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88- The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 4, 1999

'Star' Berendowsky is back scoring goals

By Dan Dingerson
11ily Sports Writer
When a team loses its all-time leadtng goal, assist
and point scorer, it can be a major problem. But
although the Michigan soccer team missed Amber
Berendowsky while she was recovering from an ankle
injury, it played well and moved to the top of the Big
Ten standings.V
Berendowsky has led the Wolverines in goals,
game-winning goals, points and shots for the past two
seasons. Entering this season, much of the same was
expected of the senior. Unfortunately for Michigan,
she was lost early in the season and forced to miss six
In Berendowsky's absence, other Wolverines
stepped to the forefront, led by freshman Abby
Crumpton and junior Kacy Beitel. Crumpton is lead-
ing the team in scoring this year, and continued that
trend by notching a goal against Purdue.
The injury was a disappointment for Berendowsky,
coming in her final season with the team. She was

forced to watch as her teamomates were fighting
through the early eason. Last wekend Ber'ndowsky
was cleared to step on the field. but it was not until this
weekend that she really made an impact. On Sunday,
she got to make only her second start of the season.
"It was a great feeling to return to the starting line-
up,- Berendowsky said. "When I walked into our
meeting room and saw my name in the starting lineup
I was so excited:'
Berendowsky was quick to return to her role of
leading scorer this weekend, as she scored two goals
on four shots in the two games. The goals were
Berendowsky's first crop of the year, she was held to
an assist in her first game of the season before injury.
"My role hasn't changed:' Berendowsky said.
'Abby (Crumpton) and Kacy (Beitel) and everyone
have done a really good job of scoring this season.
Hopefully I can continue to add to that"
So far she has done just that - and the scoring is
appreciated by the team. But it might have been even
more important for Berendowsky herself. Athletes can

somctims sumggte with returning from injury, both
physically and mentally.
The goal on Friday really got me going,"
Berendowsky said. "What it does is really bring y
confidence back. The coaches have been telling rle
that the ankle is all mental, so I just need to be confL-
dent. and I will be fine."
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin appreciates *0
rmtur of the all-time leading scorer because Michigan
can finally put their entire offense on the field.
"Amber's return is good for the team overali,"
Belkin said. "It gives tis more weapons, and we have
more room for substitution'
While the team has succeeded without
Berendowsky in the lineup, she is a key addition for a
team that is leading the BigTen, and is preparing for a
game with one of the top teams in the country, Notr
"It's defintely important for us," Belkin said. "Ev
more so, it is important for Amber, this should gi
her a lot of confidence."

Wolverines win fourth
straight in conference

Senior midftelder Emily Schmitt joins in on jubilation at the Michigan Soccer Field.
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Continued from Page 11B
Tammy Mitchell saw her first action
of the season at the end of the game.
Michigan's defense put in another
tremendous effort. Sophomore sweeper
Alyssa Shaw's strong performance was
complemented by the instrumental play
of freshmen Andrea Kayal, Carly
Williamson and Amy Sullivant.
Purdue coach Robert Klatte was
impressed by Michigan's play.
"They are the best team that we have
played this season," said Klatte.
The Wolverines controlled Friday
night's shutout against the Hoosiers
from the start. The game marked
Stewart's fourth shutout of the season.
The Wolverines' defense smothered
Indiana's offensive attack. The Hoosiers
did not manage a shot until the 27th
minute and were held to three shots on
goal for the game.
Wolverine Mari Hoff scored her third
goal of the season in the 27th minute of
the first half. Hoff directed an Emily
Schmitt comer kick into the back of the
In the 37th minute, Berendowsky
took a Beitel pass, drove down the right
side, cut to the left and knocked a left-
footed strike- past goalkeeper Ashley
The score at halftime was 2-0.
In the last minute of play, Laurie
Peterson tallied her second goal of the
season. Peterson received a Sullivant
cross from the right side of the field and
volleyed the ball into the net.

1. Santa Clara
2. Florida
3. North Carolina . -
4. Nebraska
5. Penn State
6. Notre Dame.
7. Southern California'
10. Virginia
11. Wake Forest
12. BYU
13. Hartford
14. Baylor.
15. Michigan
16. Clemson
.17. Stanford
18. Richmond
19. Connecticut
20. Missouri
21. Kentucky.
22. Boston College
23. William & Mary
24. San Diego
25. SMU


The Wolverines recent surge has
raised their Big Ten record to 5-0-1.
They are on a four-game winning
"We play for each other and there is
a lot of camaraderie on the team"
Beitel said, "We are on a roll"
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Freshman midfielder Carly Williamson chalets around the ball, which has bounced
nicely for the Wolverines lately. They are undefeated in Big Ten play.

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