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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 4, 2002 - 9

Blue to test Hoosiers'
conference win streak

By Gennaro Filce
Daily Sports Writer
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi
once said "Winning isn't everything, it's the
only thing." Since 1996, the Indiana soccer

team has truly taken this to heart.
The last 32 times the Hoosiers
have taken the field in a Big Ten
contest, they have come out victori-
ous - an impressive streak that has
lasted six years.
Simply put, the fourth-ranked
Hoosiers should present a sizeable
challenge for Michigan (0-1 Big
Ten, 3-4-1 overall) on Sunday.
"They are an extremely talented,

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consistent play of sophomore keeper Jay Nolly,
who earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the
Week honors for last week's shutout against
Penn State. Having already recorded five
shutouts this season, Nolly possesses a 0.63
goals-against average.
On the offensive side of the
INGTON ball, the Hoosiers rely on the
an(3-4-1) at stellar play of seniors Ryan
Mack and Pat Noonan.
Noonan has excelled in Indi-
/olverineswill ana's traditional 3-5-2 set this
consecutive year, and could be the Big Ten's
thedefending best forward, as he's already
ps. harnessed Big Ten Offensive
Player of the Week twice.
Obviously the Hoosiers have one of the most
talented teams in the country, but the back-
breaker for opponents could be what Burns
describes as a "fighting spirit."
Fighting spirit "is really something that
Indiana has concentrated on in putting a blue-
print together for how to win national champi-
onships in college soccer," Burns said. "Not
necessarily because you have the most talent-
ed players, but because you have the most
fighting spirit, and know how to gain any tac-
tical advantage to win games."
Coming off last year's triple overtime 1-0
loss against Indiana in the Big Ten Tourna-

attacking team," Michigan coach Steve Burns
said. "They have more weapons than you can
stop. If you try to stop three players, the
fourth or fifth will hurt you."
The Hoosiers (2-0, 6-1-2) enter the weekend
in the midst of a five-game winning streak.
Under the tutelage of coach Jerry Yeagley, who
is in his 30th year at Indiana, the Hoosiers
looks as talented as ever and Indiana's winning
streak does not appear to be coming to a close
anytime soon.
The well-balanced Hoosiers have already
earned four Big Ten player of the week honors
this season. Defensively, the team relies on the

TONY DING/Daily
Michigan freshman forward Tom Gritter (right) will try to challenge Indiana's six-year conference win
streak and the Hoosiers' sophomore goalie Jay Nolly.

ment, one would think Michigan would be
chomping at the bit for revenge. But Burns
says that his team has gotten over the heart-
breaking loss.
"We're not dwelling on that game," Burns
said. "It was a different team for them and for us,
and a whole different set of circumstances. That

was the Big Ten Tournament which was at a neu-
tral site.
"Now we're talking about playing in their
home, which is very intimidating."
With no game scheduled for today, Michi-
gan has been able to put in a full week of
practice preparing for Indiana.

QM'NOTES
Big Ten powerhouses
sqaureofftonight
Today, the No. 13 Michigan
women's soccer team (8-2-0 overall, 3-
1 Big Ten) will face off against peren-
nial conference powerhouse No. 12
Penn State (7-1-1, 3-0).
Michigan's loss to the Penn State
last 'year proved to be the deciding
game in the race for the Big Ten regu-
lar season crown - a title which has
eluded the Wolverines since their
inception 10 years ago. Michigan,
coming off a 4-0 loss to unranked
Minnesota, hopes to rebound against a
high-powered Penn State offense led
by senior All-America Christie Welsh.
- Staff reports
M' netters will host
their own tourney
The Michigan women's tennis team
kick off its home season by hosting
the Wolverine Invitational today
through Sunday at the Varsity Tennis
Center.
Paced by juniors Chrissie Nolan
and Kavitha Tipirneni, along with sen-
ior Jen Duprez, the Wolverines will
take on Bowling Green, Michigan
State, Western Michigan, Marquette
and DePaul. The tournament will give
Michigan a chance to solidify its sin-
gles and doubles lineups before the
dual meet season starts on Jan. 17.
- Staff reports
DEFENSE
Continued from Page 8
sometimes you have some momentum
and it can interrupt that."
On top of the mental break, the bye
also gives Michigan a much-needed
physical break.
"It is great because it allows us to
get healthy," said senior receiver Ron
Bellamy.
LOOKING AHEAD: Talented freshmen
quarterback Matt Gutierrez will proba-
bly not see any action this season, but
according to Bellamy, Gutierrez has
looked good in practice while playing
with-the first and second teams.
"He is going to be a great quarterback
if he keeps working hard," Bellamy said.
"He has the system down pretty well, he
has a great arm and great mobility."
Bellamy also liked the progress that
redshirt freshman tight end Tim Mas-
saquoi has made in his transition from
wide receiver. Bellamy believes that
Massaquoi could be a star for the
Wolverines in the future.
"He is doing great things in prac-
tice," Bellamy said. "He is catching the
ball well, running great routes and
blocking better."

No bye week
for us
Coming off an incredibly disap-
pointing 4-11 record in last
week's picks, Joe Smith sus-
pended himself indefinitely.
Well, after a slap on the wrist
and plenty ofsridicule, he'srback
- for better or worse.
"I've had a rough couple weeks,
but after some soul-searching,
it's time to get some pride
back," Smith said.
Smith is more than 10 games
behind leader David Horn, who
holds first place by just one
game over Jeff Phillips.
J. Brady McCollough always
says that "this is the week d
turn it around." But after spend-
ing hours staring at his picks,
he's still having a hard time
breaking the .500 barrier.
McCollough hopes Iowa will be
his lucky charm like last week,
in which he was right on for
both the Iowa and Iowa State
games. But this could be anoth-
er difficult week for the football
writers, as Penn State visits
Wisconsin and Ohio State is 25-
point favorites over an unpre-
dictable Northwestern team.
"I'm running out of excuses,"
Smith said. "It's time to win."

SFe Pot iCKSu
STAFF PICKS

WEEK 5 SELECTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
CORRECT PICKS IN BOLD.[
IOWA -8.) vs~ Purdue
WISCoNSIN (-2) vs. Penn State
Florida (-13) at MISSISSIPPI
~TExAs (-24,5) vs. OkMahoma $tate
SOUTH CAROLINA (-4) vs. Mississippi StateC
TEXAS A&M (-6 vs, TeXas T1eh
Kansas State (-3) at COLORADO
ALABAMA (-3.5) vs. Georgia
UCLA (°4) at EGN.:'ATE
Southern Cal. (-3.5) at WASHINGToN STATE
TENESEE -1) V, rkansas
Oklahoma (-13.5) at MISSOUFI
Oregn () at ARJZQNA
Best bet
Record last week (Best bets)
Overall record (Best bets)

David
Horn
lowa
Penn State
Ohio State
FLORIDA
Oklahoma State
Mississippi State
Texas A&M
Colorado
Washington
Georgia
Oregon State
Southern Cal
Tennessee
Oklahoma
Oregon
Southern Cal
8-7 (1-0)
33-25-2 (2-2)

Joe
Smith

J. Brady Jeff
McCollough Phillips

iowalowI Iew
Penn State Wisconsin Penn State
Northwestern OhioSt Ohio State
Florida Florida Florida
Oklahoma State hexaTexas
South Carolina South Carolina Mississippi State
Texas Tech t.a..exas Tech.
Kansas State Colorado Kansas State
California Wingto California
Georgia Georgia Georgia.
Oregon State Oregan ttate UCLA
Washington State Washington State Washington State
Arkansas Tenenr > 7 Tennessee
Missouri Missouri Oklahoma
Oregon ArkzoaOregon
Oregon State South Carolina Ohio State

7-8 (0-1)
27-31-2 (3-1)

7-8 (1-0)
32-26-2-(31)

4-11 (0-1)
22-36-2'(2-2)

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