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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 11, 1996 - 11

An ger be ras thoughts
about "The Catch"
f you want to make Lloyd Carr angry, there are some simple things you can do.
If you play for him, you can miss a block or dog it in practice. If you are a fan,
you can pretend you are in a library when you go to a football game, as you usu-
lly do. If you are a reporter, you can imply that the 1994 Colorado game has
something to do with Saturday's Colorado game.
It's simple, really. Yesterday, an out-of-town reporter asked Carr whether the infa-
mous Hail Mary loss of 1994 will give Michigan any extra motivation this week-
end when they travel to Boulder, Colo., for a rematch with
the Buffaloes.
It was a simple question, and it simply made Carr mad.
"That game has no bearing on this game," Carr said stern-
ly. "I'm not talking about that game or that season.'
The reporter - obviously not understanding how touchy
the issue is - made another mistake.
"Sounds like a sore spot," he said.
Oops. NICHOLAS J.
That didn't make Carr mad; it made him absolutely livid. COTSONIKA
"That's your opinion,' Carr lashed back. The Greek
And that 1ias the end of the conversation. Speaks
Why does such a innocent question elicit such an emotion-__,____,_________
al explosion? Why does something Carr considers no big
deal become such a huge one when it is brought up? Hmmm.
Sounds like a sore spot.
It would be easy to understand if the loss made Carr angry. It would be easy to
understand if Michigan's struggles since the Colorado experience made him angry.
Vut when Carr insists over and over and over that he doesn't think about it, that it
doesn't matter and that this game is like any other, he obviously isn't being truthful.
He isn't lying to the public, mind you. He probably doesn't talk about it to his
team, probably demands that it not be discussed inside Schembechler Hall, and cer-
tainly won't have anything to do with it when meeting with the media.
-But Carr is lying - to himself.
-he 1994 game does matter. It matters to everyone who will be involved with
Saturday's game. No matter what the players say, they do talk about it. No matter
what you hear, revenge is a factor.
You can tell the 1994 game is important every time the Wolverines' self-imposed
silence is innocently broken.
For example, Scott Dreisbach, who spoke to the media just an hour after Carr
ldid, had a different perspective on the game.
"Sure it motivates our team," Dreisbach said. "It gives our team something to
learn from. We have to play four quarters of football and not let up. I remember
where I was when the play happened. I was on the sidelines in my uniform, and I
saw the play. I was just shocked that it had just taken place."
"'Wait a minute. Sure it motivates our team? I remember where I was? I thought
the Wolverines weren't thinking about it.
This whole situation is a shame. There is nothing wrong with revenge. There is
nothing wrong with being hurt by a tough loss. That's being competitive. That's
'. football.
. ut there is something wrong with denial. And in a Michigan tradition as firmly
established as winged helmets, the Wolverines try to cover up the bad times, try to
disniss them and try to trick everyone into believing it's no big deal. They won't
admit the truth to us or themselves.
Well, this foolishness isn't working.
If the 1994 Colorado game didn't really matter to the Wolverines, Carr wouldn't
ell at those who asked if it did.
"It's simple, really. It sounds like a sore spot - a really, really sore spot. It sounds
1lk a struggling program that doesn't want to talk about where things started to go
''vOfong. It sounds like a team worried about the future.
All this anger over one loss and one question. It sounds really, really bad.
POOR Lou: Illinois coach Lou Tepper has had a rough season so far. His Illini
dst to Michigan, 20-8, two weeks ago and were pounded by Southern Cal, 55-3,
-last weekend.
_The losses left Tepper quite depressed, but then it was all put into perspective.
"u I thought the USC game was the worst game in my nine seasons," Tepper said.
Sut when I got home, I talked to my wife, and she reminded me that there were
more.
"Washington State, 1986.
"Missouri, 1993.
"Obviously, Ohio State last year.
"How could I have forgotten?"
,Way to go, Mrs. Tepper.
. ONS PURR: Penn State coach Joe Paterno doesn't think he plays a weak sched-
ule. Hey, the Nittany Lions played Southern Cal already this year, he proudly points
out.
Yep, and then came highly-regarded Louisville. And up next are powerhouses
Northern Illinois on Saturday and Temple next weekend.
"These are good, solid players Northern Illinois has," Paterno said. "They gave
Maryland all they could handle."
Oh, boy. Maryland.
Watch out Penn State, the Terps will probably make your schedule someday, too.
They're right behind Big Al's Truck Driving School and Academy on the waiting
list.
- Nicholas J' Cotsonika can be reached over e-mail at cotsonik@umich.edu.

Blue soccer hammers
Eastern Michigan, 7-1

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
Yesterday, In only its third game of
the season, the Michigan women's
soccer team was able to produce the
second-highest goal total in its young
history.
Capitalizing on numerous scoring
opportunities, Michigan trounced
Eastern Michigan, 7-1, in Ypsilanti
behind the scoring of freshman Emily
Schmitt.
The Wolverines' record-high is
eight goals, scored against Valparaiso
last year.
Schmitt led the scoring assault
against the Eagles (1-1) by recording
the first hat trick of her collegiate
career. But even though Schmitt was
the star of the game, Michigan (2-1)
also had a large supporting cast of
players.
Four other Wolverines found the
back of the Eastern Michigan net,
including another freshman, Jen
Stahl. Junior captain Deb Flaherty
notched her second goal of the sea-
son, while junior Ruth Poulin and
sophomore Jessica Limauro chipped
in one each.
Yesterday's game not only showed
that Michigan was the superior team,
but the Wolverines also proved to
themselves that they could actually
find the net.
"Lately, we have been having lower
scores than we should," Flaherty said.
"(Yesterday), we proved to ourselves
that we can score."
In their previous two games, the
Wolverines scored a total of two goals
and were held scoreless in the season
opener against Butler. Yesterday's
scoring barrage is highlighted by the
fact that Eastern was riding high after
recording a shutout in its first game.

Despite the one-sided score,
Michigan didn't have a good start,
according to Stahl.
"We came out a little slow and did-
n't have a good start," she said. "It
was a pretty sloppy game for a while
in the beginning."
The Wolverines didn't get the ball
rolling until 15 minutes into the
game, when they scored their first
goal. But Michigan's lead was short-
lived, as the Eagles scored right back.
It wasn't until after Eastern evened
the score that the Wolverines realized
that they had to accelerate into high
gear.
"When (the Eagles) scored, we
realized that we had to work a lot
harder," Stahl said.
As the clock began to tick toward
the end of the first half, Michigan
began its assault on the Eagles' goal
and began to put the game away.
Much of Michigan's scoring suc-
cess could also be contributed to a
stronger display of teamwork, which
is continually evolving as each game
progresses.
"Each game, you play harder for
each other," Flaherty said. "You play
to each other's weaknesses and hope
we peak at the right time."
Still, it is hard right now for
Michigan to get more opportunities to
click together, because the games are
coming at a snail's pace.
"It is so hard when we have big
gaps between games," Flaherty said.
"When we have big gaps between
games it will be a hard week of prac-
tice."
There is no doubt that Flaherty and
her teammates will have another hard
week of practice. They won't play
until next Tuesday when they play
Toledo at home.

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FILE PHOTO/Daily
The Michigan soccer team posted its second-highest single-game goal output in
Its brief, three-year history with a seven-goal explosion yesterday against Eastern
Michigan. The Wolverines' best total was an eight-goal barrage against Valparaiso
last season.

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Michigan soccer
upcoming schedule
Home games in bold Oct. 4 Washington
Sept. 17 Toledo Oct. 6 Portland
Sept. 20 California Oct. 11 Penn State
Sept. 22 Kentucky Oct. 13 Minnesota
Sept. 27 Ohio State Oct. 18 Northwestern
Sept. 29 indiana Oct. 20 Wisconsin

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