Soccer

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It all seemed too good to be true. 

Derick Broche found himself all alone, green grass the only thing between him and the opposing goalkeeper, his feet the recipient of a ball that split the Wake Forest defense. One accurate touch and the sophomore forward would tie up the game. 

The Michigan women's soccer team made the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2013.

In one of the team’s most prolific campaigns in recent history, No. 19 Michigan made its deepest run into the NCAA Tournament since 2013 before falling to No. 2 North Carolina.

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Sundays box score will indicate Marc Ybarra netted the game-winning goal for the Michigan men's soccer team in its 1-0 penalty shootout victory over Wright State. 

Junior midfielder Marc Ybarra scored a game-winning penalty kick as Michigan advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Ultras had moved from their resident bleachers and congregated at one end of the field. With each penalty kick came screams and gasps from the stands which were filled to capacity.

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When it’s all said and done, Hallahan will go down in history as one of the best to ever wear the Michigan soccer uniform. How did he get to this point? To best understand his brilliance, one ought to retrace the steps of his winding soccer journey.

Junior forward Nicki Hernandez helped the Michigan women's soccer team to victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

In the 79th minute, the junior forward found herself at midfield with the ball, a familiar sight. But this time the situation wasn’t so familiar. Hernandez capitalized on Bowling Green’s aggressive goalkeeping style. Unassisted, Hernandez took matters into her own hands, taking an ambitious attempt on goal, where the goalkeeper had found herself out of the goal. To everyone’s surprise, especially Hernandez’s, the ball sailed over the goalkeeper, putting Michigan ahead by one over the Falcons.

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But when the clock hit zero, the result replicated the September outcome. With a 2-1 victory, No. 19 Michigan (16-5-1 overall, 8-2-1 Big Ten) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, eliminating Bowling Green (14-6-3, 10-1-0).

The Michigan men's soccer team lost in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament on penalty kicks.

A high-intensity Big Ten championship match resulted in a battle between Michigan and Indiana's freshmen goalkeepers where the Wolverines ultimately fell to the eighth-ranked Hoosiers 4-3 during penalty kicks.

Junior midfielder Nicki Hernandez made an impact in all facets of the game, taking two of the team’s 14 shots.

In an overtime battle, the narrative was similar but the result was not, as the Wolverines fell to Penn State, 2-1, in the Big Ten Championship game.

The Michigan men's soccer team defeated Michigan State  in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Missed scoring opportunities were mounting, and it appeared this was another miss for the Wolverines. Just a split second later, though, vexation transformed into euphoria. Hallahan’s curling ball took a fortuitous bounce high off the turf, flying into the top left corner of the goal and giving the Michigan men's soccer team the lead. Hallahan lept emphatically into the air and pumped his fist, the stadium buzzing at the sight of his heroics. His goal proved to be the difference, as the Wolverines (10-4-4 overall, 4-1-3 Big Ten) held on to defeat rival Michigan State (3-12-3, 3-3-1) 2-1 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.