Updated: Apr 29
Alvin Jones, Staff Writer
It was a positive week for the University of Michigan-Dearborn men's soccer team. The Wolverines delivered two wins against Concordia (MI) and Rochester and a draw against #17 Indiana Tech. The Wolverines have gone five games undefeated, good for their best stretch of the season.
On Saturday, October 15th, The Wolverines welcomed the Concordia (MI) Cardinals to Star International Academy in Dearborn. The first half of the game was mostly tepid with both squads going scoreless.
In the second half, the Wolverines poured on the pressure. Senior Robi Redzic found his first goal of the season in the 71st minute, placing a shot into the top left corner.
Rezdic later set up junior Christian Cole in the 74th minute for UM-D’s second goal.
The Wolverines put together one of their best attacking performances of the season, finishing with 13 shots, seven of which were on target. A late penalty was put away by freshman Spencer Polgar, sealing a 3-0 win.
On Monday, October 17th, sophomore keeper Elijah Burlak was named WHAC Defensive Player of the Week, the first Wolverine to earn a conference honor this season.
On Wednesday, the Wolverines started a three-game road trip, starting with the Rochester University Warriors. Michigan-Dearborn scored early after sophomore Andrew Schwarz scored his first goal this season from an Austin Dukes assist.
Burlak and the defense would withstand pressure from Concordia until the 73rd, when Polgar scored his second goal in as many games. 2-0 to UM-Dearborn.
UM-Dearborn grabbed a solid point against the #17 Indiana Tech Warriors. The Wolverines conceded in the first half despite a good attacking performance as Jaume Castells Mas opened the scoring for Indiana Tech.
Early in the second half, the Wolverines found a lifeline via a goal from junior Nicolas Pulcini. The Wolverines fought hard to preserve the point with keeper Burlak making five saves. The Wolverines held on to improve to 3-4-2 in WHAC play, moving to sixth overall in the conference.
The Wolverines (6-7-3, 3-4-2 WHAC) wrap up the road trip on Wednesday to play away at Siena Heights (5-8-1, 3-5-1 WHAC) at 7 p.m.