Men’s soccer loses to Michigan

It was a long, wet weekend for the men’s soccer team. The Falcons played in two games this weekend, one on the road and one at home.

Friday night’s game faced the Falcons up against their first conference opponent of the season, when they traveled to Akron. The game, which marked the opening of Mid-American Conference play, was won by the Zips by a score of 4-1.

The Falcons found themselves down early on in the game. The scoring for the Zips was highlighted with three straight goals, giving them a 3-0 lead. The three goals proved to be sufficient for Akron, but the lead was cut down thanks to Falcon Dustin Snyder’s second goal of the season.

Now trailing by two goals, the Falcons’ comeback was cut short after Akron answered quickly with their fourth and final goal of the game. The 4-1 loss for the Falcons was also cut short due to lightning.

Goalkeeper Brandon Decker saw his first action in goal for the Falcons in replace of suspended goal keeper Dave DeGraff.

Decker had three saves in his first game as a Falcon.

The Falcons had no time to dwell on Friday’s defeat, as they had to head home and play host to the Michigan Wolverines yesterday afternoon. The Wolverines came into Sunday’s game looking to improve on their 5-3 record.

BG would once again have to play catch up. The Falcons gave up the single goal of the first half 20 minutes into the game. However, DeGraff did his best to hold the Wolverines to just one goal in the first half. DeGraff had six saves in the first half and tried to rally the Falcons behind him.

The Falcons came out attacking in the second half and gave themselves better looks on offense. However, it seemed that as the rain started early in the second half, so did Michigan’s scoring.

The Wolverines second half scoring binge began with a break away scored with 22 minutes remaining in the game. Michigan had scored three goals before the Falcons could find the back of the net, down 3-0, Cory Stevens scored the Falcons lone goal.

Following the BG goal the Wolverines retaliated with three more unanswered goals. The 6-1 game, which was won by the Wolverines, was highlighted by the spectacular play of Michigan’s Mychael Turpin. Turpin boosted the Wolverines to victory with 4 individual goals.

The 2-4-2 Falcons continue their conference play next weekend. The team is traveling to New York to take on MAC opponent Buffalo on Friday. Following Friday night’s game the Falcons are hosting Kentucky Sunday.