Soccer

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.”

The Michigan men's soccer team's fall season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At 5:30, the team gathered again. The morning’s joy had turned into melancholy, grins wiped away by long faces. Daley briefed his players on the afternoon’s news — due to the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic, the Big Ten had postponed all fall sports.

Rising senior Marc Ybarra playing against Wright State University in the NCAA tournament last November.

Marc Ybarra demonstrated consistency on and off the field, a basis for his character.

Junior forward Umar Farouk Osman worked his way from Tamale, Ghana to play for Michigan.

The ball was often makeshift, a few paper bags knotted together or a pile of folded clothes tightly wound by rubber bands. The children kicked it around with their bare feet, the bottoms caked with dust and sand. The street was their pitch, and the kids scurried in and out of oncoming traffic.

It wasn’t perfect. But it was soccer. For junior forwards Umar Farouk Osman and Mohammed Zakyi, this was how their careers started.

Owen and Bryan Finnerty have similar career paths.

Bryan Finnerty gazed across the table and saw himself.

It was late last October, and he was out to lunch in Ann Arbor, in town for that night’s men’s soccer game between Michigan and Wisconsin. Bryan was catching up with one of his fraternal twin sons, Owen, who doubled as the Wolverines’ backup goalkeeper.

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For many students, the summer before heading to college is filled with leisure time and bittersweet memories with high school friends.

Not for Jayde Riviere.

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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.