The celebrations weren’t just for the game, but for acknowledging the fact that the Wolverines may have put to bed their misfortunes of last season — the worst in program history — and look like an exciting team to support once again.
Marc Ybarra doesn’t need the highlight reels or praise — though he garnered both Friday. He is already living his dream.
Michigan (3-0-1) looks to continue its longest unbeaten streak since 2008 in its Big Ten opener Friday against Wisconsin (1-0-2) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Michigan (3-1-2) has been on the wrong side of shot disparities three times this season, and No. 17 Wake Forest (5-1) will present another challenge when it visits Ann Arbor on Sunday.
Last season, it took the Michigan men's soccer team 10 outings to earn its first win. Four games into this year, the Wolverines have already earned three.
Michigan was eager to walk away with a win, but two second-half goals from South Carolina (5-1) meant the Wolverines would leave the Notre Dame Invitational with a tie and a loss.
Monday's contest showcased a number of trends — both positive and negative — that have followed Michigan, some of them dating back to last season.
In just his third game at Michigan, Mukuna scored twice — including the eventual game-winner — to lead the Wolverines to a 3-1 victory over Cleveland State.
The Wolverines made a routine game look, well, routine, taking care of non-conference foe Cleveland State, 3-1, to improve to 2-0-1 on the season.
With Michigan kicking off preseason training Wednesday, and its first exhibition game against Wisconsin-Green Bay 10 days away, the Daily previews the Wolverines’ 2017 roster.