Sept. 23, 2013
James Murphy is No. 3 in the Big Ten in shots with 18, while TJ VanSlooten is No. 4 in points with six in six games, which ranks No. 2 in the conference in goals. Tyler Arnone and Ezekiel Harris are No. 5 in assists. Goalie Adam Grinwis is No. 2 in the conference in saves with 24.
Michigan has played the No. 13 toughest schedule in the country, highlighted by No. 1 Notre Dame, according to Bennett Rankings. Four of U-M's six matches have been ties or one-goal games.
The win over West Virginia last Saturday (Sept. 21) was U-M's first true road win since downing No. 11 Indiana on Oct. 19, 2012
The three-point effort is the most points in a single-match for Colin McAtee in his career, as he scored his last goal on Oct. 9, 2012, against Oakland
The Wolverines are now 2-2-3 in overtime matches under head coach Chaka Daley.
Fabio Pereira is creeping up the Michigan career record books in assists, shots attempted and games played. Most notably is the program assist record, as he holds 18, which are 10 behind program leader Adam Bruh (2002-05), who paces the program records with 28. Pereira had five shots in his season debut, and he is now No. 7 in career shots attempted with 159, 30 shots behind program leader Mauro Fuzetti (2006-09), who leads the records with 186. Additionally, the Wolverine senior has played in 66 matches, 19 behind former teammate Latif Alashe (2009-12), who played in 85 matches in his Maize and Blue career.
In the first two home matches this season, U-M saw a total of 3,186 fans in attendance, the most in a two-match span since 2011, when there were 4,434 fans total in matches against Butler (Sept. 2) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 4)
In the opening weekend of action, three newcomers -- freshman Rylee Woods, freshman Andre Morris and junior transfer Marcos Ugarte -- found themselves in the starting XI. Additionally, freshmen Brett Nason, Lars Eckenrode, and Ali Jawad all made their initial appearances. Nason earned a starting nod versus USF, while Eckenrode earned a starting stop against Marquette. Against Loyola-Chicago, senior Tyler Leppek earned the first starting nod of his career after coming off the bench in all 12 previous appearances. He logged 63 minutes of action at left back.
U-M will appear live twice on the Big Ten Network this season, beginning with a non-conference matchup versus the Creighton Blue Jays on Tuesday (Oct. 15) at 7:30 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium. Less than two weeks later, the Wolverines will once again appear on the network, hosting the defending NCAA national champion Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m. Additionally, U-M will appear on the Big Ten Student U Network for matches against Northwestern (Sept. 28), Western Michigan (Oct. 2), Wisconsin (Oct. 20) and Akron (Oct. 30).
Oakland -- The Grizzlies enter the match with a 2-2-3 record overall and are coming off a 2-0 win over IUPUI on Sept. 18. Their previous win came over Marshall on Sept. 13 by a 2-1 count. OU is led by Miche'lle Lipari with three goals and an assist for seven points and Shawn Claud Lawson, who has two assists, while Sean Lewis is the man in goal for the Grizzlies, having allowed five goals in six games played to go along with 18 saves. The Grizzlies also feature forward Matt Rickard, who was a part of the Wolverines during the 2010 season, scoring a goal and dishing out an assist. In total, OU has outshot opponents, 106-65, on the year. Michigan is 8-1-3 all-time against Oakland, with the only loss coming in the 2005 season in Rochester by a 2-1 count on Sept. 16.
Northwestern -- The seventh-ranked Wildcats enter the match with a 6-1 record and have now won six consecutive games, outscoring its opponents, 14-1, during the streak. NU features the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and 2012 All-Big Ten midfielder Chris Ritter, as well as Joey Calistri, who leads the Big Ten in goals with seven. Two players in Brandon Medina and Lepe Seetane lead the conference in assists with four apiece. Tyler Miller is the man in goal for the Wildcats, as he has allowed only four goals on the season (0.55 goals-against average) and has stopped 18 shots. He has five shutouts on the season. Against NU, U-M is 10-6-1 all-time and is coming off a 3-0 victory over the host Wildcats in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9.
Saturday, Oct. 2 -- Western Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium) 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio) 2 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
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