The University of Michigan men's soccer team (1-2) will continue its first homestand of the season by hosting the third home match of the season, against the Northeastern Huskies Sunday (Sept. 9) at U-M Soccer Stadium in the first-ever matchup between the two schools.
Wolverines Split Home Opening Set -- The Wolverines opened up their 2012 home slate on Friday (Aug. 31) with a 3-0 defeat of the Vermont Catamounts on goals from Latif Alashe, Luke Coulson and T.J. Roehn. In the Sunday match against Cleveland State on Sunday (Sept. 2), the Wolverines held the Vikings scoreless and outshot the squad in the first half by a 7-6 margin but conceded three goals in the second stanza the fall by the 3-0 count.
Coulson Notches Points against Vermont -- Freshman Luke Coulson became the first U-M player this season to tally double-digit points in a single match, doing so against Vermont -- first tallying an assist on a Latif Alashe score in the 24th minute and then converting his own score in the 34th minute for three points in one match. He currently holds the team lead in points with four, as he tallied his first helper of the season on a Dylan Mencia score in the opening match against South Florida.
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. Against Vermont, Jason Stacy made his collegiate debut, playing 16 minutes.
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 66 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.
Wolverines in the MLS -- A pair of former Wolverines have seen action in Major League Soccer matches this season in Justin Meram (2009-10) and Soony Saad (2010), both of whom starred on the 2010 squad's run to the College Cup. Meram, who plays for the Columbus Crew, has played in 15 matches with nine starts, and has tallied a trio of scores on the season. Additionally, he has chipped in one assist and has 22 shots on the season.
Saad has seen action in nine matches this season with a pair of starts, and has fired seven shots with two on goal. He has been a mainstay in the Sporting KC reserves, starting all seven matches and tallying two goals as well as one assist.
Scouting the Huskies -- Northeastern, which is receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll, will carry a perfect 3-0 mark into the tilt, most recently downing Harvard, 1-0, on Sunday, Sept. 2, at home. The squad's first two wins on the season came in double overtime, as the Huskies knocked off Providence, 2-1, on Aug. 24 and followed up that win with another double-overtime thriller against Marist on Aug. 28. Overall, the Huskies have outscored their opponents by a 4-1 margin this season. Four players, Laurence Braude, Conner Alexander, Don Anding and Donovan Fayd, each have tallied scores, while Oliver Blum has been the choice keeper thus far, allowing only one goal in 260:36, and has made eight saves this season. NU has also outshot opponents by a 39-27 margin and has 24 corners to opponents 19.
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