By JERAMY STOVER, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team lost a pair of games during last week. The Wolverines (0-5) lost to Spring Arbor University, 4-1, on Sept. 17, before falling to Rochester College, 4-2, on Sept. 19.
Spring Arbor used an early goal to help build momentum throughout the game. The Cougars’ Anthony Juncaj found the back of the net in the third minute. They would score one more goal in the first half and follow that up with two goals in the second.
“It wasn’t as bad as the score indicates,” UM-Dearborn Head Coach, Matt Quirk said. “Once you give up two goals, it’s really hard to come back.”
Shots-on-goal favored Spring Arbor 10-1. The lone shot on goal for the Wolverines came off the foot of freshman Brody Hall, who fired it in the back of the net in the 72nd minute.
“Brody did well, (he) played the whole second half,” said Quirk.
It was Hall’s first collegiate goal and he was definitely excited about it.
“It was incredible, I was so stunned at scoring, I didn’t think to celebrate or do anything,” Hall said. “I mean, it’s a dream come true to play at this level, and to score a goal is just icing on the cake.”
Andrew Pietrzak and Erick Beas both got time as goalkeeper. Quirk wanted to get “last looks” at his two goalies before conference play begins next week.
Nate Szymkowicz was noted with having an excellent game. The senior centre-back has also received praises for his leadership.
“Nate might’ve been our best player on the field,” Quirk said.
After playing Rochester College just 11 days prior, the Wolverines were seeking revenge on the Warriors. They fell short, 4-2, after another bad start haunted the Wolverines. Rochester was able to get two goals in the first 15 minutes.
“(We) couldn’t string 90 minutes together,” Quirk said. “(The) middle 80 minutes, we were good.”
The offense was sparking for the Wolverines as they were able to get a season high nine shots on goal to Rochester’s 11. Freshman Richard Hodnicki led the team in shots on goal with four. Just two minutes after Rochester took a 2-0 lead, Hodnicki fired a shot into the back of the net to narrow the lead down to one.
Nick Schultz also scored before the first half ended, bringing the game to a 2-2 tie. Senior Iris Mesic was credited with the assist on the goal.
Rochester would go on to score two more goals in the final ten minutes to cap off its win.
“We turned off again for the last ten minutes,” Quirk said.
Andrew Pietrzak played the entire match in net for the Wolverines and recorded six saves.
Hall seen improvements in UM-Dearborn’s effort against Rochester the second time around.
“We played a lot better than the first game (against Rochester), especially with missing some starting players,” said Hall.
Conference play starts Sept. 27, and the Wolverines are looking to get fit and healthy for the first game.
“We have five or six guys injured, so we have some guys doing jobs they’re not normally asked to do.” Quirk said.
The Wolverines open conference play on the road against Davenport on Sept. 27.