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10 -The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 5, 2001

'M' set to face vaunted Hoosiers

By Rohit Bhave
Daily Sports Writer
Typically, Michigan's teams are the hunted in col-
lege sports. But this Sunday, the upstart Michigan
men's soccer team (1-1 Big Ten, 7-1-1 overall) will be
the hunters against No.6 Indiana (2-0, 5-2).
When the Wolverines take on the loaded Hoosiers,
they will face a coach.with five NCAA titles and 14
trips to the College Cup to his credit in Jerry Yeagley.
On the field, Michigan will face Herman Award can-
didate Pat Noonan, who has notched 16 goals and four
assists in seven games this season. As a comparison,
Michigan's entire squad has scored 16 goals in its
seven wins.
Last season, the Hoosiers demolished Michigan 7-0
in Bloomington. The Wolverines barely broke a sweat
before Indiana hammered them for five goals in the
first half. Shell-shocked, the Wolverines never had a
chance to show their skills against an opponent that
dominated them in every phase of the game.
This season, a more talented, seasoned and confi-
dent squad will face the Hoosiers.
With excellent speed at the forward position, Michi-
gan has the ability to create offense with its athleti-
cism. Recently, it has been able to spring its forwards
on runs with through-balls from midfielders.
Forwards Jody Keeling and Robert Turpin put a
great deal of pressure on defenders by forcing them to
chase them on the flanks. With opposing defenders
constantly eying Keeling and Turpin, midfielders like
Knox Cameron and Mychal Turpin have found gaps to
But, Indiana can counter this speed advantage with
defensive pressure and ball-winning ability. With one
touch, top-notch teams like Indiana are especially
adept at converting turnovers into transition opportu-

nities. Simply put, Michigan must win the possession
battle to protect its defenders from breakaways.
Defensive play in this game will be crucial for the
Wolverines, starting with goalkeeper Joe Zawacki.
This season, he has made some spectacular saves to
preserve leads- against the Hoosiers, a big save
could change the complexion of the game.
At marking back, Michigan will be without Dave
George, who will be sitting out with a red card viola-
tion. In his stead, sweeper Kevin Taylor and defender
Joe Iding must not only stop Indiana's long-ball
attacks, they must protect the ball once they win it -
Indiana's tenacious ball-pressure will force turnovers.
"Indiana will try to exploit the mistakes we make in
the middle of the back half of the field,"Michigan
coach Steve Burns said. "Knowing this, we will need
to efficiently move the ball from the middle to the
flanks and forward."
In the face of Indiana's relentlessness, the Wolver-
ines will not crawl into a shell and play in a bunker.
Rather, Michigan wants to establish pressure in the
Indiana half of the field and disrupt the rhythm of the
Hoosiers' direct offensive attack. In its home games,
Burns' squad has outfought the opposition to the ball
using speed and tenacity. This was especially evident
when Michigan beat talented Dayton - the Flyers'
attacks were constantly swallowed up by swarming
The Wolverines' intensity should be charged by a
loud home crowd at the Varsity Soccer Field. Burns
knows that rowdy home fans in college sports can cre-
ate ambush-type conditions for heavily-favored road
teams. To encourage a raucous environment, the soc-
cer program will be handing out stadium horns to the
first 500 fans.
To a man, the Wolverines have been hungering for
their shot against Indiana, the class of the Big Ten.
For Michigan, Sunday's
showdown represents a
chance to topple one of the
big boys of college soccer.
"This game presents an
opportunity for our team to
measure ourselves against
one of the nation's best,"
Burns said. "We will take.
advantage of that opportu-
nity to the best of our abili-


San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds exults as he watches his 70th home run sail into the upper deck at Enron Field.
NO.70! Astros finally pitch to
Bonds and he ties McGwire

Burns has called on
Cameron and Taylor to
counter Indiana's formida-
ble backbone. Taylor has
been dangerous on corners,
using his 6'4" frame t4 leap
over defenders on headers.
Cameron has an especially
important ball-handling role
because the Wolverines run
the switch-point of their
attack through him.
While Michigan has
become a tough defensive
team, Burns would like to
see improvement in the
Wolverines' transition

HOUSTON (AP) - Barry Bonds hit home run No. 70
last night and tied Mark McGwire's record - a feat even
Big Mac thought might last a lifetime when he did it a
mere three years ago.
Bonds, son of an All-Star and godson of a home run
king, has three games left to make history all his own.
Bonds, who watched Houston pitchers work around him
throughout the three-game series, finally got a chance to
swing in the ninth inning. He did not miss, hitting a 454-
foot shot into the upper deck in right field off rookie Wil-
fredo Rodriguez.
The Giants won 10-2, completing a three-game sweep
that kept them two games behind Arizona in the NL West
race with three games remaining, all against Los Angeles.
Bonds immediately raised both arms in the air as he
began a slow trot around the bases. The record crowd of
43,734, which had booed when Astros pitchers walked
him, rewarded him with a standing ovation.
His San Francisco teammates poured out to greet a
smiling Bonds at home plate along with Bonds' son, Niko-
lai. Bonds pointed at his family behind the third-base
dugout as he returned to the bench.
"Everybody was telling me just be patient, be patient.
I'm glad it's over. I'm glad my family was here. My wife
gets to sleep now," Bonds said.
He said he was "honored" to share the record with
McGwire. "He's a great baseball player," Bonds said.
With fans still cheering at Enron Field, he came out for
two curtain calls. Bonds took his position in left field to
start the bottom of the ninth, was mobbed by teammates
who were in the Giants bullpen, then was replaced and left
waving his cap.,

"I got frustrated when it was 8-1 and they intentionally
walked me because it was not a really crucial situation.
That's when I got really frustrated," Bonds said.
Bonds' 70th homer marked the second big achievement
of the day in the majors. Earlier, Rickey Henderson of San
Diego scored his 2,246th career run and broke Ty Cobb's
Bonds hit his 564th career home run, moving him past
Reggie Jackson - a distant relative - for seventh place
on the all-time list.
Among those cheering for Bonds was his godfather,
Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who ranks third on the career
list with 660 homers.
Bonds' father, former major leaguer Bobby, was at the
Giants' first two games in Houston. The team, however,
believed he had to leave town before seeing his son make
Bonds connected on a 1-1 pitch from Rodriguez, a 22-
year-old lefty making only his second major league
appearance. Bonds took a huge cut and missed the first
pitch, watched a ball up and in, then launched a 93-mph
fastball into the stands.
The ball was caught by Charles Murphy of Houston.
Bonds, a 10-time All-Star who could be headed to his
record fourth MVP award, had never hit more than 49
home runs in a season before this year.
But choking up on his 34-inch, maplewood bat, he
quickly put himself in position to challenge McGwire's
record, set in 1998.
McGwire's mark captured the nation's attention, espe-
cially because he dueled Sammy' Sosa for the standard of
61 set by Roger Maris in 1961.

Michigan's Offensive Attack
Tom Gritter (19) will dribble to the flank, looking for Robert Turpin (15) breaking
for'the corner or Jody Keeling (8) coming to the ball. This pulls away defenders,
leaving an open middle seam for Knox Cameron (10). If they switch the point of
attack through Cameron, the Wolverines can isolate dynamic Mychal Turpin (9) on
the opposite flank.


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