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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 2, 2000 - 3B

. Women's soccer pulls Big Ten two-step

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer
The weekend games were longer
than expected for the Michigan
women's soccer team, but it returns
with familiar results - wins over Big
Ten foes Iowa (1-3 Big Ten, 7-4 overall)
and Illinois (2-2, 6-4).
The Wolverines improved their
record to a combined 9-0 against the
two opponents.
"Coming off (yesterday's win), our
confidence is high," Michigan coach
Debbie Belkin Rademacher said.
The Wolverines came out firing yes-
terday, defeating Illinois 4-1. Michigan
got off to a quick start by breaking out
to a 2-1 halftime lead while going
against a strong wind.
Continued from Page 1B
ties (21) as they did shots on goal
The Hawks did jump out to an early
1-0 lead, taking an advantage on one
of their two first-period shots.
A two-on-one breakaway took a
wrong turn for the Wolverines, as
Michigan All-American defenseman
Jeff Jillson went down to block a late
pass by Laurier junior winger Rick
The problem was Jillson blocked it
right into his own net, past junior
goalie Josh Blackburn.
But the Wolverines took over after
that, scoring four unanswered goals --
including three shorthanded. Two of
which were by Matzka, who led the
team in that category last season with
six shorthanded tallies.
"Matzka is going to be a threat
when he's on the ice," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "I thought he had
a great weekend."
The power play wasn't as success-
ful, with the Wolverines failing to take
advantage on 15 opportunities.
The absence of captain Geoff Koch
and senior Mark Kosick, both sitting
the game out with nagging groin
injuries, had an affect because
Berenson had to sub in players who
weren't practicing at their positions on
Minus Pipj
By Job Singer
Daily Sports Writer
The results of the Central Collegiate
Championships at Mount Pleasant cer-
tainly suggested that the Michigan men's
cross country team was not at full
The Wolverines finished fourth out of
seven teams, losing to three in-state
opponents: Eastern, Central and Western
While these are not the results expect-
ed out of a team that has won two of the
past three Big Ten Championships and
finished in the top five at the NCAA
Championships each year, they are not
reason for major concern.
"Friday was a meet scheduled for
younger classmen to race," Michigan
coach Ron Warhurst said. "We didn't run
four out of our top five runners. That's
the chance you take."
On the bright side Michigan did run as
a pack, which was the hope prior to the
meet. The top seven finishers were with-
in a 38-second span. David Sage, Tom
Greenless, Nate Hoffman and Aaron
Lindell all finished in the top 20 overall.
Of Michigan's top seven, all except for
Hoffman are freshmen.

"Mentally, knowing you are going
with the wind in the second half is
nice," Rademacher said.
In the first half, two of Michigan's
leading scorers, senior co-captain Kacy
Beitel and freshman Stephanie Chavez,
each garnered an assist for the
Wolverines, delivering passes to sopho-
mores Michelle Pesiri and Carly
Williamson, respectively. It wasn't long
before the two hooked up again.
Michigan notched its first goal of the
second half when Beitel knocked in a
Chavez pass to go up 3-1. The goal was
Beitel's second of the season, putting
her just five goals away from
Michigan's all-time goal scoring record.
"Kacy played a very good game from
center midfield," Rademacher said.
Rademacher was also impressed with


the play of Chavez.
"She is very dangerous and getting
more and more confident,"
Rademacher said. "She is a player other
teams should look out for."
Freshman Erika Kleinholz rounded
out the scoring for Michigan by scoring
her second goal in a Wolverine uni-
On Friday, it took two overtime peri-
ods to decide a winner, but Michigan
still finished on top.
The Wolverines again finished the
first half with a lead at 2-0 behind goals
by Kleinholz and senior Marie
Spaccarotella. But Michigan let the
Hawkeyes creep back into the contest.
Midway through the second half,
Iowa scored two goals - only three
minutes apart.

"We were dominating the game, but
for a 10 minute span we let them back
into the game." Rademacher said.
After Michigan was unable to score
in the second half, and then in the first
overtime period, Chavez scored her sec-
ond double-overtime goal of the season
off an Abby Crumpton pass to end the
2-2 stalemate.
"We had to work very hard in over-
time after blowing a lot of opportuni-
ties," Rademacher said.
Michigan continued its weekend
rotation of goalkeepers by playing
senior Carissa Stewart on Friday and
freshman Suzie Grech on Sunday.
The weekend also marked the return
of senior co-captain Stephanie
McArdle, who returned from a knee
injury to play against Illinois.
1 jp
Michigan 4, Wilfred Laurier 1
Wilfred Laurier 1 0 0 - 1
Michigan 2 2 0- 4
First period - 1. WL, White (Ambrosio, ahled, 1.
UM, Shouneyia (Ortmeyer, Burnes), 2. UM, Matzka
(Trainor) SH Penalties- W, Morris (high-sticking),
1:45: WL, White (roughing), 4:31; WL, Pikula
(roughing), 5:03; UM, Shouneyia (slashing), 6:05;
MSU, Hodgins (roughing after the whistle), 10:13;
WL, McDonald (interference), 9:00; UM, Kautz
(roughing), 10:53; WL, Stewart (roughing), 10:53;
UM, Gassoff (slashing), 12:17; WL, Schmidt (hold-
ing the stick). 12:31; UM, Vancik (obstruction-hook.
ing), 15:59; UM, Hilbert (10-minute misconduct).
15:59; WL. Ambrosio (tripping), 17:02; UM,
Cammalleri (roughing), 17:47; Second period - 3.
UM, Langfeld (Jillson), 5:35 SH, 4. UM, Matzka
(unassisted), 7:45 SH Penalties - WL, Lumb
(roughing), 0:51: WI, Morris (tripping), 3:26; UM,
TEAM (too many on ice), 4:40; UM, Vancik (cross-
checking), 7:39: UM.Burnes (slashing), 8:30; WL,
TEAM (too many on ice). 10:23: WL. Ambrosio (trip-
ping). 12:31: UM, Shouneyia (high-sticking), 14:34;
WL. Gilmour (tripping, 19:48; WL, Kahler (unsports-
manlike conduct), 19:48: UM, lKomisarek (unsports-
manlike conduct), 19:48: UM, Cammalleri (high
sticking), 19:59 Third period- No scoring.
Penalties - UM, Swistak (hooking), 6:15: UM,
Jilson (slashing). 8:05; WI, White (slashing). 8:05;
UM, Fraser (hooking), 9:59; WL, Gilmour (hooking),
10:18; WL, Mclean (roughing), 10:18; UM,
Komisarek (high-sticking), 12:52; WL, Kahler (slash-
ing), 13:16; WL, Stewart (cross-checking), 15:45;
UM, Langfeld (hit after whistle), 15:45; WL. White
(unsportsmanlike conduct). 17:19; WL, Whitelslash-
ing). 19:58; WI, White (10-minute misconduct),
Shots on goal -WL 2-5-3--10; UM 22-17-15-
Power Plays -WL0of12; UM Oof 15.-
Saves -WL, Marshall 20-1515 - 50:

A weekend of


In a game that was most notable for 38 penalties, Michigan scored three short-
handed goals, two by Scott Matzka, in a 4-1 win over Wilfrid Laurier.

Four years here in make-believe
land have taught me a surprising
amount about the real world.
First, I'm pretty sure my friends are
real people, and not talking sock-puppet
animals with voices all resembling a
graying man that changes his shoes
every time he walks in the door.
Second, Ann Arbor could use a trol-
But third, and less important, I've
found that when you're absolutely'sure
about something, you're usually wrong.
This past weekend has offered reaf-
firmation to that end. And while I'll
spare the fuzzy (to me) details, the
world of sports has more than compen-
Listening to the Big Ten teleconfer-
ence is an altogether excruciating expe-
rience. The conference - held every
Tuesday - entails all 1I Big Ten
coaches, two hours of questions, and
one hell of a neck cramp (perhaps I
should invest in a speaker phone).
But somewhere between ramble on
instant replay and Cam Cameron talk-
ing up Iowa, questions came to Joe
Paterno about Penn State cornerback
Adam Taliaferro.
For some odd reason, this was the
first I'd heard of his tragedy. Taliaferro
had been paralyzed on the field against
Ohio State and was undergoing spinal
fusio.n surgery.
The story grabbed me. The kid was a
freshman -- four years of make-believe
land ahead of him, and from there, who
knows? I was intrigued by how shaken
the hardened Paterno sounded, and
moved by stories of John Cooper and
other Buckeyes visiting him in the hos-
It unescapably reminded me of 1992,
when Detroit Lion Mike Utley suffered
a paralyzing injury in the Silverdome.
The city of Detroit rallied around
Utley, and the emotionally driven Lions
surged all the way to the NFC title
game that year. "Thumbs up" was the
battle cry. Thumbs up for Mike.
Now how the season ends is of
almost no significance to Paterno com-
pared to this ordeal. During the telecon-
ference, Paterno said he hadn't even had
time to look at film of Purdue yet.
And not that it mattered, but I was
sure Purdue would have no problem
handling the hard-luck Nittany Lions.

So sure.
I don't know what was said in the
locker room in State College this week,
but it gives merit to the power of emo-
tion. Somehow, Penn State prevailed.
"Every once in a while you forget
how great this game is," Paterno said
Tuesday. "People go out there and
knock each other around, but in the
clutch they're there for each other."
Can you relate to the "uncomfortable
dream?" It's not really a nightmare,
because it's not scary. But it's not a
good dream either. It's the kind that,
after you wake up, you think - "I'm
glad that was a dream, and not real life."
Allow me to equate this year's USA
basketball "dream team" to the afore-
Before the opening ceremonies, I was
sure that the Americans would dominate
their way to an easy gold medal, and
that NBC would televise it for my
amusement. So sure.
But this weekend once again checked
my confidence in inevitability. The
United States came within a buzzer-
beater of playing for the bronze, and
France came within four points in the
gold medal game.
Sure, it was a lose-lose situation for
the Americans (after all, they're sup-
posed to win), but I was a little embar-
rassed for the multi-millionaires.
Of course, my embarrassment was
My final taste of this athletically
unpredictable weekend came from none
other than Yost Ice Arena.
After a well-earned bottle of beer and
about 20 minutes of MTV Friday
evening, I thought it would be fun to
check out the fresh blood at the annual
Blue-White game.
Since the exhibition wasn't on the
student package, I was sure admission
would be free - at least for students.
So sure.
To my surprise, the kind gentleman at
the door requested five of my dollars to
watch my peers play each other.
"It's for a good cause," he said.
How do I apply? I spent all my
tuition money on season hockey tickets.
- Davidl Den Hen/er can be reached
at Cldlen(cvlumich.ecdi.

the power play.
"You don't want to get into these
penalty-kill type games," Berenson
said. "I think we're a better team five-
on-five because I think the hockey's
better. But when you get an official or
team or game like we had tonight then

forechecking the Wolverines, includ-
ing taking their fair share of cheap
shots after the whistle blew.
Tempers flared, words were shared,
but in the end it was just a chance for
the Wolverines to take shots at players
other than their own teammates. A

you have to pliav through it trial especially useful before hosting a ee onyMoina
The game was physical, as the crucial and chiallenging tournament Unesmen - Nate Whaley, Craig Lasko.
Hawks were certainly not intimidated this weekend with two of the nation's At: Yost Ice Arena.
by Michigan - aggressively best. ._
? and Cook arers place fourth

In cross country no single meet during
the season carries much weight. Rather
they are all chances to compete and train
for the end-of-the-season championship
"We go to the Big Ten Championship
on Oct. 29, whatever we do on that day
counts." Warhurst said. "in classes,
quizzes may be worth 5 percent of the
grade and the exam 95 percent. In our
situation the final is worth 100 percent.
While this year's team will not solidi-
fy its legacy any time soon, the
Wolverines do have short term and long-
term goals towards which they are work-
ing. One of them can be accomplished
next week at the Murray Keatinge
Invitational in Orono, Maine.
"I'd like to win the meet on Saturday,"
Warhurst said. "A win will give the team
a lot of pride and confidence. It is tough

to get beat and still stay confident."
Up to this point in the season,
Michigan's results have not been sugges-
tive of the same type of success that
teams over the past couple of years have
produced. But part of that can be attrib-
uted to its strenuous training regime
which has included lots of hills and long
"This week is sort of a transition
week. We won't do as much heavy legs,"
Warhurst said. "It's awful early to predict
how these kids will respond to resting."
With top runners coming off injuries,
the results next w-eek should improve.
Michigan will have junior Mark Pilja
and sophomore David Cook running.
both of whom regularly finish in the top
five on the team. At the Sundoger
Invitational, two weeks ago, Pilja was
the top Michigan finisher and overall

"These kids do have a lot of ability"
Warhurst said. "They definitely will run
better than they did last Friday"
The runners hope to prove their coach
correct with a stronger performance next
"We have three hard weeks of training
ahead of us;" Warhurst said. "It doesn't.
matter what happens until the Big Tens.
We have to run well in the Big Tens and
districts in order to qualify for nationals.
We have to get there."


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