Soccer

The Michigan men's soccer team lost in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament on penalty kicks.

A high-intensity Big Ten championship match resulted in a battle between Michigan and Indiana's freshmen goalkeepers where the Wolverines ultimately fell to the eighth-ranked Hoosiers 4-3 during penalty kicks.

Junior midfielder Nicki Hernandez made an impact in all facets of the game, taking two of the team’s 14 shots.

In an overtime battle, the narrative was similar but the result was not, as the Wolverines fell to Penn State, 2-1, in the Big Ten Championship game.

The Michigan men's soccer team defeated Michigan State  in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Missed scoring opportunities were mounting, and it appeared this was another miss for the Wolverines. Just a split second later, though, vexation transformed into euphoria. Hallahan’s curling ball took a fortuitous bounce high off the turf, flying into the top left corner of the goal and giving the Michigan men's soccer team the lead. Hallahan lept emphatically into the air and pumped his fist, the stadium buzzing at the sight of his heroics. His goal proved to be the difference, as the Wolverines (10-4-4 overall, 4-1-3 Big Ten) held on to defeat rival Michigan State (3-12-3, 3-3-1) 2-1 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Sophomore forward Derick Broche started the second half and brought a spark to the Wolverine front line.

The Wolverines (10-4-4 overall, 4-1-3 Big Ten) went down in the first half but dominated the Spartans (3-12-3, 3-4-1) in the second half. Though Michigan was victorious in the end, it had to flip the switch to beat its in-state rival. Michigan State, still bitter about losing “the Bear” to the Wolverines in regular season play, had a chip on its shoulder as soon as the whistle blew. Michigan didn’t respond well, giving up a soft goal in the 20th minute. But this was nothing new for the Wolverines, who have scored 10 goals in first halves and 20 in second halves across this season. Halftime has been a time to regroup and make adjustments for Michigan. This game was no exception as the players realized their mistakes and responded well.

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But with less than two minutes left in regulation, the Scarlet Knights equalized the game after forward Tiernny Wiltshire scored off a cross. It was a shocking blow in a game that the Wolverines believed was wrapped up. The theatrics weren’t over as Michigan freshman Jayde Riviere proved to be the hero that the team needed. Six minutes into sudden-death overtime, Riviere, isolated on the right side, sent a ball sailing over the outstretched reach of the Rutgers goalkeeper Meagan McClelland and into the net handing Michigan a 2-1 win.

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Late in a first half that had yielded open chances but no goals for the Michigan women’s soccer team, a pair of freshmen blew the game open for the Wolverines. Right back Jayde Riviere sent a cross from near midfield that caught the Maryland defense off guard and set Michigan up with a scoring opportunity. Fellow freshman, forward Dani Wolfe, finished off the play, out-racing Maryland’s center back down the pitch and tapping the ball in off a deflection.

Forward Jayde Reviere led a three-on-two counterattack that resulted in the first of three goals for the Michigan women’s soccer team against Maryland.

Haakenson sent a hard-hit ground ball right into Seppi’s hands, but the goaltender was unable to reel it in, setting up freshman forward Danielle Wolfe for an easy follow — tacking on the first goal in a 3-0 victory for No. 3 seed Michigan (13-4-1 overall, 8-2-1 Big Ten) over the sixth-seeded Terrapins (9-7-3, 5-5-1).

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The Maryland student section jeered at freshman goalie, Owen Finnerty, as his back stood in front of them the entire game. As the clock wound down he drove them to silence as Michigan men’s soccer team (9-4-4 overall, 4-1-3 Big Ten) defeated Maryland (9-6-2 overall, 3-3-2 Big Ten), 4-2, in its last regular season game Sunday.

The Michigan men's soccer team played stifling defense in a win over Michigan State.

With about three minutes left to play, freshman goalkeeper Owen Finnerty dove out from his near post to cut off a low cross into the box. The crowd roared.

Senior forward Jack Hallahan set up plays for his teammates in Michigan's victory over Michigan State.

After a sluggish game, it was the Michigan men’s soccer team that awoke from hibernation to win the Big Bear Trophy against rival Michigan State, for the first time since 2015.