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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 22, 1998 - 15

'M' Soccer hopes to get defensive
to get back into Big Ten race

By David Mosses
For the Daily
40' Following a disappointing start to the Big
Ten campaign, the Michigan women's soc-
cer team is searching for answers. The
Wolverines began the season with five
straight victories, marking the best start in
the history of the program.
They outseored their opponents 15-5 in
the first five games. The winning streak
vaulted the Wolverines to a top 10 ranking
in the Soccer America poll.
But after dropping the first two Big Ten
games of the season, the team is now forced
lo regroup.
Michigan lost its opening Big Ten game
in gut-wrenching fashion, in a 1-0 double-
overtime loss to Wisconsin.
More alarming, however, was the most
recent defeat at the hands of Northwestern.
The Michigan defense, which had surren-
dered five goals in the previous six games,
was torched for four goals.
With three days of practice before their
ext game, the players are looking forward
o a spirited week of practice.
The practice will be "hard, with a lot of
intensity, and working on lots of different
things," freshman fullback Alissa Shaw
said.
Defense will clearly be the focus, as
coach Debbie Belkin looks to correct mis-
takes that surfaced in the Northwestern
game. The players expect to be working
mostly on the defensive aspects of soccer.

Slow start doesn't bode well for Blue
The Michigan soccer team has seen its share of slow starts over its
five-year history. In four of the past five seasons, the Wolverines have
started the Big Ten schedule with at least two losses, including this
year's 0-2 start. As shown by the records below, the slow starts
have led to disappointing conference records.

Year
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Starting Big Ten record
0-56
0-5
2-3
4-1
0-2

Final Big Ten Records
1-5-1
1-5-1
4-4-1
10-1-1

Players will be drilled on marking their
opponent, covering each other, and reacting
quicker to attacks. The Wolverines feel they
must improve as they advance into the Big
Ten conference season.
"We all must play better defense. we can-
not afford any mental lapses," freshman
midfielder Laurie Peterson said.
Improving their defensive play will be
crucial for the Wolverines, who possess a
much-heralded offensive attack. Led by
Jessica Limauro and Amber Berendowsky,
the Wolverines have no problem scoring
goals. When able to hold down opponents,
the team is usually victorious.
Despite the two losses, the team remains
extremely confident. The players fully
believe their problems are correctable and
that the team will rebound.

"We just need to get back into the swing
of things," freshman Becky Kozlick said. "If
we continue to play hard, we should be
fine."
Much will depend on the next three days
of practice. The team is committed to
regaining its winning ways. The Wolverines
possess a talented squad that is blessed with
experience.
With a few defensive improvements, Big
Ten success may still be in the cards for the
1998 team.
Last year, the Wolverines posted an 18-4-
I record, including a 10-1-1 mark in the
conference.
When asked if this year's squad could
post similar numbers, Kozlick responded
without hesitation.
"Definitely," Kozlick said.

DANA LINNANE/Da1Iy
The Michigan soccer team will need more displays of tenaciousness similar to this one in order to come
back from an 0-2 Big Ten start.

*Ripken goes back to work after
first break in 16 years; no homers

LECTURE NOTE BLOWOUT!!

TORONTO (AP) - It was a short
furlough for Cal Ripken.
A day after ending his astonishing
Weak of 2,632 consecutive games,
Ripken was back in the lineup for
Baltimore yesterday against Toronto,
the same team he faced when the
streak started on May 30, 1982.
With time to contemplate his deci-
sion, Ripken was sure he made the
right move.
"No regrets, no second thoughts,"
he said during a pregame news con-
ference at SkyDome. "I felt great
out how it went. It was a great ccl-
ration instead of a sad event."
He admitted feeling strange about
watching a game from the dugout,
and sounded relieved to be returning
to the field.
"I still consider myself an everyday
player," he said. "I have a lot of base-
ball left in me."
Ripken closed his record run
Sunday night, removing himself from
A starting lineup in the Orioles'
nal home game of the season
against the Yankees.
The move came more than three
years after he broke 2,130-game
streak of Yankee iron man Lou Gehrig
- a record that had stood for 56
years.
"The streak was born out of a
desire to play and a lot of managers
wanting to put me in the lineup,"
Ripken said in Baltimore.
"It's your job to come to the ball-
frk and be available if the manager
wants to put you in there you play. I
feel very proud, not necessarily with
the numbers the streak is, but very
proud that my teammates and my
manager could count on me."
Now that he's finally taken a day
off, the next question is: Can anyone
ever come close to duplicating his
record run?
'You wouldn't think so," said the
ankees' Joe Girardi.
"That's a lot of years to go so long
without being injured. I don't see that
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record ever being broken."
Ripken isn't so sure.
"If I did it, someone else cao do it.
I don't sec myself as superhuman," he
said after watching an Orioles' game
from the dugout for the first time
since May 29, 1982.
There's no telling how long Ripken
could have gone.
Gehrig's streak ended when he
could no longer cope with a rare mus-
cular disorder that later became
known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Ripken was completely healthy. He
just ,ot tired of the controversy sur-
rounding the streak - more than one
columnist called him selfish - and
decided that spring training in 1999
might be more fun if he didn't have to
talk about playing another full sea-
son.
So, without tipping any of his
teammates except Brady Anderson,
his best friend on the Orioles, Ripken
walked, into manager Ray Miller's
office a half-hour before the game
and asked to have his name removed
from the starting lineup.
"I was shocked," teammate Roberto
Alomar said. "I didn't expect the
record to end that way. But there was
a lot of criticism of him and I think
that's why he ended it. That's sad,
because people don't know his work
ethic."
Anderson knew well in advance
that Ripken would be watching
Sunday's game instead of playing in
it. He tried to talk Ripken out of it,
but quickly realized his effort would
be futile.
"It's so much easier for me to want
to keep the streak alive because I'm
not the one who has to do it,"
Anderson said. "Playing every game
in one season is tough enough."
For Ripken, sitting out that one
game proved to be the most difficult
thing he had done since breaking into
the league in 1981. For one thing, he
had no idea what to do to keep him-
self occupied.
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YI&STFRDAY:
THE ClB DID
NOT ItI.AY.
1i 5 )1ESTO]'ALlAY:.
Ripken fidgeted on the bench
before getting a message from reliev-
er Alan Mills.
"He goes, 'What are you doing?'
And I said, 'I'm going to sit here and
watch a ballgame,"' Ripkcn said. "I
said, 'You want me to come out there
and visit with you?"'
Ripkcn did just that. He talked with
the fans and posed for pictures
between innings, but afterward he
made it clear that most of his days
next season will be spent playing
third base - from the first inning
through the ninth.
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