Weekly #2: U-M to Host Butler, NIU in Home-Opening Weekend
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Aug. 30, 2011

THIS WEEK
Friday, Sept. 2
-- vs. Butler (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 4
-- vs. Northern Illinois (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2:30 p.m.
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The University of Michigan men's soccer team (0-2) will play its first home matches of the season this weekend at the U-M Soccer Stadium, first hosting Butler on Friday (Sept. 2) at 7:30 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend against Northern Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 4) at 2:30 p.m.

PROMOTIONS
Butler -- All fans in attendance will receive a Michigan men's soccer poster and pocket schedule. In addition, students attending the annual Maize Craze outdoor pep rally will be invited to the U-M Soccer Complex after the event. U-M bus transportation will be provided between campus and the fields.

Northern Illinois -- Beginning at 1:30 p.m., all Michigan students will be invited to join us for pizza and beverages to welcome in the men's soccer season. Students may also sign up to become a member of the Ultras. All members receive a free t-shirt and men's soccer scarf to wear to all home games. Head coach Steve Burns will make an appearance at the east bleachers of U-M Soccer Complex at 2:10 p.m.

Men's Soccer Promotions

WOLVERINE BITES

Home Opener -- The Wolverines will seek their 10th victory in 13 home openers. U-M has a 9-2 record in home openers and has won four straight home openers entering the game against Butler. The last time Michigan lost a home opener was in 2006. Michigan defeated Detroit Mercy, 2-1, in overtime last season in the first-ever home game at the U-M Soccer Complex.

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 this season and will host the Big Ten Tournament.

Making Their Debut -- Last weekend against Bowling Green (Friday, Aug. 26), six Wolverines made their collegiate debuts: Tyler Arnone, Etienne Lussiez, Matthew Rickard, TJ VanSlooten, Luca Schioppa and Adam Grinwis.

PK GOAL! -- Fabio Villas Boas Pereira scored Michigan's lone goal of the game against Kentucky on Sunday (Aug. 28) by virtue of a penalty kick at the 40:36 mark of the first half. Pereria's goal was the first PK goal for Michigan since Harmoody Saad found the back of the net in U-M's 4-1 Big Ten Tournament championship match against Penn State. It was the 18th penalty goal in Michigan history.

Strong in the First Half -- The Wolverines have yet to allow a first-half goal this season as goalkeeper Adam Grinwis has made three saves to keep both Bowling Green and Kentucky off the board in the first 45 minutes of each contest.

Looking at Butler -- This will be the third time that Michigan and Butler will meet on the pitch. The Wolverines posted a 3-1 victory during the 2006 season and won a 2-0 game during the 2001 season. Both previous games were played in Ann Arbor. The Bulldogs enter Friday's contest with a 0-1 record after falling to Bradley, 4-1, in their season opener. Austin Oldham accounted for Butler's lone goal of the season, scoring from 30 years out past the charging Bradley goalkeeper.

A Glance at Northern Illinois -- The Huskies (1-0) will play at Oakland on Friday before taking to the pitch at the U-M Soccer Stadium on Sunday. NIU defeated Saint Louis, 2-1, in its opening contest by scoring two first-half markers. Gale Rivera and Paul Hogan both scored for the Huskies, with goalkeeper Jordan Godsey making two saves for the win. U-M holds a 1-0 advantage over NIU in the series, winning the only match in 2006.

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 ]

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.

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.

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.

Keep Up With the Wolverines -- Stay current with everything going on with your Wolverines by following Michigan men's soccer on twitter (@umichsoccer) and "liking" the Wolverines on Facebook!

UP NEXT
Friday, Sept. 9 -- vs. Marshall (U-M Soccer Stadium), 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11 -- vs. Georgetown (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.


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