The Michigan men’s soccer team improved to 5-0-1 with a 2-1 victory last week over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener. It was the Wolverine’s biggest test of the year and they passed it with flying maize and blue colors.
Michigan’s next big test is as big as it gets. U-M hits the road tonight (Wednesday) when they play in Bloomington, Ind., against Indiana, the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, at 7:30 p.m.
The game kicks off a big week for the No. 18 ranked Wolverines, who host rival sixth-ranked Michigan State at noon on Sunday. Tickets are still available on the UM athletic web site.
Both matches will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network.
Michigan. off to its longest unbeaten streak to start a season since 2008, enters the week ranked No. 18 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. U-M also is ranked No. 28 in the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll, and No. 19 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings.
In the 2-1 win over Wisconsin, the Wolverines played in front of 2,134 fans, the best turnout since Sept. 3, 2012, when 2,225 fans packed U-M Soccer Stadium against Michigan State, and was the sixth-largest turnout in UMSS history.
The Wolverines scored twice in the first half – a goal by Ivo Cerda at the 6-minute mark and a goal by Marc Ybarra at the 38-minute mark. Wisconsin scored in the second half but could never get the equalizer.
No. 1 Indiana, picked to finish second in the Big Ten preseason poll, enters the mid-week game with a 4-0-1 mark and is coming off a scoreless draw against the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins in College Park on Sept. 8. In one of the premier match-ups of the young 2017 season, the Hoosiers out-shot the Terps 14-7 but were unable to find a breakthrough.
The Hoosiers lead the league in goals with 11 while allowing just one goal.
Against Michigan State, U-M looks to reclaim the Big Bear Trophy, which is awarded to the annual winner of the in-state match-up between the Wolverines and Spartans.
No. 6 Michigan State enters a Wednesday (Sept. 13) game with Bowling Green with a 5-0-0 overall mark and a 1-0-0 Big Ten record after starting off conference play with a 2-1 win over Rutgers on Friday (Sept. 8).
The Spartans own a 13-7-1 mark in the all-time series. Under coach Chaka Daley, U-M is 3-2 against the Spartans, with back-to-back victories coming in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Last year, MSU took the match-up, 1-0, in East Lansing.