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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 11, 2000

Blue drowns Missouri,
falls to Washington

I Wolverines rebound


Ry Sam Duwe
Daily Sports Writer
The sky opened up and threw
down it's fury upon the field.
The Michigan women's soccer
team followed suit, out-shooting,
out-scoring and out-playing Missouri
in a massive 7-0 shut out yesterday at
the Nike Invitational.
Battling the torrential downfall,
the Wolverines splashed through a
sl'ippy 90 minutes to score five goals
in the first half, finishing off any
hopes for a moping Missouri and
their coach, who was ejected in the
second half for yelling at the referee.
It was a baffling conclusion to a
weekend that started off looking as
gloomy as the weather.
On Friday, Michigan, who had
already lost its first two games on
the road, took on Washington for the
home opener. It was not a happy
homecoming as the Huskies bit the
Wolverines hard, shutting them out
4-0 and only allowing one Michigan
shot on goal.
"We are a vouthfui team making
youthful mistakes," Coach Debbie
Belkin said after the loss. "Our
defense wasn't sharp, and good
defense creates more offense."
But after just one day of rest, a
new team with a needle-sharp
defense, and offense, took the field

in Michigan colors.
Ironically, it was some of the youth
that made it happen.
Freshman Amber Wilson produced
two goals Sunday. the first being just
over three minutes into the game,
sparking the Wolverines' aggressive
attack and eventual victorv.
"A quick first goal was very
important," Rademacher said. "It
gave the team momentum and confi-
From there, the goals kept coming.
Sophomore Abby Crumpton boot-
ed her share as well, kicking a pair of
shots into the net and adding an
assist. She was also one of the only
bright spots in Friday's game, taking
the only shot on goal.
"The people who we expect to
score did," Rademacher said. "Our
offense was strong,"
The defense was strong also -the
Wolverines held . Missouri to only
two shots on. goal as the Tigers only
manufactured a handful of scoring
Those chances were all turned
away by Michigan's goaltender Suzic
Neither of 'Michigan's opponents
this weekend were slouches
Washington was undefeated and
Missouri had just beaten No. 12
Wake Forest.
"It wvas a surprising win over the

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from early losses

By Rohit Bhave
Darl Spots Writer


Sophomore Amy Sullivant carries the ball against Washington. The Wolverines
earned just one shot on goal in their 4-0 loss to the Huskies.

hiers." Rademacher said. "But we
were the better team today.-
The win \over Missouri did much
more then add a win to the
Wolverines' record. It boosted
Iorale - an imiportant factor for a
team going into a tough schedule,
starting with Purdue this weekend.
"We are excited by this win,",
Wilson said. "Pretty much we were
sick of losing. But it takes a few loss-
es to get our heads together, and I

think we're looking better"
Coach Rademacher agrees that
even though it was a huigc boost to
beat Missouri, her squad still had a
lot of work to do.
"If anything we learned this week-
end, it's how to win, and how to to
lose." she said. "This is a different
team then last year."
Michigan opens the Big Ten sea-
son against Purdue this Friday in
West Lafayette.

Following a preseason, four-game
road trip in Europe, the Michigan
women's soccer team suffered from
jet lag, exacerbated by early-season
travel to Arizona for games against
Arizona State and Southern Cal.
Michigan coach Debbie
Rademacher's squad was soundly
beaten in both games, 4-0 and 2-1
Friday, No. 17 Washington proved
to be more cohesive and more ener-
getic than the tentative and sluggish
Wolverines - dominating Michigan
Top Michigan scorers Kacy Beitel
and Abby Crumpton continually
missed golden scoring chances in the
first half.
In the second half, a smarter
Washington defense collapsed on
Beitel and Crumpton and stymied
the entire Michigan offense.
Michigan's defense also leaked
coltipiual lv, allowing countless
breakawavs to the huskies, who dis-
played deft passing and finishing
Most balls played to Michigan's
end of the field resulted in a shot by
Following Friday's loss to the
HLIskies, a darkened mood prevailed
amongst the Michigan team.
With one game remaining before
the Big Ten season, the Wolverines
had been outscored 10-I for the sea-
son. unable to show any life reminis-
cent of' last year's Big Ten
Tournament championship team.
Sunday. a vastly different women s
soccer team represented Michigan at
Varsity Field against Missouri.
Amidst the sloppy and hideously
wet conditions. Michigan responded
by thrashing the 18th ranked Tiers,
The Wol erines handled the slip-
pery ball remarkably well - show-
inc cohesion in their offensive
attacks and defensive retreats and
generally outscrapped the downtrod-
den Ticers.
In Sunday's downpour. Michigan
captain Kacv Beitel sent the message
that her squad would claw for every
loose ball - attempting a diving
header early in the first half.
"We knew (the weather) would be
sloppy. so it was important to scrap

Stephanie Chavez
Amber Wilson
Amy Sullivant
Abby Crumpton
Carly Williamson

Fr. 2
Fr. 2
So. 2
So. 2
So. 0

Coming of Age
Michigan finally notched its first.
win Sunday, with the help of a few
young guns. Freshman Suzie Grec
preserved the shutout Sunday in
her second start and Abby
Crumpton and Amber Wilson led
the scoring. Here is the offensive.



and win free balls," Beitel said.
Michigan constantly pressured
Missouri's ballhandlers. Whenever a
Tiger defender turned to retrieve a
ball, a hustling Wolverine Awas
breathing down her neck, forcing a
turnover or bad pass. Meanwhile;the
handful of balls played to a
Michigan end were handled calm y
by defenders with little pressure
from the Missouri forwards.
Michigan's seven goals on the
Tigers came from controlling loose
balls defensively.
The Wolverine's displayed flexi-
bility in their offensive arsenal, scor-
ing both off lightning one-on-one
strikes as well as organized team
For Rademacher, the victory wo
result of a more sure and confident
team approach.
"We were all attacking and
defending as a team." Rademacher
said. "The holes (present against
Washington) were not there because
we were less hesitant in filling gaps
on-the field."
Going into the Big Ten sla4e,
Michigan has discovered sucass
that seemed distant in the aftern a
of their opening three-game slunlp.
Having revealed the immcnse
horsepower behind their unrelitble
engine, the Wolverines leave Bigj1en
women's soccer observers guejssing
about their fate.
Freshman Amber Wilson is niore
certain about Michigan's conference
prospects following her team's win.
"Our goal is to win the Big Ten,
Wilson said. "We're definitely m4cv
now that we know that feeling of

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Sophomore Vicky Whitley and the Michigan defense struggled against the
Huskies, allowing a number of breakaways and 18 shots on goal.




to stay at
Kentucky basketball coach Tubby
Smith said Saturday that junior for-
ward Jules Camara decided to stay
at the school.
Camara, arrested last weekend on
a drunken driving charge, pleaded
innocent Friday. His former high
school coach, Oak Hill Acadey's
Steve Smith, said earlier in ie
week that Camara was leaning
toward transferring from Kentucky.
But the university issued a state-
ment Saturday night, saying Tubby
Smith hoped to end speculation sur-
rounding Camara.
"I have spoken with Jules on
numerous occasions over the past
week - as has my staff and our ath-
letics director Larry Ivy - d
Jules has decided to remak;a
Kentucky Wildcat," Smith said in
the statement. "We are very pleased
with his decision and look forward
to him rejoining our team in the
Camara, a 6-foot-hI junior for-
wnr ~rd howa xupnecrted to'start for

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