Friday, October 22, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11
For The Daily
As Sunday quickly approaches, the Michigan
soccer team inches toward the end of its season.
The final home game of the season starts at I
p.m. against Butler.
Not only is this game the last home game of
the century, but it is also the last home game for
seven of Michigan's key players. Mari Hoff,
Emily Schmitt, Shannon Poole, Lauren Clister,
Stephanie McArdle, Amber Berendowsky, and
4n Stahl will be making their final appearances
the Michigan Soccer Field against the
Bulldogs. Following the Big Ten and NCAA
Tournaments, all seven will be turning in their
shin guards and cleats for diplomas.
"It has been my honor to be able to play with
them for these years. The team will miss them
- both their personalities and abilities," senior
Marie Spaccarotella said.
Although Spaccarotella was in the same
recruiting class as the other seven seniors, she
out her sophomore year due to a knee injury
d decided to finish out her eligibility.
Emily Schmitt, who is considered the most
sentimental on the team, said, "It's very sad.
Michigan soccer meant everything to me since
I've been here. I love this team to death."
However, she is quick to recognize that
although this is the last home game, the season
is far from over.
"We still have a lot of soccer to play. Our
focus isn't just on our last home game, it's also
on the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments,"
The Wolverines have a pair of games at .
Alabama and Kentucky remaining next week, as
Trip to Alaska marks
another first for Daily
By Geoff Gagnon
Daily Sports Writer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - We were preceed-
ed by nomadic Asians 29,000 years ago,
Russian traders and explorers, and even
Japanese troops who invaded the Aleutian
Islands during World War Two.
But as the Michigan Daily touched down in
Alaska yesterday, it marked a first-time visit
for the 109-year-old newspaper that has
spanned the hemisphere to bring coverage back
to Ann Arbor.
We arrived long after British Captain James
Cook followed in the paths of European
explorers to discover the Northwest Passage.
And after glaciers from the last ice age carved
the Matanuska-Sustina Valleys that point south
into Alaska's largest city.
Past the Prince William Sound, where jagged
islands break through the blue sea surface, and
on to where Alaska's Cook Inlet bends to the
east, Anchorage stands against a mountainous
Snow covered peaks and the glisten of the
shimmering navy-blue ocean provide imposing
natural views - the magnitude of the Daily's
mission near the Arctic north however, isn't as
No invasion, crime, international conflict,
treaty or natural disaster brings us here -
rather a seemingly mundane CCHA hockey
But there's little mundane about our rustic
natural surroundings or the importance of
Our purpose in Alaska may seem simple, to
cover Michigan's weekend series with confer-
ence foe Alaska-Fairbanks.
But it represents the latest renewal in the
Daily's efforts to spare no burden and avoid no
distance in providing comprehensive cover-
And while the Alaskan journey w\as no less
taxing intravek it's doubtful whether it could
compare to the exploits of former Daily
staffers whove found themselves at the center
of world and national news events often facing
perilous situations along the way.
Consider the pair of writers who took off
from the United States in 1958, shortly after
Fidel Castro's coup in Cuba in an attempt to
meet with the communist dictator. Rather than
a meeting with Castro, the two found them-
selves behind bars in a Santiago de Cuba mili-
tary jail until the American Consul could
arrange for their release after 12 hours of cap-
Or think of the Daily writer who, a year ear-
lier, became the only press member to gain
access to.Little Rock's Central High School on
the morning that federal troops were integrat-
ing the school.
Using a borrowed library card, the writer
eluded Army troops on guard at the school in
order to document the historic event from
inside the school.
From sending writers to both coasts to cover
apartheid demonstrations in Berkeley and New
York on the same day, to having a representa-
tive in Vietnam during the United States
involvement in that war, the Daily has never
flinched at the chance to file dispatches from
around the globe.
And as we settle in on the Kenai Peninsula
near the Turnagain Arm we embrace a chance
to make a bit of Daily history of our own.
Our journey may not be enshrouded with
historical significance or the threat of danger,
but it does represent a new origin for a Daily
dateline and a fascinating journalistic adven-
ture into the Northwest's unspoiled wilder-
MICHELLE 5W L'NISjIDay
After Sunday's game against Butler, Kacy Beitel and the Michigan soccer underclassmen will
never get to play a regular season home game with the senior class ever again.
well as the Big Ten tournament from Nov 5-7.
The NCAA Tournament then follows, with the
first round starting on Nov. I1.
The Bulldogs have faced the Wolverines five
times in the past, resulting in a 2-3 all-time
record. Butler won the first three games in the
series and Michigan has edged them out in the
past two years.
The nineteenth Wolverines are tied for first
with Penn State in the Big Ten Conference
Michigan had a chance to clinch a share of
the Big Ten title this past weekend, but the
Wolverines fell to Wisconsin, 3-1, on Sunday.
Michigan's current record is 8-1-1 in the Big
Ten and 11-4-1 overall.
But, they are 6-1-0 at home this season.
"This is such an important game for us this
weekend, especially since we are coming off a
loss," Schmitt said. "But we are looking for-
ward to it. Not just because it is our last game,
but because we have so much ahead of us."
With the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments
quickly approaching, farewells to the seniors
and the playing field will be delayed, but not
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past a weaker Northwestern team to their ultimate
targets of the weekend, Iowa and sole possession of
the Big Ten lead.
IPankrantz believes that the team has learned to
set its focus solely on the game at hand after that
scare against Northwestern. She says that the team
believes that "every game is critically important."
Both of the earlier Northwestern and Iowa
games were won by one goal, demonstrating the
lack of offense that has plagued the Wolverines this
Michigan has been on a roll offensively of late,
though. The Wolverines beat Central Michigan last
Wednesday by a score of 5-1 and then shutout
ichigan State 5-0, taking 29 shots.
This kind of offensive output will be important
this weekend, especially against Iowa which, along
with Michigan, is one of the best defensive teams
in the nation. When asked if she thought the games
might be won by a larger margin this weekend.
Pankrantz mentioned the possibility of a higher-
scoring set of games.
"If we play as well as we did against Michigan
State, then good things will happen," Pankratz said.
Pankrantz also said that she believes that the
Wolverines might actually have an advantage play-
ing these games away from home.
"They are around each other more and more
focused," Pankratz said.
This will be an important weekend that will test
the nerves and the strength of Michigan. Ifthey can
fend off the revenge-hungry liawkeves and the
upset-seeking Wildcats, the Wolverines will be
well on their way to the Big Ten title.
And Pankratz said, that's up for grabs.
and the Michigan
field hockey team
will be tested
this weekend as
they travel to
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the imagery produced from our
crtMive psyches hadn't stood a chance.
e were surrounded by a panorama of
snow covered peaks, pitch black val-
les; and a deep blue sea that even the
oversized silver monstrosity of a planes
wingg which had blocked most of the
view duringour trip, could do nothing
e made our final advance at North
Aerica's final frontier -- coasting
ove the freezing waters of Prince
, iims Sound about to embark on an
turecedented journey for journalism
ate University of Michigan.
-This is the first trek in the 109-year
listory of The Michigan Daily to
Alaska, and by three Michigan hockey
waters no less. An occasion such as
this, called for a celebration - some
kind of commemorative ceremony. I
Rifed out my Michigan car flag and
#-zeed upon the majestic dirt heap out-
sid , of Anchorage International
'.t wasn't a romantic move by any
n~bns,, at least not in a Julia Roberts
sinse, but our stake had been claimed.
,kay so Anchorage is little more
tffi a back woods northern Michigan
town with a view like no other, but hey,
itson the top of the world, and we're
t}efirst one's to get here.
-s the Alaskan frontier
The Michigan defense will have to defend against the Nanooks In Alaska this
weekend when It plays Alaska-Fairbanks.
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