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8 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 18, 1993

Kickers roll to 15th in a row

by ELISA SNEED
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Yesterday at Mitchell field, the
Michigan women's soccer team won
its 15th consecutive game this sea-
son. -
In a hard-fought battle against
Penn State, the Wolverines finally
came out on top with a 2-0 victory.
Freshman Nicola Armster tallied her
13th goal of the season 59 minutes
into the game and Lisa Ashton, who
leads the team in.career scoring, gave
Michigan its second goal seven min-
utes later.
"This has been one of our tough-
est games this season," senior Car-
rie Taylor said. "Our coach wasn't
here this weekend, and we were
worried about playing without her,
but we buckled down and played.
To pull it out and win is a really
good feeling." '
For the first five minutes of the
game Michigan was really attacking
the Nittany Lion defense.
The Wolverines had two different
scoring opportunities on a wide-open
Penn State goal, but they didn't con-
vert, and through all the confusion the

Lions managed to clear the ball up the
field.
Disorganization, for both teams,
continued throughout the entire first
stanza.Michigan did seem to be con-
trolling the game, keeping mostof the
play on the Penn State half of the
field, but the team couldn't put things
together and score.
"It was a really exciting game,"
junior Michelle McQuaid said. "We
were all equally matched."
Forwards Lisa Ashton, Alicia
Stewartand Armster were provided
lots of support from Taylor and
McQuaid on defense, as well as
midfielders Lynda Hart, Karen Jones
and Alicia Treadway, but their at-
tempts were unsuccessful.
The many Wolverine runs up the
field were followed by crosses or shots
that just needed a tap into the goal.
But Penn State's defense was strong
enough to fend off any attacks and
held Michigan scoreless.
Taylor attributed part of this of-
fensive drought to nerves.
"In the first half we were very
disorganized," she said. "We were
much too jumpity. The second half

was a totally different game."
And indeed it was. The Wolver-
ines took over, giving keeper Alicia
Smith only one chance to touch the
ball, and causing frustration and er-
rors on the Lion side.
One Penn State player was
awarded a red card for stepping on
Treadway.
"She hit me in the first half too,"
Treadway said. "She's a rough
player. I guess she just took it a little
too far."
Despite the added physicality of
the second half, Michigan was able to
overcome its opponent, due in large
part to its physical fitness.
"The second half showed why
we do those cones, and do those
sprints," assistant coach Pete
Alexander said. "We kept it down at
their end and I think that had a lot to
do with the way we condition. It
was night and day between the first
and second half."
McQuaid agreed.
"We've been through condition-
ing," she said. "We're in really good
shape, and made fewer mistakes and
that helped us win."

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Senior midfielder Neysa Colizzi defends against Eastern Michigan in a game earlier this season at Mitchell Field.

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and Courtney."
The competition was tremendous,
so McGuire felt that the victory was
yet another sign that the team is pre-
pared for the bigger challenges that
lie ahead.
"The first 10 finishers are going to
beveryhigh up in the nationals.These
are really solid performers," McGuire

said. "This was kind of like a mini-
nationals. I think it was another indi-
cator that we're ready."
Running on the home course will
help the team when it comes time for
the Big Ten meet in two weeks.
"We're going to face a totally dif-
ferenttypeofcourseatMichigan State.
Our course is as tough a course as
we're going to run on all year,"
McGuire said. "In fact, it's probably
as tough a course as any competitor
here ran all year."

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