First Touch #6: U-M Welcomes IU for Televised Big Ten Matchup
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TAKING TO THE PITCH
Saturday, Oct. 10, 3:30 p.m. -- vs. No. 14 Indiana (U-M Soccer Complex)
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The University of Michigan men's soccer team (8-2-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) welcomes Big Ten rival Indiana to the U-M Soccer Complex for a televised game on Saturday (Oct. 10). Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network in a same-day delay scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game is the first of three televised games on U-M's schedule. The Wolverines will also appear on the Big Ten Network when they take on Northwestern (Nov. 1) and Ohio State (Nov. 7).

U-M enters Saturday's contest with a 1-1 Big Ten record after defeating Wisconsin, 3-0, on Sunday (Oct. 4). The Wolverines dropped their league opener, 2-0, at Penn State (Sept. 27) and with a win against Indiana will move to 2-1 in league action for the first time since the 2003 season when they opened Big Ten play with three straight wins and concluded the league slate with a 5-1 record.

PROMOTIONS

Sunday, Oct. 10
M-Fit Day/Elementary School Day -- M-Fit representatives are coming to soccer to teach kids proper ways to exercise and healthy foods to eat. Get to the game early and learn all about health and fitness from the experts here at the University of Michigan. Trainers will also be present to run fun drills with all participants before the game! All local Elementary School students are invited to take part in this educational and motivational event.

Boy Scout Day -- The local Boy Scout troops are rewarding the top popcorn sellers of the area. Our special invitees will then take part in a short post-game skills camp lead by Michigan coaches and players

IM Playoff Kickoff -- In order to kick off Intramural playoffs, Michigan Men's Soccer's Playoff Kickoff will invite the Michigan IM teams to come to the game and support their fellow soccer players. The teams will be recognized during halftime and receive UM soccer socks. All IM team members will be invited, in addition to IM soccer players, in order to earn points toward their All-IM finals standing.

ALL-TIME VS. THE OPPONENTS
Indiana -- Indiana leads, 11-1-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. -- at Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m. -- vs. Akron (U-M Soccer Complex)

MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Complete Stats: Through 10/4/09

2009 Leaders

NameGPGAP
Mauro Fuzetti108319
Justin Meram116618
Hamoody Saad114412

NameGP-SW-L-TGAASV%
Chris Blais11-118-2-11.03.784


WOLVERINES TO WATCH
Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas./Stratford)
Senior forward Mauro Fuzetti has stepped up to lead the U-M offense in his senior season. Fuzetti, U-M's third-leading scorer last season, is leading the Wolverines in every offense category and has recorded eight goals on the season. He has four multi-point games and has accounted for nearly 30 percent of the U-M offense this season. Additionally, Fuzetti is making some noise in the U-M record book. He has 23 career goals good for fourth place all-time at U-M and he is tied for third all-time with 61 career points. He scored the gamewinner against Wisconsin, which was his eighth career game-winning goal -- good for second place all-time.


WOLVERINE TIDBITS
Wolverines Against Indiana
Indiana and Michigan meet for the 14th time on Saturday. The Hoosiers own an 11-1-1 series advantage, but the last three regular-season meetings have been heated contests. Last season, the Wolverines defeated Indiana, 1-0, in Bloomington, Ind., for their first-ever win over the Hoosiers. The last three regular-season meetings between the teams have been decided by one goal and featured a 2-2 tie during the 2006 season.

TV Time
The Wolverines will make their debut on the Big Ten Network in Saturday's game. U-M has a 0-4-1 record when playing on the Big Ten Network. This will be the second time the Wolverines will play on the Big Ten Network on their home field. U-M faced Michigan State at home on the Big Ten Network last season, a 1-0 loss. This will be the second time U-M and Indiana have faced each other on the Big Ten Network; the first meeting was at the 2008 Big Ten Tournament, a 1-0 Indiana victory.

Déjà vu?
U-M is looking to recreate the outcome of its meeting with the Hoosiers last season. Last season, the Wolverines went into Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., and knocked off the 20th-ranked Hoosiers for the first time in program history. Former Wolverine Jake Stacy (2005-08) scored just 78 seconds into the game and U-M goalkeeper Patrick Sperry (2005-08) made five saves to preserve the 1-0 victory on the Hoosiers home field.

Fuzetti on Fire
Senior forward Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) has been a crucial piece to the U-M offense this season. Fuzetti, who leads the team with eight goals and 19 points, has scored in each game that he has played in this season, with the exception of the season opener at Notre Dame. In fact, Fuzetti has accounted for 30 percent of U-M's offense this season.

Fuzetti Moving Up the Ranks
Senior forward Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) is poised to make some noise in the U-M record book this season. Fuzetti, who is U-M's leading scorer with eight goals on the season, is tied for third all-time at U-M with 61 career points and is fourth with 23 career goals. He's also third all-time with 160 shots. Fuzetti is also poised to break into U-M's top five all-time in assists. He currently has 15 career assists and only needs one more to move into a tie for fifth place with former U-M great Knox Cameron (2001-03).

Saad Creates U-M Offensive Trio
Freshman midfielder Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) is not playing like a freshman and his opponents are starting to take notice. Saad, who is U-M's third leading scorer with four goals, has formed a viable offensive trio with senior forward Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) and junior forward Justin Meram (Shelby Township, Mich./Yavapai College). Saad has the ability to both score and distribute, making him dangerous in the U-M offense. He has posted three multi-point games and has 12 points on the season. He was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week (Sept. 22) for his two assists and a goal against Detroit (Sept. 16) and Western Michigan (Sept. 19).

All Freshman, All The Time
U-M is no doubt a young team this season, but it does not seem to be slowing them at all. The Wolverines have 11 players that are seeing their first collegiate action, including nine that are true freshmen. In addition, U-M has four freshmen that have seen time in the starting lineup. In fact, true freshman midfielder Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville) has started every game this season, while true freshmen midfielder Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) and defender Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul) have each recorded a goal this season. Redshirt freshman Alex Klein (Seattle, Wash./The Bush School) also recorded his first career marker this season.

Just Blais
Junior/sophomore goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash. /Kennedy Memorial) has backstopped the Wolverines to a seven-game win streak this season and has done so in impressive fashion. In his first outing, he recorded a career-best six saves against Notre Dame (Sept. 1) and also posted back-to-back shutouts against Wright State (Sept. 11) and Lipscomb (Sept. 13) at the Michigan Invitational. He went 258:49 minutes without being scored on until Detroit scored a goal in the 28th minute against Detroit. He recently collected his third and fourth shutouts of the season with a 0-0 stalemate against Oakland (Sept. 30) and a 3-0 win over Wisconsin (Oct. 4).

Second-Half Offense is on Point...
The Maize and Blue seems to have a knack for getting its offense up and running in the second half. Against Drake on Sept. 3, U-M posted two second-half goals after entering halftime tied at 0-0 to take a 2-1 win, and against Valparaiso on Sept. 6, the Wolverines found themselves trailing 1-0 and fought back with two second-half goals to take a 2-1 victory. U-M's biggest second-half output has been three goals. U-M scored three second-half goals against Wright State (Sept. 11), Lipscomb (Sept. 13), Detroit (Sept. 16) and Western Michigan (Sept. 19). U-M is outscoring its opponents, 20-8, in the second half and four of the opponent goals came in the season-opening loss to then-No.12 Notre Dame. U-M failed to score a second-half goal for only the second time this season in a 2-0 loss to Penn State on Sept. 27.

First-Half Offense Comes into Play
Although the Wolverines seem to have knack for scoring in the second half, U-M scored two first-half goals against Western Michigan on Sept. 19, the first first-half goals since scoring two against Lipscomb on Sept. 13, marking a span of two games without a first-half tally. U-M has six first-half goals as opposed to 20 second-half goals.

U-M Men's Soccer Program is approaching 100th program victory
The Wolverine men's soccer team is fast approaching its 100th program victory. U-M has a 98-74-19 program record heading into this weekend and needs only two more wins to reach the century mark. Head coach Steve Burns will also pick up his 100th career victory at the helm of the program; Burns has the distinction of being the only head coach in U-M men's soccer history.

Moving to the West Practice Field
Saturday's game against Indiana marks the last game to be played this season on the competition field at the U-M Soccer Complex. The men's and women's soccer teams will conclude the rest of the home season on the west practice field as construction on the new stadium will begin on the competition field beginning Oct. 13. The Wolverines played four games on the west practice field last season went 3-1.

The Week That Was
The Wolverines were unbeaten this week, collecting a 0-0 tie against Oakland on Wednesday (Sept. 30) and a 3-0 victory over Big Ten rival Wisconsin on Sunday (Oct. 4). In the tie at Oakland, U-M dominated in all statistical categories but could not find a goal in its first overtime match of the season. Junior/sophomore goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial) made four saves in goal, while freshman defender Brian Klemczak (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) and freshman midfielder Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) each had three shots on goal. U-M welcomed Wisconsin to the U-M Soccer Complex for its Big Ten home opener on Sunday and did not disappoint. In a hard-fought Big Ten match, the Wolverines opened up the scoring with a Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) goal in the eighth minute to take a 1-0 halftime advantage. Junior forward Justin Meram (Shelby Township, Mich./Yavapai College) and Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) each recorded second-half tallies to even U-M's Big Ten record at 1-1. Junior/sophomore goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial) made two saves and picked up his fourth shutout of the season.

Wolverines Rank High In Big Ten Rankings
Senior forward Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) is ranked in several categories in the Big Ten offensive statistics. He leads the league in shots (44) and shots per game (4.40) and points (19), points per game (1.90). He is tied for first in goals (8) and is second in goals per game (0.80). Junior forward Justin Meram (Shelby Township, Mich. /Yavapai College) is tied for first in the league in assists with six helpers on the season, while freshman midfielder Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich. /Dearborn) is tied for third with four assists. Junior/sophomore goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash. /Kennedy Memorial) is second in the league in saves with 40. As a team, U-M leads the league in shots (206), points (81), goals (26), goals per game (2.36), assists (29) and assists per game (2.64).

U-M Holds Several Big Ten Team Highs
Individually, junior forward Justin Meram's (Shelby Township, Mich./Yavapai College) three goals and seven points against Bowling Green are tops of a Big Ten player this season, while Mauro Fuzetti's (Houston, Texas/Stratford) 11 shots against Wright State (Sept. 11) are tops in the Big Ten this season. As a team, the Wolverines also own several top spots. U-M's 18 points against Western Michigan (Sept. 19) and 16 points against Bowling Green (Sept. 23) are the top two team highs for a Big Ten season and the five goals U-M scored against Western Michigan (Sept. 19) and Bowling Green (Sept. 23) are among the top goals scored this season. U-M's eight assists against Western Michigan (Sept. 19) are also tops for a Big Ten team this season, while its 31 shots against Oakland (Sept. 30) are second best this season.

Several Wolverines Ranked Nationally
The U-M men's soccer team has several players that are ranked nationally. Senior forward Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford) is ranked 15th in points per game (1.90) and is 12th in goals per game (0.89). Junior forward Justin Meram (Shelby Township, Mich./Yavapai College) ranks 25th in points per game (1.64), while the Wolverines as a team have the 10th-best scoring average (2.36) and are 25th in win-loss percentage.

In The National Rankings This Week
The Wolverines are receiving votes in the latest NSCAA/adidas national poll released on Oct. 6. In the NSCAA/adidas Great Lakes region poll, U-M is ranked No. 8. Last week, the Wolverines were receiving votes the national poll and we ranked No. 6 in the regional poll. Additionally, the Maize and Blue is ranked No. 21 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's tournament 48 poll and No. 25 in College Soccer News' top 30.

Former Wolverine Peri Marosevic Pens a Diary from the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt
Former Wolverine forward Peri Marosevic, a member of FC Dallas of the MLS, will be penning a Under-20 World Cup Diary of his experiences with the USA U-20 National Team at the upcoming World Cup being held Sept. 24-Oct.16 in Egypt. Peri has spent time with the Under-20 national team at the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-20 Championship in March in Trinidad & Tobago. You can read his blog here.

2009 Season Marks U-M's First Decade
The U-M men's soccer team will celebrate its first decade this season. The Wolverines played their first season as a varsity team in 2000 and have been to three NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2003, their first appearance in the national tournament. The Wolverines honored the 2000 men's soccer team, it's first season as a varsity sport, at their annual alumni weekend.

Introducing the Captain and his helpers
Senior defender Daniel Gray (Setauket, N.Y./Chaminade) is serving as a captain for the second consecutive season. Last season, Gray served as a tri-captain with Mike Holody and Jake Stacy, but this season Gray is leading the Wolverines by himself but not without help. In something new this season, junior defender Chase Tennant (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and senior Julian Robles (Los Angeles, Calif. /Damien) will be serving as assistant captains.

Captains Corner
U-M senior captain Daniel Gray (Setauket, N.Y./Chaminade) will give MGoBlue.com readers a glimpse inside the men's soccer program with his captain's blog, Captains Corner with Danny Gray. Check out his first post.

Hey...We're on Twitter!
Michigan men's soccer is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_msocc) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

2009 Yearbook and Record Book
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook Check them both out in our new publications section.

The U-M Soccer Complex
The Wolverines moved into the U-M Soccer Complex during the 2008 campaign, a three-field, soccer-exclusive facility that is part of a $6 million project that is funded by Intercollegiate Athletics resources and gifts. Work will begin on the stadium, slated to open in the fall of 2010, in October on the site of the current competition field. The men's soccer team played its home games at the Michigan Soccer Field, an all-grass field on South State Street since its inaugural season in 2000 and compiled a 38-18-7 record in eight seasons. The first game played by the men's team was a 1-0 victory over DePaul. The field also played host to 2004 Big Ten Championship and twice was the site of a U-M NCAA Tournament contest.

The Leader of the Maize and Blue
Steve Burns enters his 10th season at the helm of the University of Michigan men's soccer program. He has guided the Wolverines to three NCAA Tournament appearances, seen the team to varsity status, overseen the proposition and execution of the new U-M Soccer Complex and built a program that is consistently among the nation's elite. Burn's resume also includes leading the U-M club soccer team to back-to-back national titles.

Burns' staff is made up of associate head coach Paul Snape, assistant coach Chris Grassie and volunteer assistant Waldir DeSouza. Snape is in his seventh season with the U-M program and was recently elevated to his current position of associate head coach after spending six seasons as the first assistant. Prior to his tenure at Michigan, Snape spent seven seasons playing with the Mid-Michigan Bucks. Grassie, who enters his third season with the Wolverines, played professionally in England, most recently with Kidsgrove Athletic, then a part of the Alliance Premier League, and Northwich when it was part of the Football Conference. He also spent the 2004-06 season on staff at Marshall University where he focused on team training, goalkeepers and recruiting. DeSouza is back with head coach Burns for his 10th season and will continue to help the Wolverines with the management of team training and fitness.

Rank and File
Michigan earned a No. 22 preseason ranking by the National Soccer Coaches of American (NSCAA) and a No. 24 ranking in TopDrawerSoccer's preseason edition of the 2009 men's tournament 48 ranking. The Tournament 64 rankings are a running attempt to project the postseason college soccer tournament qualifiers, including every automatic conference berth.

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423


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