Sept. 20, 2011
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (2-6-1) will open the Big Ten Conference season with a match-up against rival Ohio State on Sunday (Sept. 25) in Columbus. The game against the Buckeyes will be aired live nationally on the Big Ten Network starting at 4 p.m. EDT.
Scouting Ohio State -- The Buckeyes (4-2-1), who are receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll, defeated Hartwick, 3-0, on Friday (Sept. 17) before losing to Coastal Carolina, 2-0, on Sunday (Sept. 19); both games were played in Conway, S.C. Ryan Hegngi leads Ohio State and is tied for the Big Ten lead with four goals. His brother, Parnell, and Sebastian Rivas are tied with six points each. Matt Lampson mans the net for OSU, posting 27 saves and a 1.11 goals-against average in seven starts.
Series History Against OSU -- This will be the 15th meeting between the two schools. The Buckeyes hold an 8-5-1 advantage in the all-time series and have claimed victories in the past two meetings. Michigan suffered a 1-0 setback against Ohio State last season at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The last U-M victory was a 1-0 win in Columbus during the 2008 season.
Shaw Nets First Career Goal -- Senior captain Adam Shaw (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch HS) leads the team into conference play fresh off his first career goal, scoring the team's lone tally in the double-overtime setback to Marquette. It was the first goal of Shaw's career. He tallied his only other point of the season on an assist against Georgetown on Sept. 11. Shaw has one goal and five assists in his career.
Pereira Leads Team in Offensive Categories -- Sophomore Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent School [Conn.]) leads the Wolverines in scoring with eight points on the season. He has tallied a team-best two assists and is tied for the lead with three goals. Pereira has registered a team-leading 34 shots, with 15 of those attempts on goal.
Lussiez Posts Hat Trick vs. Detroit; Registers Assist at Notre Dame -- Sophomore Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill HS) heads into the conference season after the best week of his young career, when he tallied a hat trick in the second half against Detroit on Sept. 14 and assisted on the team's only goal at No. 16 Notre Dame on Sept. 16. He posted 11 shots on the week, including five on goal, in the three games. His seven-point week vaulted Lussiez into second place on the team's points list behind Fabio Villas Boas Pereira.
Alashe Tallies Quick Score -- Junior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) posted his first goal of the season and the fourth of his career at 22nd-ranked Notre Dame on Friday (Sept. 16). Alashe tallied his first of the year just 39 seconds into the contest on a crossing pass from Etienne Lussiez. Alashe's only other point of the season came as he assisted on Fabio Pereira's goal against Butler. Alashe has started 51 consecutive games for the Wolverines, registering four goals and eight assists.
Arnone Manning Midfield -- Freshman midfielder Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville HS) has teamed with Adam Shaw in the midfield for the Wolverines this season, starting all eight games in the midfield heading into Big Ten play. Arnone picked up his first career goal at Detroit (Sept. 14), burying his shot from five yards out in the bottom corner of the net. He has two shots on goal and 12 total shots for the season.
Grinwis Making Saves -- Freshman goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) has logged all but seven minutes for the Wolverines in goal this season. The redshirt performer has a 1.72 goals-against average with 26 saves. He tallied six saves in the overtime loss at Notre Dame (Sept. 16) and followed up with a career-high seven stops against Marquette (Sept. 18). Grinwis is third in the Big Ten in shots stopped.
Looking for a Break -- The Wolverines have outshot their opponents, 154-118, but have been outscored, 14-11, this season. The Maize and Blue also holds a 52-42 edge in shots on goal but has only scored 10 goals with the other to find the back of the net coming via a penalty kick.
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.
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. [ Order Season Tickets ]
A New Look Staff -- 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.
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.
Saturday, Oct. 1 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 -- vs. Western Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.