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Scoreboard.-

MAJOR LEAGUE
ASEBALL
PLAYOFFS
National League
Championship Series
San Diego 5,
ATLANTA 0
(San Diego wins the
series, 4-2)

NHL
HOCKEY
NY islanders 2,
TAMPA BAY 0
Pittsburgh 3,
NEW JERSEY 1
Boston at
COLORADO, inc.
Edmonton at
VANCOUVER. inc.

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October 15, 1998

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Berendowsky nets record in 3-1 victory

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By Josh Borkin
Daily Sports Writer
tThe Michigan soccer program is only in its infant stages
development. But Amber Berendowsky is trying to bring
the program into young adulthood, after establishing herself
as the all-time leading scorer in Michigan history.
Yesterday afternoon at the Michigan Soccer Field
Berendowsky scored two goals to vault the Wolverines past
Toledo, 3-1. Berendowsky, a junior forward, scored goals 33
and 34 of her career. Although a monumental achievement
for both the program and Berendowsky, head coach Debbie
Belkin said, "I didn't even know she broke it."
While Belkin might be trying to downplay the situation,
tolso demonstrates her concern for the overall team and not
just individual achievement.
Berendowsky did not take long to break the career mark.
In the 14th minute of the first half Berendowsky blasted a
shot from the right corner of the penalty box.
"It really was a great moment for me," Berendowsky said.
"However, I am not really that concerned with records.
Soccer is a team game and I just want us to win."
Throughout the first half, Berendowsky threatened to
score, but the Toledo goalie turned the Wolverines away
repeatedly.
"Their goalie played a tough game," Belkin said. "She
s getting fired on quite often and did a good job at stop-

ping a lot of balls."
One of the problems in recent weeks has been the lack of
communication on the field. Yesterday afternoon, however,
the Wolverines were extremely vocal throughout the entire
game, and did an effective job of directing passes and call-
ing plays.
The Wolverines came out firing in the second half. Just
as she did in the first half, Berendowsky scored, netting her
34th career goal and i l1th goal of the season in the 14th
minute. The goal came off of a sensational cross from
Michigan's second-leading scorer, Jessica Limauro.
"Jessica really fed me a great pass," Berendowsky said. "I
am starting to score more, and Jessica and I really push each
other on the field."
Junior Jen Stahl put the nail in the coffin with her first
goal of the season, 28 minutes into the second half.
"This was a game we were supposed to win," Belkin said.
"Stahl's goal just put the game away.
In the aftermath of the Michigan celebration, the
Michigan defense fell asleep, and was unable to stop Toledo
from scoring on Michigan goalie Jessica Jones in the 31st
minute of the second half.
Belkin, coincidentally, seemed to have missed the goal
herself.
"I really didn't see what happened," Belkin said. "I Just,
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Book it!
Junior Amber Berendowsky has
already become a legend in the
short history of Michigan's soc-
cer program. Some of the records
she holds:
Michigan Records:
X Points in a season
(53)*
Goals in a season
(18)**
Assists in a season
(17)
Career goals
(34)
Career assists
(26)
*Big Ten Record (1997)
** No. 3 in the nation (1997),
first in the Big Ten

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NATHAN RUFFER/Daily
Amber Berendowsky, who now holds virtually every offensive record in Michigan
soccer history, dribbles during Michigan's 3-1 victory over Toledo yesterday. The
victory moved Michigan to 10-3-1 on the season.
uts share more than spotlight

Soccer stando
By Geoff Gagnon
Daily Sports Writer
As Amber Berendowsky watched
her first goal yesterday sail past the
Toledo netminder and find the back of
the net for the record-setting 33rd time
in her career, she knew her heroics
wouldn't gain her any special treat-
ment at home.
Despite being one of the most feared
players in the Big Ten, Berendowsky,
who lives with senior forward Jessica
Limauro, knows she'll still have to
take out the trash once in a while-
just like the former Big Ten player of
the week who lives down the hall.
And with all that goal-scoring power
under one roof, one would think that a
fierce competitive spirit could divide
the two. But Berendowsky says that
nothing could be further from the
truth.
"We're competitive on the field,"

Berendowsky said. "But off the field,
at home, we don't even talk soccer or
even think about it."
Though they may not be thinking
soccer at home, the pair has certainly
been thinking about it on the field.
And their thoughts have translated into
the type of offensive output that has
kept Michigan afloat this season,
despite some early-season struggles
against Big Ten opponents.
The tandem, which has combined
for 19 of Michigan's 33 goals this sea-
son, has given coach Debbie Belkin
the type of balanced offensive attack
she said will be key to a strong
Michigan showing in the Big Ten tour-
nament.
"There's no real competition
between the two of them," Belkin said.
"But it is nice to have players that can
step up and play well when we need
them to"

COMING ON STRONG: As Michigan
upped its season record to 10-3-1 with
yesterday's 3-1 win over Toledo,
Belkin figures the team's success
comes better late than never, and she's
banking on carrying this momentum
into next month's Big Ten tournament.
"It is certainly nice to see us playing
well," Belkin said, "With three wins in
a row now, we're hoping we can just
keep the things going."
And scoring wins in four of the past
five conference contests certainly has-
n't hurt the team's chances of doing
well in the Big Ten tournament, an
event that Michigan won a year ago.
AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COM-
ING: Or rather the stops keep coming
- for the stingy Michigan defense.
The Wolverines have held opponents to
two goals in the past six games. Even
with senior Vanessa Lewis sidelined
See DEFENSE, Page 18A

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Riding a three-game winning streak, Michigan eyes Michigan State on Saturday.

Basketball team faces media,
uncertain season before them

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By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Editor
Yesterday - almost one year to the
day after the firing of former Michigan
b etball coach Steve Fisher - the
Wolverines' newest basketball coach,
Brian Ellerbe, fielded questions during
this year's preseason media day.
And, much like a year ago, uncertain-
ty and ambiguity are the prevailing
themes for Michigan's upcoming sea-
son. But this time around, the questions
circling the program aren't about the
coach - instead the onus falls - yes-
t y and in the coming months - on
t layers themselves.
A year after fielding a team of front-
coit monsters Robert Traylor, Maceo
Baston and Jerod Ward, Ellerbe was
careful when beginning to describe the
foundation for this season's squad. But
no matter how the second-year coach
dressed it up, he couldn't hide the fact
that only three returning players -
guards Louis Bullock and Robbie Reid
and forward Josh Asselin - saw signif-
ic t playing time a year ago.
Vt Ellerbe says, that isn't necessari-
ly a bad thing.
"We've got some guys that are not
proven in terms of minutes, but they
have an enormous opportunity," he
said.Just "because they haven't been on
the floor doesn't mean they're not good
players."
While the opportunity has presented
itself, it's still up to forwards Brandon
Svh and Asselin to step up and fill the
void left by the departure of last year's
talented frontcourt. Between mandato-
ry offseason conditioning programs and
experience in summer leagues, Ellerbe
made sure the two would be prepared
for a season of extended minutes.
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obviously, the spring workouts are
going to help me out with my overall
game."
Not to mention the 20 pounds of
muscle the 6-foot-I 1 sophomore added.
Even Bullock valued the offseason
conditioning program - a mandatory
one for Ellerbe's team, unlike the pro-
grams previously run by Fisher.
"When it comes to crunch time,
we're going to know in our minds and
feel in our bodies that we're stronger,"
Bullock said. "We will be strong
enough to make a run when it really
counts or make a play when we need
it."
In Ellerbe's mind, the nucleus of the
Wolverines will include Smith, Asselin,

Bullock and Reid.
Initially, as forwards Smith and
Asselin become accustomed to
increased playing time, the guards will
have to take control of the team until the
sophomores settle into their new roles.
And Ellerbe is supremely confident that
this won't be an issue for his two most
valuable seniors.
"I wouldn't trade our backcourt for
any backcourt in America," Ellerbe
said. "If you want to start with some-
thing, I think you want to start with real
strong, very sound, guard play."
After his first four, Ellerbe is expect-
ing one of three players to make a name
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