6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 16, 2002
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At this weekend's Brown Invitational, the Michigan
nen's soccer team came within minutes of beginning a
;eason more successfully than any team in its short,
hree-year history. In a tournament including matchups
igainst two top Ivy League opponents, the Wolverines
ed in the second half in one and were three minutes
rom overtime in the other, but ended up with just a tie
nd a loss.
Yesterday in Providence, the Wolverines lost to Yale
?-1 on a penalty kick with just three minutes remain-
ng. The game was one of frustration for Michigan,
which played well in spurts and had chances to win
)efore the game-clinching goal.
"This game was not won on a penalty kick," Michi-
;an coach Steve Burns said. "We're leaving here with
rustration because we didn't play a complete game.
Yale played a complete game and we didn't:'
Yale opened the scoring in the 22nd minute only to
lave Michigan tie it up two minutes before halftime on
i 20-yard blast by sophomore Mychal Turpin. The goal
vas his sixth, a school single-season record, and moved
iim within one of fellow sophomore Knox Cameron's
:areer mark of 10.
"Mychal is a dynamic player that has the ability to
reak any game open," said Burns.
Turpin's explosive ability was also on display Friday
luring the Wolverines' 3-3 double overtime tie with
lost Brown. The game saw Michigan's high-scoring
ffense at it again, scoring at least three goals for the
ourth time in five games this season.
"Our offense can create scoring chances, and some-
imes we score in bunches," said Burns.
Soccer's win streak
By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer
Going into yesterday's showdown
with Georgia, Michigan women's soc-
cer coach Debbie Rademacher hoped
that the team would be sharper and able
to convert more of its opportunities into
goals. But Michigan was unable to
answer the call.
The Wolverines were shutout 1-0 by
the unranked Bulldogs. Michigan had
trouble with Georgia's hounding
defense, managing just 11 shots in the
"It was an ugly game," Rademach-
er said. "They played a high-pres-
sure style and were looking for us to
cough up the ball. We really needed
to play a possession game but just
couldn't find a way to string things
together until later in the game."
The loss was not all that surprising
considering how well Georgia has
played against ranked teams this season.
The Bulldogs have three close losses to
top-25 opponents, including two that
came in overtime.
Georgia's Ashley, King scored the
game's lone goal just 17 minutes into
the first half. The junior managed to
deflect a rebound passed Michigan
goalkeeper Suzie Grech to put the Bull-
dogs ahead 1-0. Georgia took just nine
shots in the game but kept the Michigan
offense in check to secure the win.
"It was tough," Rademacher said.
"Nothing really seemed to go our way."
After beating Massachusetts 3-0 on
Friday, Rademacher was concerned
with the team's inability to finish.
The Wolverines had been kept off the
board for the game's first 75 minutes by
Massachusetts goalkeeper Kelly Nigh.
They found themselves in a scoreless
tie for much of the contest despite tally-
ing 29 shots and limiting Massachusetts
to just three. Nigh, currently third in the
nation in saves per game, made nine on
"She was the difference-maker for
Massachusetts," Rademacher said of
Nigh. "We took all kinds of shots (on
her). We just kept firing away."
The weekend wasn't a total loss for
Michigan. With Friday's victory, the
Wolverines did tie a school record with
five straight wins to start a season. The
milestone was first reached by the 1998
team that made it to the second round of
the NCAA tournament.
Senior Abby Crumpton scored the
game-winner for the Wolverines against
Massachusetts with just 10 minutes left
in the game. Her third goal of the sea-
son beat Nigh high from 12 yards out.
Michigan added two more late goals to
pad the victory.
After the win, Rademacher was hesi-
tant to discuss the school record with
her players. The Michigan coach want-
ed her team to focus more on improving
its play for yesterday.
With Michigan's quick start this sea-
son, Rademacher still thinks that this
group could stack up well with some of
the strong teams she's had in the past.
"They're one of the best (teams
we've had) in terms of maturity and
experience," Rademacher said.
Michigan Sophomore Robert Wurth gets tied up with an IUPUI player. The Wolverines came up with a win and a
tie at this weekend's Brown Invitational.
Turpin scored just 2:30 into Friday's game, heading
in a cross from freshman defender Chris Glinsky.
Brown answered just before halftime, only to see
Michigan reclaim the lead early in the second half on a
rebound goal by junior forward Tom Gritter. The 2-1
lead was fleeting, however, as consecutive Brown goals
gave the Bears a 3-2 lead into the waning minutes.
With time becoming a factor, Michigan's all-time
leading scorer and the reigning Big Ten Player of the
Week, Cameron, knotted the score in dramatic fashion
on a penalty kick. But Cameron's goal was the last, as
both teams fought through two scoreless overtime peri-
ods and settled for a tie.
The weekend, which featured two nail-biters on the
road, will certainly serve as a building block.
"Overall, this weekend was a good learning step. We
learned what we need to do to be succesfull in tough
games on the road," Burns said.
The Wolverines also learned that that they have the
talent to compete at the highest level of college soccer.
"We're leaving here with expectations," said Burns.
"For the first time the pieces to the puzzle are all here;
they're just not together quite yet."
The Wolverines, now 2-2-1 on the season, will face
Oakland Friday at Elbel Field, before starting the Big
Ten season next week.
Losses can't spoil Michigan's weekend t.
By Rob Dean
For the Daily
Even after losing more than half of
their matches this weekend at the U.S.
Bank/Arby's Classic, the Wolverines
are still optimistic. They accomplished
just what they set out to do, beating
Alabama on Friday night and then
coming back Saturday to hang tough
with two of the best teams in the coun-
try, No. 22 Santa Clara and perennial
powerhouse No. 4 Nebraska.
The Wolverines had to play the
home Cornhuskers in front of more
than 4,000 fans at Nebraska Coliseum.
Michigan (5-2) faced setter Greichaly
Cepero of Nebraska (6-1), a two-time
All-American with whom the Corn-
huskers are 60-3. Michigan kept it
exceptionally close despite losing the
"I was worried about how the team
would respond, but the size of the
crowd wasn't a factor once we settled
down into the match," Michigan coach
Mark Rosen said.
In the third game, Michigan led
early over the former champs, forcing
them into a timeout after an early 12-7
lead. While Nebraska came back to
take the lead, Michigan did not back
down, tying the game at 22 before
eventually losing 30-23. Sophomore
hitter Jennifer Gandolph led the team
with 12 kills in the losing effort. Cap-
tain Erin Moore was the only other
Wolverine who could boast double-
digit kills with 11.
Michigan started Saturday by
nearly upsetting No. 22 Santa Clara,
forcing the Broncos to five games
"It was disappointing for both me
and especially the team on Saturday
because it would have been a great win
against a very good team," said Rosen.
Gandolph continued to have a solid
tournament, matching her career high
with a stellar 22 kills to go along with
The Wolverines and the Broncos
traded wins for the first four matches.
The fifth and decisive game is played
only to 15. Once Santa Clara jumped
out to an early 10'3 lead, there was lit-
tle chance for the Wolverines, as they
lost 15-9 and the Broncos took the
"We'll have to improve our mental
toughness late in games. From here on
out, we'll be playing in a lot of close
matches where we have to play smart
all the way to the end," Rosen said.
Opening against Alabama, Michi-
gan hoped to make quick work of the
"We played well against an up-and-
coming team in Alabama. They have a
lot of returning players, as do we, and
we really stuck together as a team,"
Gandolph led the team back from a
slow start to capture the first two
games. The Wolverines came out for
the fourth match determined not to let
Alabama gain any momentum, riding
their defense to a 30-16 triumph to
win the match 3-1. It was Michigan's
depth that eventually wore down the
Tide, as five players posted double
figures in kills.
"Any of these players could be
stars on other teams out of high
school, but rather they all came here
and, as a result, we have a lot of
depth," Rosen said.
Michigan's Katrina Lehman (1) teams up with Shaynell Neal in a block attempt.
The Wolverines were pleased with their play this weekend, despite a 1-2 record.
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Rosen knew all along that Satur-
day would be the most difficult day
of the year for the team, having to
face the Broncos before contending
with the 2000 NCAA champion
"We had a choice to player lesser
opponents or to really challenge our-
selves in the preseason," said Rosen.
"The team benefited from its experi-
ence this weekend, and I feel we're
ready to break through."
Harrers win without top runners
By Mustafizur Choudhury
For the Daily
For the second consecutive week,
the Michigan women's cross country
team overpowered the opposition and
came home with a first-place finish,
this time at the Mel Brodt Invitational
in Bowling Green.
The Wolverines felt the pressure of
their competition as they defeated
Western Michigan by just two points.
Last week they defeated Eastern
Michigan by 42 points.
But the team wasn't expecting to do
as well, considering that it had a hard
week of training and the weather was
slightly warmer than it was last week-
end. Michigan coach Mike McGuire
was also resting some of his top run-
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"We didn't run the top seven from
(the first) week,; McGuire said. "We
won't train as hard this week, so we
can feel fresher going into Seattle."
McGuire felt that the team could've
"We did OK. I thought we looked
better last week than the second week,"
McGuire said. "We looked a little flat,
but it was a good stepping stone."
Leading the Wolverines was junior
Lindsey Gallo, who finished second
overall with a time of 18:29.
"She had a good opening race,"
McGuire said. "It was solid, but she
looked better in practice than in the
Other top finishers were freshman
Stephanie Hlirtle (10th place, 19:01),
junior Rachel Sturtz (11th place,
19:02), junior Lauren Weddell (17th
place, 19:18) and freshman Theresa
Feldkamp (26th place, 19:37).
The 12 runners who will travel to
Seattle will be the top seven runners
from the first race and the top five run-
ners from Saturday. The Wolverines
will face tough competition from
Washington, Texas A&M, Colorado
State and defending national champion
McGuire hopes to compete with
Brigham Young for the top spot in
The Sundodger Invitational will be
the most challenging race for the
Wolverines thus far.
It will be a good indicator of where
the team stands in terms of strength
and how well it will match up against
some of the best teams in the nation.
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