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6B - The Michigan Daily --SportsMonday- November 5, 2001

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Sluggish 'M'
knocks off
Western, 2-0
By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
Although it managed a 2-0 victory over
Western Michigan, the Michigan women's
soccer team seemed to be thinking more
about the Big Ten Tournament this week
instead of the game at hand.
The result was a lack of intensity, and
coach Debbie Rademacher described the
play of the Wolverines as an "uninspiring
performance."
Rademacher was pleased with the team's
early play, though. Amy Sullivant scored the
first goal less than four minutes into the con-
test. Forward Abby Crumpton, who dribbled
the ball up the field uncontested and tapped
it to Sullivant to set up the shot, recorded the
assist. Crumpton scored a goal herself with
25:02 remaining in the first half to make the
score 2-0. It was one of the last signs of life
from the Wolverine offense.
"Sometimes you get up early (in the game)
and get a bit complacent," Rademacher said.
In the second half, the Wolverines forced
Broncos' goalie Megan Ramey to make just
two saves and couldn't find the back of the
net once.
Western Michigan gave the team a wake-
up call in the second half when midfielder
Mary Gignac blasted a shot off the crossbar
of Michigan's goal.
The Wolverines had better be awake this
Thursday. No. 2 seed Michigan will face No.
7 Michigan State in the first round of the
Big Ten Tournament.
This will be the second time the teams
have faced each other in two weeks. The
Wolverines defeated the Spartans 2-1 in a

Lau shines in goal as
Blue stuns Ohio State

By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
If the Michigan men's soccer team was
looking for momentum heading into next
weekend's Big Ten Tournament, it found it.
Knox Cameron scored a goal in the
eighth minute, and freshman goalkeeper
Brian Lau recorded a four-save shutout as
the Wolverines upset No. 14 Ohio State, 1-
0, in Columbus on Friday night.
The victory was Michigan's first road
win of the season, and the program's first-
ever varsity win over a ranked team. Michi-
gan (3-3 Big Ten, 9-6-1 overall) also
clinched a tie for third place in the Big Ten.
"You look at the games that really kind of
define a program - be it winning or losing
- and this was one of those games,"
Michigan coach Steve Burns said. "The
opportunity to beat Ohio State - a Big Ten
team, nationally ranked and at their place
- gave us a win that accomplished all of
the things we needed to accomplish once
this year."
For Lau, the win was especially sweet.
Playing in his hometown, Lau was forced
into action after Joe Zawacki received a red
card in the Wolverines' 4-0 loss to Furman
on Oct. 28. It was the second consecutive
Big Ten game that Zawacki missed due to a
red card - he also had to sit out Michi-
gan's game against Wisconsin.
But just as he did in Michigan's 2-1 win
over the Badgers, Lau made the most of his
opportunities. He made four saves en route
to his first career shutout. Since Zawacki
has now received two red cards and will
probably miss Michigan's first round Big
Ten Tournament game pending an official
ruling, the Wolverines are hoping that Lau
can continue his hot play.
"It's fantastic for the kid - two starts

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Although Michigan was uninspired against Western Michigan, Abby Crumpton (22) was a bright
spot. She had a goal and an assist as the Wolverines knocked off the Broncos, 2-0.

and two Big Ten wins," Burns said. "Any-
time he can get this type of chance and per-
form well, it'll give him confidence and a
renewed sense of purpose for why he's on
this campus playing soccer."
Cameron scored the game's lone goal
7:48 into the first half. Forward Mychal
Turpin tduched a back-heel pass into the
18-yard box. Cameron then beat Ohio State
goalkeeper Kerry Thompson to the ball and
punched it past him for his fourth goal df
the season.
After that, Michigan put the clamps on
the Buckeye attack. Despite yielding 16
shots - only four were on net - the
Wolverines were able to keep Ohio State
from capitalizing on any of their opportuni-
ties during the physical game.
"Sometimes you get the feeling in a game
that it just isn't the other team's day," Burns
said. "They certainly are a good team and
they had some great chances to score, but
they just couldn't convert on them."
Michigan will hold the fourth seed for
the Big Ten Tournament that starts Thurs-
day in Madison.
On the basis of Wisconsin's 1-0 win over
Ohio State yesterday, the Wolverines will
draw a rematch with the fifth-seeded Bad-
gers in the first round.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
Team Conference Overall
W L T W L T
Indiana 6 0 0 12 3 1
Penn State 4 1 1 12 3 1
Michigan State 3 3 0 10 4 1
Michigan 3 3 0 9 6 1
Wisconsin 3 3 0 10 7 1
Ohio State 1 4 1 10 5 2
Northwestern 0 6 0 0 12 3

come-from-behind victory on a rainy and
windy day at the Varsity Soccer Field on Oct.
26.
Michigan hopes the tournament will pro-
vide a chance to avenge a 6-2 loss to top-
seeded Penn State earlier this year. The two
would meet in the finals for the third year in
a row if they survive the first two rounds.
Last season, Michigan lost 1-0 in triple over-
time but in 1999 the Wolverines were Big
Ten Tournament champions after a 4-2 victo-
ry.
In order to beat the Nittany Lions again,
the Wolverines will have to contain All-
America forward Christie Welsh. Four weeks
ago, she scored four of Penn State's six goals
and assisted on the other two.
"Playing Christie Welsh and Penn State -

she's not only huge, but she is fast and she is
mobile. That gets tough," Michigan captain
Carly Williamson said.
Yesterday's home game was the last for
seniors Laurie Peterson, Alissa Shaw and
Becky Kozlik. Each saw substantial action
and Kozlik almost picked up the first point
of her career with a nice pass that nearly
resulted in a Michigan goal.
"There are only three of them, it's a small
class and it feels like they have been here
forever," Rademacher said.
The 5-foot-10 Peterson, one of the team's
three captains, has started 17 games this sea-
son and her absence will be missed next
year.
"Laurie is our ball-winner, especially in
the air at mid-field." Rademacher said.

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Wolverines lose pair of matches

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By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team (7-7
Big Ten, 11-10 overall) wilted under the
pressure this weekend as it lost both of
its road matches. After falling to No. 24
Wisconsin on Friday night, the Wolver-
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team, handing the Hawkeyes just their
second Big Ten win in 14 conference
outings. '
Michigan committed numerous
errors throughout the match. It won just
one game, the first of the match, against
Iowa. In this game, Michigan commit-
ted its fewest attack errors of the match
- five - and beat the Hawkeyes 30-
23. But after that, things began to fall
apart for the Wolverines.
In the second game, Michigan tallied
15 errors and just 12 kills. The offense
sputtered as the errors piled up.
"It spiraled, where one error became
two errors and so on," coach Mark
Rosen said.
With these miscues, the Wolverines
crippled any chance they had at win-
ning the second game. Iowa did not
play well in the second game, recording
eight errors of its own and just 10 kills.
But the Hawkeyes played well enough
to defeat Michigan 30-23.
After the intermission, Iowa played
much better and scored 20 kills to win
the third game against the Wolverines.
The Wolverines tried to come back into
the game but could not, despite record-
ing 14 kills of their own. Ultimately, the

mistakes by Michigan allowed Iowa to
win game three 30-22.
The Wolverines' woes continued
throughout the match as they commit-
ted attack errors time and again versus
the Hawkeyes.
"Against Iowa we didn't play very
well at all," Rosen said.
The final game was dreadful for
Michigan as it tallied double-digit
errors for the second time of the night.
The 13 misfires destroyed the Wolver-
ines' hopes for a comeback ending the
match 30-25. This loss sent Michigan
back to Ann Arbor without a win to
show for the weekend.
The pressure the Wolverines faced on
the road this weekend was their down-
fall. Michigan was unable to handle the
hostile environment and fell behind on
the road. This is one area that the team
hopes to improve upon in practice this
week.
"We have to handle pressure better,"
Rosen said. "Get them more comfort-
able with having the heat turned up. "
Michigan will have to learn to play
under pressure, despite its youth, if the
team wants another NCAA Tournament
berth at the end of the month.

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