13 Nov Michigan women’s soccer blasts BGSU, 3-0, in NCAA tournament opener
The Michigan women’s soccer team wasted little time establishing an edge over Bowling Green in their NCAA tournament opener Friday in Ann Arbor.
The No. 2-seed Wolverines scored in the 18th minute, then tacked on two goals in the second half for a convincing 3-0 win over Bowling Green. Michigan will face the winner of Sunday’s game between Wake Forest and Harvard on Nov. 19.
Meredith Haakinson scored 17:56 in to give the Wolverines an early lead. Nicki Hernandez then followed with a goal at 58:49 to make it 2-0 and Kacey Lawrence added a third goal (with Haakenson and Skylar Anderson picking up assists) at 76:04.
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Michigan goalie Hillary Beall delivered a clean sheet, though the Falcons failed to record a shot on goal, and just two shots overall. The Wolverines, meanwhile, fired 19 shots, though only six were on goal; BGSU goalie Lili Berg had three saves to go with her three goals allowed.
The Wolverines are looking to make a deep run in the tournament after their first Big Ten tournament title since 1999. This is their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2019; that year, they also beat Bowling Green in the first round (2-1), then took down Texas Tech, 3-2, to make the Round of 16 before falling, 4-0, to eventual national runners-up North Carolina.
Should Michigan win its second-round game, it would face either No. 3 seed Tennessee (which beat Lipscomb, 3-0, on Friday), Montana or Washington State in the quarterfinals on Nov. 21 .
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