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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 21, 1994

Adrian proves no match for men's soccer.
Easy 3-0 victory over Bulldogs prepares Wolverines for weekend tournament

By JOHN LEROI
Daily Sports Writer
If time of possession was a statis-
tic kept in soccer, the Michigan men's
soccer team would surely lead the Big
Ten. But the Wolverines did more
than just keep control of the ball -
they also put it in the net a few times
en route to a 3-0 victory yesterday
against Adrian yesterday at Mitchell
Field.
"We like to keep the ball and knock
it around the back a little," captain
Herschel Wancjer said. "Some teams
pressure us a bit more, but Adrian let
us keep control of the ball and that
helped us get our scoring opportuni-
ties."
Even though the Wolverines (10-
4-2) controlled the ball and the game
in the first half, they failed to get past
Adrian goalkeeper Vince Harkins.
But, early in the second half, fresh-

man midfielder Eric Frickel dribbled
through the Bulldog defense and fired
a shot from 20 yards out that tucked
into the lower right corner of the net.
As the game progressed, Michi-
gan seemed to increase its dominance.
While the Wolverines controlled the
ball in the middle third of the field, the
Bulldogs seemed content to clear the
ball down field whenever they got a
foot on it.
"We had no reason to panic,"
Michigan defenseman Ryan Carriere
said. "We're getting our shots off and
we're controlling the tempo of the
game."
After a give-and-go play by Wol-
verines Josh Leutz and Faris Hermiz,
forward Richard Berri deflected a
clearing pass by a Bulldog defender
into the net for a 2-0 Michigan lead.
Defenseman Rick Weinberg rounded
out the scoring for the Wolverines

with a header off of a Hermiz corner
kick.
The final score wasn't nearly an
indication of Michigan's dominance.
Many of the Wolverines' scoring op-
portunities came up empty as shots
either hit the post or sailed just wide.
That upset Wancjer.
"The entire game we were ex-
tremely unlucky," he said. "We had a
million chances and we just didn't
convert. At'least now we're creating
the (scoring) opportunities."
Michigan coach Steve Burns
didn't share his captain's regard for
the Wolverines' offensive play. Al-
though the Michigan defense and goal-
keeper Mike Milman were never even
tested, Burns believes that his squad
is still playing inconsistently.
"This was another frustrating ef-
fort," Burns said. "We dominated the
game, but didn't score a lot of goals.

We're a young team and we aren't
scoring a lot of goals. I think our
forwards are losing a little confidence.
"The sign of a good team is when
they get down in the mud and scrap
for goals. When we play a high-
caliber team, we're not going to get
the goals we're getting now."
The Wolverines face some high-
caliber teams this weekend at the
University of Illinois Tournament,
including Purdue, Northern Arizona
and Illinois.
'Illinois and Purdue are currently
in second and third place respectively
in the Big Ten club standings behind
Michigan.
"We're definitely ready for the
Illinois tournament," Carriere said.
"We all want to do well at nationals
and I think that the way things are
going, we're going to peak at the right
time."

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
The Michigan men's soccer team tuned up for this weekend's University of
Illinois tournament with a 3-0 victory over Adrian.

Blue stickers face high-ranked foes

By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Sports Writer
A message to the Iowa and North-
western field hockey teams: Beware.
Michigan is surging as it closes out
the season.
Michigan (3-4 Big Ten, 8-8 over-
all) has won four of its past six games,
posting three shutouts along the way.
Due to their recent success, the Wolver-
ines have crept back up to No.20 in the
national rankings.
But Michigan has its job cut out
for it this weekend. The Wolverines
host the No. 14 Hawkeyes (3-3, 7-6)
today before meeting the top-ranked
Wildcats (5-1,10-2-1) Sunday. Michi-
gan is acombined 1-50 lifetime against
Iowa and Northwestern.
Yet the Wolverines are approach-
ing the weekend with a sense of antici-

pation. As a somewhat young and inex-
perienced team (Nancy Irvine is the
only senior) playing a tough schedule
(five of Michigan's opponents are
ranked in the Top 20), Michigan has
taken its share of knocks this season. As
the season has progressed, though, the
Wolverines have learned to accept the
role of underdog.
"We seem to play better when we
have to prove we're a good team,"
junior midfielder Sherene Smith said.
Smith should find it hard to play any
better than she has recently. She has
accounted for six of the Wolverines'
last eight goals (five on penalty cor-
ners), and has tallied hat tricks in
Michigan's last two victories. Smith's
scoring in the past three games (12)
nearly equals her point total for the rest
of her career (13). Her offensive surge

has coincided with Michigan's improve-
ment.
"I haven't really changed anything
(in my game)," Smith said. "The ball
has been placed a little bit faster, and
I've gotten a little bit of luck."
Good placement of the ball is a
skill that has blossomed as of late for
Michigan. A penalty corner involves
three steps - the pass, the stop and
the hit. The Wolverines who have
been performing these duties - Jen
Lupinski, Gia Biagi and Smith -
have become more familiar with each
other as they get more experience
playing together.
"(The penalty corner) has been a
well-executed play (lately)," coach
Patti Smith said.
Converting on penalty corners and
other scoring opportunities will be
required this weekend. A month ago,
the Wolverines lost to both the
Hawkeyes and the Wildcats, scoring
only one goal in the process. With its
recent entry into the rankings accom-
panying its offensive success, Michi-
gan hopes to continue to play at its
current level.
"Our record doesn't show it, but
we have beaten a lot of tough teams,"
freshman Julie Flachs said. "We're
going to be intense (this weekend)."
On Sunday, the Wolverines look to
key on Gretchen Scheuermann, last
year's Big Ten scoring leader. Lupinski
is assigned to defend Scheuermann,
and says she is up to the task.
"I'm really focusing on playing
her like I did (last time)," Lupinski
said, referring to Michigan's 1-0 loss,
where Scheuermann did not have a
point, but did help set up the game-
winning penalty corner. "We need
momentum to get into the Big Ten
tournament."

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
Kevin Hilton and the rest of the Michigan hockey team take on Colorado College this weekend at Yost Ice Arena.
M icers take on Colorado College

fi.

Join us in the front row!

~Sunday Oct. 23
1p.m. Seahawks vs. Chiefs
Steelers vs. Giants

4p.m. Cowboys vs. Cardinals
Broncos vs. Chargers

By TOM SEELEY
Daily Hockey Writer
When you're going to war, you
want to bring your big guns. When
the Michigan hockey team lines up
against Colorado College this week-
end, they will be toting the heavy
artillery.
Tonight and tomorrow night at 7
p.m., Yost Ice Arena will be the scene
for a battle between two of the nation's
best. The Wolverines (1-0) - ranked

No. 3 in this week's WMEB Media
Poll and the defending Central Colle-
giate Hockey Association champions
- will face No. 5 Colorado College
(0-0). Last year the Tigersclaimed the
crown of the Western Collegiate
Hockey Association.
Opening the game as the Wolver-
ines' No. 1 line will be Kevin Hilton,
Brendan Morrison, and Mike Knuble.
Last week this trio tallied three goals
and seven assists in Michigan's 8-0

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shellacking of York University.
Earlier this week it appeared as
though Knuble - the team's leading
goal scorer last year - might miss
this weekend s series. After a check
in the second period of the York game,
the senior right wing suffered an ir-
regular heartbeat which forced him to
miss the last period of that contest.
Knuble did not participate in practice
all week, but after a series of tests
yesterday, doctors gave him a "no.
limitations" clearance to play in this.
weekend's big series.
"I've been getting ready and try-
ing to stay positive all week," Knuble
said. "I was ready for things to work
out the way I wanted fhem to."
Knuble's clean bill of health was a
welcome sight for Michigan coach
Red Berenson, who will face a Colo-O
rado College team that returns most
of its top players from last year's 23-
11-5 squad.
"We're happy and relieved that
he's all right and been released to
play," Berenson said. "We were
hopeful that there was nothing
wrong and that it was just a fluke
situation.
"He'll go right back on the line
with Morrison and right back on the@
power play like nothing ever hap-
pened."
Wolverine goalie Al Loges also
figures to start tonight after recover-
ing from a groin injury that sidelined
him earlier this week. Loges played
the first 30 minutes of last week's
blanking of York and recorded 13
saves before giving way to freshman,
Marty Turco, who preserved the shut..
out by stopping York's final four
shots.
Turco missed yesterday's prac-
tice after traveling home to Sault Ste.
Marie, Ont. to attend the funeral of ai
family member, and Berenson said-

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BBQ Beef Ribs. Tender beef back ribs, smothered
in a tangy BBQ sauce, served with french fries
and cole slaw. It's a wonderful way to cap off
your week.

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