Oct. 25, 2011
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (5-11-1, 1-3 Big Ten) will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 30, noon) at DeMartin Soccer Stadium.
Scouting Michigan State -- The Spartans currently sit in fifth place in the Big Ten table with a 1-2-2 conference mark and a 4-7-4 overall record on the season. Michigan State has collected a pair of ties in its previous two matches, battling to a 0-0 draw against Bowling Green on Oct. 19 and a 2-2 draw against Big Ten opponent Indiana on Oct. 23. Prior to taking on the Wolverines, the Spartans will play host to the Western Michigan Broncos on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Adam Montague leads the Spartans offensive attack with four goals on the season to goal along with a pair of helpers for a team-best 10 points, which are good for seventh in the conference. Additionally, Mark Barone leads the squad with four assists on the season, which tie for fourth in the conference rankings. Rubin Bega paces the Spartans in shots with 32, which rank sixth in the Big Ten and is fourth in shots per game with 2.29 a contest.
Jeremy Clark has been the choice keeper for MSU, as he has allowed 16 goals on the year on 155 shots faced. He has made 58 stops, good for No. 2 in the conference, and for a 0.99 goals-against-average. His save percentage of 78.4 percent ranks No. 4 in the conference ranks. In all, Michigan State has been outscored 16-15 on the year.
Michigan vs. Michigan St. -- Sunday's match marks the 14th meeting all-time between the Spartans and Wolverines. U-M holds a 4-9-1 mark against the Spartans. Last season, U-M knocked off No. 23 Michigan State, 3-2, in overtime at U-M Soccer Stadium to reclaim the Big Bear Trophy. Hamoody Saad scored with 1:24 left in the first overtime to seal the victory, while Justin Meram and Latif Alashe had the other goals for U-M. The Wolverines last defeated the Spartans in East Lansing in 2003 by a 4-2 count.
Michigan to Host 2011 Big Ten Tournament -- The men's soccer program will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The tournament runs from Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 13. The first round will be played Wednesday and the semifinals will be contested on Friday, Nov. 11. The championship game will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13. [ Big Ten Tournament Central ]
Alashe Propels U-M to Upset of No. 4 Akron -- Junior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) gave U-M its signature victory of the year on Oct. 18 at U-M Soccer Stadium, sending the Wolverines past the No. 4 Zips in the first overtime after a feed from Noble Sullivan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central HS) from 14 yards out. Alashe chipped Akron goalkeeper David Meves to send U-M to the victory in a rematch of last season's College Cup semifinal match. The win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Zips, as the latest defeat came in 2007 by a 2-1 count.
Extra Sessions Become Familiar -- The extra-time match against Akron was the sixth of the season for U-M, which now holds a 2-3-1 mark in overtime. Noble Sullivan netted the extra-time winner against Oakland on Oct. 12, while Latif Alashe joined the fraternity with his game-winner against Akron.
Rickard Enters Goal Column Against Aztecs -- Freshman Matthew Rickard (Exeter, Devonshire/Clyst Vale CC) scored his first career goal in the 2-1 defeat at San Diego State (Oct. 23) on an assist from Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent School [Conn.]). Rickard earned the tally in the 78th minute of action off a Pereira free kick from 25 yards out, as he deflected the shot into the top-right corner of the Aztec goal for U-M's lone score of the contest. The score comes after contributing two assists this season, coming on a Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville HS) goal against Indiana and Ezekiel Harris' (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) game-winner at Penn State. Rickard has played in all 17 contests with six shots on goal and 24 total shots.
Arnone Scores Second Career Goal -- Freshman midfielder/forward Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville HS) scored the team's lone goal against Indiana, blistering a shot from 18 yards out to the lower left, giving U-M a 1-0 halftime lead. Arnone scored his only other goal of the season at Detroit. He has started all 15 games in the midfield for the Wolverines, registering 26 total shots and six on net.
Opare Heads in a Pair of Goals -- Junior defender Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul HS) tallied a pair of header goals in the past five games. Opare headed in a corner kick against Oakland and registered his first goal of the season against Wisconsin (Oct. 9). He headed a corner kick off the Badgers goalkeeper and in the goal. Opare assisted on Tyler Arnone's goal against Indiana and has five points on the season; all in the past three games. He has three career goals, with only previous tally coming as a freshman against Wright State (Sept. 11, 2009). Opare has six shots on goal and 19 total shots this season.
Sullivan Scores First Career Goal -- Junior/sophomore Noble Sullivan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central HS) scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against Oakland University. He tallied his first career goal in the 104th minute of play against the Grizzlies, pushing home the winner on a deflection. Sullivan has eight shots on goal and 14 total shots this season.
Alashe Pushes Consecutive Starts Streak to 60 Games -- Junior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) heads into this week's action with the team's longest active streak of consecutive starts. Alashe has started a team-best 60 straight games, every contest in his three-year career. He contributed an assist on Sullivan's game-winning goal at Oakland, and has seven points on the season (2 goals, 3 assists). Alashe scored his first goal of the campaign against Notre Dame on Sept. 16 and his second against Akron on Oct. 18.
Harris Leads Wolverines in Big Ten Play -- Sophomore Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) leads the Wolverines with four points in Big Ten play. Harris tallied the game-winning goal with 63 seconds remaining at Penn State on Oct. 1 and scored in the final minutes at Ohio State on Sept. 25. He missed the Wisconsin game (sat out with five yellow cards) and was back in the starting lineup against Indiana.
Harris Tallies Goals -- Ezekiel Harris is the team's third-leading scorer with seven points this season. In addition to his goals against PSU and OSU, Harris notched the tying goal against Georgetown on Sept. 11. He picked up his first assist of the season on David Yang's goal against Western Michigan on Oct. 5. Harris has tallied a point in three of his past five games played. Overall, he has eight shots on goal and 13 total shots this season.
Pereira Tops Team in Points, Scoring -- Sophomore Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent School [Conn.]) leads the Wolverines in points and goals this season. Pereira has 13 points on four goals with five assists. He has tallied one goal in Big Ten play, scoring on a left-footed shot from five yards out at Ohio State on Sept. 25. Pereira is tied for fifth in points and goals and is tied for fourth in assists. He has started 16 of the 17 games this season.
Pereira Paces Big Ten in Shots -- Fabio Villas Boas Pereira now leads the Big Ten in shots, taking more than any other player in the conference this season. Pereira has 59 shots in 17 contests. He also is second in the league with an average of 3.47 shots per contest.
Grinwis Surpasses 50 Save Plateau -- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) has started between the posts in 16 of the 17 games for the Wolverines this season. Grinwis has 52 saves on the year, including a career-best eight stops at Penn State on Oct. 1 and against Marquette on Sept. 18. He is fourth in the Big Ten with 52 saves this season and carries a 1.63 goals-against average.
Lussiez Tied for Team Lead in Goals -- Sophomore Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill HS) enters this week's action second on the team in points this season. Lussiez is tied for the team lead with four goals and has contributed one assist for nine points on the year. He tallied the team's first goal at No. 19 Penn State on Oct. 1 and scored a second-half hat trick at Detroit on Sept. 14. Lussiez assisted on the team's only goal at No. 16 Notre Dame on Sept. 16. He is tied for fifth in the Big Ten in goals (four) and is tied for eighth in points (nine).
Youth Movement -- So far this season, 10 Wolverines have made their collegiate debuts: Tyler Arnone, Gabe Grinstein, Adam Grinwis, Alex Landschulz, Tyler Leppek, Nick Lewin, Etienne Lussiez, Matthew Rickard, Luca Schioppa and TJ VanSlooten.
Saturday, Nov. 5 -- vs. Northwestern (U-M Soccer Stadium), 5 p.m.
Wed-Sun., Nov. 9-13 -- host Big Ten Tournament (U-M Soccer Stadium)