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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 24, 1996

M' soccer boosted by newcomers

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
Freshman Amber Berendowsky had
the distinct honor of being named 1996
Miss Soccer of Michigan in her final
high school season.
In her brief six-game collegiate career
at Michigan, Berendowsky has shown
some of the skills that earned her that
crown.
Berendowsky, along with fellow
freshman Mari Hoff, are leading the
Wolverines in scoring with four goals
apiece. In addition to being one of the
top scorers, Berendowsky is also tied
with junior Karen Montgomery for the
team lead with two assists.
Berendowsky shares the team lead in
scoring and assists, and leads Michigan
in total points with 10.
Both Berendowsky and Hoff were
busy in Michigan's past three home
games against Toledo, California and
Kentucky. They netted seven of
Michigan's nine goals in that three-game

span, helping to extend the Wolverines'
team-record unbeaten streak to five
games.
For Berendowsky, having Hoff as her
college teammate has made her transi-
tion to college smoother.
"Me and Mari have been playing
together for four or five years," she said.
"We played together at national tourna-
ments and club events. That was a big
help coming in, knowing that we were
going through this together."
In the game against Toledo,
Berendowsky and Hoff tied the team
record of goals in a game with two each.
Another freshman, Emily Schmitt, and
sophomore Jessica Limauro recently
accomplished the feat against Eastern
Michigan two weeks ago.
Against No. 22 Kentucky on Sunday,
Hoff tied yet another team record. The
freshman scored a goal in her third con-
secutive game. Although Berendowsky
and Hoff have captured the spotlight in
recent weeks, other freshman have made

contributions to Michigan's success.
Emily Schmitt has two goals and an
assist, while Jen Stahl chipped in a goal
as well against Eastern Michigan.
Marie Spaccarotella, who was the
1996 Miss Soccer of Michigan runner-
up, also netted a goal and assisted on
another.
It is no surprise that Michigan's fresh-
man class has made a impact this early in
the season. It was regarded by Soccer
America as one of the strongest in the
region.
"We had outside pressure and people
had high expectations for us,"
Spaccarotella said. "But Michigan knew
what to expect from us."
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin is one
person who wasn't the least bit surprised
by the play of her prized recruiting class.
"This was one of the best years in the
state of Michigan in terms of the number
of talented players coming out," Belkin
said. "I think it is important to keep the
best talent at home."

Freshman Marie
Spaccarotella is
part of a strong
core of newcom-
ers for the
Wolverines.
MARGARET MYERS/Daily

Huskers' fans cope with loss.

By Trevor Parks
The Daily Nebraskan
TEMPE, Ariz. - Nebraska football
fans who watched the Cornhuskers
lose, 19-0, to Arizona State were just
as dismayed as the team Saturday
night.
But after watching the game,
Nebraska fans said the 'Huskers were
dominated by a better team.
"They were hot," said Danny
Leggiardo, 50, who flew to the game
from Lincoln, Neb. "They came to play,
and they beat us. What can you say?
They beat us with their offense, and
their defense completely stymied us."
The loss dropped the Huskers (1-1)
to No. 8 in The Associated Press top 25,
while the Sun Devils (3-0) vaulted from
17th to sixth. Arizona State received
one first-place vote.
Most of the blame for Nebraska's
poor performance was based on the

lack of offense and quarterback Scott
Frost's inability to sustain a drive.
Dana Wecker, 33, of O'Neill, Neb.,
said he was frustrated that Nebraska
coach Tom Osborne didn't remove
Frost for senior Matt Turman.
"Send Scott back to Stanford and
bring Matt in," Wecker said. "You can
see what happened. We don't have a
quarterback this year. That's the bottom
line."
Will Grietens, 40, from Atkinson,
Neb., said the offense "stunk" Saturday
with Frost at the helm.
"I think Turman ought to get a
chance," Grietens said. "It should have
read 13:40 instead of 3:40 when they
put him in.
"Give the kid a chance. Shoot, I was
watching him the whole second half.
He was just sitting there on the bench
with his head hanging."
Turman, a former walk-on, entered

the game in the final minutes and led
Nebraska on its longest drive of the
game, 67 yards, before Ahman Green
lost a fumble at the Arizona State four-
yard line.
Leggiardo disagreed with the Frost-
bashers.
"If you've got a quarterback who can
throw the ball and you're behind, you
stay with the quarterback who c4
throw the ball," Leggiardo said. "It's
unfair to blame it on one person, and
that's what the fans are going to do.
They are going to blame it on Frost. It's
not fair.
"You can't second guess Osborne."
Greg Dennis, 28, an Arizona State
graduate who lives in Mesa, Ariz., said
beating Nebraska was the greatest tri-
umph in Sun Devil sports history.
"This is huge," Dennis said. "This S
like a Sports Illustrated cover-type of
win."

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Cyganiak will be competing in the
National Clay Court Championship in
Baltimore, Md., today.
Surprisingly, junior Sora Moon, an
All-Big Ten selection in 1995, lost all
three matches in Flight A singles.
Michigan freshman Brooke Hart had
two Flight B victories over Syracuse's
Miki Kanemitsu, 6-4, 6-0, and Shareen
Lai, 6-4, 2-0 (Lai retired).
"I thought my win over Kanemitsu

was good, because last time I played her
I lost to her, so I think I'm moving in the
right direction," Hart said.
Michigan freshmen Danielle Lund,
Erryn Weggenman and Tenley Hardin
each were victorious. Lund defeated
Maryland's Rachel MeArdle, 6-3, 6-1, in
Flight C singles, while Weggenman beat
Notre Dame's Kelly Olson, 6-2, 7-6.
In Flight D singles, Hardin won, 6-1,
7-5, over Syracuse's Dacia Kornechuk.
In Flight A doubles, Cyganiak and
Moon upset fourth-seeded Jennifer Hall
and Erin Gowen of Notre Dame, 8-6.

"Notre Dame was an important win
because we beat them in the first round,"
Cyganiak said. "It reinforced the fact
that we are good because they were
ranked above us"
Cyganiak and Moon also defeated
Richmond's Lesia Bilak and Bridget
Merrik, 8-4, before losing, 8-0, to Duke
top-seeded team, Webb and Miller.
"For our first tournament, I'm pleased
with the team's performance," Michigan
coach Bitsy Ritt said. "We had some
great matches with some of the best
competition in the country."

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