By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team defeated conference rival Lawrence Tech University Saturday afternoon 2-1, to move to 5-5 on the year.
The Wolverines were led by forward Iris Mesic, who scored his fifth goal of the season to win their second conference matchup. Mesic currently leads UM-Dearborn in scoring with five goals and five assists.
“We finished most of our chances” said Mesic. “We defended well but there is always room for improvement.”
The team finished this week 1-1 after losing to Davenport University on Wednesday, 2-0. It has been a difficult season for the Wolverines, who have been fighting off injuries to several key players.
“We need to get healthy,” UM-Dearborn coach Mike Hatfield said. “Players are getting opportunities…we can go deeper into our bench.”
The win against Lawrence Tech was big for the Wolverines because it keeps them in the playoff race. There were four injuries in Saturday’s game and it was left up to Hatfield to do some shuffling.
“We held on just long enough…I had to piece things together,” said Hatfield.
Though the team is just .500 on the season, there have been some good things coming out of backup players getting time to gain some experience.
“Our chemistry is much better and we have matured as a team,” Mesic said.
Coming up this week, the Wolverines have two big time conference games on their schedule. If they can win these games it will push them to fifth in the conference and in position to achieve their goal of making the postseason.
UM-Dearborn takes on Concordia at home at Dearborn High School on October 8 at 8:00 p.m. and then travels to Aquinas at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12.
“Concordia can be dangerous,” said Hatfield. “This is a game we have to win.”