Eastern Michigan Invitational
Today, 6:30 p.m.
vs. Ohio State
Today, 4 p.m.
By DAVID ROTHBART
For the Daily
Texas vs. Texas A & M. Harvard
vs. Yale. Michigan vs. Ohio State -
someof the greatestrivalries incollege
sports. And today, the Wolverine-Buck-
eye rivalry extends to women's soccer
for the first time, when the two squads
square off in their Big Ten opener at 4
p.m. at Elbel Field.
Michigan comes off an 1-0, over-
time victory Wednesday night
against Detroit-Mercy. In the win,
the Wolverines' defense came up
big, holding the Titans scoreless for
the entire affair. However, Michi-
gan coach Debbie Belkin realizes
performing a similar feat against
the more talented Buckeyes will not
be as easy.
"They've got a forward in Lisa
Sutmiller who scores a lot of goals.
'We'll have to work hard to keep her
away from the ball," Belkin said.
"(Buckeye center-midfielder) Jody
Stranges is solid in the middle."
Belkin plans to match freshman
defender Carrie Povilaitis against
Sutmiller in hopes of neutralizing the
potent Buckeye scoring threat.
Though Belkin was pleased with
the play of her team against Detroit-
.*Mercy, she wants to work on a number
of things for today's game with Ohio
"Against these tougher teams,
we have to stay in control of the
ball," Belkin said. "We must work
on maintaining possession. We have
to continue to create scoring oppor-
Belkin tried to diminish the impor-
tance of the Michigan-Ohio State ri-
She considered tonight's game im-
portant because it marks the begin-
ning of the conference schedule.
"(The Big Ten season) is going to
betough," Belkin said. "It's going to be
a long road. We really want to win the
The Buckeyes, rankedeighth in the
region, played impressively in their
'recent match with Wisconsin. Belkin
compared Ohio State, a second-year
program, to the Indiana team that de-
feated Michigan, 3-1, last Saturday in
Freshman forward Ruth Poulin said
she is excited to be involved in the
"We're the underdogs, but we're
going to surprise some people. We
want this victory.
The Wolverinescontinuetheir five-
game homestand next Wednesday
Blue warms up in Ypsilanti
Michigan opens season at Eastern Michigan Invite
By EUGENE BOWEN
Daily Sports Writer
While most Michigan students get
ready to go out and party, the men's
cross-country team will be in Ypsilanti
tonight competing in its first meet of
the season, the Eastern Michigan In-
vitational, at 6:30 p.m.
Ron Warhurst, entering his 21st
year as Wolverine cross-country head
coach, leads team captain Ian Forsyth
and 10 other Michigan runners into
competition against runners from
eight other schools.
Forsyth, junior Kris Eggle, sopho-
mores David Barnett and Ryan Burt
and freshman Don McLaughlin are
key runners for the Wolverines.
McLaughlin, a graduate of Ann Ar-
bor Pioneer, is the only first-year run-
ner competing for Michigan.
The Eastern Michigan Invitational
is more of a warm-up than a fierce
competition, and Warhurst won't un-
leash his entire arsenal of runners.
"This is a low-key meet, so we
aren't running our top two," said
Warhurst, referring to junior Scott
MacDonald and sophomore Kevin
Canadians MacDonald and Sullivan
participated in the Commonwealth
Games, held in their home country, and
Warhurst wants the pair to recuperate
as much as possible before the major
meets of the season, such as the Big
Despite the meet's relative lack of
importance, Forsyth isn't playing the
race down too much.
"This is the first real meet, so
everyone's pretty excited," Forsyth
said. "It's going to be a good gauge of
our progress so far."
Forsyth plans for the Wolverines,
who are ranked fifth, to end the sea-
son in the top four.
"I hope to be captain of the best
team ever," Forsyth said.
The Michigan women's soccer team begins its initial season in the Big Ten
today against Ohio State. The Wolverines come off a successful outing
against Detroit-Mercy in which they shutout the Titans for a 1-0 overtime
victory Wednesday. Today's game begins at 4 p.m. at Elbel Field.
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