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The Michigan Daily - SportsWednesday - October 16, 2002 - 7B

Purdue loss puts Big Ten title in jeopardy

By Eric Chan
Daily Sports Writer
In the blink of an eye, the Michigan
women's soccer team went from being
the Big Ten favorite to being in a must-
win situation.
Michigan lost a pivotal Big Ten game
to No. 20 Purdue last Friday, 1-0. In
order to capture the elusive Big Ten reg-
ular season title, No. 9 Michigan (6-2
Big Ten, 11-3 overall) must win every
single one of its games for the rest of the
season and hope that Penn State loses
one. This scenario would give the
Wolverines the title because although
each team would have the same record,
Michigan beat No. 12 Penn State earlier
this season 4-0.
So Michigan's goal for the rest of the

season is simple: Win every game.
At Indiana on Sunday, Michigan got
off on the right foot by topping the
Hoosiers 2-0. The Wolverines came out
slow against the Hoosiers (3-2-2, 7-4-2),
but they were able to bounce back.
The Wolverines had a scare early in
the game when goalie Suzie Grech had
her clearance pass blocked by Indiana's
Kristen Zmijewski. Zmijewski then had
a one-on-one opportunity against Grech,
but Grech was able to shut her down to
gain redemption for her error.
"I thought our second half was a lot
better than the first in terms of being
dangerous, setting opportunities up, and
being dynamic," Michigan coach Deb-
bie Rademacher said. "In general, I
think we played solid as a group."
In the 56th minute, just as she had

done all year, Michigan freshman
Therese Heaton found the net. Abby
Crumpton pushed the ball up the field
after a missed Indiana opportunity, but
was unable to find an open shot.
Crumpton dumped the ball off to
Heaton, and she was able to put the ball
in the right side of the goal. Heaton's
goal was her sixth on the season, which
makes her Michigan's second best scor-
er behind Crumpton.
Heaton "is a great finisher and she
can score goals for us," Rademacher
said. "She's a player we need up front
because she's strong and because she
doesn't get pushed off the ball."
The tally was Heaton's third game-
winning goal of the season.
Michigan added to its lead with a
Stephanie Chavez goal in the 71st

minute. Sophomore forward Kate Mor-
gan launched a bullet from 60 feet out
that bounced off the crossbar right to
Chavez. Chavez pushed the ball past
Indiana goalkeeper Shaunna Dougherty
to give Michigan a 2-0 lead.
"Kate (Morgan) produced a lot of
points for us last year, and I think she
played strong and had a very notable
weekend," Rademacher said. "Her shot
that hit the post was one of the best of
the day."
Against Purdue on Friday, Michigan
couldn't muster any offense and Lauren
Sesselman's goal early in the second half
was the difference in the 1-0 loss.
Michigan looks to continue its quest
to go undefeated for the rest of the sea-
son tomorrow against No. 23 Notre

Michigan goaltender Suzie Grech, who shut out Indiana on Sunday, makes a save.
The Wolverines beat the Hoosiers 2-0 after losing to Purdue on Friday.

Continued from Page 1B
Whether or not he ends up attending
law school in Ann Arbor, it's a fairly
safe bet that the living arrangement
Adebiyi lined up for himself over the
summer is one that will be unique in
his life.
"Basically it was me and four 26-,
27-year-old Mormon women," he
said. "I loved it, they were really
chill. With those hours I was work-
ing, I didn't want to come home to
a loud house, so it was really good
for me."
As the basketball season begins,
Adebiyi will make the none-too-
common transition from days with
lawyers and nights with Mormons to
days and nights preparing to get
Michigan basketball back in to the
postseason for the first time in three
"I think this team is going to be
very good," Adebiyi said. "Our suc-
cess will depend on how hard we
work, and we're going to be a good
team because we're working crazy
hard right now.
"I think we should make the
NCAA tournament. I don't know if
we will, but I think we have the talent
and ability to do so."
That's a verdict the Michigan bas-
ketball program would be more than
happy to live with.
Mychal Turpin scored Michigan's only
goal in Its 2-1 loss to Michigan State.
Continued from Page lB
into the net. Burns said the Spartans
rapid-fire attack set the tone for the
nature of the game.
"That's the emotional swing we're
talking about," Burns said. "And
w hen you look at soccer games,
most goals are scored from the 75th
to 90th minute, after both teams
have felt each other out for weak-
nesses and how to exploit the other
This "emotional swing" promptly
changed the face of the game from
standoff to rout, but Michigan
The Wolverines' offense struck at
~81:34, cutting the deficit to one
goal. The play started when fresh-
man Adam Bruh sent a free kick
Spartans knocked the ball down ,but
junior Mike White gained posses-
S si on for Michigan. He passed the
ball back to sophomore Mychal
Turpin, who launched a bouncing

ball into the back of the net. Michi-
gan's late-game effort impressed
"I think our guys did a good job
not panicking and, even though they
were down two goals, trying to get
the momentum and emotion back,"
Burns said.
Even though opportunities arose,
Michigan could not even the score
ke in the final nine minutes.

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