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14A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 2002

Goalie Maloney ready to take over

By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer

Watching her predecessor Maureen
Tasch celebrate a 2-0 shutout of No. 1
Maryland to win the 2002 national cham-

pionship, Michigan goal-
keeper Molly Maloney knew
she had her work cut out for
her. Tasch's graduation last
spring meant that Maloney
would inherit the starting job
- and all of the added pres-
sure that comes with replac-
ing a winner - this season.
"After Mo's great season,
after she graduated, I was
just thinking 'Wow, I have

Who: Michigan (
Central Michigan
Ball State (0-0)
When:10 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Sund
Latest: This ma
beginning of a
homestand for

Carolina and Wake Forest.
"She's already had three tremendous
games under her belt against three of the
best teams in the country," Michigan
coach Marcia Pankratz said. "We have
complete, complete faith in her ability.
She's our starting goalie, and
1 4 she's going to do a great job
IELD for us all year."
1-1) vs. Maloney will try to contin-
(2-0) and ue to earn such compliments
when Michigan opens a nine-
Saturday game homestand this week-
ay end. The Wolverines will face
rks the off against Central Michigan
rine-game at 10 a.m. Saturday and Ball
State at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
If Maloney continues to
play well, it will probably not be much of
a surprise to Pankratz. Michigan's coach
knew what she had when she brought
Maloney aboard two years ago. With more
experience, Pankratz is confident that the
junior will only get better.
"We recruited her as one of the best
goalies in the nation," Pankratz said.
"She's incredibly athletic and quick. She
works extremely hard. Now it's just a mat-

ter of her getting in the goal cage and
commanding the field."
Maloney is quick to credit the expe-
rienced defense in front of her for her
early success;
"They work so hard for me, and the
shutouts are just as much a credit to them
as they are to me," Maloney said.
This weekend, the Wolverines will be
trying to bounce back from a tough 2-0
loss to Wake Forest last Sunday. In that
game, the team managed 10 shots, but
were unable to convert any of them for
"We had our chances to win the game
and sometimes you put them in and some-
times you don't," Pankratz said. "To play
(Wake Forest) early is really good experi-
ence for us. It measures where we are and
helps us get to the next level for Big Tens."
Maloney is also optimistic about the
team's chances to defend last year's
national title.
"I think we realize that last year was last
year and now we've got this whole new
year ahead of us," Maloney said. "We're
excited for our new season. We want to
show that last year wasn't a fluke."


some big shoes to fill,"' Maloney said. "I
trained really hard in the off-season, and
I've just been getting myself mentally pre-
pared. I've been realizing that I really have
to step up."
If the first week of the season is any
indication, the junior from Illinois will
be' up to the challenge. Maloney
allowed a total of just three goals
against the U.S. National Team, North


Junior forward April Fronzoni plans on trying to give new goalkeeper Molly Maloney some early leads this season.

Wisconsin rookie has another night to shine

Continued from Page 13A
receiving, 77 rushing, and three
touchdowns. It is tough to see Illinois
winning its second game away from
home with nine first-year starters. If
Southern Miss can control standout
wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, it will
pull away with a close victory.
Southern Miss 28, Illinois 24 '
West Virginia (1-0) at No. 25

Wisconsin (2-0 - Saturday,
12:10 p.m. ESPN-Plus: Wisconsin
has risen in the ranks ever since it
knocked the lights out of UNLV West
Virginia couldn't have dominated
more than it did, although it was
against a laughable Tennessee-Chat-
tanooga squad.
West Virginia will have its hands full
in Madison this Saturday. As long as
enough light is provided, fans will be
able to see wide receiver John Orr
break more rookie receiving records as
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their first challenge of the season.
Wisconsin 27, West Virginia 10
Kent State (1-0) at No. 8 Ohio
State (1-0) - Saturday, 12:10
p.m.: Ohio State again fluffs its
schedule with a so-called "Battle of
Rookie running back Maurice Clar-
rett (21 carries, 175 yards) will again
be expected to lead the Buckeyes'
charge after he debuted two weeks
ago with the most impressive first
game of any freshman running back
in Ohio State history. In addition to
his ability to break long runs (two of
his touchdowns were from more than
40 yards out), he also delivers a brutal
style of running that Buckeye fans
have been dying for.
Look for another 100-yard game
for the freshman as he stiff arms his
way past Kent State's linebackers.
Ohio State 49, Kent State 14
Indiana (1-0) at Utah (1-0) -
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Indiana defensive
tackle Kris Dielman certainly earned
the title of Big Ten Defensive Player
of the Week. It is sad that even with
his amazing effort of five tackles, a
sack and a fumble recovery, the
Hoosiers could only muster an eight-
point victory over William and Mary.

Utah running back Marty Johnson
walked all over Utah State, and
should have no problem handling
Dielman and the rest of the Indiana
line. Utah can certainly take advan-
tage of a young Indiana team as it
searches for a reliable starting quar-
Utah 21, Indiana 17
Iowa (1-0) at Miami (Ohio) (1-
0) - Saturday, 12:10 p.m.
ESPN-Plus: After the first 15 min-
utes of its season passed, Iowa
already had 37 points already under
its belt. The Hawkeyes went on to
romp Akron 57-21.
The pass-and-catch tandem of
Brad Banks and Maurice Brown
looked very impressive, connecting
for two long touchdowns. The Mid-
western Miami team was also pro-
ductive, pulling away with a close
victorywin North Carolina.
However, an improved Miami team
will still not be al;le to defeat Iowa,
especially after being murdered at the
hands of the Buckeyes last season.
Iowa 38, Miami (Ohio) 20
Rice (0-1) at No. 15 Michigan
State (1-0) - Saturday, 1:05
p.m.: Jeff Smoker and Charles
Rogers are going to have a field day
on Saturday. You have to pine for
those thousands of diehard Owl foot-
ball fans when green reigns down on
Michigan State 56, Rice 13


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