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10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 9, 1994

Kickers
embark on
first-ever
road trip
By MARC DILLER
Daily Sports Writer
Everything is a fresh, new experi-
ence for the Michigan women's soccer
team.
Last Saturday, the Wolverines
played their first varsity home match,
scored their first varsity goal (by Debbie
Flaherty) and tied their first varsity
C game (against Wisconsin-Green Bay).
Michigan won its first varsity match
over Northern Illinois Monday, and
this Sunday will mark the team's first
ever road game and its initial match in
Big Ten conference play.
The Wolverines bring their unde-
feated record to Bloomington Sunday
against conference foe Indiana.
"This game makes history in terms
ofsocceratMichigan given it's the first
time we compete as a varsity team in
the Big Ten," first-year coach Debbie
Belkin said.
Indianawill try to suppress the Wol-
verines' chances for back-to-back wins
with a strong outing comparable to that
of last Saturday's when the Hoosiers
downed Xavier, 1-0.
"The skill level is going to be up a
lot," freshman forward Betsy Axle
said. "It's going to be a more physical
and a more psychologically demand-
ing game."
Indiana finished 1993 with an ad-
mirable 12-6 record. Goalkeeper Merit
Elzey returns to backbone the Hoosiers
in the net. Indiana looks to equal or
better that mark with one year's expe-
rience under its belt.
"They have ayear's experience over
us and it'll be agood challenge for us as
a team," Belkin said.
"I think this game is very important

Women's cross country opens 1994 .
season with Miami Invitational

By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
Daily Sports Writer
Although the Michigan women's
cross country team begins its season
tomorrow at the Miami University In-
vitational, it need not actually worry
about losing for another couple of
weeks, according to coach Mike
McGuire.
"This meet is just a stepping stone
for what we want to be doing late in the
season." McGuire said. "Quite hon-
estly, we shouldn't have trouble win-
ning the meet."
He has good reason to be confi-
dent.
The Wolverines are two-time de-
fending conference champions and
have finished in the top 10 nation-
ally both years. McGuire was hon-
ored with back-to-back Big Ten and
NCAA District IV Coach of the Year
awards.
However, Miami of Ohio and East-
ern Kentucky do pose a threat to the
Wolverines, according to McGuire, in
the 5,000-meter race scheduled to be-
gin at 10:30 am.
While Michigan lost All-American

Molly McClimon and All-Big Ten se-
lection Chris Szabo to graduation, it
does have experienced personnel re-
turning.
Senior Karen Harvey, one of the
Wolverines' two returning All-
Americans, leads the nine-person
squad at the meet in Oxford, Ohio.
She finished eighth in the confer-
ence and performed admirably at
the NCAAs a year ago.
"We'rejustbasically using this meet
for training," Harvey said. "It is, how-
ever, a good opportunity for the fresh-
men and younger runners to see live
competition."
Tomorrow marks the return of jun-
ior Kelly Chard to the lineup and the
collegiate debut of freshman Eileen
Fleck.
Chard, a 1992 All-Big Ten per-
former, was forced to take a medical
redshirt a year ago due to abroken foot.
"We're not expecting anything
overwhelming from Kelly because she
is coming off foot surgery," McGuire
said. "We are just working her back
into our training."
Fleck, a heavily recruited freshman

from East Lansing, was the 1993 Class
A state cross country champion and the
1994 3,200-meter state champion.
"Eileen will benefit from the low-
key setting of the meet," Harvey said. *
"She's a strong runner who will get a
chance to compete equally with the
other runners on the course."
Juniors Heather Grigg, Molly Lori,
Katy Hollbacher and Michelle
Spannagel, and sophomores Jennifer
Barber and Tanya Manson fill out
Michigan's squad tomorrow.
All-American Courtney Babcock,
veteran runner Heather Grigg and
Deanna Arnill, a highly touted fresh-
man from Elora, Ont., will not make
the trip today to Oxford. All three saw
significant action over the summer and
will stay home this weekend to rest.
"These early meets are impor-
tant for training, but in the grand
scheme of things, they are not as
important as the (championship)
meets, at the end of the season,"
McGuire said.
"We're going to use (the meet) as
a barometer to see where the kids are
compared to last year at this time."

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily

This weekend, the Wolverines journey to Bloomington to play their first-ever
road game as a varsity team. Michigan emerged 1-0-1 after its first two

games, tying Wisconsin-Green Bay, 1-1,

and defeating Northern Illinois, 3-1.

to setting a tone for the future of this
team," Axley said. "It gives us an op-
portunity to show that we're strong
now and we'll continue to be strong
later on in the league as well."
However exciting and new the
whole experience is, Belkin has been
through it all before. Prior to her ap-
pointment at Michigan, Belkin suc-
cessfully started a Division I program
at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
An array of talented youth head the
charge for Michigan. Sophomore
sweeper Kim Phillips and junior

goaltender Alicia Smith captain a cast
of eight freshman recruits, four sopho-
more transfer students and nine return-
ingmembers from lastyear's club team.
However, coach Belkin is not just
counting on Smith and Phillips in order
to repeat last weekend's success. She
says she also needs strong individual
performances from her freshmen.
"I think Axley stepped her game up
last weekend and (freshman defender)
Carrie Povilaitis did a good job in the
back field," Belkin said. "I hope they
can perform as well this weekend."

Senior captain Rick Willis will lead the Wolverines on their quest for a second straight CCHA title and a trip to the
NCAA Final Four in Providence, R.l. Michigan opens its season with an exhibition against York University, Oct. 14.
Hockey tickets on sale Monday in Union
From Staff Reports
Orders for the 1994-95 Michigan student season hockey tickets will be accepted Monday, Sept. 12 from 8:00 a.m. until
2:00 p.m. at the Michigan Union.
Season tickets, which include 13 home games, one exhibition game and three CCHA first round playoff games, will
be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 1,200 season tickets on sale at $75.00 with proof of student identification.
Students may pay for their order with cash or check, but no credit cards with be accepted. The tickets will be distributed
at the Athletic Ticket Office, October 14, 1994.
The season ticket package does not include the Wolverines' Feb.14 game against Ferris State due to Michigan's student
break. Students can order tickets for this game individually at the same time as ordering season tickets.
Michigan opens its hockey schedule with an exhibition game against York University on Oct. 14, and then kicks off
the home stand of the regular season in a weekend dual with Colorado College, Oct 21-22. November showcases the
Wolverines when they play five games at Yost Ice Arena, facing conference foes Ohio State, Lake Superior State, Michigan
State and Miami of Ohio.
In the event that 1200 season tickets are not sold on Monday, students can purchase season packages at the Athletic
Ticket Office from 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m., until they are sold out.
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