Soccer: Wolverines late rally falls short in season opener 6-4

Photo Courtesy of UM-Dearborn Athletics, Senior Grant Baker kicks the ball for the Wolverines.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team opened up their season on Friday in Georgetown, Kentucky against the Tigers of Georgetown College. 

The Wolverines started off on the wrong foot with a Georgetown goal by senior Noel Roman in the 3rd minute. Senior Jacob Drzyga answered for the Wolverines with his first goal of the season in the 10th minute. Georgetown came back with 4 unanswered goals to open up a 5-1 lead. Late in the first half, freshman Austin Dukes scored his first goal as a Wolverine making the score 5-2 entering halftime.  

Freshman Brendan Petz opened the second half scoring his first career goal cutting into the deficit 5-3. In the 85th minute, senior Grant Baker scored UM-Dearborn’s 4th goal, but the Tigers answered right back with a goal to win 6-4.

Making his first start in net, freshman Brian Ostapenko made 4 saves in the loss. Freshman Brendan Petz was able to get 4 shot attempts in his first game as a Wolverine – one of which was a shot into the upper corner to net his first collegiate goal. There were 9 different players who got shots for UM-Dearborn, with a total of 14 for the game. A late surge by the Wolverines combined with excellent play by the freshmen are early signs of an exciting season to come.

UM-Dearborn will look to even their record at a game apiece in their home opener against Olivet College at 7:30 pm Wednesday at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Michigan.