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Wednesday, September 25, 1991
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Illinois victory helps
Big Ten gain respect
by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
The Big Ten coaches had a little more pride yesterday at the weekly tele-
conference thanks to Illinois. The Illini pounded No. 21 Houston Saturday,
Three coaches, including Michigan coach Gary Moeller, had a rare week
off, allowing them time to watch the game on television..
"What Illinois did to Houston was something special," Moeller said.
"They proved they're an outstanding football team."
The Illini lost 15 starters from last year's squad, making it difficult to
repeat as last year's co-Big Ten Champions. But sophomore quarterback Ja-
son Verduzco did return and he proved more of a Heisman candidate than
Cougar quarterback David Klingler. Verduzco completed 16 of 22 passes
for 340 yards Saturday.
"Verduzco has always been one of my favorites because he's such a great
competitor," Iowa coach Hayden Fry said. "I love a quarterback that's
Blue returns to
by Andy De Korte
Daily Sports Writer
After reeling off four victories
to start the season, the Michigan
men's soccer club ran headlong into
a maelstrom, losing four and tying
one of its next five games.
But the Wolverines ended their
winless streak yesterday at Central
Michigan with a 3-1, come-from-
"Going into the game we knew
we needed to play well for an en-
tire 90 minutes," junior Sam Stew-
art said. "We knew we could do it
because we had done it before, and
we finally did it again."
While they may have played a
solid 90 minutes, they certainly
were not in command for the
whole game, as Central scored the
first goal of the game. The
Chippewas led until late in the
first half, when Jona Smith knot-
ted the game at a goal apiece off a
Brian Roseworn assist.
At halftime, the Wolverines
were in the same position they
found themselves against Ohio
State during their slide of
"(Coach Dick Hillary) said
'don't forget Ohio State.' We came
out flat in the second half against
OSU and they whipped us," mid-
field-center Dave Rindfusz said.
"We were sick of losing, we had a
good week of practice and we
wanted to win."
The recent practices were high-
lighted by stressing tacital work,
instead of the conditioning drills
so vital in the early part of the sea-
son, Stewart said.
"The first 15 minutes of the
second half, we probably played
our best 15 minutes of soccer this
year," he said.
Doug Spamer, assisted by Frank
Karabetsos, gave Michigan its first
lead of the game during that seg-
ment. Although Michigan has not
had many leads recently, the
Wolverines generally play better
when they are behind, and have
trouble holding leads.
In the closing minutes, Reza
Sadjadpour scored an unassisted
goal, resulting from a penalty kick,
to tally the final Wolverine goal.
Although a victory was wel-
come, this game was crucial because
it may be the last match before the
big encounter with Michigan State
on Mitchell Field next Wednes-
day. They have yet to confirm a
Sunday game at Purdue.
By leading Illinois to victory over Houston, Illini quarterback Jason
Verduzco has vaulted himself into Heisman Trophy contention.
Kickers shut out OSU,
4-0; Schoolcraft up next
by Tim Rardin
The Michigan women's soccer
club continued its winning ways
Sunday with a 4-0 defeat of Ohio
State in Columbus. Sophomore
Lisa Ashton led the Wolverines
with a goal and one assist, while
Jenny Steinhebel, Suzanne Pettit,
and Alicia Stewart each added
Michigan, 9-0, will put its un-
defeated season on the line tonight
at Livonia against Schoolcraft
College at 5:30 p.m.
Four of Michigan's victories
have come against varsity squads.
"Because the squad is a club
team, it is hard to get good compe-
tition," said coach Phil Joyaux.
"One of the problems we're having
is complacency. We're playing
'much better than we did last year,
but the competition isn't necessar-
ily any better."
The improvement has allowed
more players to see action. This
should improve the Wolverines'
.depth, which may benefit the team
throughout the remainder of the
Senior stopper Lori Green be-
lieves the key to the club's unblem-
ished record has been, "the ability
to really work together as a team
and start out each game with high
intensity and a desire to win."
Tonight's game will be the
Wolverines' fifth against a varsity
opponent. Michigan will once
again be without the services of
leading scorer Shannon Loper, who
suffered an ankle injury earlier in
the season. However, plenty of
firepower remains, as Heather
Marshall, Molly Douma, and
Ashton have chipped in seven
points apiece thus far this season.
The Wolverines' offense has man-
aged 38 goals on the season - an
average of 4.2 per game.
The defense has been just as ef-
fective, allowing only 35 shots on
goal and a mere five goals all sea-
son. Goalkeeper Crissy Rice, along
with fellow goalies Lisa Bennett
and Ann Hollar have combined to
record five shutouts.
also a state wrestling champ. He's just a fiery little guy and he's just got a
great touch on the ball."
"Jason Verduzco continues to show why we talk about him in quality
terms," Illinois coach John Mackovic said. "He executes our offense
beautifully. He understands what we're trying to do."
The Big Ten recognized the Illini for their efforts. The conference
named Verduzco offensive player-of-the-week and the entire Illinois de-
fense the defensive players-of-the-week.
IDLE-ITIS: Iowa, Michigan and Purdue were all idle last weekend.
Illinois and Ohio State take this Saturday off from gridiron action.
"I'll tell you what, I'm going to appear before the NCAA and offer
legislation that will require all of us to have an open week," Fry said. "I
think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. We've gotten some people
healthy; coaches got a better attitude; we didn't play and we jumped a cou-
ple of notches in the poll. We're all for it."
TEAM CHARACTER: Michigan State coach George Perles can't ex-
plain why his team has played horribly in two straight games. Not only did
Central Michigan embarrass the Spartans, 20-3, to open the year, but Notre
Dame also thrashed Michigan State last week, 49-10. The Spartans have typ-
ically started slowly; the last time the team had a winning record after
two games was in 1983.
"That's something we've been
consistent on," Perles said. "I re-
ally can't explain why we do so
poorly in September and so well in
October and November. But that'sL
certainly part of our personality. I
hope we can break out of it this
Notre Dame will play Purdue
next. Having a free Saturday, Purdue
coach Jim Colletto sat down to
scout the Irish-Spartan game on TV.
He 'didn't need to watch much to
figure out Notre Dame's potential.
"I got nervous, so I went for a,
walk," Colletto said. "I got a cold
sweat, so I disappeared for awhile. Perl1e s
Then I came back and watched Illinois pound Houston."
FALSE HEISMAN HYPE?: Not only did Perles have to defend his
team this week, he also had to defend his sports information department,
which has hyped the Heisman potential of tailback Tico Duckett and
flanker Courtney Hawkins. Each week Michigan State sends out press re-
leases titled "DUCKETT DOCKETT" and "THE COURTney REPORT."
"Same thing happened last year and Tico had more yardage than any re-
turning running back," Perles said. "I still think the Heisman's a possibil-
ity. Both Duckett and Hawkins are outstanding players and after a period of
the whole football season, I think they'll prove that."
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*Golfers finish fourth in Iowa City
from staff reports
Denny Sikkila led the Michigan
men's golf team to a fourth-place
finish in the Northern Inter-
collegiate Tournament in Iowa City
Sikkila's 214 (74-70-70) tied Joe
Gullion of Minnesota for the sec-
ond best score. Both trailed Ohio
SState's Curt Sanders by one shot.
Wolverine Anthony Dietz shot a
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with an 878. Wisconsin and Min-
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third-best stroke average at 73.5,
contributed with a 228 (75-80-73).
James Carson shot 236 (80-77-
79) and Bob Henighan a 238 (80-80-
78) to finish the Michigan scoring.
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