By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
fmetimes, history repeats itself.
La t weekend, the Michigan men's
soder team - which made history
la year by becoming the 24th var-
sity team at the school - won its
first two games of the season, just as
it did last year.
The Wolverines played at the
1Mihigan State Invitational in East
Lansing, and defeated Robert Morris
and University of Wisconsin-Green
B4by scores of 2-1 and 1-0,
Sophomore Mike White ended the
weekend dramatically in the 86th
minute of the game against UWGB.
The midfielder netted a goal off a
corner kick, which gave him the
third game-winning goal in his
young Michigan career.
Senior captain J.J. Kern was cred-
ittwith the assist, and the goal
excited coach Steve Burns as his
emphasis on restarts manifested
itself early in the season.
"To win the game in the final
stages on a play we designed justi-
fies things for (the players) and
lends credibility to the promise of
this team," Burns said.
Michigan employed distinctly dif-
ferent styles of play in each half -
a session-oriented offense in the
firs half, and a more direct-attack
style in the second. The halftime
adjustments, the 19-8 shot advan-
age and 7-1 corner kick advantage
that the Wolverines enjoyed, were a
result of what Burns sees as the
growing maturity and responsibility
of his second-year team.
"You need to be able to play two
dent styles," Burns said. "It
)o us a full half (to adjust)."
Michigan defeated Robert Morris
in the first game of the weekend,
and of the season, thanks to the first
career goal from junior Robert
The speedy forward was aided by
a Michigan attack that relied on the
quickness of its outside forwards to
finish in the final third after moving
thecll carefully through the mid-
"I really like the team speed that
we have right now," Burns said.
This weekend was the premiere
for a team that is entering its terrible
twos. Gone is the class of seniors
who struggled to earn Michigan a
varsity team, but who's leadership
shone off the field, as well as on it.
*captains for the Wolverines
this year are Kern and sophomore
"Kern and Iding know the expec-
tation level, and they hold the bar
high, a far as effort and work
ethic," Bums said. "So far they're
doing a great job."
If the bar is held high for individ-
ual player performances, then it is
also held high for the team.
B rns believes that if last year's
eaW were to play the same two
games that the 2001 version just
completed, it would not have left the
field with two victories.
'There's a real nice chemistry that
you get a sense for already," Burns
The growth of the team, which
should be constant if not exponen-
tia something to watch for this
seaW. The Wolverines play again
Friday, at home against Cleveland
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U.S. soccer suffers first
home loss in 16 years
WASHINGTON (AP) - RFK Stadi- "We're still in good position'"
um looked like it had been taken over Stewart said. "We have points.";
by a Central American country. Many in the raucous sellout cp4vd
Hondurans danced in the corners of 54,282 arrived long before the |0
of the field and through much of the a.m. start and made RFK Stadiujn
stands, celebrating a 3-2 victory over seem like a Honduran colony. The
the United States in an unusual Sat- U.S. Soccer Federation tried to limi
urday morning game. sales to tickets in the lower deck io
The Americans slowly walked off, its fans and affiliates, but it didr't
their 16-year home unbeaten streak work.
in World Cup qualifying suddenly About 70 percent of the seloid
over. crowd rooted for the Central Ai"eA
"What an atrocious 20 minutes," cans, and the top deck rocked when
U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. Honduras scored.
Not since May 1985 had the Amer- "It felt almost like we weret
icans lost a home qualifier, and not home,"Honduras coach Ramnoh
since November 1960 had they given Maradiaga said.
up three goals in a home qualifier. That didn't please the U.S. teaxh.
Defensive breakdowns gave Hon- "Only in America, I guess, Wv're
duras four breakaways, and U.S. fighting for a home-field adV4z-
midfielder Earnie Stewart missed a tage,"Arena said.
penalty kick late in the first half, Even the field looked like one in
swinging the momentum. Central America, with streamers-and
Still, the Americans probably will flares flying out of the stands alpn;.
dt qualify for their fourth straight World with bottles that just missed playels.
Cup. "Our fans never used to throW:
"I'm sure there are a lot of teams things," U.S. goalkeeper Brad!
that wish they'd sit where we do right Friedel said. "I think they've taken it'
now,"Arena said. upon themselves to throw thing
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day at Trinidad and Tobago (0-6-1) when we go abroad. Both sides-are
and is first in the-six team finals with wrong."
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ond with 13 points, followed by Hon- in the future," USSF executive direce
t- duras (3-2-2) with 11, Jamaica tor Dan Flynn said.
(2-2-2) with eight and Mexico (2-3- Stewart scored both U.S. goals;
ut 1) with seven. giving him five of the team's nine ii
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Captain Andrea Kayal, pictured above in a game last year, led her Wolverines home from California on a jet plane. Things coup
have gone better in the Golden State, as Michigan dropped each of its games -to Loyola Marymount and California.
Michian drOps twoin Califotrnia
to start season on a sour note
By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer
team returned home early Monday
morning on a long, silent plane
While taking the redeye from
California, the Wolverines had a lot
on their minds. On Sunday, they
blew a halftime lead and lost 4-2 to
No. 14 California.
Two days earlier, Michigan lost
its season opener in opposite fash-
ion against Loyola Marymount.
Although they trailed by two goals
at halftime, the Wolverines rallied
in the second, half only to come up
Against California, Amy Sulli-
vant scored two goals in the first
half to put the. Wolverines up 2-1 at
the break. But with 59:09 left in the
match, California's Kyla Sabo
scored to tie the game. Nine min-
utes later, Sabo put the Golden
Bears on top for good with another
shot past Michigan goalie Suzie
"It was a little bit of a mental
focus breakdown," Michigan head
coach Debbie Rademacher said of
Junior Michele Pesiri also
stressed the importance of playing
an entire game with the same high
intensity they have shown in only
one half of both their games.
After the loss, Rademacher
praised Sullivant for her play. Sulli-
vant equally applauded the coach
for moving her to the forward posi-
tion to get more shots.
Against Loyola Marymount,
Michigan fell behind early on a goal
eight minutes into the game by
Laura Trask. Michigan goalie Bre
Bennett gave up another goal before
the break, putting Michigan into a
2-0 deficit. Sullivant scored after
the half to make the score 2-1.
After another goal by Trask,
Michigan's Abby Crumpton made
the score 3-2 with a little more than
10 minutes to play. But the Wolver-
ines could not pull out the victory.
Michigan out-shot Loyola Mary-
mount 19-10 for the game and 13-4
in the second half, while domina
While Rad'emacher pointed o
Sullivant's strong performancej
the California game, she didn't hai
anything positive to say about tI
teams loss to Loyola Marymount.
"In the first game it was hard1
praise anyone," Rademacher said.
Players and coach agree that the
need to work on their defensive un
in practice this week.
"I think the focus right now
defense. We just need to elimina
the easy goals scored against us
Part of the problem defensive
might be the new formation Midh
gan is using this season. Accordir
to Pesiri, the Wolverines will ne
some time to adjust to their ne
Michigan will need to put the
disappointment behind them an
patch up their, defense in a hurry
they hope to rebound from this los
They will host Kentucky on Fridz
at 4 p.m. and then face Dayton tv
days later at 1 p.m.
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Both the men's and women's program opened their 2001 campaigns last
weekend; the men with two victories, the women with two defeats. Here is a
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look at the rest of the regular season schedule.
Sept. 7 Cleveland State 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Penn State 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 Cal-Poly* 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 Louisville* 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 Butler 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Northwestern 2 p.m.
Sept. 28 Dayton 2 p.m.
Sept.30 Western Mich. 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 Oakland 4 p.m.
Oct. 7 Indiana 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 Bowling Green 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Michigan State 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 Wisconsin 2 p.m.
Oct. 26 Florida Int.** 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 Furman** 12 p.m.
Nov. 3 Ohio State 5 p.m.
Nov. 8-11Big Ten Toumament***
All home games in bold.
* Louisville Invitational
** Florida International Invitational
*** In Madison
Sept. 7 Kentucky 4 p.m.
Sept. 9 Dayton 1 p.m.
Sept. 14 Hartford 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Connecticut 1 p.m.
Sept. 21 Illinois 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Iowa 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 Northwestern 4 p.m.
Sept.30 Wisconsin 1p.m.
Oct. 5 Ohio State 6 p.m.
Oct. 7 Penn State 3 p.m.
Oct.12 Indiana 4 p.m.
Oct.14 Purdue 1 p.m.
Oct.19 Minnesota 4 p.m.
Oct. 21 Oakland 1 p.m.
Oct. 26 Michigan State 3 p.m.
Oct. 28 Notre Dame 1 p.m.
Nov. 3 Westem Mich. 1 p.m.
Nov. 8-11Big Ten Toumament*
All home games in bold.
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