South Bend, here we come! Let’s play two!
The unbeaten and 23rd-ranked University of Michigan women’s soccer team (3-0-1) will play two games during a visit this weekend to South Bend, Ind., as part of the Notre Dame Invitational.
The Wolverines will kick off with Santa Clara (2-2-0) at 4 p.m. on Friday before facing No. 7 South Carolina (3-1-0) at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Both matches will take place at UND’s Alumni Stadium.
In other games, Notre Dame will face South Carolina on Friday (Sept. 1) at 7 p.m. and Santa Clara on Sunday (Sept 3) at noon.
Following the Wolverines’ 1-0 win over Toledo on Sunday, they remained at No. 23 in the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) Division I rankings for the second straight week.
Against the Rockets, Abby Kastroll and Reilly Martin assisted on Ani Sarkisian’s game-winning header in the 83rd minute to push the Maize and Blue into the win column for the third time in four games. In a 1-1 tie with Ole Miss last week, Kastroll scored the Wolverines lone goal with assists from Taylor Timko and Brooke Cilley.
Michigan is tied for first in the Big Ten in total assists with 12, led by Cilley’s five assists, which rank first in the conference.
Timko is tied for third with three goals. Cilley has assisted on five of Michigan’s eight goals this season, and Timko has scored or assisted on five goals.
Michigan has gotten solid goalkeeping during the early part of the season. Coach Greg Ryan continues to split duties in the net and the group has responded with just one goal against in the first four games.
Senior Sarah Jackson played all 110 minutes in the double-overtime tie at Ole Miss and matched her season best with seven saves. Senior Megan Hinz (starter) and freshman Hillary Beall each played 45 minutes vs. Toledo, making one and two saves, respectively, in the shutout.
U-M is one of six unbeaten Big Ten schools after two weekends of competition: Nebraska (4-0-0), Penn State (3-0-0), Rutgers (3-0-0), Maryland (3-0-1), Michigan (3-0-1) and Ohio State (2-0-1).