Soccer

Sophomore forward Derick Broche started the second half and brought a spark to the Wolverine front line.

The Wolverines (10-4-4 overall, 4-1-3 Big Ten) went down in the first half but dominated the Spartans (3-12-3, 3-4-1) in the second half. Though Michigan was victorious in the end, it had to flip the switch to beat its in-state rival. Michigan State, still bitter about losing “the Bear” to the Wolverines in regular season play, had a chip on its shoulder as soon as the whistle blew. Michigan didn’t respond well, giving up a soft goal in the 20th minute. But this was nothing new for the Wolverines, who have scored 10 goals in first halves and 20 in second halves across this season. Halftime has been a time to regroup and make adjustments for Michigan. This game was no exception as the players realized their mistakes and responded well.

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But with less than two minutes left in regulation, the Scarlet Knights equalized the game after forward Tiernny Wiltshire scored off a cross. It was a shocking blow in a game that the Wolverines believed was wrapped up. The theatrics weren’t over as Michigan freshman Jayde Riviere proved to be the hero that the team needed. Six minutes into sudden-death overtime, Riviere, isolated on the right side, sent a ball sailing over the outstretched reach of the Rutgers goalkeeper Meagan McClelland and into the net handing Michigan a 2-1 win.

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Late in a first half that had yielded open chances but no goals for the Michigan women’s soccer team, a pair of freshmen blew the game open for the Wolverines. Right back Jayde Riviere sent a cross from near midfield that caught the Maryland defense off guard and set Michigan up with a scoring opportunity. Fellow freshman, forward Dani Wolfe, finished off the play, out-racing Maryland’s center back down the pitch and tapping the ball in off a deflection.

Forward Jayde Reviere led a three-on-two counterattack that resulted in the first of three goals for the Michigan women’s soccer team against Maryland.

Haakenson sent a hard-hit ground ball right into Seppi’s hands, but the goaltender was unable to reel it in, setting up freshman forward Danielle Wolfe for an easy follow — tacking on the first goal in a 3-0 victory for No. 3 seed Michigan (13-4-1 overall, 8-2-1 Big Ten) over the sixth-seeded Terrapins (9-7-3, 5-5-1).

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The Maryland student section jeered at freshman goalie, Owen Finnerty, as his back stood in front of them the entire game. As the clock wound down he drove them to silence as Michigan men’s soccer team (9-4-4 overall, 4-1-3 Big Ten) defeated Maryland (9-6-2 overall, 3-3-2 Big Ten), 4-2, in its last regular season game Sunday.

The Michigan men's soccer team played stifling defense in a win over Michigan State.

With about three minutes left to play, freshman goalkeeper Owen Finnerty dove out from his near post to cut off a low cross into the box. The crowd roared.

Senior forward Jack Hallahan set up plays for his teammates in Michigan's victory over Michigan State.

After a sluggish game, it was the Michigan men’s soccer team that awoke from hibernation to win the Big Bear Trophy against rival Michigan State, for the first time since 2015. 

Junior midfielder Nicki Hernandez notched a goal and assist Sunday against Maryland.

For the second time in the first 17 minutes of the game, the No. 16 Michigan women’s soccer team scored, pushing the team to an early 2-0 lead.

Despite notching 14 shots in regulation, the No. 16 Michigan women’s soccer team lost to No. 21 Rutgers, 1-0, Thursday night.

The No. 16 Michigan women’s soccer team was winning in every statistical category. If you were watching the game and didn’t look at the scoreboard, it looked like the Wolverines were going to cruise to another victory. 

Junior midfielder Sarah Stratigakis may lead the Wolverines in points, but it was defense that led the way Sunday against Maryland.

Though the game included multiple goals from the winning side, the Wolverines’ defense also proved to be an important aspect to its success. In its 18 games prior to Sunday, Michigan allowed just 15 goals, an average of .83 goals per game and an impressive stat from a commanding back line. The center back partnership of junior defender Alia Martin and sophomore defender Sydney Shepherd anchored the Wolverines’ back line and shut out the Terrapins until the 83rd minute.