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24A - The Michigan Daily - SportsTuesday - September 3, 2002

Quiet leader inspires with loud presence

By Eric Chan
Daily Sports Writer
It's ironic that the leader of the No. 18 Michi-
gan women soccer team is one of the quietest
members of the team. Senior forward Abby
Crumpton, a returning first team All-Big Ten
selection, was elected by her teammates this
year as one of the team's tri-captains, along with
fellow seniors Andrea Kayal and Carly
Williamson.
Crumpton has always been a powerful offen-
sive presence in the Big Ten and one of the
team's statistical leaders. But having to be one
of the shoulders leading a team is a new task.
"Being a senior, a leadership role was expect-
ed, so I saw it coming, but it's not really a natu-
ral role for me. I'm usually pretty quiet, and I
try to lead by example," Crumpton said.

Crumpton, from Rochester Adams High
School, was the team's leading goal scorer last
year, putting in 13 shots in 20 games while
adding 4 assists.
Now in to her final season, Crumpton, with
32 career goals, could also become Michigan's
all-time leading goal scorer - trailing just
Kacy Beitel (44 goals) and Amber Beren-
dowsky (41).
"Abby is extremely important as a leader and
as a player," Michigan coach Debbie Rademach-
er said.
"She's one of the top players in the Big Ten
and in the country. She has great speed and cre-
ates lots of dangerous situations."
This past July, Crumpton helped the United
States under-21 team defend its third straight
Nordic Cup title in Finland. Competition
included teams from Finland, Sweden, Greece

and Germany.
"She has definitely matured and grown over
her years here," Rademacher said.
Last season, the Wolverines finished with an
overall record of 13-8-1 (8-2-0 Big Ten). Michi-
gan was once again unable to capture the elu-
sive Big Ten regular-season crown in 2001,
finishing one game behind conference power-
house Penn State.
In the semi-finals of the Big Ten tournament,
Michigan lost a tough overtime game to Illinois.
Michigan was then ousted in the second round
of last year's NCAA tournament by Dartmouth.
"This year my team goals are to win the Big
Ten, of course, and to advance past the third
round of the NCAA tournament," Crumpton
said.
"I'll do whatever I need to do to help the
team, and just play the best I can."

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Abby Crumpton (No. 22) scored the winning goal in yesterday's 2-1 victory over
Brigham Young. The goal was her first of the season.

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With four goals in two games at the Michigan State
Invitational in East Lansing, sophomore sensation
Knox Cameron not only placed himself atop Michi-
gan's career scoring list, but also led the Wolverines to
their first win of the young season.
Yesterday against Wright State, Cameron recorded
his second straight two-goal game, leading the
Wolverines' offensive attack and helping the team to a
3-1 victory. Cameron's four goals over the span of the
tournament gave him nine career scores, leaving him
three ahead of junior Kevin Taylor on the all-time list.
More importantly, for Michigan, the win evened its
record at 1-1.
The offensive onslaught came early and often as the

squad registered seven shots on the Wright State goal.
But, none of these shots resulted in goals, and the
game was tied scoreless at halftime.
In the 61st minute of play, Wright State's Ricky
Strong beat sophomore Michigan keeper Joe Zawacki,
and the Wolverines faced a 1-0 deficit. But Wright
State's ride in the driver's seat didn't last long. Seven
minutes later Michigan freshman Adam Bruh hooked
up with fellow freshman defender Chris Glinski, who
torched the net for his first collegiate goal.
Then, with the teams deadlocked at one, Cameron
took matters into his own hands, netting an unassisted
goal at 78:02 to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead.
Four minutes later, at 82:46, Cameron struck again
off an assist from sophomore midfielder Robert
Wurth, giving the Wolverines more than enough
breathing room to finish the game. Zawacki headed

the Michigan defense, recording five saves.
"Today was a hard-fought game. This team is learn-
ing that work ethic can get you wins. It hurt a lot drop-
ping the first game, but it was good because it put a
fire in our belly," Michigan head coach Burns said.
Although the Wolverines lost on Satirday to UC
Santa Barabara 5-3, they did have some bright
spots. The team found an effective combo in
Cameron and Bruh, as the two players collated on
two of Michigan's three goals. Sophomore forward
Mychal Turpin scored the other goal by taking
advantage of a defensive miscue by Santa Barbara
and netted his first goal of the year.
"Hopefully a lesson was learned in (that) game;
the lesson being each player needs to find his fury
inside and harness that fury on the playing field,"
Burns said.

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