First Touch #3: Three Games in Five Days Ahead for Wolverines

Sept. 13, 2010

Michigan vs. Oakland, vs. Notre Dame, at Marquette
U-M Soccer Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wednesday, Sept. 15: U-M vs. Oakland, 7:30 p.m. • Buy Tickets Online | Live Stats
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The University of Michigan men's soccer team (2-1-1, 0-0-0 Big Ten) plays three games in five days this week, starting with hosting in-state rival Oakland on Wednesday (Sept. 15) and completing the week's home slate by welcoming Notre Dame to the U-M Soccer Stadium on Friday (Sept. 17) for the U-M Soccer Dedication game. The match against the Irish will be the second game of a doubleheader with the Michigan women's team, which takes on UMass at 5 p.m. The ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., will recognize the contributions of those who made the $6 million U-M Soccer Complex a reality. A student shuttle from the front of the Michigan Union (State St. and South University) will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running until after the conclusion of the men's game. Both men's home games this week will start at 7:30 p.m.

The Wolverines will complete the weekend with a trip to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on Marquette on Sunday (Sept. 19).


Can Anyone Stop the Saad Brothers? -- Brothers Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich. /Dearborn) and Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich. /Dearborn) have really shown that they have a knack for finding the goal through the opening weeks of the season. Soony leads the U-M offense with six points on three goals through the first four games and Hamoody is second on the team with four points and two goals. The Saads have combined for five of Michigan's six goals and have a knack for coming up with the clutch goals as Hamoody posted the game-winner in U-M's 2-1 overtime win against Detroit on Sept. 1 and in U-M's 2-2 tie with Seattle last Sunday (Sept. 12). Both Hamoody and Soony scored late markers in the second half to rally the Wolverines from a two-goal, second-half deficit against the host Redhawks in the Seattle University Tournament finale.

Second Half Heroics -- Of U-M's six goals this season, four of them have been scored in the second half and the Wolverines are currently out-shooting their opponents, 59-21, in the second 45. This is a trend that the Wolverines carry over from last season when they outscored their opponents 31-20 overall and 20-12 in the second half.

Wolverine Offense Continues to Hit the Mark -- The Wolverines are averaging 28 shots per game and have tallied 112 shot attempts this season. U-M set a new single-game program record for shots taken against Seattle (Sept. 12) with 39; the previous record was 34 shots against Detroit during the 2006 season. The Wolverines have currently posted 20 or more shots in each of their last four games, a mark that U-M only reached five times during the 2009 season. Additionally, Michigan has seen Soony Saad tally double-digit shots in two games this season, a feat that no U-M player accomplished last year.

Battle of the In-State Foes -- Michigan will be playing its second in-state foe this season when it takes on Oakland on Wednesday. The Wolverines defeated Detroit, 2-1, in overtime on Sept. 1 and will also take on Michigan State on Oct. 30. Michigan has a 19-11-6 record against opponents from the state of Michigan.

Leading The Big Ten -- Michigan continues to lead the Big Ten in shots with 112 (28 per game) and corner kicks with 39 (9.75 per game). Soony Saad is ranked No. 1 in shots with 36 and shots per game with 9.00 per match.

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That -- Michigan will be playing Marquette for the first time in program history on Sunday (Sept. 19), the second match this season that U-M has faced an opponent for the first time. U-M also played Seattle for the first time in program history last week ... Associate head coach Paul Snape will be squaring off against his alma mater when the Wolverines host Oakland. Snape was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain (1999-2000) as a collegian. With Oakland switching to Division I, Snape was a three-time Mid-Continent Conference first-team and all-region performer from 1998-2000 with the Grizzlies ... Brothers Hamoody and Soony Saad have each scored a goal in two games this season (vs. Detroit and at Seattle). Prior to the Detroit game, U-M had never had a brothers score in the same game ... 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

U-M vs. In-State Foes
- 19-11-6
U-M vs. Oakland - 5-1-3
U-M vs. Notre Dame - 1-4-1
U-M vs. Marquette - First Meeting
U-M at U-M Soccer Complex - 8-10-0
U-M at Home - 55-23-7
U-M on the road - 30-45-13

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
-- vs. Kentucky (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Saturday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. -- vs. Ohio State - Alumni Weekend (U-M Soccer Stadium)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423

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