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Wednesday, September 8, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 17A

Soccer drops 4-1
decision to Missouri

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A familiar looking Michigan women's golf team heads into the 1999 season heavi-
ly dependent on the talents of its young stars such as sophomore Bess Bowers.
,*Youth key for'M golf

By Arun Gopal
Daily Sports Writer
You may have heard the proverb
"youth will be served." In a sports con-
text, this line refers to the changing of
the guard that takes place when younger
athmtes assume the leading roles vacated
by graduating players.
This proverb can serve as a motto for
the Michigan women's golf team this
season. The Wolverines head into the
new campaign with a slightly more
experienced team than last season's
when they fielded a squad featuring
twelve underclassmen and only one
senior.
All of the underclassmen had a year to
mature, but Michigan still has a very
young team. As a result, the team has
Struggled at times with inconsistency.
"I saw improvement as the year went
on, but we still had some problems here
and there," Michigan coach Kathy
Teichert said. "We hit the ball pretty
well, but we didn't always get the expect-
ed results."
For any team to be successful, several
players must emerge as leaders.
;Michigan's inexperience makes the need
for a leader even greater. The point
hich is not lost on Teichert.
"A big key for us is finding people
who can perform under pressure,"
Teichert said. "Everyone is working
really hard, but we need to figure out
who can lead us"
One player who should take a lead
vole this year is junior Trish Watkins,
who spent part of her summer vacation
pompeting in the U.S: Women's Amateur
Championship. Watkins joins fellow
mniors Amy Talbot and Jennifer
aumann and senior Tera Hamo as the
Wolverines' main candidates to set the
pace for their younger teammates.

Due to the team's relative inexperi-
ence, Teichert also emphasized the
importance of doing the little things well
in order to be successful.
"Our girls need to maintain confi-
dence in their games when things get
tough," Teichert said. "They also have to
stick to the game plan that we set for
each meet. It is important to be able to
master the golf course in a competition,
and doing these basic things will help
them achieve their goals"
Teichert lauded sophomore Bess
Bowers for her efforts last season, noting
that week in and week out she was one
of the more consistent players on the
team. On a team where consistency was
one of the bigger problems, Bowers' per-
formance was noteworthy.
"Bess had one round in Florida where
she shot a a 41 on the front nine, but
came back with a 33 on the back nine,"
Teichert said. "It was exciting to see her
bounce back like that, but it shows how
important it is to be consistent.
"With consistency comes better
results, so everyone needs to continue
working hard."
The callow Wolverines took their
knocks last season, finishing 10th in the
Big Ten Championship meet. Teichert
said she felt that, despite the tough com-
petition within the conference, her team
had an opportunity to make some noise
this season.
"If we can put it all together at the
right time, we can be a good team,"
Teichert said. "The Big Ten is stronger
than ever, so we've definitely got our
work cut out for us.
"The girls will have to raise their
expectations to get to another level, but
if everyone continues to work hard, we
can be successful. I'm excited for the
future."

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 15 Michigan women's
soccer team does not take losing
easy.
Coming from one of the top soccer
conferences in the NCAA, the
Wolverines are now in their sixth
season and are learning to expect
more from each other and have set
higher goals for themselves.
But Michigan will have to reevalu-
ate how it will achieve those goals
after last weekend's loss to Missouri,
the team's first of the season.
Michigan fell to 2-1 after losing to
the Tigers in the final game of the
Ellis Copy Tiger Invitational.
Even though the Wolverines out-
shot Missouri 14-11, it was the
Tigers who were able to capitalize on
their scoring opportunities to defeat
Michigan, 4-1, and finish undefeated
in the Invitational.
"Missouri had a really talented
front line," senior Emily Schmitt
said. "They knew where each other
would be and somehow they kept
finding each other."
Which was something the
Wolverines struggled with. Michigan
was not able to capitalize on the
momentum of freshman Andrea
Kayal, who scored to bring the
Wolverines within one goal. Kayal's
goal put her in a tie for the team lead
with two.
The Tigers came right back with a
goal of their own 16 seconds after
Kayal brought Michigan back into
the game. The Wolverines could not
come back from the 3-1 deficit.
Erin Grimsley, who scored
Missouri's second goal of the game
would also give the Tigers their last,
sending the Wolverines home with a
1-1 record for the Invitational.
"We didn't play well as a team,"
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin said.

"We just didn't get into our rhythm."
Michigan's weekend win would
come against No. 19 Vanderbilt in
the first game of the invitational.
Junior goalie Carissa Stewart record-
ed the 12th shutout of her career as
the Wolverines captured the victory,
3-0.
Michigan was led by its young-
sters in this matchup. The
Wolverines started six freshmen and
they all had a strong presence on the
field. Both Kayal and freshman
Abby Crumpton scored their first
collegiate goals.
"The freshmen have come in here
and done a really good job," Schmitt
said. "They have really followed our
lead."
But it would be experience that
would give the Wolverines their first
victory of the season.
Schmitt - one of the team's tri-
captains - led the team to victory
over Oakland with two goals and an
assist. Michigan defeated the Golden
Grizzlies 4-1, giving the team its
first win of the season.
The other two goals were scored
by Marie Spaccarotella and Laurie
Peterson. The team was on its way to
a shut-out before Oakland's Kristen
Luoma scored an unassisted goal.
Even though Stewart did not pro-
vide the shutout, she posted her 18th
career win, putting her in second
behind Jessica Jones for the
Michigan career record.
The team's momentum from the
first two games might have been
curbed by the tournament loss, but it
is ready to bounce back for Friday's
home opener against Arizona State.
"It's hard for me to look at a loss
and take something from it," Schmitt
said. "But there's nothing we can do
about it now. If we don't take any-
thing from it, it's a waste. We need to
take focus on what we did wrong.

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decision against Missouri. Though senior forward Amber Berendowsky Is the most
heralded Wolverine, last weekend belonged to the team's freshmen.

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