Aug. 29, 2007
The University of Michigan men's soccer team will begin its eighth year of varsity play this fall. The young Wolverine squad ended last season with an overall record of 7-10-4. Michigan finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference on a 1-2-3 record. Season highlights included the play of freshman forward Perica Marosevic who led the team with five goals, 12 points, 66 shots, and 24 shots on goal. The Maize and Blue also set a new season record for most shots with 346 while allowing a season-low 24 goals. At the Big Ten Tournament, sixth-seed Michigan knocked off the No. 3 seed Wisconsin, 1-0, in the quarterfinals only to fall to second-seeded Ohio State in the semifinals.
Head Coach Steve Burns has been at the helm since the program's inception, having amassed a 67-59-13 record during his tenure including NCAA Championship bids in 2003 and 2004. Burns has produced 32 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, nine All-Big Ten selections, one ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and one College Soccer News All-American. He has also sent five of his players to the professional ranks.
For the 2007 season, Michigan retains 14 letterwinners, including nine starters, while losing 11 letterwinners, including two starters. The Wolverines will bring in what is considered by College Soccer News to be the 37th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, consisting of seven new faces. The freshmen include goalkeeper Chris Blais, forwards Vinny Crumrine and Tex McCullough, defenders Adam Keller, Jeffrey Quijano and Alex Wood and midfielder Adam Shaw.
Junior co-captain Alex Morisset, who started 20 matches last year, scored one goal and was named to the Michigan Invitational All-Tournament team, will be the top midfielder. Senior co-captain Michael Parke highlighted his junior season by scoring his first collegiate goal, a game-winner against Northern Illinois. Junior Nader Jarun played in 12 games after transferring from Vanderbilt University. Junior Steve Hecker, who took the 2006 season off, should be ready to take his play to the next level in 2007. Sophomore Daniel Gray played in 17 games last season with one start. Shaw will get playing time after receiving All-State honorable mention as a high school senior playing in Lone Tree, Colo.