Jawad Building Framework for Life

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Sept. 28, 2016


Every Wednesday during the 2016-17 academic year, MGoBlue.com will highlight a different student-athlete and their academic path. These are our Scholar Stories:

Ali Jawad came to the University of Michigan on one path and will soon leave on another.

A member of the men's soccer team, Jawad has always had a knack for scoring goals. He found the back of the net 80 times in just three seasons during high school. In the not too distant past, Jawad dreamt of a future where playing soccer would be his livelihood.

But soccer, a cruel game as it can be at sometimes, slows down for no man. After his freshman season, Jawad decided to shift his focus, putting his studies ahead of the sport he loves.

Now, that's not to say soccer wasn't and isn't important. It was simply the right move for his future.

"I always relied on athletics," Jawad said last Thursday inside the Ross Academic Center. "At a certain point, you realize you only get a certain amount of time to play. I love soccer more than anything; it's been a focal point in my life since I was five years old. You can enjoy it, but you have to do something when you're done. Never thought I'd make the flip."

If Jawad has his way, he'll be in Ann Arbor for many years to come. He's slated to graduate next spring with a degree in biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience, though he is eligible for a fifth year after missing all of last season due to injury. He's currently applying for graduate programs.

After that comes the MCAT and medical school. He wants to be a pediatrician.

Wolves Alumni in the news

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Bobby Budlong named MIAA Offensive Player of the week

Player of the Week Sept 26

Bobby Budlong, Albion

Senior, F
Canton, Mich. 

• Was involved in two of Albion's four goals on the week as the Brits went 2-0 against MIAA foes to move into second in league standings

• In 2-1 win at Adrian Sept. 21, assisted on game-winning goal 

• Scored an insurance goal in shutout victory over Alma Sept. 24

Suniel Veerakone seals 2-1 victory for Duke

RALEIGH, N.C.—Duke rookie Suniel Veerakone struck a free kick to perfection in the 75th minute to lift the Blue Devils to a crucial 2-1 victory over NC State in ACC men’s soccer action this evening at Dail Soccer Stadium. Robert Moewes was outstanding in goal for Duke with four saves.

Duke grabs its first ACC win and improves to 4-3-2 overall and to 1-2-1 in ACC play. NC State drops to 3-7-0 and 0-4-0 in conference action.

“I just thought our resiliency showed tonight,” said head coach John Kerr. “We weren’t just going to give up an easy goal. I think we were determined not to give away an easy goal and it showed tonight. We bounced back from being down 1-0 as well. We held on and we just weren’t going to give up a goal in the second half.”

Jared Golestani scored the Blue Devils’ first goal as Duke extends its unbeaten streak against the Wolfpack to seven games.

NC State grabbed the early lead with Tanner Roberts heading home a curling service from Simon Blotko on the right flank just over five minutes in.

The Blue Devils, somewhat against the run of play, answered three minutes later when Carter Manley slipped a beautiful through ball to a streaking Brian White in the penalty box. The junior striker calmly slotted the ball across the goal for Golestani at the back post to tap home and tie the game 1-1.

The Wolfpack controlled much of the possession in the next 35 minutes, but had nothing to show of it at the break. Goalkeeper Robert Moewes came up with a huge one-on-one save in the 36th minute, making himself big and kicking the ball away for his second save of the half.

Cameron Moseley nearly got in behind the NC State backline but was whistled for offside as the Blue Devils managed just two shots in the opening 45 minutes.

Duke’s possession was better in the second half as the Blue Devils kept the ball and when able to get into the final third were distinctly more dangerous. The Blue Devils’ increased time of possession also kept the Wolfpack from getting forward as successfully as it did in the first 45 minutes.

In the 69th minute Cameron Moseley nearly put the Blue Devils ahead after a through ball from Veerakone, but NC State goalkeeper Alex McCauley cut the angle well and made the diving stop. Rookie Brandon Williamson, stepping on for an injured CC Uche, had a header just sail over the bar moments later as Duke continued to pressure NC State’s backline.

Five minutes later, Veerakone, after a deft touch around a defender, drew a foul 20 yards from goal on top of the 18-yard box. Just like he did on his previous two goals this season, Veerakone curled the ball in for the highlight-reel score and go-ahead goal.

The Wolfpack, however were not going to make it easy on the Blue Devils. NC State attacked with fury in those final 15 minutes, creating a handful of dangerous looks on frame. Moewes and the Duke backline did well to remain organized and the entire Blue Devils squad fought tooth and nail in those final minutes to come away with the win.

NC State outshot Duke 14-6 for the game and had five corner kicks, while the Blue Devils had none. McCauley finished with one save in the setback.

Duke returns home to Koskinen Stadium Oct. 4 against Davidson. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m

Blake Townes racks up 2 Assists for Notre Dame

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A pair of goals from conference scoring leader Jon Gallagher and a strong defensive performance enabled the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team to emerge with a convincing 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night at rainy Ambrose Urbanic Field.

No. 1/2 Notre Dame (8-1-0, 3-1-0 ACC) claimed its second straight conference win behind the second multi-goal performance of 2016 from Gallagher. The junior striker finished assists from Blake Townes and Thomas Ueland at 21:47 and from Townes at 86:11 to vault Gallagher into the ACC lead with eight goals (19 points) over his first nine starts this season.

Notre Dame finished the contest with an 11-3 shots edge over Pittsburgh (2-6-2, 0-3-1 ACC), including a perfect 7-0 mark in the first half. The Irish also enjoyed a 10-3 margin in attempted corner kicks on the night, including an 8-2 tally in corners during the second half alone.

Notre Dame found the scoreboard for the first time in the 22nd minute, created by a Ueland led pass to a strong Townes run into the right corner of the Pittsburgh defensive third following an Irish throw-in. Townes laced a nifty crossing pass in front to a driving Gallagher, where Gallagher finished the feed into the lower left corner past Panthers goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt for his seventh goal of the year and a 1-0 Notre Dame lead.

Pittsburgh attempted to strategically work the counterattack during the second half after the Notre Dame defense brilliantly held the Panthers without an official shot attempt in the first 45 minutes of play. The approach nearly found the equalizer in the 68th minute, as Panthers leading scorer Luca Mellor got free in the Notre Dame third and ripped a strong try that bent toward the right post. Irish goalkeeper Chris Hubbard made a sprawling punch save diving to his left to stone Pittsburgh and thwart the damage. Hubbard finished the match with three total stops for his fifth shutout of the season.

Notre Dame put the match away for good in the 87th minute. Townes jumped a Pittsburgh clearance attempt and lofted a high feed over the Panther defense to find Gallagher in space up the left wing. Gallagher broke Outcalt down 1V1 shaded left post and ripped a curving shot into the right corner of the mesh for his second goal of the match and the final 2-0 Irish verdict.

Notre Dame is back in action on Oct. 4, welcoming regional rival and eight-time NCAA champion Indiana back to Alumni Stadium for a nonconference matchup. Coverage of the 7 p.m. (ET) match will be available via ACC Network Extra.

Single game tickets for the 2016 Notre Dame men's soccer season remain on sale. Visit und.com/BuyTickets or call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at 574-631-7356 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Play of the Game

Thomas Ueland won possession after a Notre Dame throw-in deep in Pittsburgh territory and skillfully sent Blake Townes through toward the Panthers end line in the right corner. A dart of a centering pass hit an open Jon Gallagher in stride, and Gallagher buried his ACC-leading seventh goal of 2016 at 21:47 for the 1-0 Irish advantage.

Turning Point

The throw-in that ultimately led to the first Notre Dame goal was created thanks to a strong Gallagher run earlier in the 22nd minute. A lob pass over the top down the right flank hit Gallagher in space, but a nice save by Pittsburgh goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt sent the ball screaming out of play up the sideline. The Irish proceeded into the goal scoring sequence immediately after.

Note of the Game

Notre Dame has now won 14 straight meetings with Pittsburgh dating back to a 2-0 victory on Oct. 5, 2003 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers also fell to 0-25-6 in conference play since joining the ACC alongside the Irish prior to the start of the 2013 campaign.

Michigan Hawks Updates Oct 5th

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 Alexa Spaanstra starts in U17 World Cup as US beats Paraguay 6-1


Meet the team

3 Michigan Hawks teams advance to MSYSA Semifinals

Congratulations to the 98 Hawks Black, 02 Hawks Black and the 03 Hawks Black for making it into the State Cup Semifinals to be held on Oct 15th at Ultimate in Pontiac.  

The 98 Hawks used 2 overtime goals to get past a very good Midwest United- Kalamazoo, the game winner by Emma Shinsky.  The reigning state cup champions will take on Cap City in a rematch of the final from last year.

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The 02 Hawks scored 3 second half goals to get past Nationals in a tough quarterfinal game.  After missing several chances in the first half, goals by  Izzy Karkaba and 2 goals by Delaney Millis put the Hawks into a semifinal matchup with Michigan Alliance.

The 03 Hawks had to win 2 games to get into the semis.  On Saturday they got past a pesky Nationals team, 2-0 with the winning goal by Maeve Jones and an insurance goal by Briegha Vowles.  Sunday's game was against Midwest United and it was again great goalkeeping by Sara Wojdelko and a late second half goal by Maeve Jones was all the Hawks needed.  The Hawks play the Michigan Jaguars in the semis.

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Good luck!!

Michigan Hawks Winter College Combine registration opens on Wednesday Oct 5th

Michigan Hawks
College Updates

Hannah Jones scores 3 for MSU 
Marisa Viggiano gets first career goal and an assist as Northwestern wins again 
Shannon McCarthy assists game winner for Miami of Flordia vs Wake Forest 
Stephanie Dillon helps Miami of Ohio past EMU
Logan Culver scores in Mercer loss
http:// https://goo.gl/mTQihO

Megan Buckingham scores a great free kick goal as UNC ties Zoe Morse's UVA
Tiffany Buckler scores first two collegiate goals as WMU defeats
Kirsten Chambers earns All MIAA honors


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Getting To Know Matt Habrowski - Wolves Academy Alumni

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Senior defender Matt Habrowski is one of three University of Notre Dame men’s soccer captains this year. Currently he is a mechanical engineering major, but he is planning on taking a fifth year in the ACMS Masters in Predictive Analytics program next fall.

Q. What’s the best thing about your hometown?
A. For sure Clark’s Ice Cream. Fantastic little hometown ice cream shop in Berkley, Michigan. I’ll probably get laughed at but my favorite flavor is blue moon. It’s kind of a sweet, fruity vanilla flavor but I like it. That, or mint chocolate chip. When I go to Kilwin’s that’s all I get.

Q. Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
A. I don’t know if I had one. Maybe Brandon Inge from the Detroit Tigers. Third baseman bounced around the Tigers for a while. My friends and I loved him for some reason, but he was sweet.

Meet Alexa Spaanstra

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Alexa Spaanstra, Midfielder, Michigan Hawks 

Alexa Spaanstra is one of a few two-sport stars on this World Cup team. Spaanstra is an elite runner as well as a top club soccer player. Her track exploits put her on the national radar before her soccer talents brought into the discussion. 

Spaanstra finished third in the 200 meter dash for 10-9 year olds in 2009. She was the only nine year old in the top eight. In typical Alexa Spaanstra fashion, the third place finish was not good enough. She went back the next year and won the event by over a second

Her love for the track did not dissipate over the years. She is still running strong and picking up honors along the way. Last year, she was named to the county girls track team after her freshman season with Brighton High School. Her high school track coach described Spaanstra as having the heart of a lion and the speed of a cheetah. 

“Alexa actually feeds off the competition and performs better the greater the stakes,” Brighton High School Track coach Geri Gree told the Livingston Daily in 2015. 

Spaanstra’s club coach Doug Landefeld also noticed the teenager’s ability to raise to the occasion when he began to believe she had national team potential. 

“It was at the U13 level when she started scoring goals in big games that we thought she could do something at the next level,” Landefeld told TopDrawerSoccer. 

Spaanstra’s knack for thriving in the big moments has made her one of the regulars with the U.S. U17 WNT since the first camp. She has only missed three camps since 2014. 

The qualities that have impressed the youth national team coaches have been present since the start with the Michigan Hawks

“She was always the fastest player and hardest worker in the age group,” Landefeld said about the Brighton, Mich.-native, who joined Hawks at the U11 age group. 

Since her arrival with the national team, Spaanstra has only increased her training so she could be ready to go once those big moments come up in games. 

“Alexa has always worked hard to get better,” Landefeld said. “With the World Cup coming up, we have seen her putting even more into every workout to make she is ready to help her team. She has always been a great teammate while striving to be the very best she can be.”

From TopDrawerSoccer.com

Crew Fall Classic 2016

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Congratulations to Coach Scott and the Wolves 07 for going undefeated this weekend and winning the Crew Fall Classic U10 Division. Awesome job boys!

Wolves07 Crew

Coach Scott and the Wolves 06 were Finalists in the U11 division. Congratulations!

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The Wolves U12 05 Black went undefeated in their division in the Columbus Crew Tourney. They Played 4 games and won the finals against Delaware Knights OH 6-2.

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Michigan Hawks Updates

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Oh the places you can go as a Michigan Hawk!  Izzy and Alexa in Cyprus training for U17 World Cup


  Emaly Vatne heads to Holland with the U16 WYNT


   Weekend ECNL Results 
Michigan Hawks ECNL teams start the season out well by going 8-1-1 in St. Louis
SLSG-MO and SLSG-IL visit Michigan next weekend, come see them play

Night Training at Schoolcraft

The Michigan Wolves and Hawks Soccer club invites everyone to come see the progress of the fields at Schoolcraft.  The club continues to lead the country in creating an unparalleled environment for the youth soccer player. The outdoor field at Schoolcraft College is state of the art and is being used into the night with the help of temporary lights.
Schoolcraft Dome nearing completion

The Schoolcraft Dome, due to be done in early November, will be home to the Michigan Wolves and Hawks Soccer club and Schoolcraft College.  The full-size field and training space will allow the club to offer more training to all of our players.   

Michigan Hawks
College Updates

Hannah Jones and Jamie Chezlik score for MSU  http://goo.gl/5x37Uu
Marisa Oleksiak scores to beat Iowa https://goo.gl/g7OVca
Brenna Lovera scores game winners vs IU and then again vs Purdue https://goo.gl/Izhzis
Kylie Knight plays all 95 as Ohio State beats Texas  http://goo.gl/7hCdAP
Megan Young scores her first collegiate golf in a win for Florida Gulf Coast https://goo.gl/xuGdzM
Alexis Shamoun helps WMU past Western Illinois http://goo.gl/U0el63
7 Hawks face off in Michigan's 3-0 win at Iowa http://goo.gl/FGZ2io
Malia Berkely continues to excel and start for #3 Florida State  https://goo.gl/XhWSen
Megan Buckingham helps North Carolina beat UCLA http://goo.gl/5xITkB
Jenny Fichera gets a goal as Rice wins again. http://goo.gl/QmByC2
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Save the Date
Michigan Hawks Winter Combine 
(Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors)
January 21st at Schoolcraft CollegeMichigan Hawks Winter College Clinic 

January 20th at Schoolcraft College

Find out where all the top players are going!

Michigan Hawks

#2 in Club National Championship!


Midwest Reds Invitational Champions

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Congrats to the Hawks 2010 for going undefeated this weekend and winning the U8 Division at the Midwest Red Invitational. Great job Girls !!


Congratulations to the U11 Michigan Wolves!  Champions of the Midwest Reds Invitational.


Ken Krolicki: Big 10 Player of the Week

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Sept. 13, 2016


Offensive Player of the Week
Ken Krolicki, Michigan State
M – Jr. – Plymouth, Mich. – Canton

  • Guided Michigan State to a win over Rutgers in the Big Ten opener
  • Scored one goal and tallied one assist in the 4-0 win over the Scarlet Knights
  • The 2015-16 Academic All-Big Ten selection earns the second Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Ken Krolicki (Nov. 6, 2014)

Original Article

3 Wolves Alumni Return to #1 Spot in NSCAA top 25 poll

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- For the seventh time in the last four seasons, the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team has assumed the number one position in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I National Top 25 poll. The Irish received 15 first-place votes (606 voting points) to move from fourth to first in the most recent NSCAA rankings that were released on Tuesday.

No. 1 Notre Dame opened the 2016 season with a 4-0-0 record after sweeping the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament on Aug. 26-28 at Alumni Stadium, and the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic on Sept. 2-4 at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington. Key Notre Dame victories have included a 1-0 shutout of New Mexico (Aug. 28), a 2-1 triumph in double overtime against defending NCAA champion and No. 15 Stanford (Sept. 2), and a 5-0 clean sheet in the most recent Irish start against No. 22 California (Sept. 4).

After the first two weeks of the 2016 campaign, Notre Dame ranks in the NCAA Division I soccer top 10 in total goals scored (12, second), scoring offense (3.0 goals per game, seventh) and total points (32, eighth), adding top 10 totals in save percentage (.947, seventh) and goals-against average (0.24, eighth).

Notre Dame was previously recognized as the top team in the NSCAA poll three times in its national championship 2013 season (Nov. 5, Nov. 12 and final), and three times as the defending NCAA champion in 2014 (preseason, Sept. 30 and Oct. 21). A total of eight Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams, Notre Dame, Clemson (No. 2), North Carolina (No. 3), Syracuse (No. 6), Virginia Tech (No. 15), Virginia (No. 17), Wake Forest (No. 21) and Boston College (No. 25), were included in the Sept. 6 edition of the NSCAA top 25 poll.

No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 15 Virginia Tech are scheduled to open ACC play on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. (ET) inside Alumni Stadium. Visit und.com/tickets or call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at 574-631-7356 for more information or to purchase tickets

Original Article: http://www.und.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/090616aab.html

Irish Mens Soccer Ranked #1

Features (3) Michigan Wolves Alum as starters:

Blake Townes  #20 - Junior Center Midfielder (pictured above)

Oliver Harris    #18 - Senior Midfielder

Matt Habrowski #4 - Senior Center Back - Team Captain

See ND vs Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor 7:30 pm Tuesday October 11th.  

Another great weekend in college!

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Michigan Hawks have another great weekend in college!

Taylor Petersen scores her first goal of the season for Illinois in a 2-1 loss to TCU http://goo.gl/MGhBzA
Marisa Oleksiak score a goal for MSU but Sam Maher's assists helps CMU past MSU http://goo.gl/5x37Uu
Hannah Drkulec gets assist in Iowa's win http://goo.gl/1Pw0ts
Natalie Winters assists two as Iowa defeats SIUE http://goo.gl/UFu485
Kylie Knight helps Ohio State upset #16 Virginia Techhttp://goo.gl/7hCdAP
Alexis Shamoun helps WMU past Western Illinois http://goo.gl/U0el63
Madi Lewis and Rubina Veerakone help Michigan upset Mississippi http://goo.gl/FOOVdl
Marisa Oleksiak and Lexy Warner scores as MSU gets past Colorado http://goo.gl/5x37Uu
Ally Haran and Monreau Devos get help Wake earn two more shutouts as Wake Forest goes to 6-0 for first time since 2007. http://goo.gl/i8Ibcl
Megan Young gets first career assist as Florida Gulf Coast starts season 2-1 http://goo.gl/EN1brC
Logan Culver and Emma Tokuyama both score in Mercer win http://goo.gl/3M1BSX
Ashton Miller and Megan Buckingham, 96 Hawks teammates draw as UNC ties Duke 0-0 http://goo.gl/5xITkB
Jamie Leas and Avery Hay take Depaul past Army West Point http://goo.gl/CYJGmS
Jenny Fichera gets two more assists as Rice wins again. http://goo.gl/QmByC2
Rachel Winters gets an assist for BGSU but Alison Holland gets the win for Oakland http://goo.gl/nP1C70
Assist for Taylor Tambouris for Loyola, Chicago 110-game that ends in 1-1 tie. http://www.loyolaramblers.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/090416aac.html

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