further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
RS freshman Colin McAtee leads the team wtih 6 goals [Paul Sherman/Michigan Daily]
Columbia 3 – Michigan 0
Michigan travelled to New York to take on Columbia after two home matches and suffered their second loss of the season. Michigan fell behind early and gave up two goals in the first 20 minutes. Rhys Williams scored for the Lions in the 8th minute while Francisco Agrest scored Columbia’s second, beating freshman Evan Louro from 20 yards out.
The match was delayed due to lightning in the second half. Immediately following the break, Williams scored his second of the day to put the match away. Michigan, despite 11 corner kicks and four shots on target, were unable to get onto the score sheet for the second time this season.
|Michigan Soccer 2014 Schedule|
|Aug 29||Home||FIU (L, 0-1)|
|Aug 31||Home||SMU (W, 3-0)|
|Sep 6||@||Columbia (L, 3- 0)|
|Sep 12||Home||Maryland (T, 1-1)|
|Sep 16||Home||Bowling Green (L, 0-1)|
|Sep 21||@||Northwe stern (T, 0-0)|
|Sep 28||Home||Penn State (L, 0-1)|
|Oct 1||Home||Western Mich (L,0-1 OT)|
|Oct 4||@||Wisconsin (W, 2-1 OT)|
|Oct 7||Home||Notre Dame (W, 3-2)|
|Oct 11||@||Rutgers (W, 3-0)|
|Oct 14||@||Akron (L, 3-0)|
|Oct 21||Home||Detroit (T, 0-0)|
|Oct 26||Home||Indi ana (12p)|
|Oct 29||Home||Oakland (7:30p)|
|Nov 2||@||Michigan State (1p)|
|Nov 5||Home||Ohio State (7:30p)|
|Big Ten Tourney||Nov 8, 9, 14, 16|
|NCAA Tourney||Nov 20, 23, 29, Dec 5|
|College Cup||Dec 12, 14|
Michigan 1 - #12 Maryland 1
Michigan’s biggest match of the young season featured visiting #12 Maryland in their first ever B1G match at the Michigan Soccer Complex. Adam Grinwis made his return to goal after Louro started at Columbia.
Michigan started off the match well and were able to control much of the possession and chances early on. William Mellors-Blair was especially active on the left side and was Michigan’s best offensive player for much of the match.
The match was goalless going into the second half but Michigan immediately put pressure again but Maryland’s defenders were able to clear the ball off the line after a Zach Steffen save. Michigan’s go ahead goal came from a Rylee Woods free kick wherein James Murphy was able to head the ball into the back of the net past Steffen to put Michigan ahead. Maryland ramped up pressure in the final fifteen minutes and Michigan was forced into simply clearing the ball down the field and absorbing the attack.
Michigan nearly added a second goal with three minutes left on the clock when Ahinga Selemani was stopped by Steffen on a breakaway chance after a swift counterattack by Michigan. It proved to be a big moment for what was ahead.
A failed clearance on the right side of the Michigan defense allowed Alex Crognale to find David Kabelik, who calmly slotted it past Grinwis with just 22 seconds remaining to force overtime.
The two ten minute overtime were mostly uneventful with Grinwis making one save for Michigan on a 20 yard effort from Mael Corboz.
Murphy was Michigan’s best player for most of the match and deserved Man of the Match even without his headed goal. Michigan’s back four played well other than the breakdown right at the end, which allowed Maryland level the match. Yamannn Sahlool came off the bench for Michigan and played well holding up the ball and allowing Michigan’s wingers and midfielders to run in behind him.
Michigan was the better team for most of the match and had to be disappointed by not beating Maryland. A draw against Maryland (who has since fallen out of the Top 25) is still a good result.
[After the jump things get better I swear!]