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14 -,- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 14, 1994

Spring Arbor soccer"is
no match for Michigan

Road trip will test
young 'M' stickers

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By NICHOLAS J. OTSONIKA
For the Daily
The Michigan men's soccer team
'night as well have been at practice.
: - s Spring Arbor College opponents
, jmply served as obstacles to dribble
,afound last night as the Wolverines
,,ispatched the Cougars, 4-0, at
Mitchell Field.
Michigan (2-1-2) dominated the
first half, and then cruised to an un-
un- e.ventful finish to record its second
. ctory in a row. The victory put the
,,eam above .500 for the first time this
season.
"We're physically superior to these
.vguys," Michigan coach Steve Burns
.said. "We have more experience. We
g, qad to take advantage of that."
The Wolverines went for the kill
,arly, penetrating the porous Spring
,4rbor (1-4) defense at will. Michigan
ilegistered three goals in the first 30
minutes, and the defense never gave
,the Cougars a chance to coordinate
any offense.
"I really liked what I saw today,"
burnssaid. "We did really well in
transition, and just put the ball in the
The Wolverines went for the kill
1early, as midfielder Kris Wiljanen
,rilled apenalty kick past the motion-
?r41ess Spring Arbor keeper just five
ninutes into the first half, putting
'Michigan up, 1-0. Forward Rob Holt
,.added another goal at the 20-minute
,,.nark when he converted a 25-yard
-,jfross from midfielder Karim Dure,
:oring with just a turn of the head.
"Karim just sent it right to me,"

Holt said. "I was wide open when I
went up strong against the defender,
and all I had to do was flick it inside
of the far post. It went right in."
Michigan increased its lead 10
minutes later, when forward Richard
Berri came up with a loose ball at the
30-yard line. He eluded two defend-
ers and slid a touch shotjust to the left
of the sliding goaltender. That left
Michigan up, 3-0, at the end of the
first half.
That was all for the Wolverine
starters. Burns, pleased with the fast
start and solid transition play from his
defense, replaced his entire squad with
reserves for the second stanza.
"This was a good time to get some
of these players some experience,"
Burns said. "But, you know, I don't
lose anything when I put these (sub-
stitutes) out there. I have a lot of
talented kids and they played well."
Michigan co-captain Herschel
Wancjer felt the same way.
"For the first time we have a team
full of quality players," Wancjer said.
"We have 22 players who work hard
and get the job done. Coach Burns
doesn't have to worry at all about who
he sticks in."
Reserves Vijay Jayaraman,
Grothik Chatterjee, and Faris Hermiz
all had scoring chances, and the de-
fense held the shutout. Midfielder Ian
Kurth was credited with a goal late in
the half when an errant kick caromed
off of Spring Arbor's Jeff Fitzgerald
and into the Cougar net. That goal
closed out the scoring.
"We just couldn't get anything

By JENNIFER DUBERSTEIN
Daily Sports Writer
Practice, practice, practice.
The Michigan field hockey team
has been working hard to perfect its
play. The Wolverines are in the midst
of a nonconference schedule which
will help them in future Big Ten
conference games. These contests give
the players a sense of what they can
do to improve.
The Wolverines (3-2) face off
against Central Michigan (0-3) this af-
ternoon inMt. Pleasant. The Chippewas
have lost to Radford, Richmond, and
Virginia Commonwealth. CMU has
only scored two goals in these games.
In contrast, Michigan scored five goals
in its first game alone.
Michigan also has beaten Kent
State and Miami-Ohio.
Today's game marks the third one
of a six-game road trip for the Wol-
verines. In the previous two games,
Michigan defeated St. Louis after los-
ing to Southwest Missouri.
"The road trip is good for the
team," Michigan coach Patty Smith
said. "It is good for the girls to hang
out together and become closer."
The trip has been a good chance
for the team to bond. The freshmen
have benefited from the trip because
it has helped them adjust to the pres-
sures of being a Big Ten athlete.
According to coach Smith, "You
are only afreshman if you thinkyou are.
(The freshmen) have to know that they
are Michigan field hockey players."
Coach Smith's message obviously
has been well received by two fresh-

men, Julie Flachs and Carolyn
Schwarz. Both have started in all five
games; both recently recorded their
first collegiate goals..0
"The freshmen are doing really
well," sophomore Bree Derr said.
''They are catching on to things .:W d
are getting a feel for the team."
Even though Coach Smith says
that the team is playing well as a
whole, she admits that certain skills
need to be worked on.
'We have been
focusing on corners,
attacking the ball, and
defense.'
- Patti Smith
Michigan field hockgy
coach
"We have been focusing on tor-
ners, attacking the ball, and defense,"
Smith said.
The key to the Wolverines' suc-
cess has been their goaltending :end
team cooperation. Smith does notfo-
cus on any one position. Rather, she
stresses the importance of eviry
player's role.
"It's not only the people scorng
(who are important), it is the ftve
passses that lead uo to the goal."
At this point in the season, cogch
Smith is not looking ahead to the ig*
Ten season. Instead, she is focusing
on CMU and on working out the kinks
in Michigan's game plan.

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Michigan midfielder Karim Dure fights off Spring Arbor midfielder Brad
Whipple in yesterday's 4-0 Wolverine victory at Mitchell Field.

going today," Spring Arbor coach
Lyle Wensley said. "We're a young
team with no seniors and only three
juniors, so we're going to make mis-
takes.
"Michigan has a lot of speed, and
we left the midfield way too open for
them."
But the midfield will not be so open
for the Wolverines next time. They
face a much tougher challenge at

Kalamazoo College Saturday at 1:30.
"Our three-four-three system is
working well, but we still have to get
rid of some hesitation we have,"
Burns said. "We need to get in a little
better shape and we have to work on
checking, creating field space, and
filling field space.
"This is a good game to start
from, though. It shows we're starting
to click and play well."

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,cnsomen kickers to facesimiar Detroit squad

- y MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
For the Daily
For the Wolverine women's soc-
cer team, today's match against De-
lroit-Mercy will be like playing their
twin sisters. The 6:30 game, which
)'' ill take place at Elbel Field, will
showcase teams with more in com-
, ~on than just their Southeastern
''Michigan locations.
Both are relatively new teams -
the season is the Wolverines' first and
tie Titans' second.
Their schedules aren't much dif-
fbrent either, considering that both
teams have played two of the same
opponents so far this season, and fared
similarly well.
Both teams beat Northern Illinois

--Michigan won, 3-1; Detroit-Mercy
2-1. Mercy got the edge on Wiscon-
sin-Green Bay, pulling off a 2-1 win.
But Michigan only tied the Phoenix,
the lone goal coming from freshman
Debbie Flaherty.
Freshman defender Carrie
Povalaitis said that she's confident
but nervous that the Michigan squad
will catch a victory to make up for
Saturday's 3-1 defeat in Bloomington
against seasoned Indiana.
Povalaitis said that being a first-
year program has its advantages,
though.
"No one knows who we are, so
other teams are expected to do well
(against us)," she said. "I feel ner-
vous, yet I'm confident we can do it."

Povalaitis, who was also recruited
by Mercy, said that the two schools
are like crosstown rivals.
'No one knows who we
are, so other teams are
expected to do well
(against us).'
- Carrie Povalaitis
Michigan defender
"With everything in place, we'll
do well," Povalaitis said.
Mercy head coach Mike Lupenec
also recognizes the rivalry created by

the schools' proximity. The teams are
less than 50 miles apart.
"I know a lot of the local girls and
it's going to be a tough match,"
Lupenec said.
The Titans face their season's big-
gest challenge yet - a goaltender
with a ruptured disc.
"We had to pull our sweeper in, so
we have an inexperienced goalie,"
Lupenec said. "We're really trying to
get through the injuries."
With standout midfielders
Michelle Brach and Carrie Wilson,
the Titans will still be a challenge for
the Wolverine kickers.
"I think you're a brand new pro-
gram and we're just a second-year
program," Lupenac said. "We're two
new programs, and you have a great
coaching staff."
Today's match is the first in a five-
game home lineup to come. All games
are at Elbel Field until a new home is
found for the new varsity team.

DQUGLAS KANTER/daily
Michigan has its first-ever game with Detroit-Mercy today at Mitchell Field.;

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