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14 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 16, 1998

Continued from Page lA
Schmitt tired from 30 yards out nd
managed to catch the goalie ol guard
by sending a sailing shot into the corner
of the net.
"It might have looked like a ct-ossed
ball, but it was a shot," Schmitt said. "I
noticed that Eastern's goalie was out of
position. She was assuming I was going
to set a cross, so I shot instead.
Goalkeeper and co-captain Jessica
Jones, favoring a bruised knee sutered
earlier in the half, allowed the Eagles to
even the score on an unearned goal
moments later. Attempting to make a
routine save on a shot on goal, the ball
Slipped beyond Jones's grip and flew
nto the net, evening the score at 1-1.
In the second half both teams mus-

tered a few offensive drives -
Michigau even sent two halls Cashing
into the crossbar but the theme was
the same, a midfield grndge match with
minimal olTensive productivity.
"We were not clicking ofensively,'
coach Debbie elkin said. 'Eastern
were physical and pumped up and we
were not playing our usual passing
But the Wolverine defense was doing
a good job stopping the occasional
Eagle threat, according to Belkin,.
"We were playing solid defense. it
was just that when we won the balls in
our backfield we were not making good
After the second 45-minute half drew
to a close with the score tied at 1-1, two
tired and battered teams retired to their
sidelines in perparation for sudden-

death overtime.
A focused Michigan team returned
action and put the game away alter o -
five minutes and 16 seconds of oft'3n-
sive domination.
The goal came as ManrilolT passed
off to a sprinting Jessica I.imauro, who
dribblod to the 18-yard line and hit :he
far corner, sealing the victory for the
"I saw Jessica beating her opponent
so I thought I would give her a through-
ball,' junior Mari ttoff said. "Once s
received the ball, I knew she was going
to score."
Following her game winning goal,
Limauro expressed how pleased she
was to end the tiring match.
"Thank God we scored, because I
could not have managed to play anoth-
er 30 minutes!"

Ninety minutes of
regulation took a
greater toll on "
Eastern Michigan
than the ,
Wolverines. At
least Michigan
came back to '.
Ann Arbor with a '
victory - albeit
in overtime.
Softball tries to continue dynasy

Very little can match the drama of an overtime victory, as Michigan found out yesterday. The Wolverines won in overtime, 2-1,
on a Jessica Limauro goal from 18 yards out on a pass from Mar Hoff. Following the game, Limauro was more relieved than
excited, exclaiming, "Thank God we scored, because I could not have managed to play another 30 minutes!"
Every Wednesday

By Mark Fancescuttl
Daily Sports Writer
With national championship hopes in
some sports gone for Michigan fans, it's
not too hard to start thinking about the
Michigan softball team.
And why not? The girls of spring are
a near-dynasty.
The Wolverines have won four
straight of, well, a lot of things. Four
straight Big Ten championships, four
straight 50-win seasons, and four
straight NCAA World Series appear-
The Wolverines finished the 1997-98
season with a team-record 56 victories.
Michigan finished ranked No. 6 in the
nation after placing fifth in the World
It may be still summer, but the team
is already at work to extend its dynasty
to five years.
And, possibly, add the only thing that
has eluded the Wolverines in their 19-
year history - a World Series champi-
Will year 20 be the charm?

The Wolverines will begin their quest
at the Elk Rapids tournament in Elk
Rapids, Mich., starting Friday.
The Wolverines will have a slightly
different look than last year
Besides losing five players and gain-
ing four freshmen, the team has'a new
assistant coach, as Jennifer Brundage
replaces Kelly Kovach in the dugout.
Brundage joins ibhigan alter assist-
ing at t..I.A and Tennessee-
Chattanooga. And as for the players,
they can't wait to start.
"We're all really excited," junior third
baseman Pam Kosanke said. "Everyone
looks sharp, and we've had some really
good practices"
The Elk Rapids tournament also
gives the team a chance to play a less
stressful set of games.
"It's kind of a fun and see-the-fresh-
men weekend," Kosanke said. "We'll do
our best to pick up where we left off."
Practice during the fill is vital for the
team for many reasons, but most impor-
tantly, it allows the freshman to get
adjusted and ready to play.

Michigan's recruiting class is one of
its best ever, with four highly rated
Utility player Mary Conner, pitcher
Kate Eiland, second baseman Kelsey
Kollen, and catcher Stephanie Volpe
have a huge weight on their shoulders
- replacing five players from last sea-
son's 56-7 squad.
The Wolverines lost Sara Grif,
Lisa Kelley, Jennifer McKittrick and
Kellyn Tate to graduation. 'Ihey also
lost another letterwinner in Stacy Judd.
Still, Kosanke likes what she sees
from her young teammates.
"The freshmen look really good"
Kosanke said. "They have a lot of det r-
mination to get better."
And the Wolverines only need
improve a little bit to grab that elusU
"That's always the goal, but it's takirg
baby steps to get there again," Kosanke
said. "We've got a Big Ten banner tip
and (coach Carol Hutchins) tells us to
make sure every time you step on the
field, that that is where we wantto go.'

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