Sept. 27, 2011
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (2-7-1, 0-1 Big Ten) will travel to No. 19-ranked Penn State (5-2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) for a Big Ten Conference game on Saturday (Oct. 1) at Jeffrey Field. The game will be played under the lights in State College starting at 7 p.m. Both teams will be looking for their first conference win after dropping their openers last weekend.
Scouting Penn State -- Minh Vu leads 19th-ranked Penn State and is tied for seventh in the Big Ten with seven points (2 g, 3 a). Andrew Wolverton leads the Nittany Lions in net, listing second in the Big Ten in goals-against average (0.49) and save percentage (.846). Wolverton leads the league with six shutouts in eight games and has 22 overall saves.
Michigan vs. Penn State -- This will be the 16th meeting between the two schools. The Nittany Lions hold a 9-5-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Wolverines. Michigan won both match-ups with Penn State last season, claiming a 2-1 victory in Ann Arbor during the regular season and a 4-1 win in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament held at PSU.
Overtime Every Game? -- U-M has played into overtime in four out of the past five contests, including in each of the past three. That is more extra-time contests than each of the past two seasons (3). The record for matches going to overtime was set in 2004 when 10 went past 90 minutes.
Pereira Leads Big Ten in Shots -- Sophomore Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent School [Conn.]) heads into the Penn State game tops in the Big Ten in shots this season. Pereira has 44 shots in 10 contests. He also leads the league with an average of 4.4 shots per contest. He has 18 shots on goal.
Pereira Averaging Point Per Game -- Pereira leads the Wolverines and is tied for second in the Big Ten in scoring with 10 points on the season. He has tallied a team-best four goals and is tied for the team lead with two assists. Pereira is third in the conference goals and tied for fifth in assists.
Alashe Contributing to Scoring Effort -- Junior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) enters the Penn State game after a two-week stretch that saw him assist on Pereira's goal at Ohio State (Sept. 25) and tally his first goal of the season at No. 16 Notre Dame (Sept. 16). His only other point came as he assisted on Pereira's goal against Butler on Sept. 2. Alashe is third in the Big Ten with 20 shots this season. He has started 52 straight games for the Wolverines, tallying four goals and eight assists.
Grinwis Making Saves -- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) heads into the Penn State game third in the Big Ten with 32 saves. He made six saves at Ohio State (Sept. 25) and posted a career-best eight stops against Marquette (Sept. 18). Grinwis has logged all but seven minutes for the Wolverines in goal this season. He has a 1.86 goals-against average this year.
Lussiez Second on the Team in Scoring -- Sophomore Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill HS) heads into the Penn State game second on the team with seven points. He scored a hat trick in the second half at Detroit (Sept. 14) and assisted on the team's only goal at No. 16 Notre Dame (Sept. 16). He is tied for seventh in the Big Ten in points (seven) and shots (16) and is tied for fourth in goals (three).
Harris Tallies Goals -- Sophomore Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) has scored a pair of goals this season. He picked up the tying goal against Georgetown on Sept. 11 and added his first career goal in Big Ten play at Ohio State on Sept. 25. Harris has five shots on goal and 10 total shots this season.
Shaw Leads Team into Big Ten Play -- Senior captain Adam Shaw (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch HS) leads the team into conference play fresh off his first career goal. Shaw scored 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.
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. He has started all nine games in the midfield. Arnone picked up his first career goal at Detroit on Sept. 14, burying his shot from five yards out in the bottom corner of the net. He has three shots on goal and 13 total shots for the season.
Looking for a Break -- The Wolverines have outshot their opponents, 167-138, but have been outscored, 17-13, this season. The Maize and Blue also holds a 57-51 edge in shots on goal but has only scored 12 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.
Don't Forget to Watch -- U-M's home games with Akron on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Michigan State on Oct. 30 at noon will be broadcast live on the Big Ten network.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 -- vs. Western Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9 -- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.