This past weekend, the University of Michigan hosted two of its in-state rivals in the team's second weekend of MASC play.
First up was a Friday night match-up against the Chippewas of Central Michigan University. With CMU playing a very conservative and compact game, it took the Wolverines several minutes to find the holes in the CMU backline. Eventually; however, it was sophomore midfielder, Marco Schwiebert, who opened the scoring in the 13th minute. From here, the Wolverines found their stride and put 2 more past the Chippewas goalkeeper before the half-time whistle (Hunter Mejaly, 28' and Ty Gilhuly, 37'). Freshman midfielder, Danny Kim, concluded the scoring with a late goal in the 79th minute to cap Michigan's 4-0 win on the night.
Less than 48 hours later, the Wolverines were back in action at Mitchell Field against neighbouring Eastern Michigan University. Coming off of a win the previous day against CMU, the Eagles came into Sunday's game looking to steal points from the Wolverines and turn their season around. But a good warm-up and a quick start ended any hopes for any EMU success this day. Michigan struck quickly and struck frequently, with 5 different Wolverines combining for 7 total goals against the Eagles (Jacob Kunnath, 14'; Ty Gilhuly, 26'; David Mintz, 27'; Danny Kim, 41,44''; David Farber, 42', 46'). Not to be overlooked, the Michigan backline held firm in what was sometimes a scary contest with several close chances created by EMU. Furthermore, with the shutout, senior goalkeeper, Graham Keep, remains perfect on the season, conceding no goals to Michigan's three opponents thus far.
The weekend's wins improve Michigan's record to 3-0-0 on the season and move the Wolverines up in the MASC Central table, trailing Purdue University, but with 2 games in hand. With wins against CMU and EMU, the Wolverines also keep their unbeaten records against the Chippewas and Eagles. Finally, for three games now, the duo of Ty Gilhuly and Danny Kim have each scored at least once in every competition. Having had difficulty putting the ball in the back of the net in previous seasons, it seems that the Wolverines have found quite the exciting formula for goal-scoring this season with both the returning players and new additions to the roster.
Next up, Michigan hits the road for its first away match as they visit the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame on Friday night in South Bend, IN. The Wolverines then host Ferris State University on Sunday, September 25 at 1pm in Ann Arbor.