First Touch #7: U-M Puts Win Streak on Line vs. Valparaiso, at Indiana
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Oct. 12, 2010

Michigan vs. Valparaiso, at Indiana
U-M Soccer Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wednesday, Oct. 13: U-M vs. Valparaiso, 7 p.m. • Webcast: BigTenNetwork.comLive Stats
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TAKING TO THE PITCH
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (7-2-3, 2-1-0 Big Ten) hosts Valparaiso (6-4-2) in non-conference action on Wednesday (Oct. 13) at 7 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Fans can catch the game with a live webcast on www.BigTenNetwork.com.

U-M then hits the road for its Big Ten road match when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday (Oct. 16) to take on Indiana (6-4-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten) in a live televised game on the Big Ten Network. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Indiana's Jerry Yeagly Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

WOLVERINE TIDBITS

TV Time -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team will playing on the Big Ten Network for the second time this season when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana on Saturday (Oct. 16). Michigan has made nine appearances on the Big Ten's flagship network in the last three years and has won each of its last two televised games. U-M picked up its first-ever win on the Big Ten Network last season against Northwestern in double overtime and made it two consecutive wins on the Big Ten Network with a 2-1 win over No.24 Penn State on Oct. 3 at the U-M Soccer Complex. Each of Michigan's wins on the Big Ten Network has come against ranked opponents.

Wolverines Are Streaking -- Michigan has won each of its last three games and has tallied eight goals during that span while holding opponents to a combined three goals. Not only is the team on a roll, but senior forward Justin Meram (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) has scored in each of Michigan's last three games and posted game-winners against both Penn State (Oct. 3) and Cincinnati (Oct. 6). Meram is second on the team in points (14) and is tied for first with four assists on the year.

First-Half Offense Coming into Play -- Entering the game against Kentucky on Sept. 22, Michigan had only posted one first-half goal and that was in the season opener against Detroit on Sept. 1; but the tide turned against the Wildcats as Michigan tallied a first-half goal against Kentucky and has scored at least once in the first half in each of its last three games and in four of its last five games.

To date, Michigan is outscoring its opponents 11-8 in the second half and 19-12 overall. U-M, which has played five overtime games this season, has a 2-0 goal advantage in extra time.

Wolverines vs. Hoosiers = Intense -- Despite the Hoosiers owning a 12-1-1 all-time record against Michigan, the last four meetings have been decided by one goal for the winning team and featured a 2-2 tie during the 2006 season. In the 10 regular-season meetings, only three games have been decided by two goals or more.

Michigan Offense Cools, but Wolverines are Getting Results -- The Wolverine offense is leading the Big Ten in shots with 256 this season -- 36 more shots than second-place Penn State, which has 220. The Wolverines are averaging 21.33 shots per game, but in their last three games have been held way under their season average and have combined for only 27 shots. U-M posted season lows in shots with six against both Penn State (Oct. 3) and Cincinnati (Oct. 6) and were outshot against both Penn State and Cincinnati for just the third and fourth time all season. Additionally, the Wolverines have been held with less than 20 shots in each of the last four games but have a 3-1 record during that span. Freshman forward Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) has also been held below his average in shots in his last two games. Saad entered last week averaging 7.56 shots and was held to 3.00 shots per game after posting six shots against Wisconsin (Oct. 10) and being held shotless against Penn State (Oct. 3).

Leaders of the Big Ten -- The Wolverines continue to lead the Big Ten in shots (256) and shots per game (21.33), corners (84) and fouls (145). Soony Saad also leads the league in shots (74) and shots per game (6.73), while Justin Meram is second in the league in game-winning goals with three.

Wolverines in the National Rankings -- Freshman Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) is making his way up the NCAA statistics rankings. Saad is currently eighth in total goals (8), 12th in goals per game (0.73), 15th in total points (17) and 24th in pints per game (1.55). As a team, the Wolverines are tied for 26th in win-loss percentage with a 0.708 percentage with a 7-2-3 overall record.

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That -- Michigan comes in at No. 5 in the NSCAA Great Lakes region poll this week, moving up from its No. 7 ranking last week. The Wolverines are also ranked No. 26 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 48 poll. U-M is receiving votes in the NSCAA Poll this week ... Entering this week's Big Ten soccer action, the Wolverines find themselves atop the Big Ten standings with a 2-1-0 league record. U-M is tied with rival Ohio State for the league's top spot ... Brothers Hamoody and Soony Saad have tallied 11 goals between the two of them and one of the Saads has scored at least one goal in seven of Michigan's 12 games. Meanwhile, both of them scored goals against Detroit on Sept. 1 and Seattle on Sept. 12. They are the second set of brothers to play for the Wolverines and the first set to score goals in the same game. The pair also was involved in the same goal for first time this season when Soony assisted on Hamoody's goal against Penn State (Oct. 3) ... Senior Matt Schmitt (Muskegon, Mich./Reeths-Puffer) has scored a goal in each of Michigan's last two games and tallied the game-winner against Wisconsin (Oct. 10) ... The Big Ten Network is scheduled to televise Michigan's game at Indiana (Oct. 16). In addition, U-M will have its games against Cincinnati (Oct. 6), Valparaiso (Oct. 13) and Bowling Green (Oct. 27) streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com.

NUMBERS GAME
U-M vs. Valparaiso - 1-0-0
U-M vs. Indiana - 1-12-1
U-M on the Big Ten Network - 2-6-1
U-M at U-M Soccer Complex - 12-11-1
U-M at Home - 59-24-8
U-M on the Road - 31-45-13
U-M in Big Ten road games - 11-18-2

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. -- at Akron (Akron, Ohio)
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. -- vs. Bowling Green (U-M Soccer Stadium) (Web: BigTenNetwork.com)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423


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