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8B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - October 13, 1997

'M' soccer cruises
in two blowouts

Belkin keeps the goal
in mind, long-term

By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Writer
Attack of the Killer B's.
If the Michigan soccer team's
impressive victories this weekend
were to be made into a cheesy horror
movie, that would likely be the title.
Michigan forwards Amber
Berendowsky and Kacy Beitel, the
team's leading scorers, turned in big
weekends as the Wolverines posted
consecutive shutouts against non-
conference opponents.
Michigan stung Wright State, 6-0,
on Friday, a game that was dominated
by the Wolverines' powerful offense.
Berendowsky and Beitel netted two
goals each as the Michigan offense
blasted shot after shot at the over-
matched Wright State defense.
Michigan was equally masterful on
offense against Toledo, blanking the
Rockets, 5-0.
Berendowsky and Beitel again
emerged as the scoring leaders along
with senior captain Debbie Flaherty.
They all notched a goal and an assist
in the blowout.
The successful weekend served as
a timely tune-up for the three Big Ten
games remaining on Michigan's
schedule, all of which the Wolverines
need to win if they want to contend
for the regular-season title.
"We just wanted to get back on
track after last weekend," Michigan
coach Debbie Belkin said, referring
to last week's loss to Minnesota and
tie with Penn State.
"We wanted to re-establish scoring
some goals," she said, "and we
accomplished that."
Senior Ruth Poulin, who added two
goals and an assist on the weekend,
said that the large victory margin was
important for the team.
"The goal was to score five (goals

against Wright State), because we
didn't score much the previous week-
end," Poulin said. "We met that goal
and scored six. If we would have
won, 3-0, it wouldn't have been that
much of a success."
If scoring goals was the plan,
Michigan must be happy with its
offensive performance over the week-
end. The Wolverines outshot their
opponents, 47-11, and Michigan
goalkeepers Carissa Stewart, Jessica
Jones and Lauren Clister made a total
of two saves on the weekend.
Berendowsky continued her scor-
ing tear on the season, raising her
point total to 36.
Beitel, with nine goals, has 22,
points on the year, eclipsing
Berendowsky's school record for 19
points in a season by a freshman.
On her second goal against the
Raiders, which came just two min-
utes into the second half, Beitel drib-
bled through most of the Wright State
defense single-handedly before
launching a shot from 15 feet, beat-
ing Wright State goalie Amy Toms.
"The goalie was out of position,
covering the near post," Beitel said.
"The far post was wide open, and I
just slid it past her."
The freshman also recorded her
fourth assist of the year against
Toledo, setting up Berendowsky's
12th goal of the year in the first half.
Berendowsky's success has been
constant the entire season, scoring 12
points in the team's first five games.
She has continued the torrid pace
throughout the season, averaging 2.6
points per game.
This success may have allowed
Beitel to take advantage of oppo-
nents' attempts to stop Berendowsky.
"The teams that get the scouting
reports play Amber differently,"

By Jacob R. Wheeler
Coaches put a lot of responsibility in
the hands of their goalkeepers. Soccer
matches are usually low-scoring affairs,
so the keeper controls the fate of victo-
ry every time the opposing team
mounts drive.
But on the Michigan women's soccer
team, that pressure has fallen in the
hands of two different players. Though
the season is nearly two-thirds over,
neither player has won the important
keeper's job.
Obviously, Michigan seeks a victory
every time out. But coach Debbie
Belkin is also thinking about her team's
future.
Belkin has been platooning
Michigan's top two goalies, junior
Jessica Jones and freshman Carissa
Stewart, all season. Despite Jones's
seniority, the coach said she sees this as
an opportunity to give Stewart some
added experience that will help her
after Jones graduates.
"Carissa and Jessica are splitting
time right now as starters," Belkin said.
"You always want your goalkeepers to
have experience in big games. You
don't want to just play one and have her
get hurt, then no one has experience."
Belkin proved her commitment to the
platooning strategy, starting Stewart
against Penn State and Wright State last
week, even after the freshman missed
five of the previous six matches due to
sickness. Stewart, the heir apparent,
recorded four wins and three shutouts
during that span.
Jones received the nod at the begin-
ning of this season, starting Michigan's
first three games of the season in goal,
against Missouri, Kentucky and
Massachusetts.
But Stewart cracked the starting line-
up less than a week after the Wolverines
suffered their first setback of the sea-

son, a 2-1 heartbreaker to the
Minutemen. The freshman opened her
Michigan career with a bang, recording
a shutout in her college debut - a 6-0
victory over New Hampshire on Sep
10. Two days later, Stewart spark leW
again, recording eight saves in a 2-1
overtime victory over Butler.
Thus far, Stewart has amassed some
impressive statistics - especially for a
freshman. Stewart carries a 4-0-1
record this season, with 24 saves. Of
the five games she's started, three
shutouts were recorded.
Jones has totaled some pretty decent
numbers herself. The captain owns a
2 record, saving 34 shots in six game. .
She had the dubious honor of standing
in front of the goal mouth when
Minnesota beat Michigan on Oct. 3.
Minnesota's game-winning tally in the
second overtime all but ruined
Michigan's hopes of a conference
championship.
Jones' 1.22 goals-per-game average
is significantly higher than Stewart's
0.4 mark. But both figures are lo
enough for success because Michigan 3
high-powered offense generates an
average of 3.54 goals per game.
"When we get one goal, we can get
another and another," Belkin said. "So
it just takes a little."
With the Big Ten tournament and the
postseason rapidly approaching, all
eyes are focused on the goalkeepers,
wondering who will get the starting
nod. Whomever Belkin picks will b
counted on to lead the Wolverines
their first Big Ten championship.
Michigan remains in the hunt, current-
ly residing in third place.
"We'll make a decision on who's
going to play in the tournament when
we get to that point," Bel]kin said. "They
both have different strengths right now
and they both do well in certain situa-
tions."
Men's golP
get rdy
for trip to

K~EVIN KRlJPITZER/Daily
The Michigan soccer team had a big weekend, winning, 6-0, on Friday against
Wright State, and, 5-0, on Sunday, against Toledo.

Poulin said. "If she's covered, we
can't get her the ball as much and
need to move it around."
In the past four games, Beitel has
scored four goals on 12 shots, both
team highs.
"We can spread the ball around,"
Belkin said. "If opponents are going
to focus on one person, we'll find
someone else to do it."
As they enter the final portion of

their schedule, the Wolverines appear
to be hitting their stride. They are
scoring goals and playing a stingy
defense that allows few. Poised to
make a run at the conference title,
games against Illinois and Iowa next
weekend loom large on the upcoming
schedule.
"We stepped up and refocused this
weekend," Berendowsky said. "We're
ready for next week."

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By Kevin Rosenfield
For the Daily
Despite expectations initially
soured by inexperience and youth,
there is suddenly reason for optimism
on the Michigan men's golf team.
Fresh off a strong fifth-place finish
at the 17-team NortheriW
Intercollegiate in East Lansing, the
team resumes its fall schedule at the
1997 Kroger Intercollegiate
Invitational, held today and tomor-
row at the Colonial Country Club in
Memphis, Tenn. A sprawling par 72,
7,300-yard golf course, the Colonial
is host to an 18-team field split
between nine northern schools and
nine southern schools that will com-
pete for both regional and overa,
honors.
Michigan finished first among
northern teams at last year's event
and fourth overall but returns just one
member from last year's squad: -
sophomore Mike Harris.
Nevertheless, Michigan golf coach
Jim Carras expressed confidence that
his young team could duplicate previ-
ous successes.
"If we can get some better numbers
from our four and five spots, and our
first three players keep playing like
they have been, we will be very com-
petitive," Carras said. "We're up
against a strong, competitive field,
but I'm looking to finish among the
top six teams. A lot of positives came
out of East Lansing and hopefully
some of that momentum will carry
over."
Coming off his seventh-place fin 1
ish at the Northern Collegiate, KevirW
Vernick and his 72.5 stroke average
will lead the Wolverines in Memphis.
Vernick topped the team in East
Lansing with a one-over-par 217.
Out of 85 golfers, Harris finished
tied for 11th at 218, and Keith Hinton
scored a 221 to tie for 15th place.
While Scott Hayes returns at the
fourth slot, sophomore Mike Affelt
will make his varsity debut it
Memphis. Carras hopes Affelt can
shore up a shaky fifth spot that has
roughed up three different players in
three tournaments.
"Mike's been playing real well
recently and deserves this opportuni-
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