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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 4, 2002 - 7B
Robinson's overtime goal
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By Gennaro Filce
Daily Sports Writer
In last Friday's addition of The Lantern
(Ohio State's student newspaper), senior
captain Tony Earp voiced his opinions
about the upcoming soccer match against
"Last year, they came here and beat us,
so now it's our turn to let them know how it
feels. They have a couple of tough players
in (knox) Cameron and (Mychal) Turpin
that can cause us problems if they go
unmarked. Either way, we're pretty confi-
dent about our level of play and have no
doubt that we can get the job done."
This simple outlook on the game por-
trayed a certain confidence carried by Ohio
State, and reassured the scarlet and gray
faithful that the events of last season would
be avenged.
Unfortunately for Earp and the Buckeyes,
these pre-game prophecies caughtthe atten-
tion of some student-athletes a little north
of Columbus.
"We combed their school newspaper, and
used some bulletin board material, and that
really helped to pump everybody up and get
the result today," Michigan coach Steve
Burns said.
The result was a 1-0 Michigan overtime win,
which gave the Wolverines a victory over heat-
ed-rival Ohio State for the second straight year.
The "W" also put Michigan in a four-way tie
with Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin

for second place in the Big Ten, with a final
mark of 3-3 in conference play (8-6-1 overall).
A physical and emotional battle, the match
came to an abrupt end in 98th minute, when
Michigan junior Kevin Robinson received a
pass from Mychal Turpin and buried the ball
in the back of the net.
"I heard the goalie call for the ball, and it
was in the air and I didn't think the defense
saw me, so I just went towards the goal,"
Robinson said. "(Turpin) headed it, and I
was in the right spot. I just got my toe on it,
and it went in."
Robinson's goal, just his second of the year,
won the game, and showed Earp and any
other doubters that the Wolverines don't just
consist of Cameron and Turpin.
"Coach has been stressing all year long, it's
not a one- or a two-man team," Cameron said.
"It's a team effort, and as you can see, Kevin
Robinson got the great goal today."
Although the game saw only one score,
there was a sufficient amount of offense. The
Wolverines cranked out nine shots, including
many close calls, before the Robinson strike.
Ohio State also had many opportunities, but
thanks largely to freshman keeper Peter
Dzubay, the Buckeyes converted none of
their seven shots. Burns was very pleased
with the play of his young keeper, who
improved his record between the pipes to an
impressive 5-1.
"What you need, especially in a game
like this, is your goalkeeper to keep you in
the game long enough to figure out a way

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The Wolverines downed the Buckeyes 1-0 in a tightly contested and physical overtime game yesterday. The win secured a third-place finish in the Big
Ten for the Wolverines this season.

to win it," Burns said. "Dzubay did his part
today, by keeping a blank sheet against a
very good Ohio State team."
The match was very evenly played, and
came down to one defining moment; char-
acteristics Burns credits to the rivalry.
"The game matched up to the billing,"
Burns said. "Michigan-Ohio State, it's
going to be hard fought. This type of rivalry
is going to be decided by who can take

advantage of a little, little mistake that the
other team makes, just because both teams
are in form at this point of the season."
Already done with conference play,
Michigan finishes off its regular season this
week with games against local rivals
Detroit and Oakland.
"I think we're going to come into the next
two games with a lot of confidence, and
just keep the train rolling," Robinson said.

No two-man team
Yesterday Michigan proved there is more to
the team than just Knox Cameron and
Mychal Turpin.

Goals Assists
Mike White 7 6
Jurgen Schmieder 6 0
Adam Bruh 0 11
Kevin Robinson 2 3


Goalkeeper's toughness is key to Blue's success

By Kevin Maratea
For the Daily
"Coming into this season I wasn't even sure if I was
going to be able to play," said Michigan freshman net-
minder Peter Dzubay.
Last fall (in high school), after jumping into the air
to pull down a loose ball, Dzubay got kicked and tore
the posterior crucial ligament in his right knee.
When Dzubay came down with the ball, an oncom-
ing striker attempted to knock it out of his hands, but
inadvertently struck Dzubay's knee.
The hit broke the opposing forwards' shin into two
pieces and part of the bone disgustingly broke through
his skin, as Dzubay suffered the lesser of the two evils.
Dzubay not only finished the game, but also the rest of
his season, before finally having surgery last January.
Despite wanting to train over the summer, his knee
was too sore. He was unable to even kick a ball around
until two weeks before the season started.
But now, outfitted with a knee brace, Dzubay has
taken over the starting keeper job from sophomore Joe
"Dzubay got the opportunity to step up as the team
was peaking and finding its form ... he's done well
and the team has built confidence in him," Michigan
coach Steve Burns said. "Now the team's trust in him
is growing."
Those attributes were heightened yesterday when

Dzubay left a "goose egg" on the scoreboard for Ohio
State after an overtime victory. He played a strong
game, saving seven shots - two of which were from
point blank range and should have been goals.
With nine minutes left in the first half, Dzubay made
a dramatic kick save.
"I read the attacker and knew he was going to go
low," Dzubay said, "and I thought he would take a shot
(to my) left, but then he went right and I just flung my
foot out there and took a deep breath."
In the 36th minute of the second half, Dzubay
denied another Buckeye's scoring opportunity. Michi-
gan made a defensive miscue, allowing Ohio State to
slot the ball along the right side of the 18-yard box
and the Buckeyes' forward took a rocket shot from
about 11 yards out. But Dzubay reacted well and dove
to his right, stoning the attempt. He further showed
his skills after the impressive save, by not fumbling
the ball, thus not allowing a rebound shot by one of
the lingering attackers.
"He's a big body ... and covers a lot of the goal;"
said junior defender Kevin Taylor. "When we get
caught on our backside, it really helps that he's back
there talking."
The keeper position helps to mobilize the team
throughout the match and is often very vocal. But it
was Taylor during most of the game versus Ohio State,
not Dzubay, who could be heard.
"I like to do most of the talking ... he doesn't have

to," Taylor said happily.
"When K.T. is vocal, you know he's in the game and
playing well," Dzubay said, adding, "plus I have a cold."
Whether Dzubay is vocal or not, he makes the saves
to give his team a chance for victory.
"We needed him to keep us in the game, and he kept
a blank sheet into overtime against a very good Ohio
State team," Burns said of the victory, which moves
Michigan into a second place tie in the Big Ten.
Dzubay also showed his toughness in the first half,
when he beat Ohio State junior Justin Cook to a loose
ball at the edge of the box and stood him up. Despite
Cook running aggressively into him, Dzubay retained
possession of the ball. Cook received a yellow card for
his dangerous play.
Regardless of his experience, Dzubay is hoping the
team will continue to trust in him as it finishes up the
regular season and prepare for the upcoming Big Ten
Having a goalie "being a freshman doesn't bother us,"
Taylor said of his lanky 6-foot-1, 188 pound keeper. "He
wouldn't be out there if the team didn't trust him."
With a 0.85 goals against average in nine games and
a 5-1 record - including two shutout victories, in the
six games he's started - there is no reason the team
won't believe in him.
"We have to keep winning," Dzubay said of the
team's expectations. "We want to get into the NCAA

Michigan's Mychal Turpin wards of Ohio State's Matt McCune
In a fight for the ball.

Wolverines shut out
in regular season finale

By Eric Chan
Daily Sports Writer
Who would win in a fight? A
wolverine or a wildcat? This past
Friday, the Wildcats got the last
laugh as the No. 21 Michigan
women's soccer team dropped its
last regular season game to
unranked Kentucky by a score of 1-
0, on the road.
"I don't think it was our best
showing," senior captain Andrea
Kayal said.
Michigan's (7-2-1 Big Ten, 13-4-1
overall) best scoring opportunity
came late in the first half when for-
ward Abby Crumpton, the Wolver-
ines' most dangerous offensive
weapon, fired a shot off the cross-
Kentucky's Danielle Slupsky
could not have picked a better time
to score the first goal of her career.
At the 32:58 mark, minutes after
Crumpton's missed opportunity,
Slupsky took a long ball from sen-
ior Christal Mattingly to score the
game's lone goal. It was fitting that
on Kentucky's senior night two sen-
iors, Mattingly and Jami Fritter,
would assist on the game-winning
tally. After the goal, Michigan "lost
focus" as Kayal put it.
"Maybe we could have pulled it
off if we were more focused toward
the end," Kayal said.

"Getting everyone on the same
page for a full 90 minutes is a very
difficult task."
After thegoal, Kentucky (7-7
SEC, 9-7) dominated the rest of the
game. The Wildcats pounded the
ball into Michigan's zone over and
over, out-shooting the Wolverines
14-3 in the second half of the con-
test. Early in the second period,
Kentucky almost added to its lead
with a flurry of shots that deflected
off the crossbars. Michigan goalie
Suzie Grech, who finished the game
with , seven saves, ended the
onslaught by knocking the ball out
of bounds.
"The loss does nothing to our
team going into Big Tens. We're
really confident going into the tour-
nament and we know what we have
to do," Kayal said. "The regular sea-
son title was our first goal, but now
that the chance has passed, our goal
is the tournament."
After the nonconference loss,
Michigan remains in second in the
Big Ten standings, thanks in part to
Illinois' upset over No. 11 Purdue
yesterday afternoon, behind power-
house Penn State.
Because of the Illini's win, the
Wolverines will remain the second
seed in the upcoming conference
tournament and will face seventh-
seeded Ohio State on Thursday in
East Lansing.

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