That might be the best word for it. When the Ultras arrived to an already long line of people waiting for food and t-shirts, we were impressed. When they just kept coming, we were floored. Michigan Athletics reminders and our hard selling at FestiFall worked better than we ever could have imagined. Over 1,200 students showed up..... to a Michigan soccer game.
They were ready to cheer, heckle, and scream right along with us. Clearly feeding off the energy of the fans, the team put on a show for us. A very early goal from Ivo Cerda (with a beautiful assist from Robbie Mertz) quickly clued us in that we were in for a good night. Marc Ybarra closed the first half with a goal off a corner kick from Tristan Jacob and we went into halftime happy. A Badger goal slipped by in the second half, but no matter, the Wolverines held strong to open the Big Ten season.
What a game. What an atmosphere. I haven’t seen anything like it. Let’s keep it up.
Hey, Athletic Department, free food every game?
Utterly and completely ignored. However, the students attending their first soccer game seemed to enjoy our comments, so we’ll consider that a win.