Bucks in Maize & Blue Fight for a Point in Omaha
The Wolverines fell behind in the 9th minute but clawed back for a 1-1 draw Friday night at the University of Nebraska Omaha. All four Bucks on the U–M roster started the match and played 100-plus minutes, combining for 13 shots.
After missing with an attempt in the 58th minute, Nebojsa Popovic (redshirt senior, fwd.) drew a penalty in the 60th. Marc Ybarra (junior, mid.) missed the ensuing kick and his chance to even the score. Still, the Wolverines forced overtime.
In the extra period, Umar Farouk Osman (junior, fwd.) was involved in two chances in quick succession. In the 103rd minute, he gathered his own rebound but had his second attempt cleared off the line by a UNO defender. Another save fell to Osman a minute later, but he was unable to provide the late winner.
Kevin Buca (sophomore, mid.) was also involved. Through five games, he has 220 minutes under his belt. Ybarra, at 470 minutes, has three assists. Osman has an assist in 436 minutes. Popovic has started the season on fire, with three goals and two assists through 418 minutes. Seven of his 10 shots have been on frame.
Borczak Assists Game-Winner for OU
Oakland University opened Horizon League play Saturday night with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Cleveland State. All three Bucks on the Golden Grizzlies started, with Spencer Nolff (senior, mid.) and Elliot Bentley (senior, def.) each going the full 90 minutes.
But it was Dylan Borczak (junior, mid.) who provided the key moment. Racing down the right side on a counterattack, he delivered a pinpoint pass across the penalty area to a wide-open teammate. Borczak leads Oakland with four assists.
Each member of this Flint City trio has started all five games for Oakland thus far. Borczak also has a goal in his 384 minutes of action. Nolff and Bentley each have an assist through 464 and 454 minutes, respectively.
All Three City Spartans Battling Injuries
Giuseppe Barone (senior, mid.) and Patrick Nielsen (redshirt junior, def.) — the two Spartans on the watchlist for the highest individual honor in college soccer — have both been injured to start the year. Barone has played for only 45 minutes.
Michael Wetungu (senior, def.) had a brighter start but left with an apparent injury after 47 seconds on Sept. 8. Previously, he featured in a center back pairing that went 412 minutes (including preseason) before conceding a goal.
Michigan State sits winless at 0-3-2, so they’re surely anxious to get their Bucks back on the pitch.
Bucks Find Success With Butler
Jared Timmer (senior, mid.), in his third season as team captain for Butler University, has yet to return to action after suffering a preseason injury.
Luckily, three other Bucks have picked up the slack amid the Bulldogs’ 3-1 start. Rhys Myers (junior, def.) has played all 360 minutes at center back — his first minutes with the program after transferring from Eastern Florida State. Griffin DeBolt (sophomore, def.) has also started all four matches in the back. Maybe more surprising is the rise of Hemi Nasser (freshman, fwd.), who has not only debuted early but logged 225 minutes.
All Wright for Stefan Rokvic
Five games have yielded 15 starts for the three Bucks at Wright State University this fall. Brayden McNitt (junior, mid.) and Alec Philippe (senior, fwd.) have played 431 and 302 minutes, respectively.
Stefan Rokvic (senior, mid.) has started especially hot, scoring four goals on just 13 shots — including two of two penalty kicks.
Bucks Lead Undefeated Marshall to Win
Marshall University (4-0-1) stayed undefeated Saturday with a 2-0 victory over South Carolina. Both second-half goals were from Flint City feet.
In the 49th minute, Milo Yosef (redshirt freshman, fwd.) scored his second goal of the season on a free kick from about 22 yards out. Pedro Dolabella (junior, mid.) doubled the lead just 44 seconds later — his third tally of the year. Jan-Erik Leinhos (sophomore, def.) didn’t make the score sheet this time but does have a goal to his name.
All three Bucks have started every match so far.
Pannenberg Earns Third Shutout
Andrew Pannenberg (redshirt sophomore, keep.) made four saves Friday night at Pittsburgh to earn his third shutout for Wake Forest. He has steadied the No. 1 Demon Deacons through five wins start the year.
Isaiah Parente (sophomore, mid.) has also been key, contributing two assists in five starts and adding a headed goal on his only shot.
Akron Still Searching for a Win
Will Jackson (freshman, fwd.) has started all four games for Akron University. He has an assist. But that accounts for half of the Zips’ offense through four losses this fall.* Colin Biros (sophomore, mid./fwd.) has also seen two starts and 155 minutes of action.
*Akron played their fifth match Monday evening at Pittsburgh.
Other Bucks Around the Nation
Charlie Booth (redshirt senior, def.) at the University of Rhode Island: One assist and four shots in four games played for the Rams (2-2-1). He preserved a victory with an 87th minute goal-line clearance Sept. 9 against Providence.
Gustavo Vasconcelos (redshirt junior, keep.) at Florida Gulf Coast University: Gustavo has been busy, making 26 saves in six games for the Eagles (3-2-1). That’s tied for the most saves this season among goalkeepers in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Tanguy Guerineau (redshirt senior, fwd.) at Oral Roberts University: Guerineau has four assists through six games for the Golden Eagles (5-1).
Justin Ingram (junior, mid.) at Loyola University Maryland: Ingram has played 248 minutes for the Greyhounds (1-4), notching one assist.
Louis Sala (sophomore, mid.) at Northern Illinois University: Sala scored in the season opener for the Huskies (1-4-1) and has played 359 minutes.
Leroy Enzugusi (junior, fwd.) at Drake University: Enzugusi has two goals in five starts for the Bulldogs (2-3).
Foster Appiah (senior, def.) at Florida Southern College (D-II): Appiah has started all four matches for the Moccasins (1-2-1).
David Achaerandio (redshirt senior, fwd.) at Point Loma Nazarene University (D-II): Achaerandio has two starts and two goals for the Sea Lions (2-1), including a game-winner in their season opener.
Javier Steinwascher (senior, fwd.) at the University of Indianapolis (D-II): Javier has two goals and an assist, including a game-winner against Saginaw Valley State. Brother, Alejandro Steinwascher (sophomore, mid./fwd.) has a goal and two assists to his name through 228 minutes for U of I (2-0-1)
Yuri Farkas Guglielmi (senior, fwd.) at: Madonna University (NAIA): Farkas scored two goals in his only start for the Crusaders (3-1-1).