By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan Dearborn’s men’s soccer team added a pair of 0-0 ties in double overtime to its record against Sienna Heights University and Madonna University this past week.
The Wolverine offense was lackluster to say the least, attempting just 18 shots and only connecting seven on goal. The defense and goaltending was what stood out for blue, who only allowed 13 shots on net.
“We were more organized as a team especially on the defensive end” said forward Iris Mesic.
Though the last two games were nothing to write home about, the two ties added two more points for the Wolverines to pull them within two points of making the playoffs.
The next two games are huge for a Wolverines team that is trying to make a big jump from a losing season to making the playoffs just a season later. They set a goal before the season to make the playoffs and now it is in their grasp.
When asked what it would mean for this team to make the playoffs, Mesic has some strong words.
“It would mean a lot, especially for being a second year program and it would be a huge step for us to get our schools name out there.”
Midfielder Damjan Stamenkovic also feels that it would be big for Dearborn to make the playoffs.
“It would mean everything. This is a second year program, playing in a very tough conference” he said. “There are a couple top 25 ranked teams in the country to making that leap from last years eleventh place finish to making the playoffs is huge.”
The men know there is a lot of work to do in these last two games of the season to meet the goal the team set.
“We have to go into the games with a clear and focused mind” Stamenkovik said. “We know we have to win to get into the playoffs. We have a plan and we need to execute it and we’re in.”
The Wolverines will finish their season on the road this week. First they head to Indiana Tech to play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 30. Then they cap off the season by traveling to Marygrove College at 3 p.m. on Saturday November 2.