The Michigan men’s soccer team opened the 2018 season on Friday with a tough 2-1 loss to visiting Tulsa despite out shooting the Golden Hurricane 17-11, including seven on frame.
Tulsa took an early lead, which may have been a wake-up call for the 21st ranked Wolverines playing their first official regular-season game. The Golden Hurricane scored at the 11 minute mark to take a 1-0 lead.
Michigan cranked up the offense and went on the offensive, firing shots at Tulsa keeper Cooper Clark. At the 24 minute mark, Michigan’s Mohammed Zakyi delivered the team’s first goal of the season. A foul against Tulsa gave the Wolverines a quality chance right outside the 18-yard box and Zakyi stepped up and beat the wall with a curler that squared the game at 1-1.
At the 43:38 mark of the first half, Tulsa’s Joe Ruiz scored to give the Golden Hurricane a 2-1 lead.
Neither team scored in the second half. The Wolverines played the final 9 minutes with just 10 players after senior Daniel Mukuna received a second yellow card.
Sophomore Henry Mashburn played all 90 minutes in goal, making three saves.
The Wolverines will return to action on Monday (Aug. 27), when they host South Florida at 7 p.m. It is Dollar Day at U-M Soccer Stadium, with general admission tickets and concessions each just $1. The first 250 fans in attendance also will receive a Michigan Soccer Window Cling.
For more on the game, visit: https://mgoblue.com/news/2018/8/24/mens-soccer-falls-to-tulsa-in-home-opener.aspx