Cougars declaw the Wolverines, 4-2

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Photo//UM-Dearborn Athletics. Senior Luke Baker kicks the ball up for UM-Dearborn.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team clashed with the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils and the Cleary Cougars this past week. The away match against Lawrence Tech on Wednesday ended with a tough 3-1 loss and the home game against Cleary on Saturday was a 4-2 loss. The Wolverine record drops to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). 

The game against Lawrence Tech began with the Blue Devils having a little more demand over the ball. Lawrence Tech scored first with a strike to take a 1-0 lead. Just ten minutes later, the Blue Devils extended their lead to 2-0 (35:38). The first half ended with the Wolverines being outshot 15-3. 

Soon after the second half began, freshman Austin Dukes was able to get one in the net to chip away at the Blue Devil lead (61:13). Unfortunately, Lawrence Tech fired right back with a goal to cancel out the effort (63:43). This was the final goal in the 3-1 final. Freshman goalkeeper Brian Ostapenko finished the game with nine impressive saves. In the end, the Wolverines finished with 20 less shots (24-4). Two yellow cards were awarded to each side in the match. 

The next matchup played against Cleary University, started better for the Wolverines. UM-Dearborn was able to strike first with a goal from sophomore Jack Barnett (4:49). The Wolverines almost got out of the half with their lead intact, but the Cougars were able to tie the game just before the half ended (32:25). 

The next half was quiet until three quick, consecutive goals came. The first of the bunch was another goal from Cleary to take a 2-1 lead (67:34). Immediately after, the Cougars added another to extend their lead (68:27). Cleary ended their barrage with one more to bring the lead to 4-1. The Wolverines were able to bring in one more thanks to the first career penalty kick from freshman Christian Drzyzga in the 86th minute. Ostapenko contributed six saves and the Wolverines ended with a fair 14 shots. Shots were contributed by 12 different Wolverines in the effort. UM-Dearborn exceeded their average of 12 shots per game. 

UM-Dearborn will next play Siena Heights University at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Michigan on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.