Soccer

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.

Michigan men's soccer missed on chances to earn a win against Wisconsin.

The ball was whipped in and nodded down into open space in front of the gaping goal. Fifth-year forward Nebojsa Popovic stepped up to it, with no defenders around him, and smashed the sitter towards goal.

The Michigan women's soccer team out-shot Rutgers, 14-7, but lost on Thursday night.

In any soccer match, the outcome would be expected to fall to the team that took twice as many shots as its opponent.

Senior goaltender Andrew Verdi recorded three saves in a 1-1 draw against Wisconsin on Senior Night.

Andrew Verdi is the backbone of the Michigan men’s soccer team, literally and figuratively.

The senior goalkeeper is the team’s last line of defense. Often times, he is the difference between wins and losses.

The Michigan men's soccer team struggled to convert on chances and settled for a draw.

In the last 10 seconds of regulation, the Michigan men's soccer team almost earned a penalty kick. The near buzzer beater would have been the highlight of the season for Michigan if it was not a clean slide tackle.

Graduate transfer forward Nebojsa Popovic scored the game-winner off a penalty kick Tuesday night.

When the Wolverines needed him most, the graduate transfer forward delivered. Nebojsa Popovic buried the game-winning kick past Notre Dame’s goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull in the 89th minute, giving the Michigan men's soccer team (7-4-3 overall, 2-1-2 Big Ten) a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame (7-6-1, 1-5 ACC) on Tuesday.

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But instead of letting 12 minutes dictate the rest of the game, Michigan snapped out of its complacent funk. Eleven minutes later, Yekka averted disaster for the Wolverines when a Spartan header, meant to redirect a goal kick to a teammate, landed at her feet. Splitting two defenders, Yekka sneaked the ball past the outstretched leg of Spartan goalkeeper Lauren Kozal and inside the right post to recapture the lead, 3-2, for good.

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Michigan looked frustrated trying to deal with Western Michigan’s energy while struggling to keep possession in the attacking half of the field and went into the half trailing 1-0. After a few more hard fouls in the second half, the frustration started to boil over, as Michigan exchanged frequently pleasantries with Broncos players.