By JERAMY STOVER, Staff Reporter
This season has been a struggle for the University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team. Not only are the Wolverines winless in their first seven games, but are being hit with an injury bug that has sidelined a few starters.
On Oct. 1, the Wolverines (0-7-0, 0-2-0) ran into conference foe Marygrove College (2-7-0, 1-0-0) in their second home game, falling to the Mustangs 4-1.
“They were quick up top and got a couple goals early,” said UM-Dearborn midfielder Brody Hall.
Marygrove led in shots on goal with an 8-6 advantage. The game stayed even until the 27th minute when Haider Alzayadi fired a shot past Wolverines keeper Andrew Pietrzak to give Marygrove a 1-0 lead.
The Mustangs would notch two more goals, both scored by Oneil Robinson, to end the first half with a 3-0 lead.
The trend continued into the second half as Marygrove was able to score in the 56th minute to grow their lead to 4-0. The Wolverines would find the back of the net in the 82nd minute after drawing a foul which gave them a free kick from 18 yards out. A rebound off the Mustangs goalie found the foot of Shahad Farahani, who fired it for his first goal of the season.
Sophomore John Mertic has been injured for part of the season, but was able to take the field against the Mustangs and made his presence felt.
“He definitely brought a commanding presence, calmed everyone down and got us back to playing soccer,” said Hall. “He had a good defensive showing as well.”
As the struggles continue for the Wolverines, senior Forward, Iris Mesic, knows what his team needs to do in order to turn the season around.
“We have to limit our mistakes and finish our chances in front of the goal,” he said.
Assistant coach Justin Hunter has another solution for UM-Dearborn.
“We are too occupied with the score and scoring as opposed to playing well and connecting passes,” he said. “When you play well you will be rewarded.”
The Wolverines will try and collect their first win when they travel to Indiana Tech Oct. 8 to play the Warriors.