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Men’s Soccer Season Ends After WHAC Tournament Loss

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

Alvin Jones, Staff Writer

Photo//Alana Dackiw

The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer played their final game of the season on Saturday in a 3-1 loss to #22 Indiana Tech. The Wolverines were playing in the quarterfinal of the WHAC tournament, playing away to the Warriors of Indiana Tech.

Earlier in the season, the Wolverines nabbed a point from Indiana Tech thanks to a goal from Nicolas Pulcini. On Saturday, the scoring started early as Lucca Motta of Indiana Tech scored after 18 minutes.

The Wolverines got a stroke of fortune five minutes later as they were awarded a penalty. Sophomore Andrew Schwartz stepped up to the spot and scored, tying the game 1-1. It was Schwartz’s third goal of the season.

The luck was short-lived as, just 47 seconds later, Motta scored his second goal of the contest. The Wolverines were outshot throughout the game 16-5. Keeper Elijah Burlak came up with six saves. In the 60th minute, the Warriors scored their third and the Wolverines would go on to lose 3-1.

The Wolverines finished the season with a record of 6-10-3 (4-5-2 WHAC). The team was buoyed by a strong second half to the season, featuring a six-game undefeated streak.

Junior Christian Cole finished as the team’s top scorer with seven goals, three being game winners. Schwartz was second with three, and Hassan Jaber, Spencer Polgar, Josiah Yoder, and Pulcini all scored two goals. Senior Robi Redzic finished with a team-high three assists. Keeper Bulak finished with 94 saves and four clean sheets. Burlak’s 94 saves were second best in the WHAC.

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