Sep 4, 2013
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (1-0-1) plays its second home match of the young season Friday night (Sept. 6) at 8 p.m. as the Wolverines welcome the South Florida Bulls (1-0-1) to U-M Soccer Stadium. The match follows the U-M women's soccer squad's match against Pepperdine that is slated for a 5 p.m. start.
Friday's match is designated as a Maize Out, and maize pom-pons will be handed out to fans.
Single-game and season tickets are available for purchase through the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office. To purchase, please call (866) 296-MTIX or visit www.MGoBlue.com/tickets.
Due to expected large crowds for Friday's doubleheader, fans may be required to park in the Commuter Lot once the spaces in the Brown Lot (normal U-M Soccer Stadium parking) are taken. The Commuter Lot is located on S. State St., south of the Brown Lot. There will be complimentary shuttles running from the Commuter Lot to the Brown Lot for fans. Please follow the direction of the parking attendants for all parking instructions including; ADA parking, shuttles, and overflow parking options.
The Wolverines lead all Big Ten teams with six goals and 19 points on the season. Last year, it took four matches for the Wolverines to score seven goals.
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 are 10 behind program leader Adam Bruh (2002-05), who paces the program records with 28. Pereira had five shots in his season debut, and he is now No. 7 in career shots attempted with 148, 40 shots behind program leader Mauro Fuzetti (2006-09), who leads the records with 186. Additionally, the Wolverine senior has played in 63 matches, 22 behind former teammate Latif Alashe (2009-12), who played in 85 matches in his Maize and Blue career.
In the season opener against Loyola-Chicago, U-M had the most fans (1,340) for a season-opening match since the inaugural match at U-M Soccer Stadium against Detroit on Sept. 1, 2010, with 1,442 fans in attendance.
Sophomore forward James Murphy had a big opening weekend with a pair of goals against Loyola-Chicago and an assist against Bowling Green. He leads the team with five points and four shots, all of which have come on goal. For his efforts, Murphy garnered Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
In the opening weekend of action, three newcomers -- freshman Rylee Woods, freshman Andre Morris and junior transfer Marcos Ugarte -- found themselves in the starting XI. Additionally, freshmen Brett Nason, Lars Eckenrode, and Ali Jawad all made their initial appearances. Against Loyola-Chicago, senior Tyler Leppek earned the first starting nod of his career after coming off the bench in all 12 previous appearances. He logged 63 minutes of action at left back.
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.
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.
Week two of NSCAA Preseason Poll has U-M just outside the top 25, receiving votes. Six U-M opponents, including four in the top 12, grace the poll, led by No. 2 Creighton, No. 4 Notre Dame and followed by No. 5 Akron. Additionally, U-M will take on No. 8 Indiana, as well as Michigan State, Northwestern and this week's opponent South Florida, all of which are receiving votes in the poll.
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 Pereira.
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 (Oct. 30).
South Florida -- Head coach George Kiefer and the Bulls started the 2013 season with 11 returning letterwinners. USF boasts a 1-0-1 record after earning a draw against Florida Gulf Coast on Aug. 30 with a 2-2 score-line, and most recently defeated Stetson on Monday (Sept 2) by a 1-0 count. The match will mark the first road match of the season for the Bulls.
Coach Kiefer also recruited nine new team members, including standouts such as Kennedy Adablah, who leads the team with a goal and six shots on the early season. Bretton Muhammad and Dallas Jaye have split time in goal thus far. In 2012, the Bulls finished with an overall record of 8-6-5 and a 2-3-3 record in the Big East. Michigan is 1-1 all-time against the Bulls, falling to South Florida (ranked No. 5 at the beginning of last season), 2-1, on Aug. 24, 2012, and defeating USF, 2-0, on Sept. 21, 2003. This season, South Florida will boast strong talent and leadership from Ben Sweat and Wesley Charpie.
Friday, Sept. 13-- vs. Marquette (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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