Early in October, the Michigan men’s soccer team scored a 2-1 win over Oakland University. The Wolverines, at the time, were 8-1-1 overall, 3-0-1 in the Big Ten and 14th ranked in the country.
A big test awaited with second-rank Indiana coming to Ann Arbor for a Big Ten showdown. The Hoosiers scored a 1-0 win to end Michigan’s nine-match unbeaten streak.
So where is this heading? It isn’t upwards.
In Michigan’s next five games, the Wolverines went 2-2-1 with losses to Notre Dame and Wisconsin and a 1-1 draw with Michigan State.
Things may be turning in the other direction – and the Wolverines better up so because time is running out. Michigan ended the regular season with a 2-1 overtime win over Maryland and opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 3-1 win over Penn State.
The victory earned the Wolverines (11-4-2) a spot in Friday’s semifinal against Wisconsin (10-5-2) at 3:30 p.m. in Westfield, Ind. The winner will play the winner of Indiana-Maryland in the finals on Sunday.
The Badgers finished second in the Big Ten (6-2-0) and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 matches. Wisconsin defeated Michigan 1-0 in two overtimes in the only meeting of the season.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will take place on Monday (Nov. 12) at 1 p.m., and can be viewed on NCAA.com. The Wolverines can see their way into the 48-team field by winning the Big Ten Tournament (thus capturing the conference’s automatic bid) or receiving one of the 24 at-large bids.
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