Men’s Soccer: U-M still has shot at Big Ten title; host U-D Mercy Wednesday


The Michigan men’s soccer team has won four of its last five and two straight after bringing home a 2-0 win from Ohio State on Saturday. Following a three losses in four game stretch, Michigan has turned things around as they head into the final week of the regular season.

The Maize and Blue (9-4-2, 5-1-1 B1G) play host to the Detroit Mercy Titans on Senior Night on Wednesday. Senior Billy Stevens, Tristan Jacob, and Ali Jawad will play their final regular-season home game for the Wolverines.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., at U-M Soccer Stadium.

The Wolverines conclude their Big Ten schedule at College Park, Maryland, for a key match against No. 9 Maryland at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Michigan, No. 19 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and No. 23 in both the College Soccer News Top 30 and, is No. 17 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.

They also are still kicking around hopes for a Big Ten regular-season title. The Wolverines need to defeat Maryland and have the Michigan State vs. Indiana match result in a draw (Sunday, 3 p.m.). Their 5-1-1 Big Ten record marks the most wins for the Wolverines in the Big Ten Conference since 2003.

With the 2-0 victory over Ohio State, U-M locked up a top-four seed in the Big Ten Tournament and earned the right to host a to-be-determined opponent on Sunday (Nov. 5) at either 1 or 4 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium.

The Wolverines jumped all over the Buckeyes early, taking a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute as sophomore Jack Hallahan took a pass from junior Ivo Cerda at the top right of the box. Cerda’s shot slid by the Ohio State keeper for the first score of the game.

At the 34th minute, Hallahan assisted on a goal by freshman Mohammed Zakyi to make it 2-0.

The Wolverines outshot the Buckeyes 16-6 and didn’t allow a shot on goal the entire game.




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