Blue Collar Blog: Freshman Firsts, More Work to be Done
Marcos Ugarte

Oct. 18, 2013

The Wolverines will give fans the inside scoop on the goings on of Michigan men's soccer all season in the Blue Collar Blog. Marcos Ugarte, who is in his first season at U-M after two at Providence, covers this week.

What's up everybody! This is Marcos Ugarte bringing you the next installment of the Blue Collar Blog.

We've had two games since our last entry. Last Friday night, we played a tough opponent in Penn State and unfortunately were defeated, 3-1. As it has been the case for most of the season, we dominated possession and were the better side for the majority of the game. To Penn State's credit, they finished the few opportunities they had and made it difficult for us to get back into the game once they scored. Quick shout out to Yamman Sahool, who scored the lone goal for us, which was his first as a Wolverine. After the game, we all regrouped and remained positive. We knew we still had a lot to play for, and that are season was still in our hands. The focus now was No. 12 Creighton on Tuesday night at home. A win here would put us back on the map.

Tuesday night finally arrived. After a scoreless halftime we came into the locker room in good spirits knowing that everyone put in a good 45 minutes. However, we knew that there was another 45 to go, and our job was far from finished. Just like in the first half, we came out in the second period strong and confident. We had better opportunities, and we could sense a goal was coming. In the 77th minute, a great corner from Fabio Pereira led to the finish of Lars Eckenrode, his first as a Wolverine as well! Turns out, Lars's goal was the game-winner as we won 1-0. We were all extremely happy with the result and knew that this win put us back in a good spot.

At the same time, we all know that there is plenty of work to be done. Coach Daley emphasized to us that we hadn't accomplished anything yet, and that win against Creighton is just a small step of our ultimate goal of making the NCAA Tournament.

This Sunday is another great opportunity for us to continue to fight for a second season (NCAA Tournament). We host Big Ten foe Wisconsin at 12 noon right in our backyard. Wisconsin will be another tough conference test, but we are up to the challenge and looking for nothing less than three points.

My time here at Michigan has been great so far. Ann Arbor is an awesome college town with so much to offer. School is challenging but very interesting at the same time. My new teammates have been great in helping me adjust to a new environment both on and off the field. I feel very fortunate to be here and hope to maximize my experience here at Michigan.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Marcos Ugarte # 8

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