First Touch #3: U-M Plays Pair of In-state Opponents

Sept. 15, 2009

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. -- vs. Detroit (U-M Soccer Complex) -- Maize Out
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2 p.m. -- at Western Michigan (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

The University of Michigan men's soccer team (4-1-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) has two games this week as it continues the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Wolverines host Detroit on Wednesday (Sept. 16) at 7:30 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Complex before closing the weekend with a road game at Western Michigan on Saturday (Sept. 19) at 2 p.m. at the Western Michigan Soccer Complex in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Wolverines are 2-1 on the road this season with their lone loss coming at the hands of then-No.12 Notre Dame in the season opener. U-M opened the season with a three-game road swing and picked up victories over No. 21 Drake and Valparaiso.


Wednesday, Sept. 16
Maize Out -- Students make sure to come to the game sporting your Maize and Blue. The men's soccer team in a partnership with the women's soccer team will host a "Maize Out". Make sure to turn in your voucher from the Sept. 11 or Sept. 13 games to receive your free Maize Out/M-Pire t-shirt.

Detroit -- U-M leads, 5-0-2
Western Michigan -- U-M leads, 4-1-0

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. -- vs. Bowling Green (U-M Soccer Complex)
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m. -- at Penn State (University Park, Pa.)

Complete Stats: Through 9/13/09

2009 Leaders

Mauro Fuzetti55212
Justin Meram5135
Hamoody Saad5113

Chris Blais5-54-1-01.40.741


Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford)
Fuzetti showcased his offensive prowess with three of U-M's six goals at the Michigan Invitational last weekend. He tallied two goals in U-M's 3-0 win over Wright State on Friday (Sept. 11) and then added another goal against Lipscomb on Sunday (Sept. 13) for a six-point weekend. His 11 shots against Wright State set a new U-M single-game record. The Houston, Texas, native was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Michigan Invitational and was named to the All-Tournament team. In addition, he earned a spots on the and College Soccer News' National Team's of the Week for his efforts. Fuzetti currently ranks sixth all-time at Michigan in points with 54 and is fifth in career goals with 20 markers.
Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial)
Blais, in his first season as U-M starting goalkeeper, has a 4-1 record, and last weekend against Wright State and Lipscomb picked up two shutout victories. He has a 1.40 goals-against average and a .741 saves percentage. His two shutout victories are the first of his career, and for his efforts he was named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 14.


Leaders of The Pack
The Wolverines will square off with a pair of in-state opponents this weekend. U-M has a 16-10-5 record against opponents from the state of Michigan and has winning records against both Detroit and Western Michigan. U-M holds a 5-0-2 advantage over Detroit and a 4-1 edge over Western Michigan. Michigan will face in-state opponents Oakland and Michigan State later in the season.

Moving Up the Ranks
Senior forward Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) is poised to make some noise in the U-M record book this season. Fuzetti currently ranks sixth all-time in points with 54 career points and is fifth in career goals with 20 career tallies. He also is tied for second all-time with seven career game winners.

Déjà vu
U-M will look to re-create the memorable moments against both Detroit and Western Michigan from last season. In 2008, the Wolverines defeated both Detroit and Western Michigan and made some history in the process. In U-M's 5-1 win over Detroit, senior forward Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) posted six points with three goals, which is tied for third best in a single game. Fuzetti's three goals tie for third best in a single-game. Former Wolverine Peri Marosevic (2006-09) tied the feat with six points against Western Michigan three weeks later.

Twice the Soccer, Twice the Fun
U-M's game against Detroit marks the first doubleheader of the 2009 season. The U-M women's team will take on Oakland at 5:30 p.m. to get the evening started and the men will conclude the evening against the Titans. The two teams will play another doubleheader on Oct. 4. The men's team will start things off against Big Ten foe Wisconsin and the women will close the afternoon with a game against Northwestern and after that you can head over to Yost Ice Arena to catch the U-M ice hockey team take on Windsor in exhibition action at 5:05 p.m. Make sure to come out to the U-M Soccer Complex for two great days of Michigan soccer.

Starting Off on the Right Foot
U-M is 4-1 through the first five games of the season and its four wins marks the third time in the last four seasons that the Wolverines have had at least four wins to open the season. In 2007, the squad went 7-0 to open the season.

Second Half Offense is on Point
The Maize and Blue seems to have a knack for getting its offense up and running in the second half. Against Drake (Sept. 3) , U-M posted two second-half goals after entering halftime tied at 0-0 to take a 2-1 win and against Valparaiso (Sept. 6) the Wolverines found themselves trailing 1-0 and fought back with two second-half goals to take a 2-1 victory. U-M had it biggest second half output against Wright State (Sept. 11) scoring three goals in the final 20 minutes to take a 3-0 victory. For the season, the Wolverines have outscored their opponents, 8-5 in the second half and four of the opponent goals came in their season-opening loss to then-No. 12 Notre Dame (Sept. 1).

U-M Men's Soccer Program is approaching 100th program victory
The Wolverine men's soccer team is fast approaching its 100th program victory. U-M has a 94-73-18 program record heading into this weekend and needs only eight more wins to reach the century mark. Head coach Steve Burns will also pick up his 100th career victory at the helm of the program; Burns has the distinction of being the only head coach in U-M men's soccer history.

The Week That Was
The Wolverines opened the 2009 home slate with two victories at the Michigan Invitational. Michigan opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Wright State on Friday (Sept. 11) night. The teams battled to a 0-0 halftime score and a goal by freshman defender Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul) in the 75th minute put U-M ahead, 1-0. Senior defender Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) scored the next two goals as the Wolverines cruised to their first home victory of the season. Michigan continued the scoring as they defeated Lipscomb, 3-0, on Sunday. Fuzetti added another tally in the game, brining his weekend total to three goals, while freshman Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) picked up his first career goal and assist, and Adam Keller (Franklin, Mich./Groves) iced the win with a goal in the 74th minute. Fuzetti was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the tournament and to the All-Tournament team. Joining him on the All-Tournament team were: Senior defender Julian Robles (Los Angeles, Calif./Damien), junior midfielder Chase Tennant (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and junior/sophomore goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial).

Fuzetti Ranks High In Big Ten Rankings
Senior forward Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) is ranked in several categories in the Big Ten offensive statistics. He leads the league in shots (26) and shots per game (5.20) and is second in points (12), points per game (2.20), goals (5) and goals per game (1.00).

In The National Rankings This Week
The Wolverines are receiving votes in the latest NSCAA/adidas national poll released on Sept. 15. In the NSCAA/adidas Great Lakes region poll, U-M is ranked No. 9. Last week the Wolverines were receiving votes in both polls. Additionally, the Maize and Blue are ranked No. 16 in's tournament 48 poll, No. 24 in Soccer America's Top 25 and No. 27 in College Soccer News' Top 30.

Former Wolverine Peri Marosevic Pens a Diary from the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt
Former Wolverine forward Peri Marosevic, a member of FC Dallas of the MLS, will be penning a Under-20 World Cup Diary of his experiences with the USA U-20 National Team at the upcoming World Cup being held Sept. 24-Oct.16 in Egypt. Peri has spent time with the Under-20 national team at the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-20 Championship in March in Trinidad & Tobago. Make sure to check in with for his updates.

2009 Season Marks U-M's First Decade
The U-M men's soccer team will celebrate its first decade this season. The Wolverines played their first season as a varsity team in 2000 and have been to three NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2003, their first appearance in the national tournament. The Wolverines honored the 2000 men's soccer team, it's first season as a varsity sport. Stay tuned to for upcoming events celebrating U-M's first decade.

Introducing the Captain and his helpers
Senior defender Danny Gray (Setauket, N.Y./Chaminade) is serving as a captain for the second consecutive season. Last season, Gray served as a tri-captain with Mike Holody and Jake Stacy, but this season Gray is leading the Wolverines by himself but not without help. In something new this season, junior defender Chase Tennant (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and senior Julian Robles (Los Angeles, Calif./Damien) will be serving as assistant captains.

"In Their Shoes" ... Men's Soccer Style
U-M Assistant Athletic Media Relations Director Rich Retyi took on the U-M men's soccer team for his first installment of the In Their Shoes series for the 2009 season. U-M players Danny Gray (Setauket, N.Y./Chaminade), Julian Robles (Los Angles, Calif./Damien), Alex Wood (Northville, Mich./Northville), Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial) and Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul) all participated in the fun-filled afternoon of soccer. Catch both installments on

Captains Corner
U-M senior captain Danny Gray (Setauket, N.Y./Chaminade) will give readers a glimpse inside the men's soccer program with his captain's blog, Captains Corner with Danny Gray. Check out his first post

Hey...We're on Twitter!
Michigan men's soccer is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_msocc) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

2009 Yearbook and Record Book
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook Check them both out in our new publications section.

The U-M Soccer Complex
The Wolverines moved into the U-M Soccer Complex during the 2008 campaign, a three-field, soccer-exclusive facility that is part of a $6 million project that is funded by Intercollegiate Athletics resources and gifts. Work will begin on the stadium, slated to open in the fall of 2010, in October on the site of the current competition field. The men's soccer team played its home games at the Michigan Soccer Field, an all-grass field on South State Street since its inaugural season in 2000 and compiled a 38-18-7 record in eight seasons. The first game played by the men's team was a 1-0 victory over DePaul. The field also played host to 2004 Big Ten Championship and twice was the site of a U-M NCAA Tournament contest.

The Leader of the Maize and Blue
Steve Burns enters his 10th season at the helm of the University of Michigan men's soccer program. He has guided the Wolverines to three NCAA Tournament appearances, seen the team to varsity status, overseen the proposition and execution of the new U-M Soccer Complex and built a program that is consistently among the nation's elite. Burn's resume also includes leading the U-M club soccer team to back-to-back national titles.

Burns' staff is made up of associate head coach Paul Snape, assistant coach Chris Grassie and volunteer assistant Waldir DeSouza. Snape is in his seventh season with the U-M program and was recently elevated to his current position of associate head coach after spending six seasons as the first assistant. Prior to his tenure at Michigan, Snape spent seven seasons playing with the Mid-Michigan Bucks. Grassie, who enters his third season with the Wolverines, played professionally in England, most recently with Kidsgrove Athletic, then a part of the Alliance Premier League, and Northwich when it was part of the Football Conference. He also spent the 2004-06 season on staff at Marshall University where he focused on team training, goalkeepers and recruiting. DeSouza is back with head coach Burns for his 10th season and will continue to help the Wolverines with the management of team training and fitness.

Rank and File
Michigan earned a No. 22 preseason ranking by the National Soccer Coaches of American (NSCAA) and a No. 24 ranking in TopDrawerSoccer's preseason edition of the 2009 men's tournament 48 ranking. The Tournament 64 rankings are a running attempt to project the postseason college soccer tournament qualifiers, including every automatic conference berth.

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