First Touch #6: Wolverines Welcome Cincinnati; Travel to Wisconsin
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Oct. 4, 2010

Michigan vs. Cincinnati, at Wisconsin
U-M Soccer Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wednesday, Oct. 6: U-M vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m. • Webcast: BigTenNetwork.comLive Stats

McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis.
Sunday, Oct. 10: U-M at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m. CDT • Live Stats | Live Blog
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TAKING TO THE PITCH
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (5-2-3, 1-1-0 Big Ten) welcomes the Cincinnati Bearcats (4-2-3, 2-0-0 BIG EAST) to the U-M Soccer Stadium in non-conference action on Wednesday (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m. Fans can catch the game with a live webcast on www.BigTenNetwork.com.

Looking for its second Big Ten win of the season, U-M hits the road for its first Big Ten road match at Wisconsin (1-6-2, 0-01 Big Ten) on Sunday (Oct. 10) at 2:30 p.m. CDT at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

WOLVERINE TIDBITS

Ranked Opponents, No Problem -- U-M took on its third ranked opponent this season when it faced off against No. 24 Penn State on Sunday (Oct. 3). It was U-M's second consecutive game against a ranked opponent and its first win over a ranked opponent this season. The Wolverines dropped a pair of 1-0 matches to ranked foes -- No. 14 Drake on Sept. 3 and No. 25 Ohio State on Sept. 25 -- earlier this season. Michigan has a 12-24-2 overall record against opponents in the top 25 national poll.

The highest ranked opponent Michigan has defeated in program history is No. 2 Northwestern during the 2008 season. The Wolverines faced No. 1 Akron last season, the first time in program history the Wolverines have faced a No. 1 ranked program. Michigan will likely take on four more ranked opponents this season in Indiana, Akron, Michigan State and Northwestern.

U-M in Big Ten Road Openers -- Michigan hits the road for the first time in Big Ten action when its travels to Wisconsin for its third Big Ten match of the season. Michigan has a 1-8-1 record in Big Ten road openers and its last win in a road opener came against Michigan State during the 2005 season. Overall, Michigan has a 10-18-2 overall road record in Big Ten road matches and had its best road record during the 2003 season when they went 3-0 on the road, the Wolverines also went 2-0-1 during the 2008 season; both of those seasons ended in the NCAA Tournament.

Wolverines and Badgers Very Familiar with Each Other -- Michigan and Wisconsin have played 13 times and nine of those meetings have been decided by one goal or less with four ties, including last season's 3-0 U-M win in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines have a 3-2-2 record against Wisconsin on the road and have tied each of their last two meetings in McClimon Complex.

Michigan Takes on Another team from Ohio -- The Wolverines will take on another team from the Buckeye state when they host Cincinnati on Wednesday. Michigan has already played Ohio State and will take on Akron and Bowling Green later this season. U-M has an 18-16-2 record against teams from the state of Ohio and has taken on a team from the Buckeye State in each year that men's soccer has been a varsity sport.

Michigan Offense Slowed Against Penn State, but it Proves No Problem -- The Wolverine offense has been quite prolific this season, leading the Big Ten in shots with 235, which is 50 shots more than second-place Penn State, which has 185. The Wolverines are averaging 23.50 shots per game. However, against No. 24 Penn State (Oct. 3), U-M was held to season lows with only six shots and four on goal, but the result was a 2-1 Michigan win. This marked the first time this season the Wolverines were outshot and only the second time they were held to fewer than 20 shots. Kentucky held Michigan to 18 shots in U-M's 3-2 overtime win on Sept. 22.

Leaders of The Big Ten -- The Wolverines continue to lead the Big Ten in shots (235) and shots per game (23.50), corners (77) and offsides (20). Michigan freshman Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) also leads the league in shots (68) and shots per game (7.56), while goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Mich./Kennedy Memorial) is second in the league in saves with 44.

Wolverines in the National Rankings -- Soony Saad is currently fourth in total goals (7), 16th in total points (15) and 16th in goals per game (0.70) nationally. Senior Justin Meram (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) is also tied for 27th in assists with four.

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That -- Michigan comes in at No. 7 in the NSCAA Great Lakes region poll this week, moving up from its No. 9 ranking last week. The Wolverines are also ranked No. 36 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 48 poll ... Brothers Hamoody and Soony Saad have tallied 10 goals between the two of them and one of the Saads has scored at least one goal in six of Michigan's 10 games. Both of them scored goals against Detroit on Sept. 1 and Seattle on Sept. 12. They are the second set of brothers to play for the Wolverines and the first set to score goals in the same game. The pair also assisted each other for the first time this season when Soony assisted on Hamoody's goal against Penn State on Oct. 3 ... The Big Ten Network is scheduled to televise Michigan's game at Indiana on Oct. 16. In addition, U-M will have its games against Cincinnati on Oct. 6, Valparaiso on Oct. 13 and Bowling Green on Oct. 27 streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com.

NUMBERS GAME
U-M vs. Wisconsin -- 8-2-3
U-M at U-M Soccer Complex -- 11-11-1
U-M at Home -- 58-24-8
U-M on the Road -- 30-45-13
U-M in Big Ten Road openers -- 1-8-1
U-M in Big Ten road games -- 10-18-2

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. -- vs. Valparaiso (U-M Soccer Stadium) (Webcast: BigTenNetwork.com)
Saturday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.) (TV: Big Ten Network)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423


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