Men’s Soccer Falls to Rochester

(Sabrina Gregory/MJ)
(Sabrina Gregory/MJ)

BY JOSH YOUNG, Guest Writer

On a night that featured nearly 25 different players seeing the field for the Wolverines, the University of Michigan-Dearborn (3-4) hosted Rochester College (4-6) for the second time in nearly ten days at Edsel Ford High School on Sep. 29.  Unfortunately for the Wolverines, they fell by a final score of 3-2.

Rochester opened up the scoring in the 23rd minute of the first half, but the Wolverines were quick with the rebuttal on a blast from center back Adam Valentine in the 41st minute.

The second half featured an early momentum shift in favor of the Wolverines.  Richard Hodnicki received a lead pass, sprinted up the left side and bended the ball into the box from about 30 yards out.  This resulted in the Rochester goalie falling out of place, where Dennis Szczechowski buried it home in the 9th minute of the second half.

Unfortunately, things went south for the Wolverines shortly after.  Rochester tied the game after applying heavy offensive pressure in the 28th minute of the second half, and a questionable handball resulted in a Rochester penalty kick with just two minutes remaining, giving them the lead and eventual victory.

“The referee judged that it hit the hand of one of our players in the box.  It was his moment in the spotlight and he took it,”  said head coach Matt Quirk on the penalty kick that resulted in the Wolverines’ defeat.

When asked about their next opponent, the top team in the nation, Davenport University, junior midfielder Evan Behrendt was nothing but optimistic.

“I thought we played pretty well tonight for the most part. We just need to play a more complete game as a team and we should be alright,” Behrendt said.