First Touch #2: U-M Goes to Northwest for Seattle University Tournament
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Chris Blais
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Sept. 6, 2010

Michigan at Seattle University Tournament
Championship Field • Seattle, Wash.
Friday, Sept. 10: U-M vs. UIC, 2 p.m. PDT • Live Stats
Sunday, Sept. 12: U-M vs. Seattle University, 1:30 p.m. PDT • Live Stats
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TAKING TO THE PITCH
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (1-1-0) takes its show on the road to the state of Washington this week for the Seattle University Tournament. The Wolverines take on Illinois- Chicago (0-1-0) to open tournament action on Friday (Sept. 10) at 2 p.m. PDT and will close action with host Seattle University on Sunday (Sept. 12) at 1:30 p.m. PDT. This weekend marks the first of only two two-game road trips on the schedule this season.

WOLVERINE TIDBITS
Welcome Home Blais -- This week's trip to the Pacific Northwest marks a homecoming for senor/junior goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial), who Blais grew up in the Seattle area and will be making his first trip back home in a soccer capacity in the four years that he's been at Michigan. While the Wolverines are out in Seattle, Blais' family will have the Wolverines over for a nice home-cooked meal.

Wolverines Showcase High-Powered Offense -- U-M started the 2010 season with shots galore from a potent new-look offense. In both Michigan's game last week, the Wolverines registered more than 26 shots per game and combined for a total of 53 shots on the week. Leading the way are freshman Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) and sophomore Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn), who combined for 27 of U-M' 53 shots on the week and for 19 of U-M's 27 shots in a 2-1, overtime win over Detroit. U-M's 27 shots against Detroit are the second most in a single game all-time and the 26 shots against Drake are the third most.

Road Trippin' -- This week's trip marks Michigan's first road outing this season and the first of only two instances when the Wolverine play back-to-back road games this season. In fact, Michigan only hits the road for seven games during the regular season, the fewest road trips in program history. U-M will be making its first-ever trip to Washington for game and will also be taking on Seattle University for the first time.

Leading the Big Ten -- After the opening weekend of men's soccer action, several Wolverines find themselves atop Big Ten statistics categories. Soony Saad is ranked No. 1 in shots with 19 and leads the league in shots per game (9.50). Additionally, the Wolverines as a team are leading the league in shots (26.5 per game) and corner kicks (11 per game).

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That -- Michigan is playing Seattle for the first time in program history as the Redhawks just completed the transition to Division I ... U-M is looking for the program's eighth road-opening win ... The Wolverines will be playing in their one and only in-season tournament this weekend; Michigan has played in at least one tournament in 10 of its 11 varsity seasons ... The Big Ten Network is scheduled to televise Michigan's home contest against Penn State on Oct. 3 and its game against Indiana on Oct. 16. In addition, U-M will have its games against Cincinnati on Oct. 6, Valparaiso on Oct. 13 and Bowling Green on Oct. 27 streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com.

NUMBERS GAME
U-M in Road Openers:
7-3-0
U-M on the Road:
29-45-12
U-M at Neutral Sites:
15-13-0
U-M in Washington:
0-0-0
U-M vs. Illinois-Chicago:
1-2-0
U-M vs. Seattle:
0-0-0

MILESTONE WATCH
• Senior Chase Tennant (Rochester, Mich. /Rochester) is four starts away from moving into a tie for No. 9 all-time on Michigan's career games started list.

• Fifth year senior Matt Schmitt (Muskegon, Mich./Reeths-Puffer) needs three more points to move into the top 10 in career points.

• Senior/Junior Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash. /Kennedy Memorial) needs four wins to move into the top 3 all-time on U-M's goalkeeping wins list.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
-- vs. Oakland (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Friday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. -- vs. Notre Dame - Stadium Dedication Game (U-M Soccer Stadium)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423


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