Sept. 11, 2012
Friday, Sept. 14 -- at No. 17 Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.), 7:05 p.m. CDT
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Sunday, Sept. 16 -- vs. No. 8 Notre Dame (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.
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The U-M men's soccer team will square off against a pair of nationally ranked opponents this weekend beginning on Friday (Sept. 14) at 7:05 p.m. CDT by traveling to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on No. 17 Marquette from Valley Field and will follow up the trip with a home match against the No. 8-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m. Both opponents are 5-0-0.
The Wolverines are 0-1-1 against the Golden Eagles all-time, with the last meeting coming last season in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines fell, 2-1, in double overtime. Michigan is 1-5-2 overall against the Fighting Irish all-time. The last victory over Notre Dame came on Oct. 1, 2008, as the Wolverines defeated the No. 8 Fighting Irish, 3-1. Last season in South Bend, No. 22 Notre Dame defeated Michigan, 2-1, in overtime in a match that Latif Alashe scored a goal just 39 seconds into the game, but Adam Mena tallied a pair of goals in the match to propel the Irish to the victory.
The last time U-M faced two ranked opponents in a row was last season, when the Wolverines went 1-2 against No. 18 Indiana, No. 4 Akron, and No. 22 San Diego State.
The promotions for the Notre Dame match include a student tailgate for the match, with all students presenting an M Card receiving free pizza and drinks for the matchup. Additionally, a football ticket redemption promotion will be in effect, as fans can show their UMass football ticket for $2 admission into the match. Family 4 Packs will also be available and include four tickets, four hot dogs, and four drinks. They are available for purchase online up to five hours prior to the match.
Wolverines Knock Off Previously Undefeated Northeastern -- The Wolverines used a four-score outburst and a season high of 20 shots en route to beating previously undefeated Northeastern by a 4-1 count Sunday, Sept. 9. U-M used a pair of goals from Kofi Opare and a goal and a pair of assists from Fabio Pereira for the majority of scoring punch, while Latif Alashe also notched his second score of the season in the win. In total, U-M collected 11 points in terms of individual scoring, which is tied for the highest in the conference thus far this season. Tyler Arnone and James Murphy also collected points on the match for U-M in victory number two this season.
Offense Shines against Huskies -- In the win over Northeastern, Michigan had 12 shots at halftime, equaling a season high with a half to play. In total, the Wolverines had 20 shots on the match, as well as a season-high four goals, which are the highest number of scores since U-M downed Detroit, 4-1, on Sept. 14, 2011.
Finding Paydirt -- With eight goals in four matches this season, Michigan has already eclipsed the scoring total for the first six matches of last season. Michigan started off last season with a 1-4-1 mark while scoring only five goals in those matches.
The Starting XI -- Seven Wolverines have found themselves in the starting XI in each match this season, with four of the six being seniors in Latif Alashe, Kofi Opare, Etienne Lussiez and Brian Klemczak. Two sophomores also made the list, as Tyler Arnone and Adam Grinwis have received nods in the first four matches, while Luke Coulson is the lone freshman to receive the honor. Grinwis, Arnone, and Opare are the lone Wolverines to play all 360 minutes of match action this season.
Say Cheese -- The Wolverines have enjoyed a favorable record against teams from the state of Wisconsin in their history, as U-M is 14-5-3 overall against Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ten of those wins have come against the Badgers (10-4-3), while U-M is 2-0 against Green Bay and 2-1 against Milwaukee. Michigan has never faced Marquette.
Scouting the Golden Eagles -- Marquette (5-0-0) is the second straight undefeated squad that U-M will face, as the Golden Eagles carry a 5-0 ledger into the matchup at Valley Field, while Michigan is 0-1 in road matches this season after dropping the season opener to No. 5 South Florida. Eric Pothast leads the squad in goals with three and points with eight, while three other players have scored a pair of goals on the season. Adam Lysak leads the team with 10 shots, while Pothast and Axel Sjoberg lead the squad with two helpers apiece to provide the scoring punch.
Charlie Lyon has been the choice man in goal for Marquette, and has 14 saves and a 0.40 goals-against average to go along with four straight clean sheets. The only two goals allowed by the defense this season came in a 3-2 win over Milwaukee on Aug. 24 in the Milwaukee Cup.
Overall, Marquette has outscored opponents by a 10-2 margin and has outshot opponents 30-17.
Scouting the Irish -- Notre Dame (5-0-0) will enter the match ranked No. 8 in the country and will host the Michigan State Spartans on Friday (Sept. 14) prior to matching up against the Wolverines on Sunday (Sept. 16) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
The Fighting Irish are led offensively by Ryan Finley, who has four goals and leads the lead in points (9) and shots (24), while Harrison Shipp leads the squad in assists with three. Will Walsh and Patrick Wall have split time in goal, with Walsh collecting a pair of clean sheets. Each goalkeeper has made five saves on the season and allowed two goals against.
Overall, Notre Dame has defeated perennial powers Duke (1-0), Clemson (2-1) and Akron (3-1) this season. Four of the five wins on the season have come by one score.
ND has outscored opponents 10-4 on the season and outshot opponents by a staggering 95-38 margin.
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.
Since finding time as a substitute in the match, he has been a fixture in the starting XI for U-M, starting the last three matches for the Wolverines at left back.
Penalty Kick Prowess -- Junior Fabio Pereira converted his first penalty kick of the season against Northeastern in the 27th minute, marking the second successful try in his career. In his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Pereira is 2 for 3 on penalty attempts, with his first successful attempt coming against Kentucky last season in a 2-1 defeat.
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.
Wolverines Split Home Opening Set -- The Wolverines opened up their 2012 home slate on 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 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.
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.
Newcomers Make Maize & Blue Debut in 2012 -- 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 at USF, with McAtee, Coulson, and Murphy finding the starting 11. Against Vermont, Jason Stacy made his collegiate debut, playing 16 minutes, while Jack Brown made his debut against Northeastern, logging 15 minutes of action against Northeastern.
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 67 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 and Soony Saad, both of whom starred on the 2010 squad's magical 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.
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