It was gray skies over Ann Arbor as Michigan hosted the Grand Valley State University Lakers in a battle of two Central Division heavyweights.
And in the first 10 minutes, the Lakers seemed to be the better of the two teams. While not creating any quality chances on the Wolverine's goal, GVSU played with great vigor. Shortly thereafter; however, Michigan took control of the game and capitalized on a chance in the 25th minute when sophomore, Ethan Cartwright, buried a loose ball in the 6 yard box into the back of the GVSU goal. Only 12 minutes after taking the lead, Michigan was, for the second match in a row, faced with a penalty kick called against them. Much like the week before; however, junior goalkeeper, Graham Keep, denied the GVSU kicker and kept Michigan ahead going into halftime.
Two very different teams re-emerged for the second half: GVSU had found a spark somewhere and were playing much like they opened the contest, while Michigan looked like a more direct team, straying from their normally possession-focussed brand of soccer. Unfortunately, in the 56th minute, Grand Valley put the ball past the Michigan goalie and leveled the sides at 1-1. Less than 10 minutes later, on a very similar play, Grand Valley pulled ahead as they, once again, scored off a set-piece played into the Michigan box. At this point, and rightfully so, the Grand Valley bench and supporters were ecstatic. But only 4 minutes later, sophomore defender, Connor Pollock, silenced the visiting team and crowd when he redirected a crossed ball into the back of the GVSU goal to tie the game at 2-2. The remainder of the game saw a great contest, with both teams fighting for that deciding goal. Ultimately; however, as these two teams have done for the past 2 years, the game ended in a draw.
With this result, Michigan moves to 3-0-1 and remains in pursuit of the top of the Central Division table.
Next up, Michigan faces a double-header on Sunday, October 4 when they play Butler University (12 pm; Mitchell Field) and Purdue University (4 pm; Churchill High School [Livonia]). Be sure to come support your Wolverines in these contests and follow us on Facebook for updates, weekly promotions, and information on upcoming matches.