Soccer

Michigan men's soccer fell behind early but salvaged a tie at Nebraska - Omaha.

Eight minutes in, disaster struck for the Wolverines. They’d fight. They’d keep their composure. But they’d never recover.

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Being a goalkeeper is one of the most high-pressure jobs in sports. Nothing between the player and the net – just a pair of gloves between the player and a soccer ball hurtling forward, often at upwards of 50 miles an hour. An intimidating task, to say the least.

Senior defender Abdou Samake stood out on defense for the Michigan men's soccer team in its loss to Washington on Sunday.

The Wolverines’ only slip up came in the 51st minute of play, when a defensive breakdown led to Washington’s Kasey French receiving a pass in the right side of the box. He put a perfectly placed shot in the top of the net, past the outstretched arms of senior goalkeeper Andrew Verdi, to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

The Michigan women's soccer team ended a 327-minute scoreless streak en route to a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

Shortly after her team snapped a 327 minute scoreless streak en route to a 2-0 victory, Michigan coach Jennifer Klein stood on the pitch explaining what it took for the team to finally find the back of the net.

It wasn’t that the link-up play was sloppy or that the team couldn’t march their way towards their opponent’s 18-yard box. The offense’s lack of production boiled down to the failure to adhere to one simple phrase.

“If you wanna score goals,” Klein said “you gotta shoot the ball.”

Michigan coach Chaka Daley thought his team didn't take full advantage of big moments in its loss to Washington.

Ultimately, it’s all about finishing.

The Michigan men’s soccer team learned that lesson Sunday evening in its 1-0 loss to No. 13 Washington. Despite plenty of close calls and solid scoring opportunities, the Wolverines were unable to break through when it mattered.

Michigan started off confidently and maintained control of play for most of the first half. The Wolverines’ defense consistently frustrated Washington’s attack and recovered the ball when they needed to.

Senior Sura Yekka and the rest of the Michigan defense held Bowling Green without a shot on goal Sunday.

After 327 minutes, Michigan finally ended its scoring drought when sophomore Raleigh Loughman ripped a shot into the upper corner 80 minutes into Sunday’s game. The play started when sophomore Meredith Haakenson received the ball from the corner, took a touch, turned and sent the ball towards the goal. The goalie dove and blocked the ball with an outstretched arm, but it rebounded right into Loughman’s path. A second later, the ball found the back of the net.

A single back-and-forth stretch was the difference in defeat for the Michigan women's soccer team.

In the 86th minute of the Michigan women’s soccer team’s match against Notre Dame, junior midfielder Sarah Stratigakis received a strong cross from the wing and fired a header on goal. The shot was the Wolverines’ best and final chance to go ahead, but Fighting Irish goalkeeper Mattie Interian denied it with a diving stop.

Seconds later, Michigan's fortunes shifted drastically. Instead of celebrating a dramatic, game-winning goal, the Wolverines found themselves chasing Notre Dame forward Kiki Van Zanten as she charged through the Michigan back line and buried a header on a flawless cross. Instead of walking away with a solid non-conference win, the Wolverines left the field with a 1-0 loss.

Senior forward Jack Hallahan got the assist on Michigan's first goal of the game Friday.

With 11 minutes remaining in the first half, Michigan senior forward Jack Hallahan sped down the right side of the field, lofting a pass over the head of a bystanding Cornell defender into the box to graduate student forward Nebojas Popovic.

Popovic instantly redirected the ball towards junior forward Mohammed Zakyi, who fired a point-blank shot past the arms of diving Big Red goalkeeper Brady McSwain to give the Wolverines (2-1-0) the lead, 1-0.

Michigan never looked back on Friday night, scoring two additional goals to shut out Cornell (0-1-0) 3-0, in a match highlighted by a suffocating Wolverines defensive unit and opportunistic forward play.

Junior goalkeeper Hillary Beall made several saves but allowed the game-winning goal to Notre Dame.

With three minutes left on the clock, tensions ran high as the Michigan women’s soccer struggled to clear the ball. Seconds later, the Fighting Irish buried a cross and scored the game-winner, leaving the stadium awestruck (0-1).

Up to that point, goalkeeper Hillary Beall’s two saves characterized the game. She skillfully blocked each of Notre Dame’s shots, even tipping one just above the net. Supported by a strong back line, Beall led the Wolverines into halftime tied 0-0 — still in the game despite a slow offense.

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Calm, cool and collected.

Those three words typified Jackson Ragen’s play Friday night against Cornell. Thanks in large part to the junior centerback’s goal and defensive performance, the Michigan men’s soccer team (2-1) dominated the Big Red 3-0, earning their second victory in a row.