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Men’s Soccer Drops Pair of Conference Games

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

Alvin Jones, Staff Writer

University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team huddles during the game. Photo/Brandon Schwartz

It was a disappointing week for the University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team, as back-to-back losses saw the team slump to a 4-game losing streak. On Wednesday, the Wolverines faced off against Aquinas in Grand Rapids. The Saints jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with an 8th minute goal. They would go on to dominate most minutes of the game, finishing with 21 shots, 15 of those being on target to the Wolverines’ 8. Sophomore keeper Elijah Burlak kept the Wolverines in the game with a season-high 13 saves. Aquinas found the net in the 70th minute and put the game away, winning 2-0 and improving their record to 5-3-1. UM-D fell to 3-4-1.

Their next game was on Saturday against the 10th ranked University of Northwestern Ohio Racers. UM-D started the game with an early goal. Junior Christian Cole put away a cross from senior Robi Redzic in the 10th minute to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

Cole’s goal was his 6th of the season from 9 games. It was the team’s first goal since their September 17th away win against Saint Francis. The Wolverines went into the half with a lead, despite intense pressure from the Racers.

It was a heartbreaker of a finish for the Wolverines though. The Racers found the equalizer in the 50th minute. In the 84th minute, the Racers found the game winner. The late winner kept the Racers undefeated on the season and the Wolverines winless in WHAC play. The Wolverines were outshot 25-3.

The Wolverines (3-6-1) will look to rebound against Cornerstone University (4-2-4) on Wednesday (Oct. 5) at 7 p.m.

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