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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