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Men's Soccer
vs. Macomb
Today, 5 p.m.
Mitchell Field

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Women's Soccer
vs. Tiffin (Ohio)
Today, 6 p.m.
Elbel Field

Blue gets secret information
Tiffrm transfer Carey tips off women's soccer team

By TIM SMITH
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigan women's soc-
cer team takes on Tiffin (Ohio) today
at 6:00 p.m. at Elbel field, it may
benefit from a little inside informa-
tion from a most unusual source.
While most teams count on scouts
and game films to get an idea about
their opponents' skills and tactics, the
Wolverines (2-2-1) have a very knowl-
edgeable informant on their side - a
transfer from Tiffin.
Sophomore defender Shelby
Carey just might know a thing or two
about the Dragons that could possibly
tip the balances and help decide the
outcome of the game.
Carey was a highly recruited player
in high school, but an anterior cruci-
ate ligament injury her senior year
scared away the major colleges, so
she settled on Tiffin.
Carey became disenchanted with
the small school following a disap-
pointing freshman season in which
the team's effort and attitude toward
the game discouraged her. After the

season, a recuperated Carey trans-
ferred to Michigan.
"I know a lot of the players that are
playing for them," Carey said. "I also
have been talking to some people
down there about who their main goal
scorer is and I know that their key
player (midfielder Amy Pence) has
broken her arm."
While Michigan might not neces-
sarily need the extra help from Carey
to defeat the Division III Dragons, a
2-0 loss to Big Ten foe Ohio State last
Friday makes a win today that much
more important.
"We didn't play badly (against
Ohio State), but it didn't fell like we
played like we're used to - an in-
tense game," Carey said. "But if we
have good ball movement and play a
quick game and not hang onto the
ball, then we should be successful."
Although the Wolverines have
scored more than one goal in only one
game, Michigan coach Debbie Belkin
doesn't seem worried about her team.
"We've been playing good soccer
but just haven't put the ball in the

net," Belkin said. "I'm pleased with
our play so far, and we're going to get
better. We fight hard and play hard
and that's all you can ask."
'I'm pleased with our
play so far, and we're
going to get better.'
- Debbie Belkin
women's soccer coach
Belkin refuses to panic or alter her
usual game plan too much against
Tiffin .
"We're going to play better de-
fense, but we're not really going to
change anything," she said.
The Wolverines play aheavy slate
of games over the next five days.
Carey knows a win over Tiffin would
give the Wolverines some needed
momentum.
"We have three games this week,"
Carey said. "And we think it will be
really nice to come out with three
wins and have a really big weekend."

Mackenzie Webster battles for posession against Ohio State Sunday. The Wolverines begin a stretch of three games
in five days today against Tiffin (Ohio).

*Dramatic win over Cowboys helps give Lions
reason to be optimistic despite tough schedule

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;FORTS SAN

PONTIAC,Mich. (AP)-Wayne
Fontes has been telling anyone who
would listen that his Lions can play
with the big boys. After their 20-17
victory over Dallas, it looks like he's
telling the truth.
It has been a slow, hard climb and
Fontes has taken a lot of criticism
along the way. Some of it was earned.
It was Fontes who kept changing the
lions' offense and playing musical
chairs with his quarterbacks.
But a lot of his moves have turned
out well. He made Barry Sanders a
No. 1 draft pick, when some NFL
gurus thought he might be too small.
He used a second-round pick to get a
placekicker, something almost un-
heard of in the NFL. And he pushed
for the signing of a big, left-handed
quarterback who had been riding the
bench in Miami for four years.
How interesting that they were
three of the key players in the big
breakthrough Monday night in Dal-

las.
Sanders carried 40 times in the
humid Texas heat for 194 yards against
the Cowboys, whose defense was
stacked to stop him. Scott Mitchell
passed for 134 yards and two touch-
downs.
And Jason Hanson, who saw two
earlier attempts blocked, kicked a44-
yard field goal with 32 seconds left in
overtime to seal the triumph. It was
the second time this year a Hanson
field goal has lifted the Lions (2-1) to
victory.
"When we went into the ballgame,
we said, 'Let the good ballplayers win
this game,"' an exhausted Fontes said
yesterday afternoon at the Silverdome.
"When you think of our good
ballplayers you think of Barry Sand-
ers, Herman Moore, Scott Mitchell.
"We've got a good kicker, too.
Jason Hanson is one of the best in the
NFL. I think with himI've got the guy
who can win it."

Of course, the Lions have defeated
the Cowboys in big games before.
Detroitpounded Dallas 38-6in a 1991
NFC playoff game. But the Cowboys
and Lions were going in opposite
directions, and Fontes knew it.
This time is different. This time,
Fontes has reason to believe the Lions
are locked in on the Cowboys like a
heat-seeking missile.
"I think we have to go a ways yet
to be a team like the Dallas Cow-
boys," Fontes said. "They have a good
football team, they're strong in every
phase. But, let's hope we can get
there.
"We're not where we want to be.
We have to get better. I want to em-
phasize that. We have a long way to
go."
The key to getting better, as it has
always been, will be finding ways to
set Sanders free. As he demonstrated
again and again to a national televi-
sion audience from Dallas, there is

nobody quite like Sanders. He was
named the NFL Offensive Player of
the Week for his work against the
Cowboys.
"That was a very satisfying win,"
Sanders said. "But it's important to
remember we have 13 more games to
play. I think this will give us great
confidence."
One of the knocks against the Li-
ons was the fact that lately they have
excelled only when they had a weak
schedule. They finished last in 1992,
for example, then came back and won
the NFC championship against a
bunch of patsies in 1993.
That earned them the schedule they
now face, with teams like San Fran-
cisco, the New York Giants and Jets,
Buffalo and Miami lurking down the
road.
"The win in Dallas was nice,"
Hanson said. "But this is not where
we want to be. Where we want to be
doesn't start until January."

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