Sept. 27, 2012
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (2-5-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) will host the Ohio State Buckeyes (4-5-1, 0-1-0) on Sunday (Sept. 30) in the Big Ten home opener for the Wolverines at 6 p.m. from U-M Soccer Stadium. The match will be televised live via the Big Ten Network. Michigan is 5-9-1 all-time against the Buckeyes and has dropped the last three matches against OSU, dating back to the 2009 season. Michigan is 2-3 at home this season, while the Buckeyes are winless in road matches (0-3). Michigan is 0-1 in televised matches this year, after falling to South Florida, 2-1, to open the season on Fox Soccer Channel.
The match will also serve as U-M's 'Maize Star' event, with the Michigan Marching Band in attendance for the duration of the match and a portion playing at halftime. Additionally, the Michigan cheer and dance squads will be performing.
All fans in attendance will also receive a maize pom-pons, while face painting and inflatables will be available for children in attendance. [ Promotions Information ]
Wolverines Battle with the Nations Best -- Four of the seven teams U-M has squared off against this season are currently ranked in the NSCAA top 25, in No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 10 Marquette, No. 18 Northwestern and No. 20 South Florida. Overall, Michigan's opponents thus far this season own a combined record of 37-11-7..
Previously Against the Buckeyes -- Last season in Columbus on Sept. 25, 2011, the Wolverines conceded a first-half score but fought back in the second half to take a 2-1 lead on scores from Fabio Pereira and Ezekiel Harris in the 80th and 84th minute. However, a Michigan own goal tied up the match to send the game to overtime, where Chris Hegngi scored the game-winner in the 91st minute of the match for thrilling 3-2 victory, where four goals were scored in less than 11 minutes. The match marked Michigan's third straight overtime defeat in a year where U-M played six overtime matches.
Scouting Ohio State -- The Buckeyes enter the match with a 4-5-1 overall record and a 0-1 Big Ten ledger after falling against Indiana, 2-0, on Sept. 23. On Wednesday (Sept. 26), Ohio State defeated the Butler Bulldogs by a 4-1 count at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium behind a hat trick from Austin McAnena.
Ohio State leads the conference in shots with 144 and is second in points (41) and goals (14) but has conceded a league-high 19 goals on the year and carries a 1.84 goals-against average between goalkeepers Alex Ivanov and Alex Wimmer, each of whom have started five matches on the season. McAnena leads the team with three scores on the season, while four other players have scored a pair on the year. Hegngi leads the squad with 31 shots on the year, 12 of which have been on goal.
Grinwis Named PDL Goalkeeper of the Year -- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Adam Grinwis was named the Professional Development League Goalkeeper of the Year as well as Rookie of the Year on Aug. 6. He also earned a spot on the all-league and all-central conference teams for his summer club squad, the Michigan Bucks.
Grinwis led the squad to an 8-0-1 record when in goal and compiled five clean sheets. Additionally, he allowed a league-low four goals on the season and led the Bucks to a 3-1 mark in U.S. Open Cup matches. The returning Michigan starting goaltender also turned away 50 shots on the year.
The redshirt sophomore is the lone Wolverines to play all 644 minutes of match action this season and has 28 saves on the campaign.
U-M Falls to No. 21 Northwestern to Open Big Ten Season -- The Wolverines opened up their 2012 Big Ten schedule Sunday (Sept. 23) with a 2-0 defeat against the No. 21 Northwestern Wildcats. The shutout marked the second straight contest Michigan had been blanked, as U-M was outshot 14-5 on the contest. The Wildcats earned tallies from Grant Wilson and Chris Ritter to take the victory.
Alashe's Streak -- Senior Latif Alashe is riding a consecutive start streak of 70 matches heading into the weekend, having never missed a match in his Maize and Blue career. After playing more of a wide midfield role the past several seasons, Alashe will also see time as a central midfielder in the 2012 campaign. He is now ranked No. 5 on the U-M all-time match start list, behind Adam Bruh (2002-05) with 72 starts, and is looking to catch Ryan Sterba (2002-05), who tops the list with 81 starting nods in his U-M career.
Wolverines Knock Off Previously Undefeated Northeastern, 4-1 -- The Wolverines used a four-score outburst and a season high of 20 shots en route to defeat previously undefeated Northeastern by a 4-1 count Sunday, Sept. 9. Michigan had 12 shots at halftime, equaling a season high with a half to play. In total, the Wolverines had 20 shots on the match, as well as a season-high four goals, which was the highest number of scores since U-M downed Detroit, 4-1, on Sept. 14, 2011.
Finding Paydirt -- With nine goals in seven matches this season, Michigan has already eclipsed the scoring total for the first seven matches of last season.
The Starting XI -- Four Wolverines have found themselves in the starting XI in each match this season, beginning with seniors Latif Alashe and Brian Klemczak. Two sophomores also made the list, as Tyler Arnone and Adam Grinwis have received nods in the first seven matches.
Penalty Kick Prowess -- Junior Fabio Pereira converted his first penalty kick of the season against Northeastern in the 27th minute, marking the second successful try in his career. In his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Pereira is 2-for-3 on penalty attempts, with his first successful attempt coming against Kentucky last season in a 2-1 defeat.
U-M Falls at No. 5 South Florida in Season Opener -- After a scoreless first half against the Bulls, junior Dylan Mencia netted his first-career score off a deflection from a shot by freshman Luke Coulson in the 47th minute, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage. However, a pair of scores by USF less than a minute apart in the 65th and 66th minutes gave USF the lead for good.
Newcomers Make Maize & Blue Debut -- Four Wolverines made their career debuts in Maize and Blue as junior transfer T.J. Roehn, redshirt freshman Colin McAtee, and true freshmen Luke Coulson and James Murphy all saw action, with McAtee, Coulson, and Murphy finding the starting 11. Against Vermont, both Ben Manko (20 minutes), and Jason Stacy made his collegiate debut, playing 16 minutes, while Jack Brown made his debut against Northeastern, logging 15 minutes of action against Northeastern.
Wolverines Return Scoring Punch -- Michigan returns all but three of its 2011 goal scorers this season, along with eight starters, with the biggest loss being two-year starter and holding midfielder Adam Shaw. Additionally, 12 letterwinners return to team up with eight newcomers in the 2012 version of the U-M program.
Opare Named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big Ten Squad -- Senior defender Kofi Opare has been named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-Big Ten squad. Opare, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team last season, has started 50 matches in his three seasons and scored a pair of goals last season off set-pieces.
New Coaching Staff Takes Shape -- Former Providence College head man Chaka Daley was named the second head coach in program history Dec. 23, 2011, after 12 seasons at his alma mater.
In the past seven seasons, he guided the Friars to a 72-47-21 mark, and led his alma mater to seven consecutive winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Friars hosted NCAA Tournament match-ups during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. He owns a career record of 90-111-27 heading into his 13th season as a head coach.
Upon his appointment as head coach, Daley hired former Columbia assistant Tommy McMenemy, as well as former Columbus Crew Youth Coach Ian Gordona. Additionally, Daley tabbed Jhojan Obando, a former Providence College standout goalkeeper and 2011 MLS Combine Invitee, as volunteer assistant coach.
New Kit Features -- This season's kits feature new wrinkles, most notably on the back and arm of the jersey. Just under the back collar of the jersey is a stitched in 'Hail to the Victors,' while block 'M's are located in the bottom of each digit on each player's back. Additionally, the right arm features a stitched-on patch of a Big Ten logo.
Trio of Captains Named -- Latif Alashe, Kofi Opare and Brian Klemczak were named captains by head coach Chaka Daley. Klemczak will be serving as a captain for the second time after garnering the honor for the first time in 2011. Alashe and Opare will each wear the armband for the first time this season. Klemczak will hold the honor of bearing the captains armband during each match if all three are on the field at once.
Wolverines in the MLS -- A pair of former Wolverines have seen action in Major League Soccer matches this season in Justin Meram and Soony Saad, both of whom starred on the 2010 squad's magical run to the College Cup. Meram, who plays for the Columbus Crew, has played in 17 matches with ten starts, and has tallied a trio of scores on the season. Additionally, he has chipped in one assist and has 23 shots.
Saad has seen action in nine matches this season with a pair of starts, and has fired seven shots with two on goal. He has been a mainstay in the Sporting KC reserves, starting all seven matches and tallying two goals as well as one assist.
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