Oct. 17, 2012
Friday, Oct. 19 -- at No. 11 Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 23 -- vs. Bowling Green (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (4-7-1, 1-2-1 Big Ten) wraps up its regular-season road slate on Friday (Oct. 19) against No. 11 Indiana, which leads the Big Ten table with a 10-2-2 overall record and is perfect in Big Ten action at 3-0. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
IU enters the match coming off of a 2-0 win against Butler on Tuesday (Oct. 16) at home with goals scored by sophomore Eriq Zavaleta and junior Nikita Kotlov. This win allowed Indiana to tie the record in the NCAA for 40 consecutive winning seasons (tied with UCLA).
Indiana is currently ranked No. 11 and they are led offensively by Zavaleta, who has 13 goals on the year, which is tops in the Big Ten and in the top five nationally. A.J. Corrado leads the squad with seven assists. As a team, Indiana has fired 181 shots this season and is averaging 1.86 goals per game. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner has 51 saves with a 0.55 goals-against average and has turned in eight clean sheets.
U-M will then play Bowling Green Tuesday night (Oct. 23, 7 p.m.) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
BGSU carries a 5-7-2 mark on the season and is 2-2 in MAC play heading into a weekend tilt at Northern Illinois on Saturday (Oct. 20). The Falcons are led offensively by Anthony Grant and Danny Baraldi, who have combined to score 11 goals and register six assists. Even though the squad has been outshot by a 259-174 margin on the campaign, BGSU has only been outscored 18-16.
Goalkeeper Michael Wiest has been the team's backstop this year, as he owns a 1.23 goals-against average and is among the nations leader in saves with 73. He also owns four clean sheets while starting all 14 matches in net.
Michigan is 1-14-1 all-time against the Hoosiers. The lone victory coming on Oct. 4, 2008, by a 1-0 count in Bloomington, with the draw coming on Sept. 22, 2006, in a match with a 2-2 score line. Last season in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines led at the half, 1-0, but surrendered four second-half scores to drop the match 4-1 on Oct. 15.
The matchup against the Hoosiers marks the final regular-season road match of the season for the Wolverines.
Against the Falcons, the Maize and Blue owns a 6-3 ledger in the all-time series but was defeated, 2-0, in the opening match of the season on Aug. 26 in Bowling Green. Prior to last season's defeat, U-M won the previous six matchups, dating back to the 2002 season.
Senior tri-captain Latif Alashe has started 75 matches in his career and now sits alone in fourth place in program history in the category. Additionally, he is tied for 10th in overall matches played with Michael Holody (2005-08).
In the recently release RPI, the Wolverines are ranked No. 42, the highest mark for any team with a losing record in the country. Michigan has played five teams in the top 30 in the rankings in No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 6 Akron, No. 11 Marquette, No. 27 South Florida and No. 28 Northwestern. Five of seven defeats this season have come against teams ranked higher than the Wolverines in the ratings percentage index.
Overall, Michigan has squared off against opponents that hold an overall record of 85-11-20.
Against Penn State, goalkeeper Adam Grinwis made a career-high 12 saves in a 1-1 draw on Saturday, Oct. 6. For his efforts, he was named the Big Ten Defensive player of the Week for the first in his career. The 12 saves are the highest mark in a single game in the Big Ten this season. The last Wolverine to win the honor was Chris Blais in 2009. Heading into the season, Grinwis owned a career high of eight saves in a match, a mark that he has tied or eclipsed three times this season.
Three of the four teams the Wolverines have been shut out against are ranked in the NSCAA Poll.
Four Wolverines have found themselves in the starting XI in each match this season: Latif Alashe and Brian Klemczak, Tyler Arnone and Adam Grinwis have received nods in the first 11 matches. Grinwis has been the lone Wolverine to play every minute of every match.
Fabio Pereira leads the team in points with eight this season. Pereira had four points (one goal, two assists) against Northeastern and three points (goal, assist) against Ohio State while chipping in an assist in the 1-1 draw against Penn State on Oct. 6.
Michigan has outscored teams 10-5 in the first half this season but has been outscored by an 11-4 margin in the second stanza.
Ten players have scored at least one goal for the Wolverines this season. Last season, a total of 11 players scored for the Wolverines. No player has scored more than twice this year.
Junior Fabio Pereira converted his first penalty kick of the season against Northeastern in the 27th minute, marking the second successful try in his career. In his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Pereira is 2-for-3 on penalty attempts, with his first successful attempt coming against Kentucky last season in a 2-1 defeat.
Michigan is 1-1-1 in overtime matches this season. All three overtime matches have gone into double overtime.
Of their seven losses this season, five have been by just one marker.
Grinwis was named the Professional Development League Goalkeeper of the Year as well as Rookie of the Year on Aug. 6. He also earned a spot on the all-league and all-central conference teams for his summer club squad, the Michigan Bucks.
This season's kits feature new wrinkles, most notably on the back and arm of the jersey. Just under the back collar of the jersey is a stitched in 'Hail to the Victors,' while block 'M's are located in the bottom of each digit on each player's back. Additionally, the right arm features a stitched-on patch of a Big Ten logo.
Two former Wolverines have seen action in Major League Soccer matches this season in Justin Meram (2009-10) and Soony Saad (2010), both of whom starred on the 2010 squad's magical run to the College Cup. Meram, who plays for the Columbus Crew, has played in 20 matches, with 11 starts, and has tallied a trio of scores on the season. Additionally, he has chipped in one assist and has 23 shots. Saad has seen action in nine matches this season, with a pair of starts, and has fired seven shots, with two on goal.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
| Fabio Pereira |
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Q: You have become much more efficient in your offensive game this season, taking fewer shots and you're still on pace to eclipse last season's point total. What do you attribute this to?
A: I attribute this to the connection that my teammates and I have created throughout the season, especially in central midfield with Tyler Arnone and Latif Alashe. We know each other's style of play and each other's tendencies on the field, which makes it easier to play the game. Also, as a junior, I'm much more mature with my decision making and I feel my experience can help the team win games.
Q: What has the transition been like with Coach Daley and his new staff?
A: It's been very good so far. Coach Daley and his new staff have been on top of us every practice, to work on our old habits and develop them into good habits. They understand the game very well and I'm 100 percent sure the program will grow every year and soon will become a perennial soccer powerhouse.
Q: How did you end up coming to Michigan?
A: I played my last two seasons of high school in South Kent School, a small prep school in Connecticut. After having a successful season, I was invited to a winter recruiting camp here in Michigan. After the camp, I had no doubt Michigan was the best place for me to come to school and play soccer.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment in your career thus far?
A: The most memorable moment in my career was when I scored the game-winning goal against Maryland in double overtime in College Park. The score qualified us for our first Final Four.
Q: What is the best part about being a Michigan Wolverine?
A: I feel so lucky to be part of something so big and special such as the University of Michigan. My favorite part is being part of the soccer team and representing the school doing what I love to do, playing soccer.
LAST TIME OUT
Playing a man down for a little more than 46 minutes of the match, the University of Michigan men's soccer team was defeated 1-0 by the No. 3 Akron Zips Tuesday (Oct. 16) at First Energy Stadium.
The Zips got on the board first with the only score of the match in the 14th minute. Aodhan Quinn was the responsible party, as he took a cross from DeAndre Yedlin to give Akron the early 1-0 advantage from 10 yards out on a strike that found the back right portion of the net.
Saturday, Oct. 27 -- vs. Valparaiso (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30 -- vs. Detroit (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.