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BOSTON 4, Hartford 4
Toronto 5, NEW YORK 3
Philadelphia 4, TAMPA BAY 3

November 1, 1996



for 'M'
By Josh Klenbaum
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women soccer team's
offense has been inconsistent, often
scoring three or more goals, but even
more often being shutout. So, the ques-
tion going into its game yesterday after-
noon was this: Would the Michigan
offense show up to play Detroit-Mercy
at Michigan Soccer Field?
The answer was obvious just 14
minutes into the game, when Mari
Hoff started Michigan's offensive
explosion by shooting a bullet into the
center of the goal off of a corner kick.
The Wolverines (3-3-1 Big Ten, 8-6-3
overall) went on to win, 4-2, bringing
their undefeated streak to five games.
In actuality, the defense was the key
to this game. The Titans are led by
three explosive players, but the
Michigan defense shut them down
until the last 20 minutes of the game.
Forward Monica Kaltreider has 40
points on the season, more then dou-
ble that of Michigan scoring leader
Amber Berendowsky, but she couldn't
muster a point yesterday. The
Wolverines also shut down Leslie-
Ann Graham, who has 25 points on
the season.
"We just marked them up tight and
played good defense," Michigan
coach Debbie Belkin said.
The Wolverines, supported by a
strong wind, had a great first half.
Just three minutes after Hoff's goal,
Debbie Flaharty scored from 10
yards in front of the net to increase
Michigan's lead to 2-0.
The Wolverines continued to domi-
nate and almost scored another goal
seven minutes later when a Marie
Spaccarotella shot hit the crossbar.
At the 31:26 mark, Spaccarotella
completed a beautiful pass to
Berendowsky, giving her a breakaway.
Berendowsky then beat Titan goal-
keeper Niki Thomas to give the
Wolverines a 3-0 lead. The goal gave
Berendowsky 17 points on the season,
tying the Wolverines' all-time record.
"(Berendowsky) has been doing a
job this season," Belkin said. "She's a
goal scorer, and she's coming through
for us. We can look to a lot of people
to get goals for us, and it takes the
pressure of her."
Five minutes after Berendowsky's
goal, Spaccarotella took a rebound off
of a Kristen Buckley shot and put it
away for the Wolverines' final goal of
the game.
In the second half, the Michigan
offense, now facing the strong wind,
Unlike the first half, where
Michigan dominated the ball, they
played poorly in the second half and
Detroit (13-4-1) had several good
scoring opportunities. For the last 15
minutes, the Michigan defense looked
vulnerable, but managed to hold on
for the win.


not-so-c vi


Michigan looks,
for redemption

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
The celebration ended real quick.
Just 45 minutes after Michigan mauled
Minnesota, 44-10, last week in
Minneapolis, the Wolverines exited the
locker room to the coaxing of Michigan
defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.
"C'mon, let's w'n the Big One now!"
Mattison yelled, clapping his hands.
"C'mon, the Big One's next week!"
The Big One, for the first time in a
few years, is truly big. When No. 9
Michigan faces intrastate rival
Michigan State tomorrow at high noon,
the Michigan Stadium crowd will wit-
ness more than a simple state-pride bat-
0 This game is for a chance to win
the Big Ten. Michigan is 3-! (6-1 over-
all), and Michigan State is 4-1 (5-3).
Both are still in the hunt for the Rose
This game is for state dominance.
If it's true that a team can't conquer the
nation until it conquers its own state,
then Michigan seems to have a lot to
lose. And Michigan State has quite a lot
to gain.
This game is for the coaches.
Michigan's Lloyd Carr and Michigan
State's Nick Saban both took over their
programs two seasons ago. Carr was
received with hesitation as Gary
Moeller's replacement. Saban was
hailed as a savior. A victory in this
game is critical for both.
This game is about last year. The
Spartans surprised the Wolverines, 28-
25, in East Lansing, and Saban had his
first victory over Michigan. Carr had
his first loss to State. Neither will for-
get, and neither wil! their teams.
"Oh, we've been waiting a whole
year for this one," Mattison said. "This
one's important for a lot of reasons."

Perhaps the most important reason
for both teams is the perception 4at
Michigan State is an up-and-coming
Under Saban, the Spartans have bece
relatively successful. The hope in East
Lansing is that he will take the Spartans
back to their glory years, the 1960s,
when Michigan State dominated
Michigan, won Big Ten titles, and fin-
ished No. I and No. 2 in the polls.
Although the Spartans haven't defeat-
ed a ranked team this season, many feel
they are ready to. The Spartans have won
three straight, and their defense, ranked
second in the Big Ten against the rush,)
quite impressive.
"They have an aggressive group of
guys with excellent movement," Carr
said. "Those are qualities any coach
like in a defense. They don't make
many mistakes. If you score points, you
have to earn them. That's the mark of a
good defense."
On offense, quarterback Todd
Schultz has been a pleasant surprise for
the Spartans, taking over for Michigag
killer Tony Banks. He completed 48 of
66 pass attempts in the Spartans' past
three games for 730 yards and four
"Since Todd has been at quarterback,
we've played very efficiently on
offense,' Saban said. "But I'm not sur-
prised. I thought we would have an
opportunity to be a good football team."
Does that mean Michigan State is
catching up to Michigan?
"I never measure our standard:
what we want to accomplish here on
another program,' Saban said. "We
respect Michigan's tradition and all the
other Big Ten schools' traditions. But,
of course, we want to build this pro-
gram. We're making some progress, but
we're certainly not there yet"

Running back Clarence Williams, shown here struggling for extra yardage against UCLA, is a key for the Wolverines tomorrow
against Michigan State. The team that rushes for more yardage almost always wins the game in the Michigan-Michigan State
rivalry. In fact, the only time this did not hold true in the past 27 years was last season. A year ago in East Lansing, the
Spartans were outrushed by the Wolverines, 218-73, but still won, 28-25. Michigan State will be trying to make it three out
of four over Michigan tomorrow.

The Matchups:
Forget last year: Running games to be key once again

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
Gosh darnit, Michigan State.
You had to go and break with tradi-
tion, didn't you.
From 1969-1994, the team that
won the rushing game, always won
the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.
And then came last season.
The Spartans were outgained on
the ground by the Wolverines, 218-
73, but won anyway, 28-25. So much
for tradition.

But if you still love a good ground
war, you needn't worry. Because
with Michigan and Michigan State
each sporting two good backs, the
team that rushes for the most
yardage will likely win the bigger
battle tomorrow.
The Michigan rushing attack
awoke from an extended hibernation
last weekend against Minnesota.
After being ineffective in their previ-
ous two games, the Wolverines'
Clarence Williams and Chris Howard
exploded for a combined 210 yards
on the ground against the Golden
Whether Michigan's success was
due to Williams' and Howard's tenac-

ity or to a fall-down job by the
Minnesota defense remains to be
seen. The Spartans' defensive front
will provide a stiff test.
While Michigan is averaging
almost 200 yards a game on the
ground, Michigan State surrenders
only 100 yards per game to opposing
The Spartans have a weapon in
linebacker Ike Reese, who leads his
team with 76 tackles, 12 more than
Michigan's high-tackle man, Jarrett
Irons. But Michigan State middle
linebacker Reggie Garnett, a three-
year starter, has missed the past two
games with a knee strain and is ques-
tionable for tomorrow.
The winner of this battle will like-
ly depend on Michigan's offensive

line. Will it open holes like it did last
week against Minnesota? Or will it
fall to its knees like it did against
Northwestern and Indiana?
Former Michigan quarterbacks
Todd Collins and Elvis Grbac made
livings throwing the ball deep down
the field. Twenty-yard pass comple-
tions were the norm.
With l1 career games under his
belt, Michigan quarterback Scott
Dreisbach still hasn't shown that he
can consistently make the big play.
Most of his passing success against a
porous Minnesota defense came on
roll-outs and short dump-offs.
Still, Dreisbach is just a sopho-
more, and a successful won at that.
His career record as a starter
improved to 10-1 with the victory

over the Gophers.
When Dreisbach throws the ball
tomorrow, he'll be challenged by a
Michigan State secondary that allows
a respectable 189 yards a game.
Michigan State sports two backs,
Sedrick Irvin and Duane Goulbourne,
who both have a shot at eclipsing the
1,000-yard rushing mark for the sea-
son. Through eight games, Irvin a
Goulbourne have rushed for 734 aA
667 yards, respectively.
Fortunately for the Wolverinesrthe
strength of their team is the defensive
front seven. Linebacker Jarrett -Irons
and company are particularly stingy
against the run, allowing under 190
yards per game.
See MATCHUPS, Page 12

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