The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 3, 1990 - Page 13
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by Walter Butzu
Daily Sports Writer
"I love the game."
That is one of the reasons senior co-captain Todd
Neff gives for his commitment to the men's soccer
Neff's love for the game began at Dearborn High
School, located just south of Detroit. His high school
did not have a varsity soccer team until his sophomore
year, so Neff was able to grow with the soccer program.
Neff enjoyed a successful high school career earning
All-State honors by his senior year. He credits his
success to the improvements he made in his game his
"I spent my junior year in Ludwigshaven, Germany
- that's where I really learned to develop my soccer
.kills," Neff said.
VSince returning to the states, Neff has yet to find the
amount of competitive talent he was exposed to in
After his successful senior season, Neff was faced
with a difficult decision: whether to go a top academic
school like Michigan (which does not have a varsity
soccer team) or to attend a small school that carried
soccer as a varsity sport.
"Sometimes I have second thoughts, but soccer is
not like football. The benefits of Michigan were too
&good. The only application I filled out was Michigan's
- I'd rather play club soccer here than on a small
school's varsity squad," Neff said of his decision.
Neff got off to a rocky start in Ann Arbor. If this
-were a "rags to riches" story, this would definitely be,
considered the rags. With a slight grin on his face, Neff
said, "I came out (for the team) late and missed two days
of training. I was this little stranger in terrible physical
condition. They wound up using me as a wall in
Neff, who only played a total of 45 minutes his
freshman year, was just happy to be on the field. Since
he was out of shape at the beginning of the year, Neff
decided to work out on his own during the summer to
prepare for his sophomore season. In describing his
exercise techniques, Neff recalled what does and does not
"When I was younger, I just lifted weights. When I
tried to run thirty yards I would keel over. I haven't
lifted weights too intensely since." Instead, Neff prefers
running to keep himself in optimum cardiovascular
Neff was elected captain his junior year, a position
he has retained this year as well. As a captain, he was
forced to become a leader both on and off the field.
"People look to me as captain. I'm expected to play
well - that's a factor," Neff said.
Along with the pressures of practicing or playing
every day, the team has been attempting to get varsity
status for the sport. This has not been an easy struggle.
"We are very close to going varsity," Neff said. "The
only reason why we were denied last year was that the
athletic department had a lack of funding. We are the
only top 25 college without a varsity soccer team. In
the past, we always expected to become varsity so we
never really fund-raised. Now we concentrate on being a
good club and being pleasantly surprised when we
become varsity - even though we should be now."
A possible reason for the team's lack of varsity
status is that they do not draw many fans to their
games. Neff realizes this and sights three reasons why:
"First of all, people don't realize that the club is an
exciting, varsity caliber team. Secondly, Mitchell Field
is not very central to the campus. Last of all, we have
not publicized our games very well in the past."
Amazingly enough, despite his many commitments
with the soccer team, Neff has remained active extra-
curricularly. He is a member of the Delta Kappa
Epsilon fraternity where he holds the office of recording
secretary. When asked if he dominates the intramural
soccer scene, he responded with another grin, "My
brothers begged me to go out, but I didn't want to risk
The senior BBA major even finds time for
homework during the season. "It's tough. Strangely
enough, my grades the last two years have been better
during the season," Neff said. "When you don't have
time to go out at night, you don't screw up the next
Neff has had to make some sacrifices, however. Due
to his soccer practices, Neff can not attend the career
fairs at the Business School. He would also like to be
involved with the German Foreign Language Club but
can not afford the time.
A very modest athlete, Neff did not like talking
about his statistics. He preferred to talk about the team
and the unity they share. He remembered one instance of
fame, however. With that now familiar grin, Neff
"We had a game against Eastern Michigan back
when I wasn't playing much. Two little kids came up
to me for an autograph. I almost referred them to
someone else... but I signed them anyway."
Upon graduation this spring, Neff would like to go
back to Europe. When asked about whether he could get
a job there, Neff took the practical attitude of most
college graduates stating, "Oh, I'll work anywhere."
Ice banned at 'M' concessions
by the Associated Press
Football fans at Michigan
Stadium can get pizza, sausage and
chicken fajitas at 21 outdoor
concession stands but no ice in their
University of Michigan health
officials banned the ice at the
outdoor stands that sell about 40,000
drinks to fans on a game day, saying
the concessionaires violated state
S"Peoplewilldothings to ice they
never would do with water," said
Kevin Besey, environmental
specialist with the university's
Occupational Health -and Safety
Department. "They put their hands
in it, stomp it on the ground to
break it up. We don't want ice to be
contaminated by bugs, dirt and rain
water. You should be able to eat the
ice in your drink."
He said concession operator
Marriott Corporation was told last
year to put screens around the area
where the drinks are iced, install rails
on soft-drink machines to keep ice
from falling on the ground, and teach
sanitary handling techniques.
Marriott didn't, and the university
department, which enforces
sanitation laws for the Washtenaw
County Health Department, ordered
the company in August to stop
serving ice at the outdoor stands,
Vendors who sell to fans in their
seats still can sell iced drinks, which
are iced at an enclosed location, but
those vendors account for only about
15 percent of sales.
Glenn Timpe, Marriott conces-
sion manager, said Coca Cola is
helping his company find a way to
comply without spending $70,000
to enclose the concession stands. "A
lot of people get upset because they
can't get ice in their drinks," he said.
fitful in quest for 50
NEW YORK - Cecil Fielder
has not lost any of his hair. He does
not shake in front of teammates or
tense up when he talks to others.
But slowly, the burden of hitting
home runs is taking its toll. Not the
same way it wrecked Roger Maris,
but the pressure is showing.
Monday, the 29th anniversary of
the day Maris hit his 61st home run
at Yankee Stadium, Fielder sat in the
dugout at the same ballpark and
spoke about trying to hit his 50th.
Someone asked a question,
prefacing it by pronouncing his
"I'm 'Cess-cil,"' Fielder
Early in the season, he didn't care
how people said it. He'd laugh, in
fact. Everyone was curious about the
new 27-year-old star, so he'd tell
He'd tell them why the Toronto
Blue Jays released him, about his
time in Japan and about his son,
Prince. He'd tell why he thought his
two-year, $3-million contract was
perfectly fair, even though Jose
Canseco - who boasted he would
zoom past Fielder - recently signed a
$23.5-million, five-year pact.
K'RIY 'ODMAM1 "al"y
Michigan men's soccer club coach Don Schwartz is eyeing an upset
victory of Michigan State today. The Spartans, who have varsity status,
are heavy favorites. The Wolverines have not won in twenty years.
Varsity status gives
by Ken Artz
Daily Sports Writer
oIt is a fact that both Michigan State and Michigan have athletic
department budgets that handle millions of dollars. But while the Michigan
men's soccer team still wallows in their status as a club, the Spartans have
been a varsity program since the 1960s.
Michigan State has more than prospered from the Wolverines' club
status. State has not lost a game to the Wolverines in the past twenty years.
"There is one main difference between a varsity and a club team," said
senior captain Todd Neff, "and that difference is recruiting."
Michigan State has the resources to scour the state and the country in
search of high school all-stars. They can attract players by offering them a
free education through the use of scholarships. They first become soccer
players, then students.
Michigan, on the other hand, is at the mercy of whoever enrolls in the
school as a student. Only then are they allowed to play soccer for the
The Wolverine players are aware of their disadvantages when they play
the Spartans, but no bitterness exists. The players are grateful they go to
Michigan, and feel lucky to be continuing their soccer careers at such a
traditional sports school.
Obviously, the Wolverines will be at a severe disadvantage as they travel
to East Lansing today because the Spartans have more talent at the skill
Sophomore striker Steve Mcann, a 20 goal scorer last year, returns to
bolster an experienced line-up that mostly contains juniors and seniors.
These players have propelled Michigan State to a current top twenty
Yet, despite being a heavy underdog, the Wolverines realize that nothing
is impossible. "We can win if we keep our intensity level raised the whole
90 minutes," senior defenseman Rob Albritton said.
"We are going to have to play a great game because State is so good,"
Neff said. "It will be an upset if we win."
A victory over an established varsity program, such as Michigan State,
may help to elevate the club soccer team to varsity status one day. The
players realize this. But right now, the thought of bringing state bragging
rights to Ann Arbor is motivation enough.
The Wolverines clash with their intrastate rival today at 4:30 on the
Spartans home field.
by Jeff Cameron
and R.C. Heaton
Daily Sports Writers
The women's soccer team sports
a three game winning streak as it
heads into its game today against
Schoolcraft Community College at
Although only a junior college,
Schoolcraft is a perennial power.
Last year they were ranked as high as
fourth in the nation among junior
colleges. Two years ago, they were
crowned junior college National
The task at hand is not
impossible though, as the
Wolverines proved earlier in the
season when they beat the Livonia
"We dominated in a big way,"
coach Phil Joyaux said. "We played
Coach Joyaux anticipates a tough
game as Schoolcraft will be ready to
avenge the defeat.
"Schoolcraft is going to be
thinking, 'Do it to us once, maybe,
but not twice,"' Joyaux said.
According to some members of
the Michigan team, Schooleraft's
proficiency in soccer can be traced to
the school's philosophy on athletics.
"The girls go there just to play
soccer, while here at Michigan, it's
academics first and then soccer,"
senior Krista Towne said.
The Wolverines is on a rl
winning three straight including
Sunday's 4-2 takedown of Indiapa
University. The score was qot
indicative of how well the tei
"We dominated," Joyaux sif.
"We controlled the play."
"We played well," Towne sad.
After completing the two game
road trip against Schoolcraft, the
team opens up a five game hoae
stand on Saturday against Bow
Green at 1:00 p.m. on Elbell Fi
Sunday, the Ohio State Buckefs
visit Ann Arbor.
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