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October 7, 2002


Physical game can't stop Blue' s weekend sweep

By Steven Shears
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan women's soccer co-captain
Andrea Kayal laid flat on her back 12
and a half min-
utes into the sec- OHIo STATE 0
and half. She0
had been dealt MICHIGAN 1
one of the many
vicious tackles yesterday afternoon by
Buckeyes' brutal style of play. Kayal
picked herself up, walked off of the field,
and remained confident that her team-
mates would hold on to the 1-0 lead her
goal had built. The Wolverines did not
disappoint their captain as they exploded
in the second half. With Kayal on the
sidelines, Michigan shut out the aggres-
sive, bruising Buckeyes (1-3-1 Big Ten,

3-7-1 overall) 1-0.
"It wasn't pretty at all. They just played
so physical you couldn't get anything
going on. There wasn't much soccer
going on: A lot of one touch, foul, one
touch, foul," Michigan coach Debbie
Rademacher said.
This is the type of defense and play
that had flustered the Wolverines in their
losses to Georgia and Minnesota earlier
this year. But the team had to match the
stinginess of their opponents to keep this
game in reach.
"The key is all we need is one goal.
But when we've faced aggressive defens-
es, we've let up four goals against them.
As long as we keep it zero on our defen-
sive end, we'll work someway to get it,"
Rademacher said.
That's exactly what the 13th-ranked

Wolverines (4-1, 9-2) did. Working with
a superb defense, the offensive unit creat-
ed many opportunities on its side of the
field, including 11 corner kicks.
On the third corner kick, Amy Sulli-
vant found Kayal wide open by the oppo-
site side of the net. Kayal finished the
assist with a header into the corner.
"It felt great. I seriously work my butt
off on the corner kicks to try and put in
every opportunity," Kayal said.
This was her second game-winning
goal 'of the weekend. She also knocked in
the first goal on Friday against Penn
State on the same exact set play.
"Sometimes people misjudge on cor-
ner kicks, and they jump before the ball
actually gets there. I wait until they jump
and come down, and then I like to capi-
talize," Kayal said.

Kayal was also superb on defense,
proving that she can be a strong force on
both ends of the field. Even in her limit-
ed playing time due to injury, Kayal,
together with fellow defender Carly
Williamson, stopped many of Ohio
State's breakaways with sliding tackles
and forceful turnarounds.
"She was very solid on defense, and on
Friday, too," Rademacher said. "She and
Carly work hard together in the summer.
They cover for each other, and step up for
the big plays."
Most importantly, the win against Ohio
State keeps the Wolverines atop the Big
Ten standings.
"It feels so good because we have been
working hard for the Big Ten Champi-
onship," Kayal said. "This year it is our
biggest dream right now to win it."

Michigan soccer freshman Therese Heaton (18) wrestles for
possession of the ball with Ohio State's Palge Harrison yesterday.




Wolverines cruise as
freshmen pour it on
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
Which of these things would constitute a rough night for a col-
lege hockey team?
Being outshot by 42? Giving up eight power plays? Or how about
failing to hear your own national anthem.
All of these things happened to the University of Toronto Varsity
Blues Saturday night, when they came into Yost Ice Arena and were
defeated by Michigan, 8-1, in the Wolverines first full-squad exhi-
bition of the season.
Michigan dominated possession and could have, if the puck
bounced its way, scored into double digits as the Wolverines hit the
post on multiple occasions and had a goal by sophomore Michael
Woodford disallowed because the goal was knocked out of place.
"We don't get a lot of opportunities for exhibition games,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "And we put our best foot for-
ward. We generated a lot of chances, we didn't give up much, and
we got a lot of players some good ice time."
Michigan got on the board just five minutes in, when senior
alternate captain John Shouneyia put in a rebound after shots by
sophomore Eric Nystrom and Jeff Tambellini came up short. Toron-
to then held strong, killing two penalties. But with less than six
minutes to go in the first period, freshman defenseman Danny
Richmond blasted a shot from the point off the left post and in.
Thirty-five seconds later David Moss flicked another puck in from
in front of the net.
Toronto did score on freshman goalie Al Montoya early in the sec-
ond period, when forward Ian Malcolm drove through the zone and
beat Montoya. But Michigan scored less than two minutes later, when
forward Andrew Ebbett found fellow freshman Brandon Kaleniecki.
The night became a showcase for the Wolverines' underclassmen
as Michigan finished the game with only two seniors and two jun-
iors in the lineup. Shouneyia jammed his wrist in the second period
and did not return. He received an MRI, but it is not believed to be
a serious injury. Underclassmen accounted for every goal other
than Shouneyia's, and each freshman picked up at least one point.
Freshman right wing Jeff Tambellini, who played on a line with
Shouneyia and Nystrom, picked up three assists on the Shouneyia
goal in the first and on goals by Milan Gajic and Ebbett just 11 sec-
onds apart late in the second period. Tambellini also had scoring
chances of his own and hit a couple off the post.
"When you hit four posts in one night, by the last one you kind of
get a little antsy," Tambellini said. "It's fine as long as the chances
keep coming, making things happen and creating things. When you're
not getting chances, that's when you got to start worrying."
Brandon Kaleniecki scored his second goal of the night, when he
put in an Ebbett rebound from right in front of the net. Jason Ryz-
nar then scored the game's final goal on a sweet feed from Gajic.
The Wolverines took the ice in front of a crowd for the first time
on Friday night when they played their annual Blue-White
intrasquad scrimmage. The teams ended up tied 4-4. The white
team took an early 4-1 lead thanks to two goals by Shouneyia, and
one each from Woodford and Moss. But the Blue team came back
when Gajic scored on a breakaway with 26 seconds left in the sec-
ond period. Gajic and Henderson each tallied a score in the third to
force the tie.

Close call:
'M' falls in
By Kevin Maratea
For the Daily
BLOOMINGTON - Since 1995,
no Big Ten has beaten Indiana during
the regular season anywhere - espe-
cially in Bloomington, where the
Hoosiers have proven to be almost
over the INDIANA 2
But yes- ti MICHIGAN 1 (OT)
terday, the
Michigan men's soccer team traded
blows with No. 4 Indiana for 98 min-
utes, before the Hoosiers put the
game away on a golden goal.
"It sucks being so close game in
and game out and losing," junior
defender Kevin Taylor said. "We were
playing well, but it's those goals,
those game-winning goals that kill
Indiana (3-0-0 Big Ten, 8-1-2 over-
all) needed all the time it could get to
earn the victory over Michigan (0-2-
0, 3-5-1). Sophomore forward
Mychal Turpin ended Michigan's
scoreless streak against Indiana with
an unassisted first-half goal into the
bottom right corner.
"What that goal did for us is take
away all the mystique of who and
where we were playing," Michigan
coach Steve Burns said. "It gave us
momentum coming just before half-
time and we realized that this was a
team that we could open up against."
Tied 1-1 going into the second
half, each team worked relentlessly
for the go-ahead goal. With three yel-
low cards, the game was agressively
forced into overtime.
"They took smart yellow cards to
re-group and slow us down," Burns
said of Indiana's cautions.
The Hoosiers netted the golden
goal when the initial shot was
deflected off sliding Michigan keep-
er Joe Zawacki and then rebounded
into the net.
"I'll give Indiana credit, they're not
just lucky in terms of how they're
always collecting second balls,"
Burns said. "It's effort and fighting
spirit. They do a good job recruiting,
training and getting the right players
on the field."
However, the players weren't so
quick to give Indiana credit on the
game winner.
"I thought he was offsides,".Taylor
said. "I haven't seen the film yet, but
I'm almost 100 percent sure."
As the final whistle blew, Taylor's
dissatisfaction with the result was
evident, as he threw the ball into
the air and pleaded his case with
the referee.
"We felt we were going to win an
athletic game. They got the fight, but
we have the athleticism," he said.
"We were physically more athletic
than Indiana."
Despite Michigan's record, the
losses have been painstakingly close
and with the exception of Dayton,
all the rest have come against top-
25 teams.
"We're not shying away from the
top competition," Burns said.
Michigan knows its luck in these
close matches has to change.
"We've got one more recruiting


Michigan forward Andrew Ebbett tallied a goal and two assists Saturday night in Michigan's 81 rout of Toronto.

Golf places ninth at home tournament

By David Van Howe
For the Daily

The Michigan men's golf team finished
ninth out of a field of 17 teams in this week-
end's Wolverine Invitational. The team put up
a three-day total of 881, tying its best 54-hole
score of the season. Although it was statisti-
cally equivalent to the Wolverines' best tour-
nament of the season, the team was frustrated
at not being able to take advantage of playing
in its own tournament on its home course.
First-year Michigan coach Andrew Sapp
couldn't help but feel a little disappointed
with the final results.
"We had some good scores," Sapp said. "A
few guys actually had their career bests. We

posted by redshirt junior Rob Tighe and
redshirt freshman Mark McIntosh. Despite
the low scores, Michigan found itself in
11th place and out of serious contention
going into yesterday's final round.
Redshirt junior Chris Kellogg also had a
career-low round of 70 in Saturday's round.
Redshirt freshman Jimmy Wisinski shot his
career best total of 228, including a score of
69 in the final round yesterday.
Tighe was Michigan's best overall individ-
ual player of the Invitational and had the best
tournament of his career, shooting a com-
bined score of 5-over par 217 in the three-day
tournament. Tighe finished tied for 12th place
in the 90-player field. Nichols put up a score
of 218, tying his career-low 54-hole score.

tational a successful event.
"It was a great weekend," Sapp said. "The
weather held out after Friday. Two teams,
Xavier and Michigan State, played really
well. The course was in great shape and the
low scores reflected that."
The tournament certainly did not lack
drama. Michigan State and Xavier battled
yesterday and ended up tied for the team
championship. The individual champi-
onship was decided when Andrew Svoboda
of St. John's defeated Ryan Swelin of
Miami (Ohio) on the second sudden-death
playoff hole.
The Wolverines' next match is the Xavier
Invitational in Cincinnati on October 14-15.
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