This Thursday, the Wolverines did not have to go far to earn another 3 points and continue their rise in the league table. Having to only travel 7 miles, the UMMCS efficiently took care of business and defeated the Eastern Michigan University Eagles 3-1. Goals were scored by graduate student forwards, Rory Landis and Josh Deuel, as well as, sophomore midfielder, Austin McMullen.
This result puts the Wolverines at 3-0-1 for the season and moves the club up to third place in the MASC Central Division. Michigan currently trails only Michigan State University and Central Michigan University, both clubs that have played more games than the Wolverines.
The Wolverines return to league action next Friday, October 3 at 8:00 pm in South Bend, IN as they take on the Fighting Irish from Notre Dame. Michigan will then travel to East Lansing, MI and look to hand the Spartans of Michigan State University their first loss of the season on Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 pm in this always important and well-fought derby.
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Less than 48 hours after a hard-fought win against WMU, the Wolverines were back in action in Ann Arbor as they battled a much-improved CMU club to a 0-0 draw. The line-up for the Wolverines looked a little different too, with several players either out for the match or favoring injuries that have been picked-up since the season began. This, along with the unrelenting downpour and the poor field conditions, forced Michigan into a game plan that was unfamiliar to them.
Nevertheless, there were moments of technical and tactical brilliance and what few chances the Wolverines were able to create made for an exciting match. Midway through the second half, and about 30 yards from goal, graduate student midfielder Alen Cisija sent a free-kick sailing just over the crossbar. Shortly after, senior forward, Ian Armstrong blasted the ball into the goal from the top of 6 yard box only to have the goal called back due to a foul against the Wolverines on the play.
In the end, neither team could break the deadlock and the final whistle blew to end the goalless affair.
Michigan now looks forward to the next three days to prepare for their next match on Thursday, September 25 against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Remember, you can always get updates on UMMCS team by following us on Twitter, Facebook, or checking back here.
In their home-opener for the 2014 season, the UMMCS knew that they were to face a formidable opponent in the WMU Broncos. Nevertheless, all of the Maize and Blue faithful who attended the game were not left disappointed, as the Wolverines played to a 1-0 win over the Broncos.
The game began with the Broncos clearly in the driver's seat and the Wolverines on their heels. However, very shortly after this initial wave of pressure by WMU, Michigan settled into their game plan and took control from there. Opportunities on goal came frequently and if it was not for some spectacular goalkeeping and unlucky bounces, the final score could have been much more one-sided. It was not until late in the first half that a ball whipped into the box by a Michigan wide-midfielder found its way into the back of the WMU goal after bouncing off of several bodies before being deflected to the goal by Michigan junior striker Reid Davison.
A game that saw many changes of possession and hard fought battles meant that the Michigan defence had to be at their best. And, indeed, they were. Beginning from the strikers, to the intensity of the midfielders, supported by the dominant back four, and finally anchored by sophomore goalkeeper, Graham Keep, Michigan demonstrated how good defence is a team effort and were able to protect their one goal lead for the night.
UMMCS thanks all of their fans who came out and asserted their support throughout the game with their cheers, chants, and enthusiasm. The Wolverines next hosts the Central Michigan University Chippewas on Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 pm at Mitchell Field.
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After what was probably the the most competitive year of tryouts, the University of Michigan Men's Club Soccer (UMMCS) team looked to open their 2014 campaign in Indianapolis, IN with a win against the Butler University Bulldogs.
Team vans left Ann Arbor at 6:45 am and arrived on Butler's campus with plenty of time for a great warm-up and it showed. The first half was a dominant display by the Wolverines, demonstrating their technical and tactical abilities. The very first play, from kick-off, saw a ball swung into the Butler box from the left side of the field, met by a Wolverine, only to be denied by the goalpost. Possession was also certainly a focus as the Wolverines had lengthy bouts of continuous possession during the first half. Finally, as the half was drawing to a close, center-back Vince Bruno took a ball at midfield and dribbled toward the Butler goal before striking a low shot that found its way past the outstretched arms of the goalie to put the Wolverines up 1-0.
The second half saw a tactical change by Butler which gave the Wolverines less time on the ball, yet Michigan was still able to maintain a majority of possession and, this time, create several great scoring opportunities. Nevertheless, great goalkeeping and some unfortunate bounces denied the Wolverines a second goal early on. As a result, the Bulldogs were able to remain optimistic and eventually found the back of the goal on a Michigan turnover deep in their own half. Nevertheless, the Wolverines stuck to their game plan and more chances on goal came. Finally, with a free kick deep in the Butler half, Australian native and wing-back, Connor McNamara, directed a beautiful cross into the back of the Butler goal to put Michigan back up 2-1. From here, it was an excellent display of team defence and Michigan held on to win the match with a final score of 2-1.
Having opened the 2014 season in Indianapolis, the Wolverines now look to continue to improve as a team so that in just over a month, they can return to Indianapolis and compete in the MASC regional tournament. But first, Michigan faces a pair of tough matches this weekend as they play host to the Western Michigan University Mustangs (Friday, September 19 8:00 pm at Huron High School) and the Central Michigan University Chippewas (Sunday, September 21 3:00pm at Mitchell Fields). Be sure to come out and support UMMCS, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or check back here for weekly updates on the 2014 season.