Weekly #8: One Home Match, One Away Match for U-M This Week

Oct. 10, 2011

Wednesday, Oct. 12
-- at Oakland (Oakland, Mich.), 7 p.m.
Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 15 -- vs. No. 18 Indiana (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
Live Stats | TV: Big Ten Network (tape delay, Sunday, Oct. 16, noon)
Sunday, Oct. 16 -- vs. Alumni Exhibition (U-M Soccer Stadium), Noon

The University of Michigan men's soccer team (3-9-1, 1-2-0 Big Ten) will play a pair of game this week. The Wolverines travel to Rochester, Mich., for a mid-week game against Oakland University (2-8-1) on Wednesday (Oct. 12, 7 p.m.) at OU Soccer Field. Michigan then returns to Ann Arbor for a Saturday evening (Oct. 15, 7:05 p.m.) match-up against No. 18 Indiana (6-2-3, 1-1-0 Big Ten) at the U-M Soccer Complex. The game against the Hoosiers will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network on tape-delay on Sunday (Oct. 16).


Scouting Oakland -- The Golden Grizzlies lost 1-0 to Loyola (Ill.) last Wednesday (Oct. 5). Jeff Cheslik (eight points; four goals), Josh Bennett (seven points; two goals, three assists) and Jake Przybycien (six points; two goals, two assists) have led OU offensively this season. Mitch Hildebrandt and Scott Messer have split time in goal for the Grizzlies.

Michigan vs. Oakland -- This will be the 11th meeting all-time between the two schools. The Wolverines have a 6-1-3 mark all-time against the Golden Grizzlies. U-M defeated WMU by a 2-1 score last season at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Michigan is 4-0-1 in the last five games played between the two schools. The only loss in the series came during the 2005 season, a 2-1 setback at Oakland.

Scouting Indiana -- The 18th-ranked Hoosiers are led by Alec Purdie, who is second in goals (six) and third in points (14) in the Big Ten. His three game-winning goals lead the conference. Eriq Zavaleta has contributed 10 points (four goals, two assists) and Tommy Meyer is second in the league with five assists. Luis Soffner leads the Hoosiers in goal with a 0.87 goals-against average and an .816 save percentage.

Wolverines vs. Hoosiers -- Michigan and Indiana will meet on the pitch for the 16th time in school history. Indiana leads the all-time series, 13-1-1, and has victories in each of the past four games. The only victory against Indiana came during the 2008 season, a 1-0 win over the 20th-ranked Hoosiers in Bloomington.

BTN to Televise IU Game -- The Big Ten Network will televise Saturday night's game against Indiana on tape-delay on Sunday (Oct. 16) at noon. Dean Linke and Chris Doran will broadcast the game. This will be the second game on the network for the Wolverines this season; BTN aired the Ohio State game in Columbus (3-2 overtime loss on Sept. 25).

Close Calls -- Of U-M's 13 games this season, 12 have been decided by one goal or fewer.

Yang Making Major Contribution -- Junior midfielder David Yang (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) assisted on the game-winning goal at Penn State (Oct. 1) and followed up with his first career goal in the Western Michigan game (Oct. 5). He earned his first start of the season and the second of his career in the Wisconsin game (Oct. 9). Yang has played in 10 games this season and tallied seven shots.

Opare Scores First Goal of the Season -- Junior defender Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul HS) heads into the Oakland and Indiana games after tallying his first goal of the season. Opare headed a corner kick off the goalkeeper and into the goal against Wisconsin (Oct. 9). His only previous goal came as a freshman against Wright State (Sept. 11, 2009). Opare has three shots on goal and 14 total shots on the season.

Harris Leads Wolverines in Big Ten Play -- Sophomore Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) leads the Wolverines with four points in Big Ten play. Harris has scored in both conference games he has played in, tallying the game-winning goal with 63 seconds remaining at Penn State on Oct. 1 and scored in the final minutes at Ohio State on Sept. 25. He had to sit out of the Wisconsin game after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season.

Harris Tallies Goals -- Ezekiel Harris is the team's third-leading scorer with seven points this season. In addition to his goals against PSU and OSU, Harris notched the tying goal against Georgetown on Sept. 11. He picked up his first assist of the season on David Yang's goal against Western Michigan (Oct. 5). Harris has tallied at least a point in each of his past three games played. Overall, he has six shots on goal and 11 total shots this season.

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 11 points on four goals with three assists. He has tallied one goal in Big Ten play, scoring on a left-footed shot from five yards out at Ohio State on Sept. 25. Pereira lists fourth in points, is tied for fourth in goals and is tied for fifth in assists in the conference. He has started 12 of the 13 games this season.

Pereira Second in Big Ten in Shots -- Fabio Villas Boas Pereira has taken the second-most shots in the conference this season. Pereira has 49 shots in 13 contests. He also leads the league with an average of 3.8 shots per contest. He has 21 shots on goal.

Lussiez Tied for Team Lead in Goals -- Sophomore Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, MIch./Winston Churchill HS) enters this week's action 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 on 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 fourth in the Big Ten in goals (four) and is tied for seventh in points (nine).

Grinwis Making Big Stops -- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) has 43 saves on the season, including a career-best eight stops at Penn State on 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 43 saves this season. He has a 1.62 goals-against average.

Michigan to Host 2011 Big Ten Championship -- The men's soccer program will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Tournament at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The tournament runs from Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 13. The first round will be played Wednesday and the semifinals will be contested on Friday, Nov. 11. The championship game will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Youth Movement -- So far this season, 10 Wolverines have made their collegiate debuts: Tyler Arnone, Gabe Grinstein, Adam Grinwis, Alex Landschulz, Tyler Leppek, Nick Lewin, Etienne Lussiez, Matthew Rickard, Luca Schioppa and TJ VanSlooten.

Trio of Captains Named -- Adam Shaw, Tim Bergsmaand Brian Klemczak were named captains by head coach Steve Burns. Each will be serving as captain for the first time.

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!

Tuesday, Oct. 18 -- vs. Akron (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 -- at San Diego State (San Diego, Calif.), 4 p.m. PDT

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