Soccer

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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.

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On a night where 20 fouls were committed, neither team pulled any punches both on and off the field. The Michigan men’s soccer team (6-4-3 overall, 2-1-2 Big Ten) fell to 2-1 to Western Michigan (9-4-1 overall).

Sophomore midfielder Raleigh Loughman tallied two goals and an assist in a win over Illinois on Friday.

With their second straight 4-1 victory and seventh win in their last ten games, the Wolverines (11-3-1 overall, 6-1-1 Big Ten) have caught fire with just three games left in the season.

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After a grueling fight, during the final minute of regulation play, sophomore midfielder Raleigh Loughman fired a powerful corner kick into a crowded box and was able to connect with junior midfielder Nicki Hernandez.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Verdi gave up a near-post goal, but otherwise played well in Michigan’s 1-0 loss at Indiana.

Hoosiers midfielder Spencer Glass tip-toed his way past the Michigan defense down the left flank before blasting a near-post goal over the head of senior goalkeeper Andrew Verdi. The goal proved to be the difference in what was a 1-0 loss for the Wolverines (6-3-3 overall, 2-1-2 Big Ten) against No. 4 Indiana (8-1-3, 4-0-0) on Sunday in Bloomington.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Verdi had four saves in Michigan's 1-0 win over Detroit Mercy.

That play came with 16 minutes to go in the second half, as sophomore forward Derick Broche connected on a cross from freshman midfielder Harry Pithers to give Michigan (6-2-3 overall, 2-0-2 Big Ten) the lone goal en route to a 1-0 win over the Titans (3-7-1 overall, 0-2-1 Horizon Valley League).

Freshman midfielder Harry Pithers assisted the game-winning goal in Michigan's 1-0 win over Oakland on Wednesday.

Instead, the big play came from true freshman midfielder Harry Pithers. Facing pressure on the right sideline from a Detroit defender, he lobbed a masterfully placed cross to sophomore forward Derick Broche, who buried a header for the game’s lone goal. The assist was Pithers’ first point of his college career.

Sophomore defender Janiece Joyner credits the Wolverines’ back line’s defense and offensive pressure as keys to victory against Nebraska.

In the final 20 minutes of Sunday’s game, the No. 24 Michigan women’s soccer team (9-3-1 overall, 3-3-1 Big Ten) put the game out of Nebraska’s (3-8-2, 2-4-0) reach, closing out the match and winning, 4-1. Cornhusker fans, who showed up in large numbers and whose vocal support had buoyed the team thus far, fell into a defeated hush.

Senior forward Jack Hallahan has already tallied six assists just over halfway into the season.

Whether controlling the pace of the offense, eyeing up goal-scoring opportunities or pestering defenders with his agility, Hallahan has proven that his value on the field is greater than his goal-scoring statistics.

The No. 24 Michigan women’s soccer team fell short against No. 13 Wisconsin, 2-0, on Thursday.

A serious scoring opportunity never materialized for Michigan, who dropped a hard-fought match, 2-0, to the Badgers (8-2-1, 4-0-0) in Madison on Thursday night. The loss snapped the Wolverines’ six-match unbeaten streak.