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Women's soccer drops


fom Big
By Rohit Bhave
Daily Sports Writer

Ten chase

Even though the Michigan women's soccer team
(6-3 Big Ten, 8-6 over-
all) defeated Ohio State OHIO STATE 1
(1-7, 7-9) yesterday 3-1, M
the victory was anticli- MICHIGAN 3
mactic. The Wolverines
played the game with heavy hearts, having lost
their most important game of the year and their Big
Ten hopes just two days prior.
Friday's 2-1 loss to No. 6 Penn State (7-0, 13-2-
1) effectively knocked Michigan out of the Big Ten

race. Coming in two games behind the unbeaten
Nittany Lions, the Wolverines needed to beat Penn
State and hope for them to stumble once more.
Trailing 2-1, the Wolverines came painfully
close with eight minutes left. Michigan outside
midfielder Amy Sullivant tore through the Penn
State defense and fired a threatening shot towards
the top of the goal. It was harmlessly punched
away by Penn State goalkeeper Emily Oleksiuk,
and Michigan's best chance had gone awry.
In a game dominated by Penn State for 75 min-
utes, Michigan found itself down by a seemingly
steep deficit of 2-0 with 15 minutes left. Sensing
See HOPES, Page 3B

Despite beating Ohio State yesterday, Michigan tripped hard against Penn State
on Friday.

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Start to
Michigan 58,
Indiana 0
Blunders give 'M' lift in
bounce-back victory


By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Editor
On a homecoming afternoon
marked with legacy and tradition, No.
17 Michigan was engaged in a most
nontraditional game of football.
One week removed from an all-too-
familiar fourth-quarter defeat, the
Wolverines obliteratedunranked Indi-
ana Saturday, 58-0.
At its outset, the contest had all the
makings of a typical Big House mati-
nee. But a Todd Howard interception
on Indiana's second possession
sparked a hard-to-believe spiral of
events that left Michigan (3-1 Big Ten,
5-2 overall) with its most commanding
victory in 61 years.
"Every one's been saying how
explosive our offense can be," Michi-
gan quarterback Drew Henson said.
"But we still haven't proven anything."
After the Wolverines made good on
Howard's interception with a 71-yard
touchdown drive, Indiana (1-2, 2-4)
fell apart at the seams.
While Michigan could do little to
stop Indiana quarterback Antwaan

Randle El from completing passes
early, the Hoosiers' first drive of the
second quarter went from a clicking
two-minute offense to what looked
like a condensed bloopers reel.
A high snap over Randle El in the
shotgun put Indiana in a third-and- 45
position. Randle El's ensuing attempt
at a quick kick hit the back of an Indi-
ana lineman, costing the Hoosiers four
more yards.
That set up a fourth-and-49 punt,
ripe for the blocking. Michigan's Mar-
quise Walker obliged and returned the
block for another Michigan touch-
"I knew there was going to be a lit-
tle seam there," said Walker, whose
up-the-middle play looked like it was
drawn out the whole time. "It was just
a matter of slipping through."
Two plays later, another Randle El
gaffe - this time a fumble - gave
Michigan the ball again. And in famil-
iar style after recovering a turnover, the
Wolverines went for the jugular. One
play - Henson to Terrell - meant one
more touchdown for Michigan.

Indiana was
more than a
step behind
the Wolver-
ines on Sat-

Mark Pija continued his torrid pace by winning the
Wolverine Interregonal.
Pilja conquers
By Shawn Kemp
Daily Sports Writer
Mark Pilja is on fire.
It was evident that Michigan's top men's cross country
runner would win his third consecutive invitational title
after the second mile of yesterday's Wolverine Interregional.
He already had a commanding 10-second lead over the rest
of the field going into the second half of the race.
Unfortunately, the rest of the team was too far back to see
Michigan finished fifth in its only home meet of the sea-
son with 121 points, behind Texas (77), St. Francis (92),
Washington (94) and UCLA (115).
Granted, the Wolverines had to deal with some adversity
- their third runner, freshman Dave Sage, dropped out of
the middle of the race because of the flu.
The runners also expressed some concern over the past
week of training, which they said was the hardest week they
have had this season.
Pilja, who ran 24:42 for the eight-kilometer course, said
the past week of practice was a "big, long toothache. Aero-
bically I felt fine, but my legs were just tired."
Coach Ron Warhurst kneWv the training would be rough
on the young Wolverines.
"We're training hard, and they're not used to this kind of
training," Warhurst said. "After next week we're not making
any excuses - they should be used to it."
The Wolverines have just two weeks before the Big Ten
championships, and they used the Interregional as a tune-
Pilja said the site of the Big Ten meet, Madison, and the
national meet, Ames, Iowa, will be difficult, and Michigan's
hilly home course was a good simulation for those races.
"I wanted to test going out hard on a hilly course, and I
was happy just to get the win," Pilja said.
See PIUA, Page 2B
Women fiish
secondin fel
By Rhonda Gilmer
Daily Sports Writer
Running on its home turf put the women's cross country
team in a league of its own this past weekend.
With one other highly ranked team, Washington, and two
smaller teams competing, James Madison and LaSalle, the
Wolverines just had to run a race fitting of their No. 13
ranking to be successful.
The Wolverine Interregional, which took place yesterday
on the Michigan Golf Course, gave the Wolverines quite a
challenge and an opportunity to gauge their abilities against
the Huskies.
Currently ranked fourth in the nation, Washington won
the meet with 27 points. The Wolverines were not far
behind with a 35-point total.
From the opening stretch senior Katie Jazwinski was in
the lead. At the mile point she was still leading.
By the second lap of the race Washington's Gillian
Palmer had stepped up. Jazwinski stayed close behind to
finish second to Palmer and run her best time yet, a 17:33.
Other Michigan runners in the top 10 were senior Katy
Radkewich (fifth) and senior Lisa Ouellet, who turned in a
stellar sixth-place performance.
"1 was very happy with the amount of training I've been
doing, for getting over this injury, and I think I had a really
good race," Ouellet said.

Tough week at practce teaches Mlesson about scoring

6 4Tt was hell."
Following Saturday's 58-0 thrash-
ing of Indi- _
ana, offensive-
lineman Jake
Frysinger admitted
that last week's prac-
tices took a toll on
the entire team.4
After suffering a
last-second upset at S
Purdue on Oct. 7, the STEPHANIE
Wolverines were OFFEN
emotional. Michigan Off the
couldn't hold on to Record
the 18-point lead it
took into the second half; the Wolverines
could manage just three points in the sec-

ond half against the Boilermakers.
Lloyd Carr had no choice but to do what-
ever it took to make sure that never hap-
pened again.
This past week an extra 20 minutes were
spent each day in practice, with players
dealing out hard hits and fights breaking
And maybe just a few extra minutes were
spent learning how to score.
Although Carr nor his team will never
admit it, one has to believe that after losing
an 18-point lead, a team wants to cream its
next opponent.
This was unfortunate for the Hoosiers.
Before Saturday's victory, the Wolverines
were being outscored by their opponents in
the second half, 80-72.

What makes that statistic more amazing
is that Michigan was outscoring opponents
107-30 in the first half.
Carr is conservative. He seems to dislike
scoring more than 30 points a game. But in
Michigan's last four games his conservative
style of play has hurt the team.
The Wolverines lost to UCLA after tak-
ing a 13-3 lead. Michigan recorded the first
touchdown in the victory over Illinois only
to be down 24-14 going into the fourth
quarter. And Michigan lost a 6-3 lead
before coming back to defeat Wisconsin in
a game too close for comfort.
The Wolverines weren't outmatched in
any of these games, they just couldn't seem
to put the points on the board when it
counted, making all these games closer than

they needed to be. Michigan could have
easily been 2-4 going into this past week-
But something changed against Indiana.
The team finally realized that in order to
assure a victory for itself, it needed to score
a lot of points early on. No first-half score
would be big enough to ensure victory for
this year's team. After blowing 18 points,
the Wolverines could as easily have blown
28 or 35.
Hence the 45-0 score going into the sec-
ond half. The score tied the second most
points ever in a half by a Michigan team.
The last time the Wolverines scored more
than that? Fifty-five points against Chicago
in 1939.
See OFFEN, Page 4B

en fall to riva rtans

By Naweed Sikora
For the Daily

The Michigan men's
ccer team fought MICHIGAN STATE 2
riously yesterday, but
fell to Michigan State MICHIGAN (20T) 1
2-1 in a double-over-
time thriller. The final goal, scored with 13 min-
utes remaining in the second overtime period,
was accidentally deflected in by a Michigan

Finally, with two minutes elapsed in the second
overtime period, the Spartans broke the tie.
Michigan State forward Steve Williford brought
the ball down the sideline and attempted to center
it. The ball deflected off a Michigan defense-
man's leg and found the goal.
Although it was a tough loss, Michigan coach
Steve Burns was proud of his players. Yesterday's
game was the first between the two schools since
the Michigan program was resurrected.
"It was very disappointing to lose to our rivals,
but our players gave 100 percent of what they


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