Soccer

Freshman goalkeeper Hillary Beall boasted six saves on the day to secure an overtime draw.

Michigan’s formation was far from ordinary. Lining up in a 5-4-1 configuration, the Wolverines worked to assert defensive dominance, win the ball, connect and counter.

Goals have been hard to come by for the Wolverines this season, but Friday’s game offered more than a glimmer of hope.

Fifth-year senior midfielder Ani Sarkisian returned from injury Sunday, but played center back for an injury-laden Michigan team.

So far this season, the Michigan women’s soccer team has had a consistent story — the Wolverines have utilized a talented crop of freshmen to fill in the gaps left by a multitude of injuries. Michigan’s battle against Nebraska on Sunday was consistent with this narrative, with one notable exception.

On the heels of an overtime win in Madison last Sunday, the Wolverines were the more dangerous team for the majority of the game, but couldn't manage to pull away.

Junior midfielder Robbie Mertz and the Wolverines squandered a lead in their 2-1 loss to Oakland.

The Oakland fans’ energy, in a way, paralleled the energy of their players in the 2-1 win over the Wolverines, who missed a lot more than just their fans on a chilly Ann Arbor night.

Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Verdi conceded two goals to Oakland in the second half.

Oakland senior forward Austin Ricci produced that noise on Wednesday night at U-M Soccer Stadium, where the Golden Grizzlies beat the No. 20 Michigan men’s soccer team, 2-1.

Junior forward Reilly Martin scored the winning goal in the 96th minute to finish off Michigan’s biggest win in years.

But Michigan (2-1-1 Big Ten, 5-2-4 overall) did the unexpected again, upsetting Wisconsin, 2-1, in overtime for its first victory over a top-10 team since 2014.

Sophomore forward Jack Hallahan sent in the free kick that Ivo Cerda finished off for Michigan’s first goal.

But on Sunday at U-M Soccer Stadium, things broke more in No. 22 Michigan’s favor – as they have for much of this season.

Junior midfielder Ivo Cerda scored a header to put the Wolverines on the board and, ultimately, back in the win column.

Midfielder Ivo Cerda stared at his teammates, clapped his hands fervently and shouted, “Keep it going!” The junior captain lived by his mantra, setting the example for his teammates to follow.

Freshman midfielder Sarah Stratigakis scored with just 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.

Thursday night’s contest was in many ways lopsided, and if all opportunities were equal, the Golden Gophers could rightfully say they dominated the match.