Oct. 25, 2010
TAKING TO THE PITCH
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (8-4-3, 2-2-0 Big Ten) hosts its final non-conference game of the 2010 season when Bowling Green (5-6-2, 2-2-0 MAC) travels to Ann Arbor for a midweek contest on Wednesday (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Complex.
The Wolverines jump back into Big Ten action when they welcome in-state rival and 23rd-ranked Michigan State (11-4-0, 2-3-0 Big Ten) on Saturday (Oct. 30) at 1 p.m., as the two squads battle for the Big Bear trophy. The Wolverines will also honor the senior class of 2010 of Justin Meram, Jeffrey Quijano, Matt Schmitt, Adam Shaw, Chase Tennant, Alex Wood and Matt Schmitt in a pregame ceremony. Also for the Michigan State game, make sure to wear your Maize for our Maize Out!
Closing out the Non-Conference Slate -- Michigan has a 6-2-3 non-conference record this season and has a 5-1-1 record against non-conference opponents at the U-M Soccer Stadium in 2010. The Wolverines are currently on a five-game unbeaten streak against non-conference foes and their lone non-conference loss came against No. 14 Drake on Sept. 3. Michigan currently has an 84-50-15 non-conference record all-time.
Another Team From the Buckeye State -- Michigan will be taking on its second consecutive non-conference foe from Ohio after dropping a game to top-ranked Akron in its last outing on Oct. 19. This season, Michigan, which has a 19-17-2 all-time against schools from Ohio, has faced Ohio State, Cincinnati and Akron. In each of the last four seasons, Michigan has closed the non-conference schedule with a team from Ohio.
State Pride and Big Bear Trophy on Line Against Spartans -- When the Wolverines take on the Michigan State Spartans, they will be battling not only for bragging rights for the year but for the Big Bear trophy, a wood statute purchased by U-M head coach Steve Burns to commemorate the in-state rivalry. The traveling hardware has been up for grabs in each regular-season meeting between the two schools since 2000. The Wolverines are looking to bring the trophy back to Ann Arbor as the Spartans have claimed the last five games. U-M first took home the award in 2003 with a 4-2 win in East Lansing, Mich.
Wolverines are Solid Against In-State Foes -- Michigan will be taking on its third in-state opponent this season when it takes on Michigan State on Saturday (Oct. 30). The Wolverines have a 2-0 record against teams from the state of Michigan, winning 2-1 over Detroit on Sept. 1 and 2-1 over Oakland on Sept. 15. Michigan has a 20-11-6 record against opponents from the state of Michigan.
Soony Saad is Streaking -- Freshman forward Soony Saad has recorded at least one goal in each of U-M's last four games, including becoming the first player this season to score on top-ranked Akron at home. Saad leads the Wolverines in most offensive categories, including gains (12) and points (25).
Michigan Offense in Good Shape -- Despite entering this week's games on a two-game skid, the first time the Wolverines have dropped back-to-back games this season, the Wolverine offense is in good shape. In addition to Saad, seniors Justin Meram and Matt Schmitt are also providing offense. Meram has tallied a goal in three of Michigan's last six games, while Schmitt has tallied one goal in three of U-M's last five games.
Leaders of The Big Ten -- The Wolverines continue to lead the Big Ten in shots (297) and shots per game (19.80), corners (99) and saves (70). Michigan freshman Soony Saad also leads the league in shots (90) and shots per game (6.43), while forward Justin Meram is tied for third in the league in game-winning goals with three.
Wolverines in the National Rankings -- Freshman Soony Saad is making his way up the NCAA statistics rankings. Saad is currently tied for third in total goals (12), third in goals per game (0.86), sixth in points per game (1.79) and ninth in total points (25). Teammate Justin Meram is tied for 29th in assists with six on the season.
A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That -- The Wolverines boast a 7-2-1 record on Senior Day and have won each of their last three Senior Day games, including last season's 2-1 2OT win over Northwestern. This will be Michigan's first time taking on the Spartans on Senior Day ... Brothers Hamoody and Soony Saad have tallied 15 goals between the two of them and one of the Saad's has scored at least one goal in nine of Michigan's 15 games. Both of them scored goals against Detroit (Sept. 1) and Seattle (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 assisted each other against Penn State (Oct. 3) and Akron (Oct. 19.)
U-M vs. Bowling Green -- 5-2-0
U-M vs. Michigan State -- 2-9-1
U-M at U-M Soccer Complex -- 13-4-1
U-M at Home -- 60-24-8
U-M on Senior Day -- 7-2-1
Saturday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m. CDT -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.)
Thu-Sun., Nov. 11-14 -- at Big Ten Tournament (State College, Pa.)
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423