ADRIAN, Mich. - Adrian College will be taking on the University of Michigan in a women's soccer exhibition scrimmage Sunday, April 1st, in Ann Arbor. The Bulldogs and the Wolverines will start the scrimmage at 6:15 pm, from the U-M Soccer Stadium on State Street.
Head Coach Ali Alamdari is excited that the Bulldogs have the opportunity to compete against a top-tier D-I program.
"Michigan is a program that we've looked up to for several years now," said Alamdari. "Their coaches are some of the best in the country, and they have a handful of players that have had success at the international level."
Greg Ryan heads up coaching duties for Michigan, and has earned national prestige in the women's soccer world. Ryan was an assistant on the 2004 Olympic gold medal winning Women's Soccer team, as well as heading up the US Women's National Team for three years. Michigan earned an at large berth in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
The Wolverines also have three players that have just returned from international duty. Nkem Ezurike and Shelina Zadorsky both helped their Canadian national team qualify for this summer's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan, while Christina Murillo was a part of the team from Mexico that did the same.
For Adrian, a number of players return from a 17-5 season in which the Bulldogs won the regular season MIAA title. The Bulldogs had an All-American selection in sophomore Sam Barker, who scored 25 goals in 22 games while adding seven assists. Junior goalkeeper Chayna Wallace will also be back, coming off a season in which she had 15 wins and 80 saves in the net.
"Even though it's a spring scrimmage, this is a great opportunity for our girls to continue getting big game experience," said Alamdari. "We're excited to test ourselves on Sunday and look forward to a hard fought match."
Admission for the 6:15 pm contest will be free. The stadium is located off of State Street, near the U of M Tennis complex. To follow the event on Facebook, please click the following link: http://www.facebook.com/events/191995347576067/