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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 17, 2002

Soccer can't wait to
take its shots at Irish

Washburn, Anaheim
ready for the big stage

By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
While most Michigan students
spent their fall study break relaxing
and catching up on work, the Michi-
gan women's soccer team found
itself in the throes of preparation for
what could be one of
their most challenging
games of the year. ' VARSITY S
Today's matchup
against No. 23 Notre Who: Mchig
Dame will be a test for No. 23 Notr
the 13th ranked Wolver- Latest: Nor
ines, who have yet to rejoined the
triumph in a contest a win over t
with the Irish. Connecticut.
"Though we've never ing Irish had
beaten Notre Dame, the five prior to t
gap between us is clos-
ing every year," coach Debbie
Rademacher said.
Last season, Michigan suffered a
crushing 2-1 overtime loss to the
Irish in South Bend, Ind. But this
year Michigan will have the advan-
tage of playing on its home turf at
Varsity Field, and the Wolverines
are prepared to beat Notre Dame for
the first time.
"Playing at home is nice,"
Rademacher said. "Unfortunately,
the game is at four o'clock on a
Thursday afternoon. We're still hop-
ing that people will have caught up
with their work by then and that

we'll get some loyal fans to come
out on a school day."
Defeating Notre Dame has been
the Wolverines' goal since the
beginning of the season.
"Beating Notre Dame has been a
team focus since the start of the sea-
son," Rademacher said.

an (11-3) vs.
'Dame (8-6).
e Dame
Top 25 with
hen-No. 8
. The Fight-
lost four of
that game.

Exactly why is Michi-
gan so hung up on beat-
ing the Fighting Irish?
Aside from an unbroken
winning streak against
the Wolverines, Notre
Dame (3-3 Big East
overall, 8-6 overall), has
trounced such teams as
No. 8 Connecticut by a
score of 3-1.
The Fighting Irish
also have several key

players that the Wolverines have
their eyes on. These include Canadi-
an National Team member, Candace
Chapman, forward Amanda Guertin
and leading scorer Amy Warner,
who has tallied eight goals so far
this season.
This break from conference
action will provide, at the very least,
an opportunity to play against some
fierce competition.
"They are a very fast, very techni-
cal team," Rademacher said. "They
have a great program."
But Michigan (6-2 Big Ten, 11-3
overall) has the advantage in confi-

ANAHEIM, Calif. (A
Washburn made a big pos
sion last year.,
"I finally got a dish so
the World Series," he sai
have Fox where I'm from.
Nothing to think abo
Come Saturday night, he
out to the mound, pick uj
throw the first pitch o
Series between Anaheima
"I can't wait for Satur
he said yesterday, standing
er at Edison Field, a lox
home in Danbury, Wis.
Anaheim manager
Mike Scioscia and San
Francisco manager
Dusty Baker have
announced only their
Game 1 stafters, prefer-
ring to wait on setting
their full rotations.
Washburn, 1-0 with a
2.84 ERA in three post-
season starts for the Ang
Jason Schmidt, 1-1 with a
two starts.
Washburn, 28, is fron
small the population - 1
ing to its web site - couli
son's leftfield bleachers'
spare. There's not much to
"You hunt six days a w
"and watch the Packers on
He loves to take his bo
out during the offseason
deer, even goes to Nort
hunt with his dad. Even if
ture is 40 degrees below z
"As long as there's no w
Teammate Kevin Appie
from the next stall over,d
Washburn's story about h

P) - Jarrod a satellite dish to watch Arizona's
stseason deci- game seven win over the New York
Yankees last year. Appier insisted
I could watch Washburn was focused on deer, not
d. "We don't Fox.
.." "Your elbows are dripping down
ut this year. blood," Appier said, laughing.
e'll just walk Washburn admitted he didn't watch
p the ball and all of the games.
f the World "Usually, I'd fall asleep before the
and San Fran- end," he said.
Now he'll be pitching the big game
day to come," instead of hunting it.
g by his lock- He never had more than 11 wins in
ng way from parts of four major league seasons.
--When Anaheim played
Cleveland in the major
league season opener
March 31, the lefthander
became the Angels' sixth
different opening-day
starter in six seasons.
He gave up a two-run
single to Milton Bradley
GAMu 1-SAuRDY 8Pmin his very first inning of
the season and lost the
els, will face opener 6-0, but went on to go 18-6
3.46 ERA in with a 3.15 ERA, the most victories for
an Angels pitcher in 11 years. From
m a place so April 19 to July 21, he went unbeaten
,855, accord- in 17 starts, going 12-0.
d fit into Edi- "He's a hard thrower," the Giants'
with room to Kenny Lofton said. "He has really
do. good stuff and good command. But if
eek," he said, we do what we should, we can beat
Sunday." anybody on any given.
w and arrow Scioscia said he wanted to see how
and go after his pitchers came out of bullpen ses-
h Dakota to sions before making his other rota-
'the tempera- tion decisions. He must decide
ero. whether he'd rather have Ramon
rind," he said. Ortiz (15-8) in Game 2 or at Pacific
r, listening in Bell Park in Game 3 - which would
didn't believe slot him to start Game 7 if the series
aving to buy goes that far.

Senior defender Amy Sullivant boots one away against Illinois. She leads
Michigan against Notre Dame today, whom the Wolverines have never beaten.

dence that accompanies having a
better record. Aside from this, the
Wolverines are divulging little about
their assets.
"We don't want to reveal our
weapons," Rademacher said.
The outlook for today's game is
certainly a good one and the combi-
nation of higher rankings, more

wins and the home field advantage
could make the outcome different
than in years past.
"The team is enthusiastic about
the game," Rademacher said. "Our
intensity is high, and we feel that we
can match well with Notre Dame,
and succeed. We are excited to win
and play a good team."

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