Oct. 8, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team (3-5-1), which is 1-0-1 in the past two, returns to the pitch to host the Oakland Grizzlies (8-3) Tuesday (Oct. 9) at 7 p.m. from U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines are 7-1-3 all-time against Oakland and are looking to continue their six-match unbeaten streak against the Grizzlies that dates back to 2006. This is a string of four straight Tuesday matches for Michigan -- Oct. 16 at Akron, Oct. 23 vs. Bowling Green and Oct. 30 vs. Detroit.
Last season in Rochester, U-M downed the Grizzlies by a 2-1 count in double overtime on a golden goal by Noble Sullivan in the 105th minute on assists from Latif Alashe and Fabio Pereira in a match where the Wolverines outshot the Grizzlies by a 24-6 margin.
The Grizzlies enter the matchup with an 8-3 record and a five-match winning streak, during which they have outscored opponents by a 19-2 margin. Most recently, the Grizzlies downed IUPUI on Saturday (Oct. 6) by a 3-0 count in Indianapolis, Ind.
Overall, Kyle Bethel leads the team in points and assists with 18 (4 goals, 10 assists), while Michi'le Lipari and Joey Tinnion lead the squad in lead the team in goals with five apiece. Scott Messer has been the man in goal for the Grizzlies, as he has allowed 13 goals in 10 matches and has collected four clean sheets. Additionally, he has made 37 saves and owns a goals-against average of 1.35.
The Grizzlies and Wolverines have squared off against a pair of common opponents this season, as Oakland downed both Cleveland State, 1-0, on Aug. 31 and Vermont on Sept. 2 by 1-0 score lines. U-M defeated the Catamounts, 3-0, on Aug. 31 and lost to Cleveland State, 3-0, on Sept. 2.
Match updates can be followed via live stats or via Twitter @UmichSoccer.