SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's soccer team (1-6, 0-1) will be hosting the University of Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines (2-3, 1-0) in what will be both teams second conference matchup of the season. The Blue Devils will finally be playing their first full home match, weather permitting, of the 2019 season. This contest is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd and will kick off at 7:00pm EDT.
The Blue Devils are coming off a loss to conference foe Madonna (Mich.) University. The two teams went into halftime tied at one goal apiece, but a goal in the 74th minute by the Crusaders proved to be the difference, giving them the 2-1 win over the Blue Devils. Enric Miquel was able to net his first goal of the season, but that was all the offense the Blue Devils were able to generate. Head Coach Will Dyer has challenged his team after last Saturday's loss to Madonna. Dyer said that as a team, "We need to take a look in the mirror and decide if we want to compete or are happy where we're at."
Mich.-Dearborn is coming off a 2-1 win over Lourdes (Ohio). The Wolverines were down 0-1 in the second half until they scored two straight goals one in the 60th minute and one in the 68th minute. This gave the Wolverines the 2-1 lead, and they were able to hold off the Lourdes's offense for the remainder of the match.
Offensive Players to watch:
LTU: Nico Rodriguez currently leads the Blue Devils in points with six (two goals and two assists). Look for Rodriguez to continue to put himself in a position to score and also, for him to setup his teammates. Alvaro Merino leads the team in shots with 16.
UM-Dearborn: There are a trio of players for the Wolverines who have scored two goals on the season: Brenden Petz, Obaidah Shaherli, and Grant Baker. Petz and Obaidah each have one assist to their credit as well.
In the Net:
LTU: Max Jewett has started in six of the seven games for the Blue Devils. Jewett has played well in his last three starts; he has improved his save percentage and has kept the Blue Devils in close games.
UM-Dearborn: In the net you can expect to see freshman Brian Ostapenko. Ostapenko has started in all five games for the Wolverines and has made 19 saves to begin the season.
In last year's contest between the two teams, it was all Blue Devils. The Blue Devils cruised to a 6-0 win. In fact, the Blue Devils have won four straight vs. the Wolverines and have outscored the Wolverines 13-0 in their last four matchups.