Was out late last night as I was at the game and was too tired from driving back to write this post when I got back.
We have offense.
On Sunday, Michigan grabbed its 150th win in program history by defeating Northwestern 3-0 which was on the day they celebrated 150 years of Michigan Athletics. A very encouraging win after the 2-1 WTF loss to Detroit in the previous game where the only goal game from a PK.
Still, this team has been very inconsistent early on. The only other time they scored 3 or more goals (WVU game), they followed that up with 3 total goals in their next 3 games.
Michigan traveled to Rochester last night to take on Oakland who came off an impressive season a year ago where they shut out #10 MSU and beat Ohio State in Rochester. Michigan entered the game with a 9-1-4 record against Oakland all-time, but a 1-1-1 record in Rochester with all games having gone to OT (the most recent road trip being a scoreless tie in 2013).
One of my keys to this game, and frankly the rest of the games from here on out, was for Michigan to score the first goal as they're perfect when scoring first this year. They did that early with an Ivo Cerda header 15 minutes into the game.
Oakland has a couple speedy guys on their team, which resulted in them getting a PK as one of them was held after beating a defender. Questionable call IMO, but Horizon League refs.
The score was 1-1. Then Francis Atuahene entered aka, the Ghananian Goal Machine. Every time he gets the ball, something is going to happen. He is probably on the level of Denard in terms of speed. Once he got the ball in space, I instantly could see something was going to happen as I was already jumping up yelling GO GO GO!
He fed Michael Kaptiula for the goal to give Michigan the 2-1 lead just before halftime.
In the second half, it was ALL Michigan. Atuahene got turned loose again and this time he scored unassisted to give Michigan a 3-1 lead and then Will Mellors-Blair put it away in the 84th minute to give Michigan the 4-1 win.
The defense was dominating. Michigan controlled midfield the entire game. Just can't get beat by quick players on the edge.
Michigan is now 4-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the B1G. Next up is at #21 Penn State on Sunday. That is a HUGE game. If Michigan brings their offense with them, it could be a great game. If Michigan gets the win Sunday, they'll be in sole possesion of first place in the B1G standings and IMO, the driver's seat for the B1G Championship.
The "stadium" was a slab of bleachers on rock bed. However, it was VERY cool being that close to the action. Chaka Daley got after the awful refs, and it was quite awesome to hear everything.
Apparently I was on ESPN3
Was listening to his talk show -- he brought Lee Fitting on, who announced that if IU keeps winning AND Notre Dame AND Georgia lose, GameDay will "pack up and be at Bloomington"
Per the request of MGrowOld
ESPN GameDay producer Lee Fitting said if Notre Dame, Georgia are upset, GameDay will “pack up and be at Bloomington.”— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) September 24, 2015
He appears to have no interest in M, MSU, or OSU. And that feeling seems to be mutual.
But good for UCLA for pulling their head out of their ass and letting him go to whatever school will have him (PAC-12 excepted).
Congratulations to Tyrone on a well deserved honor. That was a great game.
To fill the void left by user Lanyard Program, another has taken the torch and created a mini-program for all of us to enjoy.
The full details can be found in this thread, but all credit for this mini-program goes to MGoCustom. We are both fairly new to creating content on the blog and they were not sure how to create a diary, so here we are.
This iteration has the classic information you are used to having: depth chart, roster and current year schedule. Additionally, you will see current YTD stats and a list of coaches.
Get it here.
Mod edit: Originally authored by cdycus, go pos him somewhere. JGB.