The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team played in the quarterfinals of the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) Postseason Tournament on Saturday against Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
It was the Wolverines second consecutive appearance in the tournament and they entered the as the No. 8 seed, while the Warriors were the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
UM-Dearborn hung with the top-seeded Warriors for much of the game. They outshot Indiana Tech in the first half 5-4 with two corner kicks. Unfortunately, none of their efforts resulted in a goal and the score remained tied at zero entering halftime.
In the second half, Indiana Tech exerted their dominance and validated their status as the top team in the WHAC. After an own goal by the Wolverines, the Warriors were on the board in the 64th minute. Indiana Tech scored at 82:33 and 86:17 to extend their lead. The Warriors were able to hang on and win 3-0, eliminating UM-Dearborn and ending their season.
After a terrific first half, the Wolverines could not keep with Indiana Tech in the second half as they were outshot 11-6 in the frame. They also were assessed 13 penalties, including yellow cards to freshman Austin Dukes and senior Grant Baker.
Freshman Brian Ostapenko recorded five saves in the loss, while fellow freshman Brendan Petz led the offense with three shots.
The Wolverines finished in their first season under coach Worteh Sampson (5-10-1). Despite the losing record, UM-Dearborn competed in every game and should be a force in 2020.
- Freshman Brendan Petz was named to the WHAC All-Newcomer Team. He is the third Wolverine to earn the honor. Petz finished with three goals and a team-high five assists.
- Senior Grant Baker was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. The award is one of the only that take into account on-field production along with academic success. Baker led the defense all season long and added two goals. He also holds an impressive 3.91 GPA in his senior year. Baker is the first in program history to win the award and has moved on to a national vote to make the All-American Team.
- Along with Grant Baker, seniors Luke Baker, Jacob Drzyzga, and Deavyn Dishroon are all graduating. They were honored prior to last week’s game against Indiana Tech.
- Freshman Christian Cuevas and sophomore Jack Barnett tied for the team-lead in goals with six each. Jacob Drzyzga was right behind them with five. Barnett also led the team in points with 15.
- The Wolverines finished with one of the best offenses in the WHAC, ranking second in goals per game with 1.88 and fourth in total goals with 30.