Soccer

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.

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.