Visiting Princeton scored a first-half goal and looked to be on their way to South Bend until the Wolverines cancelled their travel plans. Michigan senior Noah Kleedtke scored in the 75th minute to tie the game at 1-1 and the Wolverines won on penalty kicks to advance to the second round of the NCAA Touranment.
Michigan (12-5-3) will face No. 7 Notre Dame on Sunday in the second round in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish won the regular-season contest, 2-1, on Oct. 16. Sunday’s match will begin at 5 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
Michigan sophomore Henry Mashburn made three huge saves in the penalty kick shootout to help the Maize and Blue advance in the NCAA Tournament on a snow-covered Thursday at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Deadlocked at 1 after 110 minutes, the two teams went to a 14-round penalty kick shootout on the north end of the stadium. Princeton had two chances to advance, but Mashburn was there for the save in both round five (on Sean McSherry) and in round 12 (on Bryan Prudil). Sophomore Jackson Ragen converted the go-ahead PK in the 14th round, and Mashburn guessed right on Danny Hampton, pawing the shot off the right post to send the U-M Soccer Stadium crowd into a frenzy.
The conditions on Thursday were far from ideal. Several inches of snow fell throughout the day and blanketed the pitch, causing slick conditions for the players and the ball. It was an extremely physical match with 46 total fouls called and eight cards issued, six of them shown to Michigan.
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