Oct. 23, 2013
Blue Collar BlogTHIS WEEK
Saturday, Oct. 26
-- vs. Indiana (U-M Soccer Stadium) 7 p.m.
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The University of Michigan men's soccer team (6-4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) is set to take on the defending NCAA champion Indiana Hoosiers (4-9-1, 1-2-0 Big Ten) on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m. inside U-M Soccer Stadium. Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan will be on the call for the Big Ten Network matchup.
U-M is coming off back-to-back wins for the second time this season following a two-win week after downing No. 12 Creighton on Oct. 15, 1-0, and the Wisconsin Badgers, 2-1, on Sunday (Oct. 20). The Wolverines are looking to string together their first three-match winning streak against Indiana on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in U-M Soccer Stadium.
The win over Creighton marked U-M's first home win against a ranked opponent since the 1-0 overtime win over No. 4 Akron on Oct. 18, 2011. The last time Michigan beat a ranked team overall was on Oct. 19 of last year when the Wolverines downed No. 11 Indiana, 2-1.
With their goals in the victory over Wisconsin, sophomore James Murphy now leads the team in points with 10 (4g, 2a). Senior/junior Tyler Arnone is second on the squad with eight points (2g, 4a). Murphy leads the side in shots with 39, while Fabio Pereira has 37 shots for second.
The game-winning goal for freshman Lars Eckenrode against Creighton was the first score of his career and marks the 11th different goal-scorer for the Wolverines this season.
Michigan is now outscoring opponents this year at 17-16, with much of its success coming the second stanza when the Wolverines are outscoring opponents, 12-9.
U-M is now 12-5-3 all-time at home under the direction of Chaka Daley. In the month of October all-time under the second-year head man, the Wolverines are 8-4-2.
Michigan has broken the 1,000-fan barrier five times this season. Most recently, 1,588 fans graced U-M Soccer Stadium for the win over the Badgers. U-M is No. 2 in the Big Ten behind Indiana in home attendance, averaging 1,409 fans per match.
The match against Creighton marked the second straight in which a freshman has scored his first career marker -- Eckenrode against Creighton and Yamann Sahlool at Penn State on Oct. 11. It is also the third time in four games a player has netted his first career U-M tally as Marcos Ugarte, who played his first two seasons at Providence, scored against Western Michigan on Oct. 2.
The 19 shots against Creighton are the most against a regular-season ranked opponent since the 2010 season when U-M had 22 shots on Oct. 30 against Michigan State.
The win over Wisconsin (Oct. 20) marks the second time this season U-M has been outshot (12-15) in a match and won. Ohio State (Oct. 6) marked the first time U-M had been outshot (13-15) but ended up on the winning side. U-M has been outshot on five other occasions this year (Bowling Green, Marquette, Notre Dame, Oakland, Ohio State). Overall, the Wolverines hold a 192-152 shot advantage on the season.
Pereira is creeping up the Michigan career record books in assists, shots attempted and games played. Most notably is the program assist record, as he holds 20 after earning an assist against Wisconsin to be eight behind program leader Adam Bruh (28). Pereira is now No. 4 in career shots attempted with 175, 11 shots behind program leader Mauro Fuzetti (2006-09), who leads the records with 186. Additionally, the Wolverine senior has played in 73 matches, which rank just outside the top 10 in the program record book.
James Murphy's goal vs. Ohio State has turned into an internet sensation, amassing nearly 280,000 views on YouTube, including recognition by Major League Soccer and ESPN. The goal has been compared to that of Thierry Henry's strike when he represented Arsenal in a match against Manchester United in 2000.
With two clean sheets on the season, goalkeeper Adam Grinwis is now tied for second in career shutouts at U-M with 11. 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.
The Last Meeting
|No. 11 Indiana||1
October 19, 2012
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.
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.
Indiana-- Michigan is 2-14-1 all-time against the Hoosiers but defeated the then-No. 11 Hoosiers, 2-1, in Bloomington a year ago. U-M has never beaten IU in Ann Arbor (0-5), as the previous defeat of the Hoosiers was of the 1-0 variety on Oct. 4, 2008, over No. 20 IU.
The Hoosiers are winless on the road this season (0-5) and recently snapped the longest losing streak in program history (five matches) on Wednesday night with a 4-2 win over Evansville. IU is 0-4-1 in overtime matches and has dropped three matches on the year where the side was leading with 10 minutes left.
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Wednesday, Oct. 30 -- vs. Akron (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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