Oct. 14, 2013
Tuesday, Oct. 14 -- vs. No. 12 Creighton (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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Sunday, Oct. 20 -- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Stadium), Noon
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Michigan enters the matchup with the Jays with a 4-4-3 overall record and 1-2 mark in the Big Ten following a 3-1 defeat against Penn State on Friday (Oct. 11). Freshman Yamann Sahlool scored his first collegiate goal for the Wolverines in the 84th minute for the lone Michigan tally of the match. The matchup with the Jays is the first between the two teams in program history, while U-M last defeated the Badgers, 1-0, on Nov. 7 of last season in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Ten different players have now scored a goal for the Wolverines this season, while 11 players have collected at least one point.
James Murphy and TJ VanSlooten are tied for the team lead in goals with three, while Tyler Arnone leads the squad with four assists. Murphy has also fired a team-high 36 shots to lead the offense. Adam Grinwis has stopped 45 shots in net and owns a1.28 goals-against average.
As a team, U-M has now been outscored, 15-14, on the season. The Wolverines are outshooting opponents, 162-130, and have 72 corners to 48 for opponents.
The defeat against Penn State marked the second time on the season U-M outshot an opponent (16-9) and lost a match. Previously, the Wolverines outshot Northwestern, 15-5, on Sept. 28 in a 2-0 loss.
The Tuesday matchup marks the beginning of a five-match homestand for the Wolverines that concludes Nov. 4 with a matchup against Valparaiso. It is the longest regular-season home match stretch in U-M history, as the Maize and Blue previously played seven straight home matches in 2004 when Big Ten and NCAA Tournament matches are included.
U-M is 10-5-3 all-time at home under the direction of head man Chaka Daley.
James Murphy's goal versus Ohio State has turned into an internet sensation, amassing nearly 280,000 views on YouTube. The goal has been compared to that of Thierry Henry's strike when he represented Arsenal in a match against Manchester United in 2000.
Tyler Arnone is No. 5 in assists in the conference with four helpers. As a team, U-M has dished out 19 assists, which rank No. 32 in the country and third in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and Northwestern (22), which lead the NCAA in the category.
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.
The loss against No. 7 Northwestern on Saturday (Sept. 28) marked the first time this season the Wolverines outshot an opponent and lost. U-M previously outshot West Virginia (win); Bowling Green, USF (tie). The Wolverines have at least 15 shots in all of those matches, highlighted by a season-high against Oakland.
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 and Peter Dzubay, 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.
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 in the Big Ten with 1,523 fans per match.
Wisconsin -- The Badgers enter Sunday's tilt with a 9-2-1 overall record and are 1-1 in the Big Ten, tied with the Wolverines with three points. UW is coming off a 1-0 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday night and is riding a four-match win streak. The side is a perfect 6-0 at home but is 2-1-1 on the road. In common opponents, Wisconsin beat USF, 2-0, in Tampa on Sept. 12, lost to Penn State, 3-1, on Sept. 29 in State College and beat Marquette, 1-0, at home on Oct. 2.
UW is the highest-scoring team in the Big Ten, leading in conference in points (76), goals (26) and assists (24). Nick Janus leads the push with six goals and two assists for 14 points, which are No. 2 in the Big Ten. Tomislav Zadro is No. 4 in the conference and second on the team in points with 11 (3 goals, 5 assists), while Drew Conner leads the league in helpers with six.
Redshirt freshman Casey Beyers is the man in goal, having started 10 matches. He has allowed 16 goals on the season to go along with 30 saves for a save percentage of .652. The backline also features defender and College Soccer News Preseason All-American AJ Cochran, who is regarded as one of the top defenders in the Big Ten.
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- vs. Indiana (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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