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Regardless of Massive Ten title, Michigan focuses on Nationwide Championship


INDIANAPOLIS — At this level, it’s a second you’ve most likely seen earlier than.

The confetti raining down in Miami Gardens, the most effective season the Michigan soccer workforce had in nearly 20 years coming to 1 somber and unceremonious finish.

Purple populated Arduous Rock Stadium as Georgia’s gamers, coaches and trustworthy all caught round to soak in a dominating Orange Bowl victory. All the Wolverines had left the sector, aside from a couple of who stood off to the facet, watching the Bulldogs rejoice what Michigan so desperately wished. 

That contingent included two then-freshmen: quarterback J.J. McCarthy and operating again Donovan Edwards. 

Quick ahead to now, and the scene after the Wolverines captured their second straight Massive Ten title was fairly completely different: Gamers have been grinning, the confetti was maize and blue, however one factor remained the identical.

McCarthy and Edwards as soon as once more stood proper subsequent to one another. Though this time, it was on the podium after the tandem of budding stars carried Michigan to a different Massive Ten trophy. They shared shiny smiles, however one thing about their celebration felt hole.

The reminiscence of final yr’s Orange Bowl nonetheless lingers. 

“I really feel like (the Georgia loss) drove me a lot that this victory tonight doesn’t actually really feel like something,” McCarthy stated after the sport. “That’s one thing that’s actually laborious to come back by. I imply, back-to-back Massive Ten Championships is superb, however simply that feeling that we had final yr, that is simply in the best way of constructing positive that feeling by no means occurs once more.”

It’s a troublesome place to be in, nevertheless it’s additionally an enviable one. For McCarthy and Edwards, they’re at a degree the place accomplishments like Saturday night time don’t imply all that a lot to them. They need extra, the Wolverines need extra. 

Michigan simply captured its thirteenth victory, its most wins in a season in program historical past. And but, there is no such thing as a trophy for that accomplishment, no banner to hold — it’s merely what’s anticipated of faculty soccer’s elite. It’s apparent that the Wolverines need to be within the higher echelon of their sport. Edwards proclaimed that a lot to everybody inside Lucas Oil Stadium, moments after accepting the Massive Ten title recreation MVP trophy.

“I imply it’s kinda self-explanatory what our objectives are,” Edwards stated. “I imagine we’ve talked about all of it yr. And it’s probably not far more that must be stated. … Let’s go do what our major objective is.”

Michigan’s objectives have been to beat its rivals, win the Massive Ten, make the Faculty Soccer Playoff and win the Nationwide Championship. 

The Wolverines have been very upfront about these objectives all yr, they’ve worn them unabashedly on their sleeve. However now it’s completely different. Now, they’re on the doorstep of their hearts’ want — they’re simply two wins away from a nationwide title.

Michigan’s goals of successful a nationwide championship are tangible. And McCarthy acknowledges that.

“I really like our probabilities,” McCarthy stated. “Final yr it was sort of the intense lights, the whole lot was new, Massive Ten Championship, Faculty Soccer Playoff. Going into the offseason it gave us a lot momentum, and we knew that we might get there, and we might get again. In the end, this complete offseason it was about successful it.

“Every thing is nice that occurred right this moment. However job will not be completed. We’ve received so much greater plans in thoughts.”

It’s actually that straightforward. The Wolverines need to win a nationwide championship, and so they imagine that they’ll. Every thing that has occurred over the previous yr has simply introduced Michigan nearer to its finish objective.

Possibly that’s a rematch with Georgia for the nationwide championship, perhaps it isn’t. Simply whichever workforce it performs, the Wolverines hope that they aren’t, as soon as once more, the workforce studying what it’s wish to play with the large canine. Or the workforce taking ethical victories as an alternative of taking a trophy.

Michigan needs to be the workforce celebrating. And if there’s one factor to take from the Wolverines, it’s that they unequivocally assume they are going to.

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