The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 11, 1998 - 13A
Old number, new player yield winning results for stickers
By BJ. Luria
Daily Sports Wther
Yesterday's field hockey game between
Michigan and Southwest Missouri State
displayed many similarities to games
played last year. Once again, the
*lverines pulled out a close victory
with the game-winning goal scored by
Last year, No. 14 scored 10 game-win-
ners among her 29 goals. There is one
distinct difference between last year and
this year- No. 14 is worn by a new play-
er. Julie Flachs - Michigan's all-time
leading scorer - wore jersey No. 14 last
year, but the uniform belongs to
Michigan freshman Jesse Veith this sea-
son. And the freshman forward is picking
right where her predecessor left off.
Michigan (3-1) used the strong goal-
tending of sophomore Kati Oakes to pro-
tect its lead and hold off the Lady Bears
(2-2), 1-0. The only goal of the game
came off Veith's stick with 13:30 remain-
ing in the first half.
The Wolverines used quick passes to
move the ball to the Lady Bears' end of
the field. Lindsjy Babbitt controlled the
ball just itide The circle and made the
pass to Venh in front of the net. Veith's
rocket beat Sathwest Missouri State
goalkeeper T Mnnie Elzy to give
Michigan the (vily goal that it would
"It feels good, real good," Veith said.
"The first goal is always the breaker and
then after that, tiey just come."
Despite the victory, Michigan coach
Marcia Pankratz was not particularly
pleased wth Ahe Wolverines' perfor-
mance against *a team that they shel-
lacked, 7-Qi, last season.
She noted that Michigan had trouble
putting the ball in the net. There were sev-
eral factors tiat contributed to the
Wolverines' difficulties, she said.
"It's been a lomg couple of weeks and I,
think matally, we're a little tired,"
Pankratz said. "Sometimes you get a little
weary, especially with all the other stuff
The Lady Bears almost tied the score
in the second half. Two Southwest
Missouri State players got in behind the
Michigan defenders and broke in alone
Jemima Cameron drew Oakes out of
the net and Oakes dove at the ball.
Cameron then sent a pass over to Mary
Kukulinski who was all alone in front of
the empty net. Kukulinski could not han-
dle the pass, though, and the ball rolled
away, allowing the Michigan defenders to
return to the play.
The scoring opportunities were few
and far between for the Lady Bears, who
managed just five shots to 22 for the
Michigan converted on none of its I1
penalty corner opportunities. Pankratz
blamed several factors for the
Wolverines' offensive difficulties.
"It's just like in football, it takes longer
to develop the attack," Pankratz said. "It'll
take a couple games to get into a groove."
Although Michigan had some trouble
on the offensive end of the field, Pankratz
did give much of the credit for the close
game to Southwest Missouri State.
"Their goalkeeper played outstanding.
If it wasn't for her, we might have had a
bigger score," Pankratz said. "They
worked hard, they were scrappy, and they
beat us to the ball. They won a lot of the
50-50 balls, which makes a big differ-
Next up for Michigan is Central
Michigan (3-1), which visits Ocker Field
today. The Chippewas, who play in the
Mid-American Conference, have won
three straight games after dropping their
opener to Michigan State.
"They are a very experienced group -
they have a lot of upperclassmen,"
Pankratz said. "They certainly are a
strong team, one of the better teams in the
The Wolverines will finish up the
homestand with a game against Stanford
on Sunday. But for now, they arejust hop-
ing that old reliable No. 14 can help them
defeat the Chippewas today.
"It's an intrastate rivalry," Pankratz
said, "so it'll be a battle.'
The Michigan field hockey team dominated action yesterday against Southwest
Missouri State, outshooting the Bears 22-5 in a 1-0 victory.
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In what promises to be the showcase
ch of a tame tournament that so far
I provided few surprises or dramatic
battles, Sampras and Rafter meet in a
men's semifinal that will have the feel
of a final.
The last 1 I days have seemed little
more than a setup for Saturday's
match, which features two of the best
serve-and-volleyers pf their genera-
tion. It pits the hottest players in men's
tennis against each other.
*nd it could provide revenge for
Sampras - not only against an oppo-
nent who defeated him a month ago in
Cincinnati, but also against critics who
had written him off as an over-the-hill
"It's time, this is the U.S. Open, this
is the big moment of the year for me,"
Sampras said. "This is what the year
boils down to for me."
Sampras, who will remain No. 1 in
tworld no matter what happens the
iO of this tournament, has not lost in
a Grand Slam semifinal since 1996 at
Rafter had lost eight straight times
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Cincinnati in amid-August, a match
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Rafter's serve was called out, but the
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Rafter the ace amd the match.
Sampras stood at the baseline for
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Rafter wait at tie net, and then refused
to shake the umpire's hand.
Rafter said thiat win will change his
attitude headinginto tomorrow's semi-
"I won't go on the court feeling as
intimidated as F had before," he said.
"But Pete is a different kettle of fish
altogether. I had a great win last year.
He's done it for the last six years."
Rafter, whose speed will be pitted
against Sampras' power, had to rally
from a two-set deficit in the first round
of this year's U.S. Open against
Hicham Arazi. Since then, he's
dropped just one set in four matches.
Rafter a tryig to become the sixth
man of the Open Era to successfully
defend a US. Open singles title. That's
an accomrdishient that would impress
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