Blue Collar Blog: A Key Win, Rivalry Match
Dylan Mencia

Oct. 6, 2013

The Wolverines will give fans the inside scoop on the goings on of Michigan men's soccer all season in the Blue Collar Blog. Dylan Mencia chimes in Sunday.

Hello U-M soccer fans, this is senior midfielder Dylan Mencia here with this week's latest Blue Collar Blog update!

Coming off of a 0-0 tie against Oakland University, the team prepped for our first Big Ten season game against #7 nationally ranked Northwestern. The team had great energy and moral going into the game, and although we played extremely well and dominated much of the match, we were unable to come away with a win. A tough 2-0 loss sent our team in search for a much-needed result against Western Michigan.

After going down 1-0 in the first half, the team rallied back and found three great goals for a final score of 3-1. It was great to see the team persevere and show that resilience despite having gone down 1-0 against a local rival -- I believe this game showed a lot about our character as a team, and I was very proud of our second-half response. Coming off this win, we head to Columbus to take on Ohio State -- a game that always proves to be a battle.

Being my senior year, I extremely excited to take on OSU and get a result on their home field. A win in Columbus would put our team back in search of that much-coveted Big Ten regular-season championship.

Personally, I've had a unique journey this season, as I've been rallying back from foot surgery. Having to sit out in the beginning of the season was extremely hard, especially with this being my senior year. However, I'm more excited than ever to be out on the field with my teammates and help them fight for a Big Ten and NCAA championship. I have high expectations for this team and am confident that we will go on to achieve great things this season. We are starting to find our form, and we all know we can play with any team in the country.

As my four years of Michigan soccer come to an end, I plan on taking many of the skills and traits I've acquired from soccer into the professional world, where I plan on working in finance upon graduation. Having the ability to play for Michigan has taught me many things that will help me transition and thrive in the business world. I'd like to personally thank those of you who support us, day in and day out, as your constant support gives energy and keeps us going. Having the ability to step out onto a field where you have fans cheering for you is certainly a remarkable experience. Thank you for your constant support and encouragement -- Michigan soccer would not be where it is today without it!

Go Blue and beat OSU!

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