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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wolverines went without a shot on goal for the second game in a row, putting an ugly exclamation mark on the loss.
Over the span of 3:27 in the first half against the Hoosiers, Michigan’s offensive luck changed dramatically, and it was able to hang on for a 2-1 win.
Indiana outshot Michigan in the first half, 14-9, but the Wolverines — with a seamless offense on full display — managed to find the back of the net and defeat the Hoosiers.
Despite his ejection, the Michigan crowd applauded the defender for his unwavering efforts, which were on full display in the Wolverines 1-0 overtime loss against the Spartans.
While it looked like Michigan might be able to pull off the upset, the Wolverines fell short with a 1-0 overtime loss to the Spartans.
Unfortunately for Michigan, though, the game lasted until the 83rd minute, and that’s when Purdue (1-0, 6-2) scored the game-winning goal.