Soccer

The Wolverines needed goalkeeper Hillary Beall to make some big saves in a 1-1 draw to start the season.

This was the first time that both teams took to the pitch since November of 2019, as the Big Ten season was postponed to the spring. Considering the long break, players, coaches and fans alike were happy to get an extra 20 minutes of soccer, especially in such a close match.

A flurry of goals in the second half guided Michigan to a win in its season opener.

While the Michigan men’s soccer team (1-0 Big Ten) spent the vast majority of its season-opening half deep in its opponents’ third of the field, its inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities resulted in an early deficit.

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What proved to be a turning point in the Wolverines’ 2019 season was also a showcase of why Stratigakis and sophomore outside back Jayde Riviere were chosen to represent Canada in the SheBelieves Cup this month.

Despite changes throughout the roster, Michigan hopes it can rely on veterans like Umar Farouk Osman in unconventional season.

Following the graduation of two of the Wolverines' top forwards, Nebosja Popovic and Jack Hallahan, the Michigan men's soccer team looks to rebuild and continue to improve on seasons past. Though the team is confident in its depth, defense, and goalkeeping, they will face many challenges both in finding new sources of offense and in battling non-ideal conditions in light of COVID-19.

The Michigan women's soccer team is looking to build off last year's finish.

Usually when the Michigan women’s soccer team takes the field to kick off a new season, they’re facing a non-conference opponent. Usually they haven’t had six months to bond and practice, usually there isn’t snow on the ground.

The Michigan men's soccer team should get a boost from sophomore forwards Evan Rasmussen and Inaki Rodriguez this season.

Rasmussen and Rodriguez appear ready to step up and provide that offensive firepower for the Wolverines.

Hannah Blake played for New Zealand, her home country, in the U20 World Cup before coming to Michigan.

At 18, most students are just getting things figured out: graduating high school, pondering future career trajectories and wasting a little too much time on social media.

Led by Umar Farouk Osman and Marc Ybarra, the Wolverines have persevered and stayed motivated through the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the offseason, even prior to their return to campus, Osman and Ybarra made a concerted effort to set an example that would trickle down to the younger players.

The Michigan women's soccer team is looking to the future with the season postponed.

The Michigan women’s soccer team was a quarterfinalist in the NCAA tournament last year, its deepest finish since 2013.

Michigan coach Jennifer Klein was excited about the upcoming season before it was postponed.

“Injuries are easier,” senior goalkeeper Hillary Beal said. “You go through them and there’s kind of an endpoint and you determine when you’re allowed to return to play. But this is (different) because you don’t know when there’s an end (in) sight and you don’t know when you’re going to have the opportunity to take the field again and start competing.”