EVANSTON, Ill. — Michigan kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive with a Big Ten tournament opening-round win against Wisconsin by a 1-0 count Wednesday at Lakeside Field. A score from James Murphy in the 68th minute on an assist from T.J. Roehn proved the be the difference for the Wolverines, who will take on No. 2-seed Northwestern on Friday.
Third-seeded Michigan had the first chance of the match in the 12th minute, as Nick Lewin sent a cross from the left flank inside the 18, where it was headed wide left by Kofi Opare.
Sixth-seeded Wisconsin had an opportunity in the 23rd minute, as a Michigan defensive miscue resulted in a shot by Jerry Maddi from 20 yards out. The attempt was turned away by the sprawling Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis to preserve the 0-0 score.
Seven minutes later, Ezekiel Harris sent a low through ball from the right flank, finding Latif Alashe just inside the 18, but the shot was saved by Wisconsin goalkeeper Chase Rau.
In the 50th minute of action, the Maize and Blue earned a penalty kick after Harris was taken down inside the penalty area on an extended run from midfield into the Michigan finishing third. The ensuing penalty was taken by Tyler Arnone, but the shot banged off the left post and was stopped by Rau.
The Wolverines had another opportunity in the 62nd minute, as Wisconsin’s goalkeeper was called for a foul after using his hands, dropping the ball and picking the ball back up inside the 18. The foul resulted in a set piece from James Murphy that was bent around the Badger wall and stopped by Rau diving to his right.
Michigan took the lead in the 68th minute, as Fabio Pereira fed Roehn with a ball on the left flank. The striker then sent a low through ball inside the box to Murphy, who sent home the shot lower left for the lone goal of the match. All three of his scores have been game-winning goals.