Oct. 8, 2013
Blue Collar Blog: Malcolm Miller
Friday, Oct. 11 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 8 p.m.
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (4-3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) is set for a single match this week on Friday (Oct. 11) at 8 p.m. against Penn State (7-3-1, 2-0-0 Big Ten) from Jeffrey Field in State College, Pa, where the Nittany Lions are 5-1 this season. Following the match, U-M will play five in a row before the regular-season finale at Michigan State.
Both teams enter the weekend on hot streaks, with the Wolverines going 3-1-1 in their last five, including two in a row, and Penn State holding a 5-1-1 mark in its last seven.
U-M is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season after downing Western Michigan on Oct. 2, 3-1, and the Ohio State Buckeyes, 1-0, on Sunday (Oct. 6).
Tyler Arnone is No. 3 in assists in the conference with four helpers. As a team, U-M has dished out 19 assists, which rank No. 21 in the country and third in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and Northwestern (22), which lead the NCAA in the category.
Michigan is 3-0 when scoring multiple goals in a game this season.
The win over OSU marked the first time this season that U-M had been outshot (13-15) but won the match. U-M has been outshot on four other occasions this year (Bowling Green, Marquette, Notre Dame, Oakland). Overall, the Wolverines hold a 146-121 shot advantage on the season.
In the 2-0 week, three players -- James Murphy, Tyler Arnone and Marcos Ugarte -- each had a goal and an assist. Malcolm Miller was the other goal scorer for the Wolverines, as he scored the second tally of his career, against Western Michigan.
Michigan's four overtime matches already equal last season's total of four. U-M was 1-2-1 in such matches in 2012. Prior to the 0-0 draw against Oakland (Sept. 24), the Wolverines last played to a scoreless draw on Sept. 17, 2010, against Notre Dame.
With two clean sheets on the season, goalkeeper Adam Grinwis is now tied for second in career shutouts with 10. He trails Patrick Sperry (2006-08) and Peter Dzubay (2002-05), who have 19 shutouts apiece. Against Oakland, Grinwis stopped 10 shots in the 0-0 draw, marking the sixth time in program history a Michigan goalie has made double-digit stops. Grinwis also holds the mark for most saves in a match in U-M history with 12, a number that was recorded on Oct. 8, 2012, against Penn State.
The loss against No. 7 Northwestern on Sept. 28 marked the first time this season the Wolverines have outshot an opponent this season and lost. U-M previously outshot West Virginia (win), as well as Bowling Green and USF (ties). The Wolverines have at least 15 shots in all of those matches, highlighted by a season high against Oakland.
In the first two home matches this season, U-M saw a total of 3,186 fans in attendance, the most in a two-match span since 2011, when there were 4,434 fans total in matches against Butler (Sept. 2) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 4). Against Northwestern, U-M welcomed a season-high 1,998 fans to U-M Soccer Stadium on (Sept. 28) for its Maize Star event. Overall, U-M is No. 2 in paid home attendance with 1,523 fans per match.
Fabio Pereira is creeping up the Michigan career record books in assists, shots attempted and games played. Most notably is the program assist record, as he holds 18, which are 10 behind program leader Adam Bruh (28). Pereira is now No. 4 in career shots attempted with 170, 17 shots behind program leader Mauro Fuzetti (2006-09), who leads the records with 187. Additionally, the Wolverine senior has played in 70 matches, which rank just outside the top 10 in the program record book.
Penn State -- The Nittany Lions have hung their hats on stellar defense this year, having allowed only nine goals through 11 matches and outscoring opponents, 13-9. Andrew Wolverton is the man in goal for PSU with 33 saves and a 0.79 goals-against average while owning five clean sheets. He was recently named the Big Ten Player of the Week, as he posted a 0.47 goals-against average with an .857 save percentage in two games.
The Nittany Lions are 7-3-1 overall with a perfect 2-0-0 record in Big Ten play. Currently, Penn State sits atop the Big Ten standings with six points. Additionally, the side is 5-1-1 in their last seven matches, which include a 2-1 win over West Virginia, a common opponent, on Sept. 25 in Morgantown.
Mark Wadid leads the team in goals with three and points with six, while Connor Maloney sports four assists to lead the squad. Three players in Eli Dennis, Jordan Tyler, Martin Seilder each have a pair of goals on the year.
The Wolverines are 6-9-2 all-time against Penn State but are 3-0-1 over the last four matches with a plus-5 goal differential. Additionally, two of the victories were in State College. Last season, U-M tied the Nittany Lions in Ann Arbor, 1-1, on Oct. 6.
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