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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 13, 1999

With Berendowsky injured,


offense still has enough

The Wolverines
fought through
the Utes and an
injury to their
star forward to
break a two-game

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Despite lacking her most potent offen-
sive weapon, Michigan soccer coach
Debbie Belkin said she liked what she
saw out of her offense in yesterday's 3-2
overtime win over Utah.
Sidelined with a sprained ankle,
senior forward Amber Berendowsky -
who boasts Michigan records in virtual-
ly every offensive category - has man-
aged to play in just one of Michigan's
five games this season.
But Michigan proved yesterday that
even with Berendowsky slowed, the
team's productivity hasn't been.
"We have to continue to find other
ways to score," Belkin said. "And I'm
happy with the way our forwards played
After outshooting Arizona State, 30-
14, only to lose 3-1 in Friday's home
opener, Belkin said she knew her team
would have to concern itself more with
taking better shots.
"We managed 30 shots Friday, but
when your only able to score once it's
frustrating," Belkin said. "We knew we
just had to focus on making sure we fin-
ished our shots."
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and score and a 2- halftime lead.
The game remained in the
Michigan's favor until the Wolverines
were called for a hands penalty with
just under 15 minutes to play. The vio-
lation set up Tate's goal, and the Utes
found themselves back in contention
with the score tied, 2-2.
"The call was right," Belkin said. "It
was a hand ball, but that is such an
unlucky break to happen so late in the
The game stayed tied as regulation
expired and would remain so until
Beitel's overtime shot found the back of
the net.
"Kacy really came to play today'
Belkin said. "She stepped it up and did
just what we needed her to do in order
to win."
Beitel's breakout performance came
in her first game at forward for the
Wolverines- a game she says was the
first she's played healthy this year.
"I've been nursing a groin injury the
last few games," Beitel said. "So this is
really the first time this year that I've
played without feeling hurt"
Complemented by forwards Marie
Spaccarotella and Abby Crumpton,
Beitel, among others, has helped renew
Belkin's optimism in her team's goal-
scoring ability despite the absence of
all-time offensive leader Amber
Berendowsky, who's been sidelined
with an ankle sprain.
"I'm not sure when Amber is going
to be back," Belkin said. "But Abby
and Kacy and others have been picking
up the slack and stepping it up."
And Beitel said she and her team-
mates know that's what it will take
when their conference season starts this
"We've got Ohio State and Penn
State next," Beitel said. "We can't wait
for Amber to come back. We need other
players to put the ball in the net, and
that's what we'll continue to do."

And that focus showed yesterday.
Michigan fired an impressive 29 shots at
Utah goalie Courtney Hals en rout e to a
three-goal performance while holding
the Utes to a mere 15 attempts ---a cred-
it to a balanced M ichigan att ack, said
forward Kacy Beitel.
"We had everyone on otfense attack-
ing and everyone on defense working to
make stops:' Beitel said. "Everyone was
doing their part and it was a total team
Beitel led the Michigan offense with a
pair of goals, including the dramatic
game-winner in overtime.
But she hasn't been alone in marshal-
ing Michigan's offense in the early going
this season. Seeing significant action in
Berendowsky's absence, freshman Abby
Crumpton has caught the eye of Belkin
and her teammates, as well as the atten-
tion of opponents.
The freshman forward seems to have
had no trouble adjusting to the collegiate
game. In only five games this season,
Crumpton has netted a pair of goals
while assisting on yesterday's game-win-
"Abby is really a tremendous player,"
Belkin said. "She's only a freshman so

she's young, but we've been real
impressed by her play. She going to
very good."
end's soccer matchups with Utah and
Arizona State marked a bit of a home-
coming for several players and a reunion
for others.
As the Sun Devils took the field in
their 3-1 win over Michigan, some of the
Arizona State players may have had a
special collection of fans. Arizona State
junior Jaclyn Clark is from nearby
Rochester Hills, the same hometown as*
Crumpton. Clark was a standout at
Rochester High School where she holds
records in most every offensive category.
In addition, Beverly Hills native and
Arizona State teammate Lindsey Mack
attended Seaholm High school before
beginning her soccer collegiate career in
Tempe this fall.
Meanwhile, in yesterday's matchup
with Utah, Michigan midfielder Laurie!
Peterson of Del Mar, Calif. found herself
going up against former high school
teammate Sandi Fouts. A freshman mid-
fielder from Solona Beach, Calif, Fouts
teamed with Peterson at Torrey Pines
High School.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The
Cuban representative at a regional sports
convention on Saturday accused offi-
cials of the Pan American Games and
the International Boxing Association of
a conspiracy against Cuban athletes.
Ciro Perez Hebra, treasurer of Cuba's
Olympic Committee, reiterated his gov-
ernment's claim that high jumper Javier
Sotomayor, who was stripped of his gold
medal at last month's Pan American
Games in Canada when he tested posi-
tive for cocaine use, was a conspiracy
Perez Hebra attacked the international
sports organizations for what he called
its "lies, fraud and victimization of
Cuban athletes" while speaking at the
Central American Sports Organization

general assembly.
He also rejected the Pan American
Games committee's charges that three
Cuban weightlifters who failed drug*
tests at the Pan American Games and
said his government had begun a process
to clear their names.
He verbally attacked the International
Boxing Association for its judges'
"unjust" decisions at the world champi-
onships in Houston last month and
referred to "the mafia that runs it."
The Cuban government has been call-
ing for an investigation into disputed *
bouts. After one match, the association
suspended four judges for irregularities
after giving a Russian fighter a victory
over a Cuban. The decision was reversed
and the Cuban was given the gold medal.


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