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September 28, 1998 - SportsMonday - The Michigan Daily - 3B

Win, tie get 'M' soccer out of Big Ten hole

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JIM
ROSE

By Vaughn R. Kug
Daily Sports Writer
With two consecutive Big Ten losses fresh in
mind, the Michigan soccer team sought and found
redemption this weekend after tying No. 7 Penn
State and defeating Ohio State 2-0.
In their second game of the weekend, the
Wolverines (1-2-1 Big Ten, 6-2-1 overall) traveled
- Columbus yesterday and shut out the Buckeyes
anks to flawless goalkeeping from senior co-
captain Jessica Jones.
"Jessica played a very solid game and had a lot
of help from her defense," Michigan coach

Debbie Belkin said. "Getting a shutout was our
goal, and this game marked our first of the sea-
son."
Jessica Limauro, team leader in both points
(20) and goals (8), led the Wolverines offensive
attack as she netted both scores.
"Jessica actually scored three goals but had one
called back on an off-sides call," Belkin said.
"She finished on the few opportunities she had
and put us on top."
Her first strike came 14 minutes into the first
half, thanks to a pass from standout ridfieldcr
Mari Hoff, and Limauro notched an unassisted

score just six minutes into the second half to
secure the Michigan lead.
As for Friday's matchup with Penn State at
Michigan Soccer Field, the Wolverines invested
120 minutes in a 1-1 tie, dealing the Nittany
Lions their first non-win and bringing the all-time
series record to 2-3-2.
The Wolverines wasted no time getting on the
scoreboard in the first half, as junior Emily
Schmitt found the back of the net 2:19 into the
game thanks to assists from Limauro and Kacy
Bleitel.
"We knew we had a serious job to do after last
weekend's losses," Schmitt said. "We came out
strong and 'managed to squirt a quick ball past
their keeper."
After the score, the Wolverines fought hard to
protect their one-goal lead, but it lasted just 25
minutes.
In the face of a fierce Michigan defense led by
fullback Vanessa Lewis, Penn State managed to
capitalize on an isolated coverage flaw and
squeak a goal past sophomore keeper Carissa
Stewart at the 27:58 mark.
The unassisted score came off the foot of Penn
State scoring leader Bonnie Young, who tallied
her 12th goal of the season.
"The goal was definitely a mistake on our part.
There must have been a communication break-
down,' Belkin said.
"We will learn from our mistakes in the end, but
right now we are really getting punished for these
slip-ups."
The remainder of the half witnessed serious
offensive pursuits by both squads, but neither
team was able to strike again.
Notably, Penn State mounted a threat late in the
half as Young streaked past the Michigan defense.
Her drive was denied thanks to a brilliant sliding
save from the keeper, as Stewart virtually stole
the ball off the shooting foot of the pursuing
Nittany Lion.
The second half basically mirrored the play fol-
lowing the Penn State goal in the first half-- solid
offensive and defnsiv play resulting in no offen-
sive productivity.
Shots were definitely fired, however, as Stewart
faced nine shots on goal and Penn State goal-
keeper Tracy Frost endured eight.
"There was solid defensive play throughout the
second half," coach Belkin said. "Both goalies
were doing a good job, stopping nearly everything
that came their way."
The scene remained the same in both 15-minute
overtimes, as neither team scored.
One Wolverine who remained in the entire
game - Emily Schmitt - attempted to put into
words the fatigue she felt after two hours of play.
"When you are that tired, your heart takes over.
My legs were totally weak, but the will to win
pushed me through to the end."

A4nd now, for sometlzing
completely djfferent: a poem
5o you've heard of Drew Henson,
Superfrosh who plays football,
He's the legend from Brighton,
They say he does it all.

Know the name Berendowsky?'
If you do, I'm impressed
'Cuz of athletes from Brighton,
She might be our school's best.
But how would you know that?
And then why would you know it?
She plays soccer. not football
Her exploits go unnoticed.
It's too bad, in a way,
Amber's talent is hidden -
She's got all kinds of records,
She's that good, I'm not kiddin.'
But she isn't unique
In her anonymity.
There are dozens who share
In her fate - it's a pity.
Football -hoopshockcy
Are Michigan's Big Three.
But there are other great athletes
Who go mostly unseen.
You should go out and watch them;
Take the time to go see
The so-called "minor" sports,
How much fun they can be.
They may not make the headlines,
But they train just the same -
Just as hard, if not harder,
As the guys with known names.
There are golfers: Mike Harris
Would be one that has shown
On the links, he's unequaled:
In a class of his own.
Or McGregor and Kampfe:
In cross country, the best.
They, with John Mortimer,
Outpace the rest.
In fact women's cross country,
If their legs withstand cramps,
Might be this school's best bet
For a national champ.
And then volleyball's coming along
Just the same, with Coach
Gi-o-va-nazz-i
(Man, that's such a great name).
His setters are setting,
His spikers are spiking,
Karen Chase is a'killing
Much to her coach's liking.

Berendowsky

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
The Michigan soccer team rebounded from a pair of disappointing Big Ten defeats a week ago by shutting out
Ohio State 2-0 on Sunday. The Wolverines salvaged a 1-1 tie with traditional powerhouse Penn State on Friday,

Practice begins today for Michigan hockey

McGregor

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team opens
official practice today in the same situ-
ation as last year - trying to replace
graduated, high-scoring seniors with a
highly touted freshman recruiting class.
Maybe the only difference in 1998 is
hat the Wolverines have a national
championship to defend, which has
made Michigan a major bulls eye for
evety team on its schedule.
The incoming freshmen won't be too
green, though. Tri-captains Bubba
Berenzweig, Bobby Hayes and Dale
Rominski have been putting the team
through rigorous conditioning work-
outs. Coaches were not allowed to
supervise these workouts until today,
according to NCAA rules.
1* Young or not, experts are pegging the
Wolverines to win the CCHA. Both the
conference coaches' and media polls
predicted Michigan to finish in first
place come March, ahead of pursuers
Michigan State and Ohio State.
"The preseason polls have to be
accepted with a grain of salt," Michigan
coach Red Berenson cautioned. "We're
given a lot of respect. We were not a
Iominant team last year, we just ended
up in the right place at the right time
and got lucky."
Undoubtedly, the biggest change
from last season will be the goaltending
situation. Former net stalwart Marty
Turco, and his all-time NCAA-leading
127 victories, departed for the profes-
sional ranks. A pair of freshmen -
Josh Blackburn and Kevin O'Malley -

provides the top two contenders for the
starting role.R
"In theory, when we recruited'
Blackburn, we recruited him with thee
idea that he would be our starting 1
goalie, Berenson said, adding that he
hadn't >seen enough of Blackburn or,
O'Malley to give a definite opinion just,
yet.
Greg Daddario can't be counted out,
either. The senior has patiently been the
third-stringer for all of his three seasons
at Michigan. Whether or not Daddario
actually sees significant ice time in '98,f
his leadership and experience should
provide a strong base for his two fresh-M
men competitors.
If there's one area in which the
Wolverines are loaded, it's defense.
Berenzweig and sophomores Mike Van
Ryn and Dave Huntzicker lead a capa-
ble corps of defensemen. Six other
blueliners on the roster will grapple for
the remaining three playing spots, a
competition that could last all season
long, Berenson said.
Michigan has less than a week's
worth of official practices before it hitsM
the ice for real. Friday's Blue/White,
Game at Yost Ice Arena will give
Berenson an opportunity to evaluate
players on both sides of the puck beforer
the following night's regular season -
home opener against Guelph.
"There will be some competition for
jobs and roles on this team," Berenson
said. "We expect to have a strong sea-
son. We may not be as good on paper as
we wre to yars gobut t'swhatyouFILE PHOTO
we were two years ago, but it's what you Mike Van Ryn and the rest of the Wolverines kick off their season by starting offi-
do on the ice that matters. cial practice today. Michigan will face itself in an intrasquad scrimmage Friday.

Giovanazzi

And then there's field hockey,
With the coach, Marcia Pankratz.
They were Big Ten champs last year ...
... OK, so I can't come up with anything that rhymes with "Pankratz."

There are more, to be sure -
I cannot name them all.
There are dozens of people
Playing sports in the fall.
They don't play in the Big House,
Or the wonderful Yost,
Their crowds tend to be tiny:
Couple hundred, at most.
They don't care all that much;
They don't play for the fame.
They just play why we all should -
For the love of the game.

Pankratz

-Jim Rose can be reached atjwrose@umich edu
but don 't send him anything that doesn 't rkyme

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