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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 19, 1997 - 13

'M' kickers put win streak on the line

By Andy Latack
DailySports Writer
Ti Michigan soccer team is off to
its best start in the program's four-
year history.
At 5-1, the three-game winning
streak No. 16 Michigan is riding is
two short of a school record. The
'olverines have also outscored their
ponents, 22-5, this season.
Get out a pencil and paper. Write
these impressive stats down. Crumple
up this paper and throw it out the win-
dow, because all these numbers mean
nothing now.
The Big Ten season will begin
today when Michigan travels to
Bloomington to face Indiana.
The Hoosiers, the defending Big
Ten champions, will certainly not be
timdated by Michigan's impres-
'rive start.
In fact, Indiana boasts a solid start
of its own, one that is very similar to
the Wolverines'. Like Michigan, the

Hoosiers are enjoying a three-game
win streak, and post a 5-1 record on
the season.
The Hoosiers have been dominant
in the early season, winning their last
three games by a combined score of
10-1.
Something's got to give when the
Hoosiers meet the Wolverines.
"I think we're very prepared,"
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin said.
"We've played against some good
teams, which was a warm-up for the
conference season."'
Michigan relies heavily on youth,
as three of its top four scorers are
underclassmen.
Sophomore Amber Berendowsky
leads the team with 15 points, and
freshman Kacy Beitel and sophomore
Emily Schmitt join senior Ruth Poulin
as the scoring leaders.
Belkin is confident that her young
team will stand up to the rigors of the
conference season.

"I'm not worried about inexperi-
ence," Belkin said. "Most everyone
has been through a Big Ten season at
least once and knows what to
expect."
Belkin also points to the leadership
provided by older players, such as
Poulin and senior tri-captain Debbie
Flaherty, as essential in conference
play.
After today's game in
Bloomington, Michigan travels home
to host Ohio State on Sunday at 2
p.m. at Michigan Soccer Field.
While Belkin maintains that no
conference game will be easy, the
Buckeyes (2-3-1) appear to be less of
a threat than Indiana, at least on
paper.
The Buckeyes sport a three-game
streak of their own - a losing streak.
Ohio State has mustered just one
goal in their last three games, includ-
ing a 5-1 trouncing at the hands of
Xavier.

Not surprisingly, the Michigan-
Ohio State series has a great history.
In three years of play, the Buckeyes
lead the series, 3-1, and have saddled
the Wolverines with three shutouts in
regular-season meetings.
Michigan took its revenge in post-
season play, however, defeating the
Buckeyes in the first round of last
year's Big Ten tournament.
"They have a new coach," said
Belkin, referring to new Buckeyes
coach Lori Walker, "So, we're not
sure what style of play to expect.
"It's definitely going to be a phys-
ical game."
Michigan has looked impressive in
its non-conference schedule. Now,
with six-straight Big Ten games staring
the Wolverines in the face, it remains
to be seen whether they will contend
for the wide-open conference title.
Beating the defending champs in
their own backyard would be a good
start.

FILE PHOtO
Sophomore midflelder Shannon Poole is one of many young, but successful,
Wolverines. Michigan Is In the midst of Its best start ever.

Blue field hockey not looking past Louisville
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Here come the Cardinals - again.
No, not the Ball State Cardinals, who beat the
Wolverines in Muncie, Ind., but Louisville, the
other-Cardinals in the Mid American Conference.
Louisville will visit Ocker Field tomorrow at 10
a mIes the Michigan field hockey team tries to
turi to its winning ways.
The No. 15 Wolverines (5-2) will also host
Central Michigan (4-2), its third consecutive MAC
opponent, on Sunday as the Wolverines conclude
their tast weekend of play before the Big Ten sea-
son,
Michigan is coming off only its second loss of
the'season, a 4-0 shutout at No. 7 Ball State. Both
of Mibhigan's losses this season have come at the
hanisof top 10 opponents. The Wolverines also fell
to 0. 1 North Carolina Sept. 6.
* %enior captain Julie Flachs was shut down
against Ball State and was held scoreless for the
firstime this season. Without Flachs performing
up toier usual level, Michigan managed only nine
shotson goal.
Louisville is not quite the field hockey power-

house that Ball State is. In fact, these Cardinals are
actually pretty bad. They have started out this sea-
son 0-5 after winning only two games all last sea-
son. During coach Cate Clarke's three year tenure at
Louisville, the Cardinals have posted a miserable 3-
42 record.
About the only good news for the Cardinals is
that they lost only two starters from last year's
squad.
This year's team is led by co-captains Casey
Carwile and Angie Frame. Carwile recorded two
defensive saves against Radford and will be expect-
ed to contribute defensively against the Wolverines.
The leading Louisville scorer is Kelli Lesak, with
two goals. Freshman Lainey Habeeb has been a
pleasant surprise for the Cardinals, recording one
goal.
Despite the Cardinals' troubles, Flachs, for one,
will not be looking past Louisville this weekend.
"We never give less respect to any team we play,
no matter who they are," Flachs said.
While Flachs's good sportsmanship can be
respected, Michigan should not face much of a
challenge in this contest
Central Michigan, however, should give the

"We never give less
respect to any team we
,play, no matter who they
are."
-- Julie Flachs
Michigan field hockey player
Wolverines a better game on Sunday. The
Chippewas won two games last weekend against
Davidson and Richmond. The Wolverines have
faced their intrastate opponents 32 times and lead
the close series, 16-14-2. Michigan has shut out
Central in each of the last two years, both times fac-
ing the Chippewas after a losing streak.
The Wolverines are looking to gain momentum
and confidence as they gear up for the Big Ten sea-
son just around the corner.
But for now, they have to keep their minds
focused on the Mid American Conference - at
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BAYLOR
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hrew four interceptions.
Roberts hopes that Baylor's massive
offensive line does a better job protect-
ing the quarterback than Colorado did.
Jeff Watson averages 191 yards pass-
ing and has thrown one touchdown, but
his biggest asset may be his ability to run
the option. Through two games, he has
4irries, but has lost almost as many
yand(36) as has gained (37).

And Baylor has a solid running game
with tailback Jerod Douglas leading
three players who will split time in the
backfield. Douglas racked up 141 yards
and two touchdowns two weeks ago.
Fullback Anthony Overstreet also ran for
two scores against Fresno State.
No matter what happens, Roberts said
he won't throw at the receiver that All-
American Charles Woodson covers.
"We laughed about this," Roberts said.
"We said, 'lets take our worst football
player and stick him at flanker,' because

he's not going to catch anything.
"What he does is he baits you into
throwing the ball that way and than he
has about a 58-inch vertical jump. He's
incredible"
And although Roberts will admit that
his Bears are a little overmatched, he
won't concede defeat just yet.
"It's a heck of a challenge, but we look
forward to playing at Michigan,"
Roberts said. "It'll be a good time for our
kids and a good experience playing in
front of 100,000 people."

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