On Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines (17-4-3) soccer program took a major step in its brief ten year history as a Division One squad. The 19th ranked Wolverines defeated the 3rd ranked Maryland Terrapins (19-3-1) in College Park, MD, 3-2 in double overtime to advance to the program’s first ever College Cup. The College Cup is soccer’s version of the Final Four.
Many fans of Michigan athletics flocked to watch the game on the internet video stream alongside myself. For much of the overtime Maryland attacked the Michigan goal relentlessly with goalkeeper Chris Blais turning aside every Terrapin scoring opportunity. While it seemed for much of the overtime the Wolverines were content to test out their chances in the penalty kick session after the second overtime would have been completed. But that wasn’t the case as Freshman Fabio Periera scored the biggest goal so far in Michigan’s young soccer history. The Wolverines advance to play Akron next Friday in Santa Barbara, CA. Congratulations to the team, head coach Steve Burns and the rest of his staff, Go Blue!