Last week I said, "Control the X, control the game." Michigan did that, marginally, for a second week, but could not get the win.
Not only did the Wolverines (1-2) have that marginal control on face-offs (14-25), but they had more shots (39-30), more ground balls (26-24), and actually scored on a man-up chance.
Ian King was the leader in goals (3) and points (5), with Kyle Jackson adding a hat-trick of his own. King also got into the Michigan record books with his 14 shots on the day, a single-game school record. The next closest Wolverine was Mikie Schlosser with six shots and a goal of his own.
After finding themselves down 4-1 at 12:46 in the second quarter, King and Jackson brought Michigan back and tied the game at 4-all heading into the half. The ever-important momentum was with the Wolverines heading into the locker room, and spirits were high.
Coming out of the locker room, however, Penn (1-0) had different plans and scored the next six goals from five different players, putting the Quakers up 10-4 at the tail end of the third quarter. Kyle Jackson broke up the run with a score of his own, and taking a hit to the head that resulted in a two-minute unreleasable penalty on Penn's Kevin McDonough. However, the Quakers scored a man-down goal for the second time, pushing their lead up to 11-5.
Michigan freshman Brent Noseworthy started the comback for the Wolverines, who went on a 5-1 run from the 14:06 mark of the fourth quarter (6-2 over the course of the entire quarter), and brought the maize and blue within a hair's breadth of an overtime session if not an outright victory. It was a tough loss, but this team showed some resolve that could come in handy as the season goes on. They're definitely going to need it.
After making 15 saves in last week's match against Colgate, Gerald Logan made another 10 versus Penn; he now has 28 saves in three games played, with a save % of .483. Brad Lott grabbed seven ground balls in another expert performance, and Ian King is now tied for ninth in the country in goals scored per game (4).
The Wolverines next face the 0-2 Detroit Titans at Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac at 7:00 p.m. on February 24.