Soccer

The Michigan men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted their first ever Pride Day on Sunday afternoon, a positive step for the Athletic Department.

When I walked into U-M Soccer Stadium 45 minutes before the first game on Sunday, nobody was in the stands yet but “Dancing Queen” blared over the speakers. So, I guess there were never any plans to be subtle.

Sophomore midfielder Raleigh Loughman scored 49 seconds into Michigan's win over Purdue.

The Wolverines’ pregame huddle was electric. The team’s highlights on the big screen brought an unwavering surge of cheering and celebration, both from the crowd and the players themselves. 

Junior goalkeeper Hillary Beall hasn't given up more than one goal in any game this season.

Hillary Beall came to Ann Arbor typifying what  it means to be a highly-touted prospect. The No. 1 goalkeeper in the class of 2017 according to Top Drawer Soccer, Beall was expected to become an elite keeper for the Wolverines.

The Michigan women's soccer team stayed undefeated in Big Ten play with a 2-1 win over Purdue

The Michigan women’s soccer team formed a circle and started dancing, jumping and screaming prior to their game against Purdue. Moments later, they were screaming again — this time to celebrate sophomore midfielder Raleigh Loughman's goal just 49 seconds into the game. The early goal helped the Wolverines (8-2-0 overall, 3-0-0 Big Ten) to a 2-1 victory in rainy conditions over the Boilermakers (6-3-1, 2-1-0).

Sophomore defender Sydney Shepherd helped anchor a strong defensive performance in a 0-0 draw with Indiana on Sunday.

The Michigan women’s soccer team (8-2-1, 3-0-1 Big Ten) tied Indiana 0-0 on on Sunday behind a strong defensive performance anchored by sophomore defender Sydney Shepherd and junior defender Alia Martin.

Graduate transfer forward Nebojsa Popovic has already shown potential, notching five goals and three assists in seven games.

The Michigan men’s soccer team has a new player this season who is lighting up opposing defenses. His name is Nebojsa Popovic.

Junior midfielder Sarah Stratigakis' second-half goal fired Michigan past Ohio State on Sunday.

Despite being tied at one with Ohio State (3-5-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) at the end of the first half, Michigan (7-2-0, 2-0-0 Big Ten) was being outshot 14-7 and had allowed the Buckeyes to dominate possession.

Senior forward Jack Hallahan assisted on Michigan's only goal in shortened tie against Rutgers.

Only two minutes after kickoff, the pitch-length run and resulting goal gave the Wolverines an early one-goal lead. But that was the only offensive production that Michigan (0-0-1 Big Ten, 3-2-2 Overall) could muster in a rain-shortened 1-1 draw to Rutgers (0-0-1 Big Ten, 5-0-2 Overall).

Junior goalkeeper Hillary Beall made three saves, including one in the final 10 minutes, to secure Michigan's win Thursday.

A win only takes one goal.

In the first 10 minutes of the Michigan women’s soccer game against No. 23 Penn State, junior midfielder Sarah Stratigakis passed the ball to fellow midfielder sophomore Meredith Haakenson. Haakenson capitalized on the opportunity and fired a shot into the upper right corner of the goal — scoring the only point of the game as the Wolverines won, 1-0.

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In the 11th minute of the Michigan men’s soccer team’s match against Oakland, spectators saw graduate transfer forward Nebojsa Popovic fire a shot at Golden Grizzlies goalkeeper Sullivan Lauderdale. They saw senior forward Jack Hallahan bury the rebound in the back of the net and run off celebrating.

But the most important part of the play came before that. Faced with a charging defender along the sideline, junior winger Umar Farouk Osman made a quick stutter-step that put his opponent on skates, creating space for a cross to Popovic to set up the goal.

The Wolverines’ (3-2-1) ability to maintain possession under pressure was vital to their success against Oakland (3-2-1) at the U-M Soccer Stadium on Tuesday.