The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - September 9, 1991- Page 7
Women's soccer team
wins four straight games
by Andy De Korte
* Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer
team got a jump on the bulk of the
Michigan student body by opening
its fall season on Wednesday against
Miami of Ohio.
After beating Miami, 3-1, the
Wolverines rode the momentum
through the weekend, defeating
Calvin College, Penn State, and
Seton Hill, 2-0, 3-1, and 5-0, respec-
Miami was the only team that
led Michigan. In the opener, the
Wolverines started with a slow
half, losing 1-0 at halftime.
"We started out kind of dead,"
sophomore fullback Carrie Taylor
said, "but we got fired up at half-
A comeback was needed, and the
team was equal to the task. Leslie
Martin, Alicia Stewart, and Lisa
Ashton all scored as goalkeeper
Chrissy Rice turned aside all
Redskin shots. Shannon Loeper tal-
lied the assist on each goal.
On Thursday, a scoreless first
half against a tough Calvin squad
put more pressure on Michigan
goalkeepers Rice, Lisa Bennet and
Anne Hollar. The three combined
for a shutout as Molly Duma broke
the deadlock with a penalty shot in
the second half for the victory.
Penn State, which finished third
in last year's national club team
tournament, fell to Michigan on
Saturday. Jenny Steinhebel, Duma,
and Karen Jones scored as Leslie
Martin, Jones, and Loeper, assisted,
The Wolverines rolled over
Seton Hill continuing their early
season blitz, scoring early and often
on Sunday. Jones, Loeper (2),
Ashton, and Suzy Pettit scored as
Martin (2), Loeper, and Kari
The soccer team will try to con-
tinue its impressive streak against
Siena Heights tomorrow. Fans will
be able to catch its home opener on
Thursday at Mitchell Field against
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Bowl practice. As he walked down
the sideline, players stopped and
looked up. Coaches fell silent. But
he just smiled and greeted his team-
mates, trying to shed the stigma
During the winter, Welborne be-
gan rehabilitation, frequenting
Crisler Arena to watch the basket-
ball team. He watched his close
friend Kirk Taylor, who had also
undergone arthroscopic surgery for
a torn anterior cruciate suffered a
year earlier against, ironically,
"He used to be tentative,"
Welborne said. "But I saw him sky
on some baseline dunks, and he
proved it can be done.
"I can't wait till I get out there
on the court," said Welborne, one
half of what he calls "the toughest
backcourt combination on campus."
Dottin is the other half. He's even
entertained what he calls "pleas"
by Steve Fisher to play for the var-
sity team. Just what the team needs
- another 6-foot-1 guard.
Welborne's urgency to return to
basketball far transcends his ur-
gency to play in the NFL. If he re-
mains unsigned through next April,
he will re-enter the draft. And
though Minnesota drafted him in
the seventh round, he has yet to seri-
ously negotiate with the Vikings'
"I'm keeping my options open,"
Welborne said. "When you get
drafted, you go where they take you.
But I'm in no hurry. I'll have my
life in order before I ever step on the
field again, degree in hand. Then I'll
be able to play for a team in a city
where I want to live, with a good
"A lot of guys come out of col-
lege with an immediate financial
burden or desire. I've been living
like this for four years; I can do it
for one more year."
Welborne has earned his commu-
nication degree and will graduate in
December. Still on scholarship and
considered a redshirt senior, he is
taking two extra credits; he spends
his other time strengthening his
knee and volunteering as an assistant
defensive back coach - "an on-the-
field guy, not a film guy."
Like all great football players,
Welborne has been working on his
golf game. He needs much im-
provement before playing in the up-
coming March of Dimes Celebrity
Tournament at the TPC in Dearborn.
"I'm terrible," he admitted.
With his strict routine of golf-
ing, watching CBS' soap opera
lineup, and - oh yeah - condition-
ing, Welborne figures he'll be in top
form by next April's draft.
However, Welborne has incen-
tive to forego the NFL completely.
He carries a $1 million insurance
policy with Lloyd's of London for
which he will almost certainly be
eligible in November, provided he
never plays professional football.
But for Welborne, it's just that -
insurance. He has little desire to
"They'll give me a physical af-
ter a year and determine that I can't
play," he explained. "But there's a
difference between a career-ending
injury and an injury that ends your
career. They can't measure what's in
a player's heart."
If only they could.
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