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Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, November 13,1991
Keeper Kuiper says god-y
Graduating field general gave direction to 'M' teammatesx z

by Shawn DuFresne
Daily Sports Writer
When Michigan soccer goal-
keeper Marc Kuiper was four years
old, his parents wanted him to be
involved in an organized sport. So
they told him to choose one.
"I picked soccer because I
thought it would be a fun sport,"
Kuiper said.
Ever since then, soccer has been a
part of his life. He has just com-
pleted his final season as goalkeeper
for the men's soccer club, a position

he has held for the past four and a
half seasons.
At Troy High, Kuiper was an all-
League and all-County goalkeeper
during his junior and senior years.
He was also selected to the all-State
Class A honorable mention team his
junior season.
Kuiper had to share time at goal-
keeper his senior year, hurting his
recruiting potential. Still, Harvard
and Michigan State showed interest
in him.
Kuiper's high school coach, a

friend of Michigan soccer coach
Mike Ruddy, told Ruddy about
Kuiper. Ruddy immediately began
recruiting Kuiper, who decided to
come to Michigan primarily because
of its strong engineering program.
Kuiper shared the goalkeeping
duties initially but became the full-
time starter midway through the
After Ruddy retired as coach at
the conclusion of Kuiper's third sea-
son, he praised the goalie he was
leaving behind.
"The best thing that ever hap-
pened to Michigan soccer was that
Marc's high school coach didn't
play him more his senior year (thus
he was not highly recruited and
Michigan had a chance to get him),"
Ruddy said.
Three coaching changes in five
years have taken its toll on Kuiper.
"Although I've started the past
few seasons, I've had to prove my-
self three times here because of
coaching changes," Kuiper said.
Kuiper is a vocal goalkeeper, con-
stantly barking out commands to
his players.
"He takes control of the game,
and makes it known to his team-
mates where he wants them," said
Michigan midfielder Rob Albrit-
ton. "He's very intense, and the de-
fense definitely benefits from him."
Kuiper's influence is felt by all
of his teammates.
"Marc is very outspoken, and a
definite motivator," Michigan co-
captain Dick Hillary said. "He's
very competitive, and he hates to
lose. Even when we win by a slim
margin, it bothers him because he
believes we could have scored
Kuiper describes himself as a
"field general."
"I'm one of the 'coolheads' on
the team, so sometimes I have to
calm down players when tempers

flare,"' he said.
While he may guide his team-
mates on the field, Kuiper looks to
his father for. his own guidance.
"He listens to my concerns, and
analyzes the team. If we lose, he
takes the brunt of the punishment
from me because I let all my' emo-
tions out on him," Kuiper chuckled.
Kuiper has tried to make soccer a
varsity sport here at Michigan.
"We're not part of the Big Ten
Soccer Conference (which is com-
posed of six Big Ten teams, includ-
ing Penn State) because we're not a
varsity squad," he said. "It's the
only Big Ten conference in which
Michigan does not have a varsity
"If Michigan had varsity soccer,
it could recruit top players in the
nation because of its strong sports
tradition. I would like to be the last
'club' goalkeeper here."
Nevertheless, Michigan has fared
well against varsity squads with
Kuiper in the net. Earlier in the sea-
son, the Wolverines lost to No. 11
Wisconsin in a close 1-0 match.
Though his efforts went in vain,
Kuiper considers the game one of his
most memorable.
Kuiper also has fond memories
of an indoor game with Indiana two
years ago. The Wolverines strug-
gled to a 2-2 deadlock against the
Hoosiers, who had won the NCAA
Division I championship the previ-
ous fall.
A fifth-year senior, Kuiper
graduates in December with a degree
in mechanical engineering. He has
squeezed in job interviews this fall
between classes and soccer matches.
The soccer club will definitely
miss his presence on the field.
"When someone is an anchor to a
team like Kuiper is, it's difficult to
see him leave," Hillary said. "It
will be hard to replace him."

Michelle Horrigan, who posted five kills, nine digs, and a service ace, was ,
one of few bright spots for the Wolverines against Penn State.

Continued from page 10
abandon" playing style.
Michigan stumbled at Penn State
and Wisconsin, but started a four-
match roll against Illinois. How-
ever, the undefeated Buckeyes played
spoilers again. Everyone was expect-
ing Michigan to get back on track at
East Lansing. But the Spartans stole
the first two games and the match
from the Wolverines.
"Michigan State played with
nothing to lose, very aggressively
- with reckless abandon, and you
know that is one of my favorite
words," B radley-Doppes said. "At
first, (the team) got angry at them,
like Who do they think they are?'
But then it turned into frustration,
and instead of getting even, we got
Michigan did come back hard
that match in games three and four,
but couldn't sustain the momentum
through the fifth game. The scene
repeated itself twice Saturday night.
In games two and three, the

Marc Kuiper has played under three Wolverine coaches in five years.

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However, make no mistake. This
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