Fifty-four holes in two days is far from an easy trip on the green, no matter how skilled the golfer, and first-year Michigan coach Zach Barlow knew that his team would need to dig deep in order to find success at the Crooked Stick tournament in Carmel, Ind. With weather against them and a tough field to go up against — No. 13 Georgia and No. 5 Vanderbilt to name a few — the Wolverines started the first day of play with a 306 through 18 holes.
After a grueling fight, during the final minute of regulation play, sophomore midfielder Raleigh Loughman fired a powerful corner kick into a crowded box and was able to connect with junior midfielder Nicki Hernandez. Hernandez executed a precise header that met the back of the net and earned the Michigan women’s soccer team a well-deserved first goal of the match.
Hoosiers midfielder Spencer Glass tip-toed his way past the Michigan defense down the left flank before blasting a near-post goal over the head of senior goalkeeper Andrew Verdi. The goal proved to be the difference in what was a 1-0 loss for the Wolverines (6-3-3 overall, 2-1-2 Big Ten) against No. 4 Indiana (8-1-3, 4-0-0) on Sunday in Bloomington.
Michigan (12-3 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) entered the contest against the Hawkeyes (7-9, 1-4) having won its last 13 sets. Seeking to keep the momentum going against an Iowa team that was riding a three game losing streak entering Friday’s game.
Instead, the big play came from true freshman midfielder Harry Pithers. Facing pressure on the right sideline from a Detroit defender, he lobbed a masterfully placed cross to sophomore forward Derick Broche, who buried a header for the game’s lone goal. The assist was Pithers’ first point of his college career.
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In a way, the first quarter was a microcosm for the rest of the game, as the Wolverines’ offense got going and never stopped. They finished the game with 13 corners and 35 shots compared to Michigan State’s zero and one, respectively.
Michigan consistently hit the ball with great accuracy, playing one of their most efficient games of the season. Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones led the way with 16 kills. The offensive efficiency was made possible by senior setter Mackenzie Welsh, as she single-handedly out assisted the entire Maryland team, 41 to 29.
A serious scoring opportunity never materialized for Michigan, who dropped a hard-fought match, 2-0, to the Badgers (8-2-1, 4-0-0) in Madison on Thursday night. The loss snapped the Wolverines’ six-match unbeaten streak.