On a gorgeous afternoon in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines handed the Ferris State Bulldogs a 4-0 loss and kept Michigan's hopes of competing at the conference tournament alive.
It was a slow start for Michigan; despite maintaining the majority of ball possession, the Wolverines were unable to find the back of the net for over 25 minutes. Then, freshman midfielder, Hunter Mejaly, fired a shot from 30 yards out into the top of the Ferris State goal to give the Wolverines the lead.
Michigan took this lead into half where it seems that their tactics were discussed. For in the second half, a new team emerged; one that had a fierce desire to find the back of the Bulldog goal. The second half saw Michigan score three more times with goals scored by Rory Landis, Reid Davison (2nd of the weekend), and Louie Saravolatz.
Michigan ends this week of play with two important and necessary wins and now looks forward to the last weekend of regular season play. They first play host to the Lakers from Grand Valley State University (Saturday, October 18, 4:00 pm, Mitchell Field) in a must-win affair between two teams that look to secure their bid to the conference tournament the following weekend. Michigan then closes out their home schedule with a match-up against Central Division newcomer, Ball State University (Sunday, October 19, 12:00 pm, Mitchell Field). Be sure to come out and support UMMCS, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or check back here for weekly updates on the 2014 season.
Playing on a neutral field, the Wolverines got back to their winning ways last night with an important victory over Purdue University in South Bend, IN.
It was a perfect night for an evening match-up between the two teams. Being in complete control over whether they would compete in the post-season, Michigan sought to jump out to an early lead. The Boilermakers; however, had other plans. Perhaps it was a bit of anxiety, or perhaps it was Purdue's impressive work ethic; whatever it was, Michigan was unable to find the back of the net in the first half and the teams went into half-time tied 0-0.
Mid-way through the second half, the Boilermakers surprised Michigan by going up one goal when a loose ball at the top of the Michigan box was put past Michigan goalkeeper, Graham Keep. Nevertheless, the Wolverines reacted to going down with a relentless attack that saw crosses, shots, and breakaways all be turned away by the Purdue goalie and goal posts. Eventually, junior forward, Reid Davison, re-directed a low, hard cross from senior defender, Abu-Bakr Samory, into the Purdue goal to tie the game late in the match. Knowing that a win was necessary from this game, the Wolverines continued their impressive attack and it was with only several minutes left in the game that Reid Davison took a ball 25 yards out from the Purdue goal and placed a curving shot into the top left corner of the goal to score his second goal of the night and give Michigan the late lead. Michigan had finally found it's form for the night and after their second goal, there was never any doubt that the Wolverines would be going back to Ann Arbor with this important win.
The Wolverines continue to seek a berth to the MASC Regional Championships in Indianapolis, IN. Three consecutive wins to close out the regular season would guarantee this. Michigan next hosts the Ferris State University Bulldogs (Sunday, October 12, 12:00pm at Mitchell Field) before they close out the regular season with two more critical games at home the following weekend. Be sure to come out and support UMMCS, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or check back here for weekly updates on the 2014 season.
Last Sunday, the Wolverines travelled to East Lansing to take on the Spartans of Michigan State University. In a battle that would likely determine the leader of the MASC Central division, the Spartans came out just on top with a 1-0 win.
The game was a physical and exciting affair, with opportunities to score coming for both teams. It wasn't until the second half; however, that the deadlock was broken when a Michigan State player fired a shot from just outside the Wolverine's box and into the back of the goal. Michigan responded with a high pressure offense and created many more great chances to tie the game, including one opportunity that found the back of the goal but was called back due to a Michigan player in an offside position.
With this loss, the Wolverines have experienced something that they have avoided for over two years, a regular season conference loss. Nevertheless, Michigan still controls their own destiny as four wins to conclude their season would see the Wolverines going to the MASC regional championship tournament for the second year in a row.
Michigan next faces-off against the Purdue University Boilermakers (Friday, October 10 8:30 pm in South Bend, IN) and the Ferris State University Bulldogs (Sunday, October 12 12:00pm at Mitchell Field). Be sure to come out and support UMMCS, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or check back here for weekly updates on the 2014 season.
Last night, the Wolverines traveled to South Bend, IN to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in a clash between two teams fighting for a top spot in the division table. Unfortunately, the Friday night lights in South Bend, IN were accompanied by frigid temperatures and piercing rain, which made for an unappealing, yet entertaining physical match-up.
Nevertheless, Michigan opened the game looking the best that they have all season; possessing the ball, frustrating the Irish defense, and creating several chances on goal. It was not until midway through the first half that the Wolverines caught a break and senior forward, Ian Armstrong, buried a loose ball in the Notre Dame box into the back of the goal to put Michigan up by one.
By the start of the second half, the temperature had dropped significantly, rain was beating down on the field and the players, and a strong wind at the backs of Notre Dame had picked up. Despite the Wolverines best efforts to possess the ball as they had in the first half, they were simply unable to do so. The Irish took advantage of these poor conditions and poked the ball into the Michigan goal off of a corner kick midway through the second half to tie the game. Both teams created more opportunities as the game drew to a close, but neither was able to capitalize. Thus, both teams left the match with one point each for the tie.
Michigan next takes on their in-state rivals, the Michigan State University Spartans on Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 pm in East Lansing, MI. Both teams look to affirm their spot at the top of the table by winning in this always important and always passionate derby.
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