First Touch #13: U-M Heads to South Carolina for NCAA Round of 16

Nov. 24, 2010

#19 Michigan at #18 South Carolina - NCAA Round of 16
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Stone Stadium • Columbia, S.C.
Sunday, Nov. 28: No. 10 seed U-M at No. 7 seed South Carolina (Round of 16), 2 p.m.
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The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan men's soccer team (15-4-3) continues its run through the NCAA Tournament on Sunday (Nov. 28) at 2 p.m. with a Round of 16 match at No. 18-ranked and No. 7 seed South Carolina at Stone Stadium. This is the first meeting ever between the two programs.

$8 for adults; $5 for youth (17 and under)
The entrance on the scoreboard side of Stone Stadium will not be open for the 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament due to construction in the area on the South Carolina Athletics Roost. Ticket gates will open one hour prior to kickoff (1 p.m.).

Fans are encouraged to click on the link below for detailed parking information near Stone Stadium with the on-going construction in the area on the South Carolina Athletics Roost.

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Wolverines in the 2010 NCAA Tournament -- Michigan moved into the Round of 16 with its 2-1 overtime win over Central Florida on Sunday (Nov. 21). The win sends the Wolverines to the third round for the third time in program history and the first time since the 2008 season. Additionally, Michigan moved to 4-0 in NCAA Tournament games on its home field. U-M's national tourney bid was its first since 2008 and its No. 10 seed is the highest ever for the Wolverines. Michigan has also been a No. 12 seed (2003) and No. 11 seed (2008). U-M reached the second round unseeded in 2004.

More Records Fall Against UCF -- Michigan has already set the program record for shots (431) and shots on goal this season (164), and against UCF, the all-time wins record fell. The victory gave the Wolverines 15 wins this season, setting a new program record for a single season. The previous record was 14 set in 2003 season during U-M's run to the Elite Eight. Michigan also has a chance to tie the program record for games played. Michigan has currently played 21 games; the record of 23 was set during the 2004 season. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial) also became U-M's single-season wins leader with his 15th of the season. Meanwhile, the Wolverines also tied the single-game record for corner kicks with 14 against the Knights.

Wolverines are White Hot --Michigan has won seven straight matches and has won 11 of its last 13 games. In its last seven matches, Michigan has scored 21 goals and posted 134 shots. Additionally, Michigan's players are also streaking as senior forward Justin Meram (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) has scored eight goals in six games and is on a six-game goal scoring streak.

Quijano Named to College Soccer News Team of the Week -- Behind his outstanding play on defense in U-M's 2-1 win over UCF on Sunday (Nov. 21), senior defender Jeffrey Quijano (Canoga Park, Calif./Canoga) was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week. Quijano was a member of the U-M defense that held UCF to only three shots on goal and also got into the offense with two shots. Quijano is the first Wolverine to be named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week this season.

You Can't Stop Him -- Justin Meram is making his senior season count. He is U-M's second-leading scorer with 13 goals and has netted eight markers in the past six games, scoring at least one goal in each of the last six games that he has played in. His six-game scoring streak is the longest for a Wolverine this season. Meram also leads the Wolverines in game-winners with five and assists with eight this season.

Records are Made to be Broken -- Freshman forward Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) has solidified himself in the Michigan men's soccer record books this season. Saad set single-season records for scoring with 18 goals, breaking a seven-year-old record as well as setting new single-season records for points (40) and shots (125). Saad is also among the nation's leaders in goals scored and points and is the only freshman in the top five in both of those lists.

November to Remember -- The U-M men's soccer team has had an impressive run through the month of November. So far, the Wolverines are 5-0 this November and have tallied 13 goals in five games.

Wolverines Ranked-- For the first time this season and on the heels of their Big Ten Tournament title, the Wolverines were ranked in the final regular-season NSCAA Coaches Poll released on Nov. 16. Michigan came in at the No. 19 spot, is No. 4 in the NSCAA Great Lakes region poll and is up to No. 9 in the Tournament 48 poll.

Wolverines in the National Rankings-- Soony Saad is tied for second in the nation in total goals (18) and is third in total points (40) and points per game (1.90) and goal per game (0.86). Justin Meram is tied for sixth in total points (34), tied for ninth in points per game (1.70) and total goals (13), and is 16th in goals per game (0.65). Meram is also tied for 16th in assists (8). As a team, the Wolverines are fifth in the nation in total goals (46), eighth in scoring offense (2.18 goals/game) and tied for 15th in win-loss percentage (.750).

Wolverines Pick up Hardware -- The Wolverines earned plenty of recognition at the annual Big Ten Awards Banquet. Soony Saad took home Freshman of the Year honors to go along with a first team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman team honors. Justin Meram and sophomore midfielder Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) were named to the All-Big Ten second team, while freshman midfielder Fabio Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) was also selected to the all-freshman team. Senior captain Alex Wood (Northville, Mich./Northville) was U-M's Sportsmanship Award recipient.

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That -- Michigan's nine home wins tied the single-season record for home wins; U-M also had nine in during the 2008 season, although six home games were played at other venues due to construction at the U-M Soccer Complex ... U-M is looking for its first road win in the NCAA Tournament; U-M advanced against Notre Dame during the 2003 season on penalty kicks ... The Big Ten Conference is the only conference with each of its NCAA College Cup teams still remaining in the tournament.

U-M vs. South Carolina
-- First Meeting
U-M on the road in the NCAA Championship
-- 0-2-1
U-M in NCAA Championship
-- 5-3

Fri-Sun., Dec. 3-5
-- at NCAA Quarterfinals (Campus Sites)
Fri-Sun., Dec. 10-12 -- NCAA College Cup (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423

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