Weekly #7: Two Home Games Ahead for Wolverines

Oct. 4, 2011

Ekekiel Harris Interview

Wednesday, Oct. 5
-- vs. Western Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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Sunday, Oct. 9 -- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.
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The University of Michigan men's soccer team (3-7-1, 1-1 Big Ten) returns to Ann Arbor for a pair of home games this week at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines host Western Michigan (3-7-0, 0-1-0 MAC) in a non-conference tilt on Wednesday evening (Oct. 5, 7 p.m.) and return to Big Ten play against Wisconsin (5-3-2, 1-0-0 Big Ten) on Sunday (Oct. 9, 2 p.m.).


Scouting Western Michigan -- WMU lost, 3-0, to fourth-ranked Akron on Saturday (Oct. 1) at home. Shane Lyons leads the Broncos with 13 points (six goals, one assist) and Jason Grant has contributed seven points (two goals, three assists). Matt Murrell has started eight games in net for the Broncos, registering a 1.62 goals-against average.

Scouting Wisconsin -- Wisconsin enters the game with a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2). Tomislav Zadro (3-5-11) and Joey Tennyson (3-1-7) lead the Badgers offense. Zadro leads the Big Ten in assists and is tied for sixth in goals. Max Jentsch and Ciro Martinez have split time in goal for Wisconsin.

Michigan vs. Western Michigan -- The Wolverines have a 5-1 mark all-time against the Broncos. U-M defeated WMU by a 5-1 score in 2009. Michigan has won all four games contested in Ann Arbor.

Wolverines vs. Badgers -- Michigan and Wisconsin will meet on the pitch for the 16th time in school history. Michigan leads the all-time series, 10-2-3, and is unbeaten in the last seven games against the Badgers (4-0-3). The last loss, a 2-1 overtime setback, came in 2006. Michigan posted a pair of victories last year, winning, 3-2, during the regular season in Madison and 1-0 en route to the Big Tournament title.

Quick Notes -- The Wolverines have not lost in regulation since Sept. 4, a span of seven games ... U-M has played four overtime contests in the past six games, going 0-3-1 in those extra-time contests ... Michigan looks to improve to 2-1 in Big Ten play.

Harris Collects Game-Winner at Penn State -- Sophomore Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) heads into this week's action fresh off his first career game-winner. Harris tallied the game-winning goal with 63 seconds remaining in the contest at Penn State (Saturday, Oct. 1). He has scored in both conference games, with both scores coming late in the contest. Harris has three goals on the season, scoring at Ohio State on Sept. 25 and notching the tying score against Georgetown on Sept. 11. Overall, he has six shots on goal and 11 total shots this season.

Lussiez Tied for Team Lead in Goals -- Sophomore Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill HS) enters the Western Michigan and Wisconsin games second on the team in points this season. Lussiez is tied for the team lead with four goals and contributed one assist for nine points on the year. He tallied the team's first goal at No. 19 Penn State (Oct. 1) and scored a second-half hat trick at Detroit on Sept. 14. Lussiez assisted on the team's only goal at No. 16 Notre Dame on Sept. 16. He is tied for third in the Big Ten in goals (four) and is fifth in points (nine).

Pereira Tops Team in Points, Scoring -- Sophomore Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent School [Conn.]) leads the Wolverines in points and goals this season. Pereira has 10 points on four goals with two assists. He has tallied one goal in Big Ten play, scoring on a left-footed shot from five yards out at Ohio State (Sept. 25). Pereira leads the conference in shots while listing fourth in points and tied for third in goals.

Pereira Tops League in Shots -- Fabio Villas Boas Pereira has taken more shots than any other player in the conference this season. Pereira has 44 shots in 11 contests. He also leads the league with an average of 4.0 shots per contest. He has 18 shots on goal.

Rickard Tallies First Career Points -- Freshman Matthew Rickard (Exeter, Devonshire/Ivybridge Community HS) enters this week's action after collecting his first career point in the Penn State game (Oct. 1). Rickard assisted on Lussiez's second-half goal that gave U-M the lead 1-0 in the 75th minute. Rickard has played in all 11 games, posting four shots on goal and 17 total shots.

Yang Sets Up Game-Winner -- Junior David Yang (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) collected his first point of the season, assisting on Harris' game-winning goal at Penn State (Oct. 1). It was only his second career point; he tallied an assist in U-M's 5-1 victory over Bowling Green last year. Yang has played in eight games this season and tallied three shots.

Grinwis Making Big Stops -- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) has 40 saves on the season, including a career-best eight stops at Penn State (Oct. 1) and against Marquette on Sept. 18. He made six stops in the first half against the Nittany Lions to keep the game scoreless. Grinwis is third in the Big Ten with 40 saves this season. He has logged all but seven minutes in goal this season and has a 1.58 goals-against average.

Michigan to Host 2011 Big Ten Tournament -- Michigan will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The tournament runs from Thursday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 13. The first round will be played Thursday and the semifinals will be contested on Friday, Nov. 11. The championship game will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13. Game times will be determined at a later date.

Trio of Captains Named -- Adam Shaw, Tim Bergsma and Brian Klemczakwere named captains by head coach Steve Burns. Each will be serving as captain for the first time. [ Release ]

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.

Keep Up With the Wolverines -- Stay current with everything going on with your Wolverines by following Michigan men's soccer on twitter (@umichsoccer) and "liking" the Wolverines on Facebook!

Wednesday, Oct. 12 -- at Oakland (Oakland, Mich.), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15 -- vs. Indiana (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.

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