to seven consecutive winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Friars hosted NCAA Tournament match-ups during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. He owns a career record of 90-111-27 heading into his 13th season as a head coach.
Upon his appointment as head coach, Daley hired former Columbia assistant Tommy McMenemy, as well as former Columbus Crew Youth Coach Ian Gordona. Additionally, Daley tabbed Jhojan Obando, a former Providence College standout goalkeeper, as volunteer assistant coach.
New Kit Features -- This season's kits feature new wrinkles, most notably on the back and arm of the jersey. Just under the back collar of the jersey is a stitched in 'Hail to the Victors,' while block 'M's are located in the bottom of each digit on each player's back. Additionally, the right arm features a stitched-on patch of a Big Ten logo.
Trio of Captains Named -- Latif Alashe, Kofi Opare and Brian Klemczak were named captains by head coach Chaka Daley. Klemczak will be serving as a captain for the second time after garnering the honor for the first time in 2011. Alashe and Opare will each wear the armband for the first time this season. Klemczak will hold the honor of bearing the captains armband during each match if all three are on the field at once.
Scouting Vermont -- Vermont carries a 1-1 record heading into the Friday matchup. The Catamounts opened up the season with a 1-0 win over Rhode Island at home on Aug. 25 and followed up the victory with a 1-0 setback against Massachusetts on Aug. 27.
Scott Kisling owns the lone goal of the season for the Catamounts, while goalkeeper Dave Ramada has made five stops in goal. Overall, the squad has outshot opponents 21-16 this season.
Scouting Cleveland State -- The Vikings opened up the season with a 2-0 shutout against Robert Morris on Aug. 24. The win comes after an undefeated preseason, where the Vikings defeated Gannon 10-0 on Aug. 16 and St. Francis (Pa.) 2-0 on Aug. 19.
Prior to taking on the Wolverines on Sunday, Cleveland State will play Oakland on Friday (Aug. 31) in Rochester at 5:30 p.m.
Promotional Offers -- Several exciting offers will be available for the weekend, as $1 tickets are available for the Vermont match for 2012 Michigan men's soccer campers and parents using an online promotional code, as well as a mobile offer, featuring $2 tickets.
The Cleveland State match will feature free admission for all Kids Club members with an email printout, Camper Reunion ($1 tickets), and the Family 4 Pack, which are available online prior to the match. This offer included four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks. Additionally, a family fun zone will be set up, and the entire squad will sign autographs following the match.
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