Blue Collar Blog: Winning Tradition
T.J. Roehn

Sept. 19, 2013

The Wolverines will give fans the inside scoop on the goings on of Michigan men's soccer all season in the Blue Collar Blog. T.J. Roehn brings us the fifth installment.

How's it going U-M soccer fans? It's senior forward T.J. Roehn here with the next installment of this seasons "Blue Collar Blog."

The team is coming off a couple tough results against some very good opponents. A heartbreaking last-minute loss at home to Marquette in front of a tremendous crowd, and a tough loss on the road to No. 2 Notre Dame. Although these games did not go how we had hoped, I know that the team will not dwell on these results. We must focus now on our next game against West Virginia (The Next 200 Feet) and continue to believe in the process. This team is conditioned to deal with adversity.

Although I am a senior this is only my second year here at Michigan. I came to be a part of this great soccer family at U-M by way of South Florida. I transferred here after my sophomore year and was immediately welcomed by all. The guys on the team went out of their way to help me with the transferring process. I quickly began to realize how strong the bond was within this team as they saw one another as family, and I was instantly made a part of it upon my arrival.

Being at Michigan is something that I am incredibly grateful for. It is a top institution with a history of a winning tradition. There are Michigan fans and alumni everywhere you go who are proud to call themselves a Wolverine. Because of the nationally recognized prestige of the University of Michigan, my teammates and I know that we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard on and off the field. Being able to play for a school like Michigan and to represent the block M is something that I will be forever thankful for.

It is crazy to think that this is my final season as a college athlete. Myself, along with the other seniors on the team, will do whatever it takes to make it last as long as possible.

There is not a doubt in my mind that this team has the talent to be playing at PPL Park in the College Cup come December. I can see the talent and the potential each day in training, as well as flashes of it during matches. We have yet to hit full stride as a team, but the season is still young. I cannot wait to see this team, filled with talent and blue collar quality, reach its full potential and show the nation that Michigan Soccer has, and will continue to have, a winning tradition.

Go Blue!

T.J. #16

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