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soccer advances with 4-2 win
By Josh Bordn
Daily Sports Writer
No one expects a 5 year-old to
accomplish a lot. But that's exactly
what the Michigan soccer team dis-
proved yesterday afternoon. The
Michigan soccer team is only in its
fifth year of existence, but it has
already captured a Big Ten title,
established itself as one of the top
teams in the country and yesterday
afternoon, the Wolverines won their
first NCAA tournament game, 4-2,
Michigan did not fare well in the
Big Ten tournament, but that did not
deter the selection committee from
giving the Wolverines a bid to the
Michigan proved its worth with a
Wri Peteraon and the Michigan soaer team ran past Xavier yesterday, 42, t
In Its first-ever NCAA Tournament game. The Wolverines face Notre Dame on
unday at 1 p.m.
When columnists from rival schools take on each
other in a war of words before a football game, some-
times it's clear that one of them is just ..
Badgerin g the wi'
s is the time of year Madison is
the most beautiful. Trees are bare.
Pipes are frozen. Winds are howl-
ing off the two lakes, whipping auto-
mobiles into the air. Bars are full. The
cheese-buying season is in full swing.
Oh yes, it's great to be a
Growing up in suburban Chicago, I
have always had an opinion of
onsin. Wisconsin was that place
ere you knew somebody whose par-
eots had a cottage up there -probably
iro Door County - but you would
never want to live there.
always drag their
kids off to the
aIry State Y
instead of wast-
ing money on an
aental unit: SHARAT
"Hey kids! We RAJU
were thinking Sharat
alouigoing to in the Dark
.. but the Wisconsin Dells are just as
fun. They've got Tommy Bartlett's
#raxing pro football season,
Wisconsin's presence was always felt in
Chicago, especially when Green Bay
was in town. Then, the world had that
dirty feel to it. I was scared to leave my
house, in fear that a cheesehead-wear-
ing lunatic would start gesticulating
wildly, screaming about the greatness
of Bart Starr or Don Majikowski or
But I have to admit, of all the places
See RAJU, Page 17A
trouncing of the Atlantic 10 tourna-
ment champ, and will face fourth
seed, bitter rival Notre Dame on
Sunday at 1 p.m. in South Bend.
"This is a moment you can't even
describe," senior defender Vanessa
Lewis said. "We are just so happy to
make it to the second round."
Michigan not only had to deal with
a tough Xavier squad, but they faced
brutal winds and cold temperatures.
Winds gusted at speeds close to 30
miles per hour. And the temperature
dropped to 37 degrees by the start of
the second half. Many of the athletes
were wearing gloves and tycra leg-
gings under their uniforms to combat
the brutal temperatures. The wind
was so strong thataspunt by the
Xavier goalie turned backwards
F or all the time those stuffy
Michigan students spend with
their headsburied in books, you'd
think a few of them could have taken
After all, practically everything that
their beloved university is based on -
from the hallowed "Michigan mys-
tique" to their supposed academic
excellence to years of athletic success
- is steeped ina whole lot of fiction
and very little fact. The notion of
Michigan's superiority is as much a
myth as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny
or a talented Spice Girl.
The scores of
Ann Arbor this
weekend will not
find the type of
DAN g gized campus
they are ac cus-
ALTER tomed to.
Badger-Herald discover a town
filled with pseu-
who sit around at coffeehouses sipping
on their non-fat vanilla lattes.
Compared to the wild ride that is
Madison, Ann Arbor is sort of a uni-
versity with training wheels; a campus
that boasts only four bars and even
fewer attractive coeds.
When some Wolverine friends of
mine came to Madison last year for
the Wisconsin-Michigan game, they
found out all of this information first
hand. For weeks they had been jawing
endlessly about not only their impend-
ing gridiron triumph, but the superiori-
ty of their institution asa whole.
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toward the goalie in mid-air and went "We had to focus more
out of bounds. defense after the goal," Lev
"This was not cold," Shannon "We were a little lax at first
Poole said. "We have played in cold tightened up on them after t
weather and this wasn't bad, but con- Michigan not only put an
trolling the ball in the wind was seal on the defense, but the
tough for both teams." opened up the arsena
Xavier coach Ron Quinn agreed Wolverines answered seven
with Poole. later when Laurie Peterson h
"It was a matter of who was going a corner kick from Emily Sc
to be able to play well against the Michigan claimed the
wind and who was going to use the 22:09, when Shannon Pool
wind to their advantage. It was cer- back of the net. The W
tainly a factor for both teams." increased their lead to 3-
Xavier used the wind to its advan- Alissa Shaw netted her fir
tage in the opening minutes. At the giate goal, at 43:57.
11:25 mark of the first half, Xavier's "We had a lot of chances,
Eri Coley set up Annette Gruly, And most times we were abl,
who scored from 15 yards out on a italize," Lewis said. "Our sh
beautiful left-footer. See NCAAS, P
Cohesion ais key
to recent success
By Josh Borldn
Daily Sports Writer
In college, no matter how great the
athlete, he or she cannot carry the
The Michigan soccer team has
learned a great deal about playing asa
cohesive unit in the second half of the
season. This reason is why it has
become one of the most dangerous
young teams in the tournament.
The Wolverines started the season
with great expecta-
tions. Last season,-
they won their first Socer
Big Ten tburns-
ment title and C ommentay
received an auto------------
matic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Although they lost in the first round,
they were extremely optimistic.
Michigan came out this season
thinking that their star forwards,
Amber Berendowsky and Jessica
Limauro, could carry the team offen-
sively and let the defense make the
stops alone. They quickly found out
that this style of play would be suc-
cessful against weaker teams. But it
took them some time to come to the
realization that this strategy would fail
against stronger competition.
"Early in the season each of us
played defense as an individual,"
Vanessa Lewis said. "But after the
Notre Dame game we realized that if
the forwards help out defensively and
we all swarm to the ball as a team we
can shut down our opponents."
Though the Wolverines lost 1-0 in
the second overtime, they played their
most team-oriented game of the sea-
son against No. 5 Notre Dame.
"The Notre Dame game was the best
team soccer we played all year," coach,.
Debbie Belkin said. "We knew that we.
had to step up to the competition. And_
by playing a team-oriented defense we
were able to contain one of the best
offenses in the country."
Michigan lost to Brigham Young the
next week, but again showed great
promise of playing as a unit. Yesterday's
victory against Xavier was the biggest
victory in the team's brief history. But
neither Berendowsky nor Limauro
scored a goal. Rather, they set up fresh
men, role players and played stellar
defense in brutal conditions.
This weekend they head to Notre
Dame for a rematch with the team that
"cheated us out of victory," Lewis,.
Now it is their turn to make a state-
ment, and show that "asa team (they)
can beat anyone."
t, but we
e hit the
le to cap
if Michigan's running game sputters Saturday against Wisconsin's top-ranked rush-
ing defense, Clarence Williams won't be doing his job. The senior carried the bal
24 times against Penn State.
BATTLE OF BRAm
The Battle of Brawn might be two
days away, but the battle of the c
brains has arrived. Daily Sports
Editor Sharat Raju and the
Wisconsin Badger-Herald's Dan
Alter square off today. OK, at
least it's a battle of something.
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