Site: Seattle, Wash. (Championship Field) Event: Seattle University Tournament Score: Michigan 2, Illinois-Chicago 0 Records: U-M (2-1-0), UIC (0-2-0) Next U-M Game: Sunday, Sept. 12 -- at Seattle University - Seattle University Tournament (Seattle, Wash.), 1:30 p.m. PDT
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Freshman forward Soony Saad(Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) netted the game-winner in the 69th minute to lead the University of Michigan men's soccer team to a 2-0 win over Illinois-Chicago in opening day action at the Seattle University Tournament on Friday (Sept. 10) at Championship Field. Senior Alex Wood(Northville, Mich./Northville) added the final goal for the Wolverines. Saad and Meram led the Michigan offense, combining for nine of U-M's 13 shots on goal, while goalkeeper Chris Blais(Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial) made two saves for his seventh career shutout.
The Wolverines broke the 0-0 stalemate when senior forward Justin Meram(Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) connected with Saad in the attacking third of the field. Meram collected the ball and took U-M's initial shot, which deflected to the UIC goalkeeper's right onto the waiting foot of Saad, who put it into the far right post for the score. Wood and Meram connected for the insurance goal in the 88th minute of action as a Meram cross to Wood was buried in the back of the net from three yards out to give the Wolverines the 2-0 shutout victory.
The Wolverines had an excellent opportunity to get on the board in the closing minutes of the first half on a corner kick from Wood that connected with Saad on a header, but the shot was scooped up by Illinois-Chicago goalkeeper Tom Purdy to keep the game scoreless heading into halftime.
The Michigan offense picked up right where it left off last week in the opening frame as Wolverines came out shooting and, midway through the first half, had five shots on goal, including on-target attempts from Meram and senior Chase Tennant(Rochester, Mich./Rochester), but the UIC goalie came up with two saves to keep the Wolverines off the scorebooks. The Flames tried to get on the board with back-to-back shots on goal in the 34th minute of action that Blais knocked away to keep the scoresheet clean through the first half.
Michigan will conclude action at the Seattle University Tournament against the host Redhawks on Sunday (Sept. 12). Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 PDT.