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By TIM SMITH
Daily Sports Writer
Rivalries are the lifeblood of col-
lege sports. The traditions and memo-
ries of games past being passed on
and relived from year to year.
While most regular season games
take on a usual atmosphere, theserival-
ries bring out the best in both teams and
create an electric feeling in the air with
the usual by-product being some of the
season's most memorable games
For the first-year Michigan
women's soccer team, there are no
rivalries to talk of yet, but there are
many chances in the near future for
memories and tradition to be built.
There's no better way for the team
to start a rivalry then today when the
Michigan State Spartans bring their 9-
3-1 record into Ann Arbor to take on
the Wolverines (8-5-1) in their season
"We're really psyched for Michi-
gan State," Michigan coach Debbie
Belkin said. "We're definitely psyched
Michigan freshman defenderJamie
Ross is also very anxious to get the
"(The game) will be great because
it's the first of the big rivalry matches
for us," Ross said of the matchup.
"Hopefully we can get the rivalry
started on the right foot."
To do that the Wolverines will have
to defeat a tough Spartan squad that has
a 3-1-1 mark in the Big Ten and has
outscored its opponents 38-14 on the
Michigan has had a difficult time
putting the ball in the net as of late at
critical times such as a tough 1-0 loss
on Sunday to Big Ten powerhouse
"We have to score goals," Belkin
said. "We have to put away the chances
we get. That has sort of been plaguing
us the last few games.
"We're even on the (statistics) and
we had some really good chances, but
we just didn't put them away."
The tough loss hasn't had a nega-
tive effect on the resilient Wolverines,
"I'm always down after a loss but it
hasn't really put us down because I
know we're capable of winning every
game," Ross said. "(The Penn State
game) just didn't fall our way. Hope-
'A lot of our players
played with theirs in
high school and clubs
and it's our last home
game of the season so
they're really looking *
forward to It'
- Debbie Belkin
women's soccer coach
fully (the Michigan State game) will
fall our way."
Forwards Kris Lester and Karen
Winslow lead the Spartans offensively
with 23 and 22 points respectively.
Goaltender Erin O' Connell has made
54 saves in 13 games and has a minus-
cule 1.09 goals against average.
"(Michigan State) is probably the
toughest team we're going to face,"
Belkin said. "A lot of our players
played with theirs in high school and
clubs and it's our last home game of
the season, so they're really looking
forward to it."
The Michigan women's soccer team plays its final home game of the year today against Michigan State.
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letes, the contract also provides
for two women's athletic scholarships,
one of which is earmarked for a fe-
male who has worked with inner-city
students or disadvantaged youth.
In addition, $15,000 for each of
the first three years will be added to a
nonacademic scholarship fund started
last year by former Michigan basket-
ball star Chris Webber.
"We believe strongly in the con-
cept of student-athletes. In particular,
it's taking our commitment to the
student aspect of that equation into
consideration," Peters said. Nike will
also create four student internship
posts for University applicants.
However, Roberson said the big-
gest contribution to the University
community is funding a fellowship in
sports writing through the Journal in
Residence program, which brings a
professional writer to campus to in-
crease awareness in campus matters.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim
Delaney handed down a piece of ad-
vice to athletic directors this past
spring, shortly after Roberson stepped
into the position: Take more control
over external funding.
Although basketball and football
coaches received the most private
funding, many lower-revenue sports
also had private contracts. Roberson
said this lowered the athletic
department's overall funding potential.
"The total equals more than the
sum of the parts," Roberson said, add-
ing that the bonus income will be
more evenly distributed between all
sports. "Basically, it equalized. Now
all of our teams are going to get shoes,
all of them are going to get apparel,"
"One of the benefits the Univer-
sity gets is funding for the non-rev-
enue sports, in part women's sports
benefit by having access to equip-
ment," Peters said, admitting that Nike
will also benefit greatly from the deal.
"Clearly, one of the things we benefit
from is the exposure to our products
in live competition," he added.
Roberson said that under the con-
tract the University will retain licens-
ing rights for publicly sold items,
including hats and shirts.
At the Athletic Department's de-
termination, Nike will also resurface
an off-campus basketball court with
recycled shoes as a step in commu-
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Michigan at Illinois
Minnesota at Wisconsin
Purdue at Ohio State
Indiana at Northwestern
Michigan State at Iowa
Kansas State at Colorado
North Carolina at Virginia
Utah at Colorado State
California at Southern Cal
Baylor at Texas Tech
* Men's basketball coach Steve Fisher was last week's guest selector. This
week's guest is Gary Lewis, director of the
Michigan Marching Band.
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