(Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn Athletics/Nick McCutcheon)

By JERAMY STOVER, Sports Editor

The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team had an interesting week with their split of two Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference games.

On Oct. 5 the Wolverines took on the top team in the conference and No. 6 ranked nationally in Northwestern Ohio. The Racers scored three goals in the first half and cruised the rest of the way to a 5-0 win.

Luca Mastrontonio and Carlos Monterrey each scored two goals for Northwestern Ohio. Wolverines goalkeeper Tristan Johnson made six saves on the night. The Racers asserted their dominance throughout the game by not allowing the Wolverines to get a shot on net during the game.

On Oct. 7 UM-Dearborn traveled to Adrian to battle with Siena Heights. The Wolverines would go on to win 4-3 after an entertaining second half.

Siena Heights got on the board early with a goal in the 17th minute and took that 1-0 lead into halftime. Early in the second half Richard Hodnicki and Matt McCourt scored goals in nearly a minute apart to put the Wolverines on top 2-1.

But Siena Heights rallied and scored back-to-back goals of their own to retake the lead heading down the stretch. But in the 69th minute Hodnicki found the back of the net again to tie the game at three.

Then in the 89th minute Hodnicki struck again scoring his third goal of the game off a header. He would tie his career-high number of goals in a game with the game-winning score.

It was the first conference win for UM-Dearborn and puts life into their conference tournament hopes. The Wolverines currently sit in 10th place in the conference but are right in the thick of things as they are tied in points with Siena Heights and Concordia.

Next for the Wolverines is a matchup with Aquinas on Oct. 12 at 7:00.