Nov. 12, 2013
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (8-6-3) opens up its quest for the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title Wednesday (Nov. 13) against the Indiana Hoosiers (6-11-1) in the opening round at 4:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. U-M previously defeated the Hoosiers by a 2-1 count on Oct. 26 in Ann Arbor.
A win over the Hoosiers would pit U-M against the overall No. 1 seed Penn State on Friday (Nov. 15) at noon.
U-M enters the tournament coming off a 2-0 defeat against the No.18 Michigan State Spartans on Saturday (Nov. 9) in East Lansing, a result that saw the Wolverines lose a potential No. 2 seed in the tournament and falling to No. 4. Michigan outshot Michigan State, 10-0, in the first half of action but was outshot, 18-4, and most importantly outscored in the second stanza by a 2-0 count. The loss snapped a three-match win streak for the Wolverines, their longest of the season.
The Wolverines outshot the Spartans 10-0 in the first half of the 2-0 defeat, marking the second time this season U-M has held an opponent shotless in a half, as the U-M also did not allow a shot in the second half against South Florida (Sept. 6).
The latest NCAA RPI has the Wolverines pegged as the No. 43 team in the country, while Wednesday's opponent Indiana enters the tournament as the No. 62 team. In terms of all Big Ten sides, Michigan State leads (12) followed by Penn State (13). Wisconsin comes in at No. 29, while Northwestern (40) and Indiana (62) round out the ranks. According to BennettRankings.com, U-M has played the No. 37 toughest schedule in the country. The five sides U-M has lost to this season hold a combined record of 65-25-15. Overall, U-M's opponents this season have a combined 143-99-57 record.
U-M is 6-4 in its last 10 matches and is even on goals in that span at 12-12. Michigan is 2-3-2 in road matches this season and has yet to play a neutral-site match. The Wolverines defeated Ohio State, 1-0, on Oct. 6 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, site of the tournament.
Fabio Pereira's game-winning penalty kick against Valpo was the fifth successful PK of his career and first of the season. He sits tied with Michael Holody (five) and trails only Kevin Taylor with eight. Last season, the Brazilian went 3-of-4 at the spot.
Against Valpo, U-M held an opponent to single-digit shots for the seventh time this season. U-M is 5-2-1 in such matches, with the pair of defeats coming against Northwestern and Penn State.
The win over Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 26, marked the first win over Indiana in Ann Arbor in program history. The win was the third ever over IU and is the second straight, as the Wolverines downed the eventual NCAA champion last year in Bloomington by a 2-1 score line.
Tyler Arnone now leads the team in assists with five and is tied for second on the team in points with nine. The five helpers also rank him
tied for No. 7 in the Big Ten in the category. James Murphy and TJ VanSlooten continue to pace the team in scores with four apiece. Pereira is No. 1 on the side with 51 shots, with Murphy trailing slightly with 48. Michigan has outshot opponents 248-204 and is even with opponents in goals at 21-21 on the season.
With three shots against Akron (Oct. 30), Pereira broke the career shots attempted record as he now has 195 on his career. The previous record was held by Mauro Fuzetti (2006-09), who had 186 in his four seasons in Ann Arbor. Pereira now has his sights set on Adam Bruh (28 helpers) and the career assist record, as he has 21 on his career and has had an assist in three of his last six matches played.
Michigan has broken the 1,000-fan barrier seven times this season. U-M finished the season No. 2 in the Big Ten behind Indiana in home attendance, averaging 1,325 fans per match.
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.
U-M is now 14-6-3 all-time at home under the direction of Chaka Daley. Last season, U-M went 4-3 in the month of November. Two of the defeats came last season's postseason action in the Big Ten Championship match (Michigan State) and the second round of the NCAA Tournament (Akron).
With the 12th clean sheet of his career, senior/junior goalkeeper Adam Grinwis is now third in program history in shutouts. He trails Peter Dzubay and Patrick Sperry, who have 19 apiece. The senior/junior has four clean sheets on the campaign, had six last year and collected a pair in his redshirt freshman season.
The match against Creighton marked the second straight in which a freshman has scored his first career marker -- Lars Eckenrode against Creighton and Yamann Sahlool's 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 goal for Eckenrode against Creighton was the first of his career and marked the 11th different goal scorer for the Wolverines this season.
The 19 shots against Creighton were the most over 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 marked the second time this season that U-M had been outshot (13-15) but won the match. The first occasion came against Ohio State on Nov. 6, and were outshot 13-15.
Michigan's four overtime matches 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. This season, U-M is unbeaten in overtime matches with a 1-0-3 record.
Indiana -- The meeting will be the second matchup between the Wolverines and the Hoosiers this season. In their previous encounter at the U-M Soccer Stadium on Oct. 26, Michigan recorded their first-ever home victory against Indiana in a 2-1 comeback thriller that saw junior TJ VanSlooten score the winning goal in the 87th minute of the game. U-M outshot the Hoosiers in the victory by a 19-6 margin, including a 12-2 difference in the second half.
The Hoosiers recorded a 6-11-1 record during the regular season (2-4-0 Big Ten) with an average of 1.72 goals per game. They are led by senior Nikita Kotlov, who fronts the team in scoring with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Senior A. J. Colorado leads the team in assists with seven on the season. Junior/sophomore goalkeeper Michael Soderlund has started all but two of the Hoosiers' games this season. He has allowed 29 goals in 1501+ minutes of play, for a 1.74 average on goals allowed with 51 saves. Although Indiana leads the all-time series with the Wolverines (15-3-1), the Hoosiers have lost in their last two meetings with Michigan, as each came by a final score line of 2-1.
In their last match, the Hoosiers notched their first victory away from home in a 3-0 win against seventh-seed Northwestern in Evanston. The IU/U-M matchup in Columbus will mark the first time either team has played on a neutral field this season.
Michigan is 0-2-0 in the Big Ten Tournament all-time versus Indiana, falling, 1-0, in both the 2001 and 2008 season.
Monday, Nov. 18 -- NCAA Tournament Selection Show (NCAA.com), Noon
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