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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday October 12, 1994 - 11

Wolverine stickers fall to Ball State, 2-1, in double overtime

By MARC DILLER
Daily Sports Writer
Everything you could have expected
from a game between two teams streak-
ing at the same time came to fruition
yesterday at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
The Michigan field hockey team
(6-7) ended a two-game winning streak
with a heart-breaking 2-1double-over-
time loss to No. 8 Ball State (11-1-1).
"100 minutes of hockey is a tough
thing," Wolverine attacker Gia Biagi
said. "(The loss is) just really disap-
pointing."
The Cardinals' freshman defender
Jennifer Brown trickled the ball past
Michigan goalie Rachel Geisthardt
for the game winner, 11:53 into the
second overtime.
Ball State started the play with a
corner pass to defender Gina Lucido.
Lucido, who was trapped in the left
corner, centered the ball to midfielder
Melanie Herkins in the Wolverines'
red zone. Herkins slapped a shot off of
Geisthardt'spads and Brown was there
to put home the rebound.

"We didn't react quick enough to
the rebound off of the initial save,"
Michigan coach Patti Smith said.
Geisthardt saved 17 of 19 shots on
the day but it wasn't enough.
Michigan had plenty of its own
opportunities to wrap things up dur-
ing the two overtimes. Eight minutes
into the first overtime. Wolverine de-
fenderJen Lupinski took a harddriving
shot from 25 yards back that slipped
past the diving Ball State goalie, Mindy
Pretzman, and narrowly missed the net
wide right.
Less than two minutes later, Michi-
gan defender Aaleya Koreishi single-
handedly took the ball past midfield
and slappedacentering pass toastreak-
ing Biagi. Biagi failed to control the
ball and the Wolverines had missed on
their two best scoring opportunities of
the day.
"Aaleya really started to turn it on
towards the end," Smith said. "She
started to take more chances and be
more aggressive with the ball."
Aaleya's efforts were not enough.

The Cardinals' defense stopped virtu-
ally everything that came into their
backfield and Pretzman only had to-
save eight shots on net all afternoon.
"Their backs played really strong,"
Smith said. "They beat us to the ball
and they were low, aggressive and
smart."
Michigan managed only one goal
against the Ball State defense. The
Wolverines took a 1-0 lead with 12:58
left in regulation when freshman de-
fender Sandra Cabrera picked the ball
off one of the Cardinals' defenders
and scored her first collegiate goal.
The Wolverines' excitement was
ephemeral, however.
In the transition, after the goal,
Cathy Basso moved the ball past the
Michigan defense and put a shot past
Geisthardt to tie the game, 1-1.
"It's the next five minutes after
you score that are the most impor-
tant," Biagi said. "We really needed to
ice it and get the ball in their end, but
they just used our momentum against
us.

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Michigan defender Aaleya Koreishi looks on as Cardinal Jennifer Brown's game-winning goal rolls past.

.Bowden: Saturday's Auburn, Florida game is "Sugar Bowl" for Tigers

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - No bowl,
no problem. As Terry Bowden sees it,
this is bowl week in October for No.
6 Auburn.
The Tigers' coach didn't mince .
words Tuesday when asked what im-
portance he places on this weekend's
game at top-ranked Florida.
"If we do somehow find a way to
in, I think we're in the driver's seat
as far as the AP poll," he said.
"I don't feel like they'll give it to
a team that goes 11-0 and doesn't play
a game in January. But I do feel like
they'll give it to a team that has a 22-
0 record."
Auburn has won 17 in a row, the
longest winning streak in Division I-
, but Bowden's team is barred from
ostseason play as it completes the
second year of NCAA probation.

Lastyear, the Tigers' season ended
in November with an 11-0 record. It
was only good enough for No.4 in the
Associated Press rankings.
"Sooner or later," Bowden said,
"a team has got to be recognized just
on its ability to win."
"How can you overlook a team
that goes 11-0 two times in a row,"
defensive tackle Mike Pelton said.
"I'm not into the voting thing ... but if
I controlled it, I would have voted for
us last year."
This is the first realistic chance for
Auburn to become a serious national
contender - playing on the road
against the top-ranked team in the
country, a team that has won its first
five games by an average score of 51-
12, and a team that has won 17 straight
Southeastern Conference games at

Florida Field.
Even though Auburn (6-0) is a 16-
point underdog, Bowden is happy to
have the Gators on the schedule.
"We can't go to a bowl this year,
so this is our Sugar Bowl," he said. "If
we're going to win the national cham-
pionship without playing in January,
you have to have a No. I team on your
schedule. We should be thankful for
this chance."
Bowden, searching for ways to
convince his players that an upset is
not inconceivable, turned to his usual
reference point-Florida State coach
Bobby Bowden, his father.

In the Orange Bowl last season,
No. 2 Nebraska was a huge underdog
to the top-ranked Seminoles, but the
Cornhuskers were in position to win
on a field goal at the end of the game.
It missed.
"We plan on making our field
goal," Terry Bowden said slyly.
"I definitely don't envision my-
self missing it," added Auburn place-
kicker Matt Hawkins.
The Tigers appear confident. They
grumble about the point spread but
say it doesn't matter. They would
rather look back to this point last
season, when unbeaten, fourth-ranked

Florida came into Jordan-Hare Sta-
dium and was shocked, 38-35.
"That was the turning point in our
season," Pelton said. "After that, we

felt like we wouldn't lose anymore.
That probably turned our whole pro-
gram around."

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