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.