The Michigan Daily - Thursday September 17, 1998-1I1A
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The Michigan soccer team has found itself in the
st position in the team's history.
After a record season in 1997, which included a
ig Ten tournament win and an NCAA tournament
>pearance, Michigan is at it again.
The Wolverines have a perfect 5-0 record after
nror Jessica Limauro's overtime goal last night led to
2-I victory over Eastern Michigan.
Michigan begins its Big Ten schedule tomorrow
'against Wisconsin - whose record can be mis-
The Badgers 1-3 record doesn't tell the whole story.
tey came within one goal of beating two teams -
xas A&M and Connecticut - in the top 10.
"They've played high-ranked teams," Michigan
ach Debbie Belkin said. "We're not taking anything
With a team full of freshmen, the Badgers lack
perience. Underclassmen make up 63 percent of the
s and over half of the starting lineup. An average
Wstarting underclassmen can be a blessing for the
>re experienced Wolverines.
Yet in the past, Wisconsin has done much better in
nference play, never finishing below fourth place.
Wisconsin has accumulated a .667 winning per-
ntge, with an 18-8-4 record since 1994.
Wisconsin has fared even better in the Big Ten
rament, tallying a .700 winning mark.
The Badgers have lost only on the offensive side.
Ih three out of four games this season, they have
eh up just four goals. Junior goalkeeper Briget
hurting has played solid, playing all 360 minutes.
handle the Wolverines, the Badgers will have to
>re - and stop Michigan's high-powered offense. It
:ldes a tandem - junior forward Amber
-rendowsky and Limauro - that has been a large
Last season, the Michigan field 't
hockey team lost in the Big Ten cham-
pionship game. Despite their defeat at
the hands of PennState, the Wolverines
thought they were talented enought to
:rn an at-large bid to the tournament.
But being a Midwestern team in an
East-coast sport has a way of bursting
>abbles prematurely, and the tourna-
*t selection committee passed the
Wolverines over last season.
With this weekend's trip to Boston, to
ace No. 7 Boston College and ,
unranked Northeastern, Michigan
oach Marcia Pankratz wants to make Michigan g
ture her team doesn't go overlooked good oppor
"You know, it's five coaches on a call,
and they say 'This person's terrific. This
>erson's second.' And so if you go out
aind have impressive wins against teams
:* they respect, they have to put you
tp there. That's part of the plan."
But first, the plan calls for a
shindig" at the house of junior forward
kmy Philbrook, whose six goals lead
lieWolverines this season.
"Marblehead is a very New England,
eaport town, so probably lobster and
eafood" will be for dinner Pankratz
aybe the only thing they're hungri-
r or is the respect that would come
long with victories over. two East
."A trip like this it's really big. Just
Ocause, yeah, you've got Boston
:ollege right ahead of us. We've never
eally been respected as it is," said
inior goalie Katie Oakes, who won the
ig Ten playr of the week award for the
econd straight week.
"If we play well this weekend,"
'll do well "not only statistically,
tithere's gonna be people that are
ratching us and they're going to see
sat we're not a joke out here." Oakes
Last season Michigan missed
eeiveing an at-large bid to the NCAA
otrnament by the slimmest of mar-
"~We have a round-robin;" in the Big
"so we have to play everyone
,e" goalies coach Peggy Storrar
"And that really hurts us because we
a 't get outside of our conference
inch to play the North Carolinas and
ld Dominions. And if we could play
er and beat them like Penn State did
en we'd get more respect."
Hemmed in by their schedule, the
on-conference season is where the
/olverines must make their mark.
"We have a very tough conference, so
1 nly way to make tyhe NCAA tour-
ey is to either win the Big Ten tourna-
ient, or get an at-large bid. So when
a 're playing against teams like Penn
tale and Ohio State and all the other
apis that are very very strong ... to
in that Big Ten tournament is very
ugh. Its a one-in-six shot. So the only
ther way to make it is an at-large bid.
/hich means the rest of the country has
&nk that you're in the top seven.:
s all part of the plan.
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To beat Michgan tomorrow night, Wisconsin will have to stop Amber Berendowsky (above) and Jessica Umauro.
The Badgers' goalie, Bridget Schwartig, has allowed just four goals this season.
part of the Wolverines impressive start.
Berendowsky has seven points on the year and
recently became the school's all-time scoring leader.
Limauro has a team-leading 13 points on the season.
Belkin has her own plan for Michigan.
"We need to tighten up on defense. We need to
work on defending set plays, because Wisconsin is
good on a lot of them."
Wisconsin leads the series with Michigan, 4-1-1.
But the Wolverines blasted Wisconsin 6-0 last season.
Michigan comes to Madison ranked 10th in the
nation and looking for a second straight Big Ten tour-
But it will likely be tougher this year. According to
Belkin, most Big Ten teams have improved greatly
since last year.
"It's looking up from fast season," Belkin said,
"There are five or seven undefeated teams already."
Belkin believes that the Wolverines have a great
chance to finish first, but it all depends on the first few
"Were as good as anybody," Belkin said. "its just
who comes to play that day, and we hope we can get
things going in the next week."
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