The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 6, 2002 - 15
By Gennaro Filice
Daily Sports Writer
In the first two years of the pro-
gram's existence, the Michigan soc-
cer team has achieved the sort of
perfection in its home opener that
even Pele would admire. With two
1-0 wins over DePaul (2000) and
Cleveland State (2001), the Wolver-
ines have yet to drop a home opener
at Elbel Field.
"We would really like to keep that
tradition going," coach Steve Burns
Tonight, the Maize and Blue will
make the drive for three against the
Jaguars of IUPUI, which comes into
Ann Arbor harnessing a 0-2 mark
on the young season.
"(IUPUI) is a real blue collar,
hard working team. They're not a
pretty team, they just get the job
done," Burns said.
The Jags run a fast-paced 3-5-2
set, and on offense they play a very
direct, over the midfield style. 'To
put it bluntly, they try for the "home
Michigan plays a more defensive
4-3-3 set, and the Wolverines will
attempt to deny as many of these big
play opportunities, as they can.
The Wolverines would like
IUPUI's defense to "play soccer," as
Burns says, by forcing them to pass
and handle the ball instead of just
booting it downfield.
"They play very aggressive, with
a lot of players, and (their style)
really breaks the rhythm of the
game," Burns said.
Senior midfielder Ben Higgen-
botham has scored both of IUPUI's
goals this season, and should keep
Michigan's back four on its toes.
Defensively, the Jags #re extreme-
ly assertive as well, bringing high
pressure and trying to choke the ball
away. For Michigan to be success-
ful, it needs to take good care of the
ball and minimize mistakes.
Who: Michigan (1-1) vs. IUPUI (0-2)
When: 6 p.m.
Latest: Michigan has not lost a home-opener
at Eldel in its short three-year existence. Can
the Wolverines beat the winless Jaguars .to
keep the streak alive?
Harriers seek former dominance
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
Ever since Mike McGuire has been
at the helm, the Michigan women's
cross country team has gotten used to
being on top of the Big Ten and com-
peting at the NCAA Championships.
After not meeting those goals last sea-
son, the Wolverines expect improve-
"We should be quite a bit better,"
McGuire said. "We have a lot more
While the team ran above and
beyond its expectations when it fin-
ished second at the Big Ten Champi-
onships, it under-performed and failed
to make the NCAA Championships
and have an All-American for the first
time since 1996. But the team is look-
ing to return to the prominence it had
when it won three straight regional
championships from 1997 through
The quest to return to the top of the
Big Ten starts this Saturday when the
Wolverines go to Northville for the
Detroit Mercy Invitational. The meet
- which includes Detroit Mercy, East-
ern Michigan, Toledo, Western Ontario
and Findlay - is the first of two meets
that will prepare the Wolverines for the
Sundodger Invitational in Seattle on
Sept. 21. Until then, McGuire will not
run his best lineup, but instead will
give a variety of runners a chance to
travel to Washington.
"We don't want to race anyone three
weeks in a row," McGuire said.
One runner that will propel the
Wolverines is junior Lindsey Gallo.
Gallo finished seventh at last season's
Big Ten Championships - earning her
the last spot on the All-Big Ten First
Team - and was the top Wolverine
finisher in every race last season.
McGuire said that Gallo was in "good
shape" but not "great shape," and that
he would like to see her step up her
training to match her physical abilities
in order to become one of the confer-
ence's elite runners.
Backing up Gallo will be a number
of runners that should make the
Wolverines much deeper than they
were last year. They include incoming
freshmen Jennifer Frudden - who
won the Iowa State Championship
Who: Michigan, Detrioit Mercy, Eastern Michi-
gan, Toledo, Wetern Ontario and Findlay
When: 11:15 a.m.
Latest: Can the women's cross country team
repeat last season's success? The first test will
be the Detroit Mercy Invitational.
twice - Birmingham Groves alum
Rebecca Walters, community college
transfer Ana Gjesdal and Indiana trans-
fer Lauren Wendell. Returning runners
that look to make an impact include
fifth-year senior Jane Martineau, All-
Big Ten second teamer Jeanne Spink,
Katie Easton and Chelsea Loomis.
If the team's depth starts to sparkle,
it should be an exciting season for the
Wolverines, as on paper they, have a
team that can compete with anyone.
"It's a matter of doing it on the
course," McGuire said.
The men's soccer team will try to remain undefeated in home openers when it
takes on IUPUI tonight.
Also, it wouldn't hurt for the
Maize and Blue to keep feeding the
ball to gifted sophomore Knox
Cameron, who after two games is
just one ,goal away from tying the
Michigan single-season scoring
record of five - with 15 games left
in the regular season.
Another key performer could be
freshman Adam Bruh, who has dis-
played an uncanny ability to find
the open man with his precision
passing and vision.
Burns and his Wolverines can
hardly wait to kick off Elbel's first
game of the 2002 campaign.
"Everyone is really excited to
play tomorrow," Burns said. "A
rowdy crowd with a lot of college
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With a win, the Wolverines would
even their all time record at 18-18-1
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