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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - September 22, 1997 - 78

Field hockey
9hoots down
weekend foes
By BJ. LIUa
Daly Sports Witer
Michigan field hockey player Julie Flachs is good at
ng problems for opposing teams.
'Wachs- presented Central Michigan with the same
problem that many other teams have had against
Michigan. And like the other teams that have failed to
keep her from scoring, the Chippewas lost to No. 12
Michigan, 5-1.
Central Michigan (4-4) was the second team this
weekend to be outscored by the senior midfielder, who
recorded two goals in each ofthe Wolverines' games this
weekend, against Louisville on Saturday and Central
Michigan yesterday. The four weekend goals pushed her
se on total to 15, only six short of Michigan's season
rd. She also assisted on two goals, pushing her sea-
son point total to 32.
The Chippewas struck first yesterday, when Kari
Labeta scored with 22:18 remaining in the first half.
Flachs evened the score less than 10 minutes later on a
penalty corner. She gave the Wolverines the lead for
good with 23:10 remaining in the second half on the
same penalty corner play. She was assisted on both goals
by Erica Widder and Shelley Johnson.
After Flachs's second goal, Michigan (7-2) began to
aU away with goals from Kelli Gannon, Loveita
;kirison and freshman Courtney Reid. It was
Wilkinson's second goal of the weekend.
The Wolverines never trailed against Louisville on
Saturdy, winning, 6-0. They jumped out to an early 1-
0 lead j1st 1:35 into the game on Flachs's 12th goal. She
scored again at 16:17.
Michigan outshot the Cardinals, 41-1. In fact,
Louisville's only shot on goal was not even touched by
goalie Kati Oakes, making her first start for the
Wolverines since returning from Korea.
Michigan outcornered Louisville, 30-0, but converted
4jnly two of them. This was one part of the team's
problems, according to Michigan coach Marcia

Walk-on gives 'M'
stickers big assist

,

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
A lot of water can flow under a
bridge in two years. For senior
Shelly Johnson, the water flooded
the bridge.
Johnson walked on to the
Michigan field hockey team during
the winter of her sophomore year. In
just two years, the defender has
worked her way into a starting posi-
tion, providing vital assistance for
her teammates.
Johnson has already played in
more games this year than all of last
season and leads the team in assists
with I1, 10 more than she had all of
last season.
In the middle of Michigan's 67-11
shooting rampage last weekend,
Johnson scored the first goal in her
short collegiate career and assisted
on four of her teammates' 11 goals
against Louisville and Central
Michigan.
A 1996 Academic All-American,
Johnson, together with senior Julie
Flachs, have emerged as key players
on the field.
While captain Flachs has provided
much of the fuel for Michigan's
scoring engine, scoring 15 of the
team's 31 goals, the Wolverine's tank
was filled from various resources
last weekend.
With Johnson and Flachs leading
the Wolverines in assists and scoring
respectively, junior Loveita
Wilkinson has also been a highly
visible and active participant this
season.

Like Johnson, Wilkinson has also
emerged as a productive player over
the last year.
The midfielder/defender had just
two goals and an assist last season.
In the last two games, Wilkinson
duplicated those career numbers,
giving her a total of four goals and
four assists on the season.
These three have also proven that
they can work well together based on
recent performances.
Against Louisville and Central
Michigan. Johnson along with
sophomore Erica Widder assisted
Flachs on three of her four goals.
while Wilkinson assisted in the
other.
Johnson also aided Wilkinson on
one of her goals.
New fuel was being pumped into
Michigan's engine by three freshmen
last weekend.
Jeanne Shin and Kelli Gannon
each recorded their first collegiate
goals, while Courtney Reid regis-
tered her second goal and fourth
assist over the weekend.
These three freshmen were among}
the seven different players who
scored in the last two games.
Last weekend gave some of
Michigan's backups some more play-
ing time and an opportunity to con-,
vert a lot of penalty corner opportu-;
nities.
With defending Big Ten champion
Iowa strutting into Ann Arbor this
weekend, Michigan's tank will need
to filled with premium performances
fuel.

FILE PHOTO
The Michigan field hockey team made quick work of its opponents this weekend. The Wolverines knocked off
Louisville on Saturday, 6-0, and beat Central Michigan yesterday, 5-1.

Pankratz.
"Although the score was 6-0, we did not have a good
match today" Pankratz said. "We did not execute very
well and our corners were extremely poor"
Yesterday, the Wolverines fared slightly better on their
penalty corners, converting three of 18 attempts. Goalie
Amy Helber recorded six saves.
The games against Louisville and Central Michigan
gave Michigan an opportunity to work on its skills in
preparation for the Big Ten schedule.
The Wolverines got a chance to both work on their

penalty corner and to allow some of the younger players
to gain some valuable game experience.
"We had to keep our skills up to our level," Reid said
after Saturday's game. "We had a little trouble with that
in the first half but by the end of the game, we were play-
ing our game again.
"This game wasn't one of the best ones we've played
and I'm sure in practice we'll have a lot to work on."
Michigan begins Big Ten play Friday when Iowa vis-
its. The Hawkeyes have beaten the Wolverines in all 31
of the meetings between the two teams.

Berendowsky ties own record

By Jacob R. Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer
/-The final weeks of an athletic team's season are usually
*iting because team or individual records are often close to
being broken. Numbers create drama - even if the team isn't
contending for a championship. .
There's lots of drama around the Michigan Soccer Field
these days. The Michigan women's soccer team is contending
for its first-ever Big Ten championship, crushing opponents by
margins of three and four goals in the process. Michigan's lead-
ing scorer, passer and everything in-between, forward Amber
Berendowsky, is creating a little excitement herself
The sophomore tied the team record for points in one season
yesterday when she netted her sixth goal of the season and
rded two assists, giving her seven of the latter and 19 total
pOnts. Berendowsky set that record last year.
The most interesting number of all, however, is the length of
time it.took her to tie the record. The Wolverines are 7-1 and
they've, just begun their conference schedule. That means
Michigan's season is less than halfway through. It appears
Berendowsky is moving twice as fast as she was last year - so
much for the sophomore jinx.
why Friday's upset c
much to this fourth-
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10. *around the Hoosi
"Everybody can beat everybody else ment in the process
in the Bi Ten"Belkin said."So you play Belkin wouldn'tl
each ZaMe like it's your last - it doesn't recently.
matter who the opponent is." "It's our goal to w
The team that wallowed in the confer- fourth-year coach s

At this rate, Berendowsky will undoubtedly have smashed
her own record by the Big Ten tournament, which begins on
Nov. 9. One can only guess what kind of numbers she'll put up
in two years time, when she's an experienced senior and her
team has gone deeper into the postseason.
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin has nothing but praise for
her offensive weapon. But she doesn't think Berendowsky is
carrying the Wolverines on her shoulders, by any means.
"She's one of the best forwards in the Big Ten," Belkin
said. "But we've been spreading it around, we've got a lot of
depth."
The Wolverines have recorded 74 points in all this season,
limiting opponents to merely 15. By those calculations,
Berendowsky makes up a quarter of Michigan's offense and
produces enough to beat the opponent by herself. In fact,
Michigan's catalyst has recorded a point in all but one game
this season.
But ask Berendowsky how many points she has this season,
or how many points she'll score this year or what she will
amass by the end of her career and you won't get an answer.
She didn't know she tied the record yesterday. She didn't real-
ly care. Apparently, numbers don't excite everybody.

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