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Oakland University men's soccer takes Michigan to double overtime
By Mark Vest
Posted September 24, 2013
ROCHESTER — In perhaps its biggest non-conference game on the schedule, Oakland University's men's soccer team played the University of Michigan to a 0-0 tie in a contest that went to double overtime, in front of a crowd that was reported to be the largest ever at the OU Soccer Field at 1,637.
Oakland out-shot the Wolverines 18-16, with both teams having their opportunities to score. While he would have preferred to come away with a victory, Oakland coach Eric Pogue thought the ending may have been fitting.
"Our team competed hard," he said. "Game could have gone either way. I think we had portions of the game, they had portions of the game. Either team could have won, either team could have lost. To come away with a tie is probably a just result. We, obviously, would like a win, but against a quality opponent like Michigan, to walk away with a tie on our home field in front of this great crowd is a good springboard for our Cleveland State game this weekend."
Oakland sophomore Shawn Claud Lawson thinks playing Michigan can help prepare the Golden Grizzlies for Horizon League play.
"Michigan's a really good opponent," he said. "They got everything — speed, strength, defense. It's good for us to sharpen up for Saturday."
Following the tie, Oakland now sits at 2-2-4, with the Wolverines moving to 2-2-3.
Oakland is next scheduled to be in action at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in a road game against Cleveland State.
The Golden Grizzlies' next home game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 5 against the University of Detroit Mercy.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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