Sept. 6, 2011
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (0-4) will wrap up its four-match homestand this weekend, first welcoming Marshall (0-3) on Friday (Sept. 9) at 5 p.m. before completing the weekend with a match against Georgetown (2-1) on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 11) at 2 p.m.
Marshall -- Football Weekend -- On the eve of the first-ever Michigan football night game, the men's and women's soccer programs are teaming up for a night of European football under the lights. The first 500 fans to join us for this soccer doubleheader will receive a Michigan soccer cheer stick.
Georgetown -- Military Appreciation Day -- An appreciation banner will be available for any fan to sign and will be sent to our troops after the game. The first 300 fans entering the stadium can also receive Michigan dog tags. There will also be a care package drive to collect items for our troops overseas.
Carrying the Load -- Sophomore Fabio Villas Boas Pereira has been the only Wolverine to find the back of the net this season, scoring a PK goal against Kentucky and another goal against Butler. Junior Latif Alashe is the only other Wolverine to record a point, assisting on Pereira's goal versus the Bulldogs.
Looking for a Break -- The Wolverines have outshot their opponents, 65-44, but have been outscored, 7-2, this season. The Maize and Blue also holds a 19-17 edge in shots on goal but has only scored once with the other goal coming via a penalty kick.
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.
Double Up -- Both matches this weekend are paired with a women's match for back-to-back doubleheaders. The men's team will play before the women on both Friday and Sunday. The women are slated to host Western Michigan on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Central Michigan on Sunday at 6 p.m. Fans can attend both games on Friday with one ticket but will need separate tickets to attend both matches on Sunday.
Looking at Marshall -- Marshall (0-3) has yet to win a match or score a goal this season, coming to Ann Arbor following a 2-0 loss to East Tennessee State on Sept. 4. The Herd has outshot its opponents, 40-37, including owning an 18-15 advantage with shots on goal. Goalie Daniel Withrow has made 11 saves while allowing four goals in 270 minutes of action. Friday's match will be the first ever between the two schools.
Scouting Georgetown -- The Hoyas (2-1) will play at Michigan State on Friday (Sept. 9) before coming to the U-M Soccer Stadium for Sunday afternoon's matinee. Georgetown is coming off a 1-0 double-overtime win over Stanford. All three of Georgetown's goals on the season have been scored by Steve Neumann, with Tomas Gomez minding the goal by allowing just one goal this season. Sunday's meeting will be the first between Michigan and Georgetown.
Making Their Debut -- So far this season, seven Wolverines have made their collegiate debuts: Tyler Arnone, Etienne Lussiez, Matthew Rickard, TJ VanSlooten, Luca Schioppa, Alex Landschulz and Adam Grinwis.
PK GOAL! -- Fabio Villas Boas Pereira scored Michigan's lone goal of the game against Kentucky on 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.
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 -- at Detroit (Detroit, Mich.), 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16 -- at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18 -- vs. Marquette (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.