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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - September 28, 1992- Page 7



Men's soccer
splits weekend
by Mike Rancilio
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's soccer team continues to v
the big matches, but can't seem to put together a con
tent string of victories.
After another up-and-down weekend with a loss
a win, the Wolverines stand at an abysmal 4-8
Saturday, Michigan fell to Wisconsin-Parkside, 4-1,
with Sunday's 2-0 club victory over Notre Dame,
team maintained its solid club record.
0 "We seem to rise up for the club games," co-capt
Scott Seabolt said. "Those are the most import
games because our goal is to qualify for nationals."
While the squad is content with its club victories,
concerned with its overall record and inconsistent I
formances. The team can't put its finger on the probl
"We can't figure out what is wrong," Seabolt s
"We play well in club games, but we'd like to play l:
ter against the ranked teams."
The most recent ranked team to defeat
Wolverines was Wisconsin-Parkside at Wisconsin.
Division II team capitalized on Michigan's error-pr
The defensive breakdowns led to a 2-0 halfti
deficit and an uprising from head coach Aaron Sm
The team responded with a quick second-half goal fi
freshman Rob Holt - but it wasn't enough.
Michigan had to rebound in time for yesterda
match with the Irish. Led by superior goalkeeping fr
Alex Brown, the inspired club sent Notre Dame pack
with 2-0 shutout at Mitchell Field.
"Brown played great today," Seabolt commer
following the game. "We picked it up a notch, and
continued to play well."
Brown, who's played solid all season, received sc
defensive help from senior Dave Rindfusz and sop
more Dave Nordwall. The versatile Kelly Kuehne
contributed a goal to pace the offense. The senior
captain continues to shine despite being moved aro
in the lineup after playing sweeper last season.
Continued from page 3
us - getting to play a varsity team - and then
the other team comes out there in T-shirts. It's
just a scrimmage for them."
This is the same university that lobbied
unsuccessfully for the right to be one of the host
sites for the World Cup in 1994. The University
of Michigan. Hosting soccer's world tournament
- the most popular sporting event on the planet
- at a school that can't find the funds to support
the game at a varsity level. The irony is awful.
And when Shannon Loper asks the question,
"Why can't they just ask the private donators if
they'd like to give some money to support the
women's soccer team?" the only response can be,
"Yeah, why not?"

Women kickers defy
Valparaiso, weather

by Jesse Brouhard
Waiting was the name of the
game for the first half of the wom-
en's soccer game yesterday morning
as the Wolverines tested their pa-
tience against Valparaiso. However,
Michigan's virtue was rewarded
with a second-half explosion, as the
Maize and Blue rolled past the
Crusaders, 6-1.
Due to the less than perfect wind
and playing conditions, the Wol-
verines felt fortunate to be locked in
a 1-1 tie after a first half where they
were forced to fight gusting winds
directly in their face. Senior mid-
fielder Jenny Steinhebel provided
the only offense for the Wolverines
with a goal early in the first half.
After Valparaiso tied the game on
a breakaway score, both teams
waged a defensive struggle for the
remainder of the half. The second
half arrived none too soon for the
Wolverines. The offense decided to
capitalize on the opportunity at hand.
"Shannon Loper had a meeting
on the field and got everyone to
concentrate on being aggressive and
finishing their opportunities on
goal," Michigan coach Peter Man-
ning said.
After the break in the action ju-
nior forward Lisa Ashton broke the
stalemate with a pinpoint strike from
just outside the penalty box that
cleared the goaltender's reach by
"In a 1-1 tie, whichever team
scores that second goal seems to
gain the advantage from that point
on," Manning said.

'Controlling passes
was difficult due to
the poor field
conditions, and the
fact that we haven't
played here (Elbel
Field) before. However,
that is no excuse.'
'M' women's soccer
coach Peter Manning
After the score, Valparaiso was
able to cross into the Wolverine side
of the field just three times with one
shot on goal. By this time the Wol-
verines had adjusted somewhat to
the hard field conditions and began
to pass the ball effectively.
"Controlling passes was difficult
due to the poor field conditions, and
the fact that we haven't played here
(Elbel Field) before. However, that
is no excuse," Manning said.
No excuses were necessary as the
Wolverines proceeded to reel off
four more scores including Ashton's
second goal of the match and tallies
from sophomores Susan Pettit, Katie
Rubin, and the senior Loper.
Two of these goals were the re-
sult of converted corner kicks. As
Valparaiso tired, the Wolverines re-
ceived numerous opportunities to
work the ball in from the corners of
the field. This offensive tirade effec-
tively pinned Valparaiso into its end
for the remainder of the contest.

und Cutting off her opponent's path to the ball, junior Lisa Ashton enables herself to kick the ball
to a teammate. Ashton would later score en route to the team's 6-1 victory.

It's a simple question. But when dealing with
athletic department bureauocracy and university
budgets, simple questions usually become
complicated issues.
Somehow, the athletic department found the
millions of dollars in private donations and was
able to build Schembechler Hall - a building,
by the way, which the field hockey team was not
allowed to walk through at first. So couldn't
there be some way to kick a few table scraps over
to the club soccer teams?
It really isn't such an outlandish question.
Gender equity is a product of these types of
questions. Why? It apparently has been asked
enough times around the country the past 20
years that someone finally decided to come up
with answers.
The Big Ten's answer was gender equity. But

gender equity penalizes others at the same time it
awards someone like, say, Shannon Loper.
Cutting men's sports to add women's sports isn't
the answer.
Tiering is another idea being bantered about.
Give quarter-support and half-support to some
sports, but don't eliminate them entirely. That
seems to be a more feasible step in a better
And Michigan President James Duderstadt
spoke recently about another possible plan of
attack, one that is implemented at many other
schools. Student sports fees, which would allow
the university to elevate a few sports to varsity
status, could be added.
The questions are finally getting answered.
But for someone like Shannon Loper, it's too
little, too late.
There is a history lesson in there somewhere.

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