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8 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 24, 1994

'M' falls to Michigan State
First battle between rivals goes to Spartans in OT

By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer
team wasn't just playing a game
against Michigan State on Friday -
they were playing a season.
The Wolverines lost 1-0 to the
Spartans in overtime at Elbel Field in
the last home game of the year, but
don't blame the first-year squad for
not trying.
One minute into the second over-
time period, Spartan defender Kris
Goff headed a corner kick from Karen
Winslow that just barely ricocheted
into the goal despite the fact that all
eleven of Michigan's players were
standing between the bars.
Adefender?A corner kick?A fluke?
"It wasn't a great shot," Wolver-
ine forward Nicola Armster said, not-
ing that the Spartans were in the right
place atthe right time.
"It bounced off about three
people's heads and arms," goaltender
Jory Welchans said.
That corner kick was the only dif-
ference between the first-year Wolver-
ine program and their seasoned rivals.
"(Michigan State) is a program
that's been around for 8 or 10 years,"
said Michigan assistant coach Peter
Kowall. "For us to take them into
overtime, that's good for us."
The Wolverines came out, fought
hard, ran their favored opponents the
entire game, and lost in the closing
minutes.

"There's been so many games like
that, so many 'should-have-wons,"'
freshman midfielder Deb Flaherty
said. "Butthepointis,wedon't(win.)"
Flaherty's outstanding play repre-
sented the team's efforts against the
Spartans and throughout the season.
Winding down the second half of
regulation after playing hard in two
solid halves, Flaherty was knocked
down by a Spartan defender. She
scraped her nose and twisted a knee,
but jumped back up.
A minute later, Flaherty got a
breakaway ball and tried to drive the
potential gamewinner home. With the
effort of her kick, she fell over again,
her injured knee beneath her, while
Spartan goaltender Erin O'Connell
scooped up the ball and threw it into
the midfield.
Flaherty got up again and ran even
harder.
"She was getting hit and she wasn't
taking it," coach Debbie Belkin said.
A minute before the end of the sec-
ond half, Flaherty went up against all
three Michigan State forwards. Two of
them tackled her with a crunch that
made the 500-plus crowd wince, while
the other Spartan forward got away
with the ball.
When the buzzer sounded at the
end of the regulation everything was
even: each team had 10 shots on goal,
each goalie had 4 saves, and the
scoreboard still read 0-0.
In the first overtime, the Wolver-

ines were at the top of their game -
they were motivated, they wanted a
win, and they ran like eleven white
uniforms with wheels.
But much of the play was spent
near the Michigan goal.
"Hey Michigan!" Wolverine de-
fender Carrie Povilaitis shouted at
her teammates during a two-minute
break between the 15-minute over-
time periods. "No letdowns guys! We
always say we're going to do it, now
let's upset Michigan State!"
But a minute and a half later, the
Spartans scored the game's only goal
- another Michigan heartbreaker.
"Our goal was not to let them get
any corner kicks and we did,"
Povilaitis said. "It wasn't such a
beautiful shot."
With four minutes left, freshman
McKenzie Webster dribbled the ball
just inside the 12-yard line. O'Connell
came out and tackled her, leaving an
open net for Karen Montgomery to
shoot at. But Montgomery's shot was
from a tough angle outside the 18, and
sailed into the outside of the net.
"We can win this!" Belkin shouted
with 1:05 to go.
But the Wolverines didn't, despite
efforts from Flaherty, senior Alicia
Treadway, and sophomore co-cap-
tain Kim Phillips, all of whom had
two shots on goal, and sharp defense
from Povilaitis.
Co-captain Welchans chalked up
a few talented saves, including one in
the first overtime that brought the
crowd and the bench to its feet, and
rounded out her regular season with
66 saves.
"We played hard," Montgomery
said. "It was close and it could have
gone either way."
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By NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA
Daily Sports Writer
The game ended with a tear and an
embrace. The buzzer sounded and all
Carrie Taylor could do was hug a
teammate. As her tears froze to her
face in the cold, brisk breeze, her
plight came out in sobs.
"This was the last chance to beat
State," she said. "There won't be an-
other chance."
When the clock hit zero in the
Michigan women's soccer game
against Michigan State Friday, time
ran out on Michigan's seniors as well.
It was their last home game in a Wol-
verine uniform.
The last game for a team's seniors
is always a sad event in college sports.
It is a forlorn time, but it happens
every year. The seniors win their glory
in their four or five years and then it is
time for the next class. The seniors
always have had their time.
But these seniors haven't.
This is Michigan soccer's first year
as a varsity sport. Wolverine seniors
Alicia Treadway, Karen Jones,
Michelle McQuaid, and Taylor
haven't had their glory. They toiled
with the club team for three years
each, and in Taylor's case, four years.
Their efforts on the club team are a
big reason why soccer is now a var-
sity sport.
They helped make the program
happen, yet their four years of glory
have been reduced to one.
"We didn't get the full experi-
ence," McQuaid said. "We worked
hard and played in obscurity for a lot
of years, and it's hard to accept that
this is our last game (at home)."

This is their first year and their last
year. Every new tradition, every new
opponent, and every new milestone is
a beginning for their teammates. Ev-
ery new beginning is an end for the
seniors.
"It's really great to have a varsity
team now, but we kind of miss out,"
Jones said. "Everything is so new and
exciting, but we only get a taste of it."
Despite their abbreviated careers,
they are very thankful to have had
their short stint on a varsity program.
Treadway is grateful for her sole
year in a Wolverine uniform, but she
regrets that her former teammates
never got the opportunity.
"I'm just glad I had the chance,"
Treadway said. "The players I played
with for the past three years didn't.
The club teams I played on had many
players who were good enough to
play at this level. They helped make
varsity soccer happen here. It's just a
shame they couldn't be a part of it."
Taylor is glad she has been a part
of it as well. Losing to Michigan State
in overtime hurts, losing to Penn State
hurts, and watching the younger play-
ers look to the future hurts. But at
least she was able to feel what the pain
is like.
"Even though this is it, playing
this season was great," Taylor said.
"It's a great feeling anytime we play.
I played on the club team for four
years and didn't get any recognition
and this is a payoff for all the hard
work."
Jones agreed. "The opportunity
has been great," she said. "We've
helped make this a program. (The
Michigan-Michigan State) rivalry will

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continue, and we played a part in
starting it."
The Wolverines lost the match
Friday and four seniors lost their ca-
reers. They only have a few games
left, in two postseason tournaments.
After that, they will graduate and their
dreams will be passed on to a few
young, bright-eyed freshmen.
The beginning of this team was
the end for its veterans. It is a painful
paradox.
But as the tears flowed for the
Michigan seniors after the loss, the
future met the past, and tears gave
way to smiles. A little girl, dressed in
her youth soccer uniform, tugged at4
Alicia Treadway's shorts, and gave a
timid request, "Can I have your auto-
graph?"
Treadway could only smile and
oblige. Club players don't sign many
autographs.
Men 's soccer
moves into
first place in
Big Ten
By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Sports Writer
In sports, there are only three pos-
sible outcomes to a game: win, lose,
or tie.
This past weekend in Champaign,
the men's soccer team did all three,
against fellow club teams Purdue, Il-
linois and Northern Arizona.
A round-robin tournament
against two Big Ten club teams and
the Western Region Northern Ari-
zona team was more like an interre-
gional tournament for the Wolver-
ine kickers. Michigan now holds
the No. 1 standing in the Big Ten
conference after Sunday's win
against Purdue.
The Wolverines (11-5-4) made
quick work of the Boilermakers yes-
terday in a 2-0 shutout. Goaltender
Mike Millman blocked all Boiler-
maker shots, and the offensive line
took the field with confidence.
Andy Cosenza scored the first
goal on an assist from Dave
Nordwall, and Adam Carriere
chipped in the game-winner on a
pass from Mike Presley.
"We just came out and played
strong," coach Steve Bums said. "We
knew we could beat Purdue.
"This was a real big win for us
because now we're in full possession
of first place in the Big Ten."
The Wolverines tied Saturday
morning's conference matchup
against the Fighting Illini, 4-4.
"It was a very emotional game,"
Burns said. "We were down 3-0 at
halftime."
Forward Ian Kurth booted in
Michigan's first goal early in the
second half, assisted by Karim Dure.
Dure scored the second goal, with
an assist from Josh Lutze, who also
assisted Steve Moore with the third
goal.
Rob Sirrine scored the game-
tying goal late in the second half,
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