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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 28, 2002 - 7B

Stingy Oakland defense tough on 'M'

By Eric Chan
Daily Sports Writer

All good things must come to an end - but
there's no harm in going out with a bang.
Senior captain Andrea Kayal made her last
game at the Varsity Soc-
cer Field a memorable OAKLAND 0
one, scoring both of
Michigan's goals as the 0 MICHIGAN 2
No. 21 women's soccer
team topped Oakland 2-0.
"It's good to get a win under our belt in our last
home game," Michigan coach Debbie Rademacher
said. "It was a big Senior Day, and a really emo-
tional one."
Most of the first half was played at midfield in a,
defensive chess match. Michigan's best opportunity
came early in the game when forward Abby Crump-
ton drove toward the goal and faked out three

defenders, only to have a fourth kick it away before
she could take a shot. The two teams combined for a'
meager four shots on goal, and the score was tied 0-
0 going into the lockerroom at halftime.
"I thought defensively, we played well,"
Rademacher said. "We had a tough time getting
shots off. They played real tough on Abby
(Crumpton) and they were very aggressive and
physical."
Michigan needed a big break to score on a
strong Oakland defense.
The Wolverines got that break 20 minutes into
the second half in the form of what Rademacher
called a "killer pass."
Out of the corner, Freshman defender Colleen
McAndrews fired a crossing pass to Kayal, who
headed it in to give Michigan (7-2-1 Big Ten, 12-
4-1 overall) a 1-0 lead.
A minute later, Oakland (3-2 Mid-Continent
Conference, 7-10) almost stole the momentum

right back. Kristi Swaving slipped through the
Michigan defense and launched a shot at goalie
Suzie Grech. Grech protected the Michigan lead,
leaping into the air and punching the ball over the
crossbar.
With 14 minutes left in the game, Kayal added to
the Michigan lead with a header off of a Michigan
free kick. After the goal, fellow senior Amy Sulli-
vant, who also provided the assist, got down on her
knees and bowed to Kayal as if she were a god.
"It felt awesome. It was a great feeling scoring
for the team," Kayal said. "Everything I do, I do
for them."
On Friday, Michigan had to settle for a tie
with in-state rival Michigan State. Freshman
Therese Heaton scored the Wolverines' only
goal of the day in the 1-1 tie against the Spar-
tans. Michigan will travel to Kentucky this Fri-
day to play its final regular season game before
the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 7-10.

RYAN WEINER/Daily
Michigan junior defender Shannon Reid fights for the ball with an Oakland player. The
Wolverines beat Oakland 2-0 in their last home game of the season.

Kayal a
big time'
player
for Blue
By Michael Nisson
Daily Sports Writer
It seems as if Andrea Kayal has
been playing soccer forever, but in
reality she has only played for 16
years.
"My uncle said, 'you have to start
playing' because all of my cousins
did, so I started because of family
influence," Kayal said. "He said
people love it, and so I tried (play-
ing soccer)."
Kayal developed quickly into an
all-star.
She played with the under-18
National Team in 1999 and was also
named a Parade All-American.
Named to the New Jersey All-State
team in her sophomore, junior and
senior seasons of high school, she
was also the captain of her team as a
senior.
These accomplishments caught the
eye of Michigan coach Debbie
Rademacher, who made Kayal a top-
priority recruit as a defender.
Rademacher's efforts were not made
in vain. They impressed Kayal enough
to make her decide right away that
Michigan was the right place for her
to play her college soccer,
"Michelle (Pesiri) and I came the
same time," Kayal said. "We had the
best visit ever. It was a fun atmos-
phere with athletics and academics."
Yesterday marked the last regular
season home game that Kayal will
play for Michigan.
Over her career, she has improved
a great deal and has also taken on
the leadership role as a captain. She
has been one of the team's captains
for the last two years.
"I have a pretty big mouth," Kayal
said. "I'm constantly talking, and I
just want to help in all areas of the
game, on and off the field."
Rademacher also noted the impact
that Kayal has had on the program
as a whole.
"She's a big-game player,"
Rademacher said.
"She (scored game-winning goals)
for us in Penn State and she did that
for us in Ohio State. That's big,
obviously."
Through Friday, Kayal was tied
for sixth on the team in overall
points with seven this season,
including three goals.
Now that her career at Michigan
is coming to a close, Kayal has
started looking at the future.
She is enrolled in the College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts and
will graduate with a degree in com-
munications.
After that, she said that she wants
to go to law school, and hopefully
become a celebrity agent.
"I will be taking the LSAT in
December," she said. "My future
plans depend upon the score of my
LSAT."
Although Kayal will be missed by
her teammates and coaches, she will
definitely not be forgotten.
She has left her mark at Michigan
and has helped raise the standards
by which future Wolverines will
judged.

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