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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 18, 2002 - 7B

Heaton strives when heat is on
WOMEN'S SOCCER ANN ARBOR

By Michael Nisson
Daily Sports Writer
Some kids play with blocks when they are in kinder-
garten. Others play with paint or toys. Therese Heaton
played soccer.
"My mom just signed me up with my brother," Heaton
said. "I started playing and I loved it, and have been playing
ever since"
Heaton, who is from Wheaton, Ill., is one of six fresh-
men on this year's Michigan women's soccer team. Yes-
terday, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament,
Heaton netted two goals including the game winner
against Miami (Ohio).
This season has been a great one for Heaton, consider-
ing that she is only a freshman. She has participated in all
21 of Michigan's games, starting in 18. As if that is not
impressive enough, she is also second on the team with 22
points, including nine goals and four assists.
It is no wonder that Heaton was overjoyed with her suc-
cess this year.
"It's been everything I could have asked for and more,"
she said. "Everybody dreams (about being a starter), I just
go out there every day and work my hardest and hope the
outcome is a positive thing."
Heaton was a two-year letterwinner for Wheaton
Warenville South High School. While playing there, she was
a two-time all-state and all-sectional selection. She was also
a unanimous All-DuPage Valley Conference selection as the

captain of her high school team.
These awards helped catch the eye of Michigan coach
Debbie Rademacher, who recruited Heaton to Ann Arbor.
Heaton said that Michigan fit her desire as a place to play
collegiate soccer as well.
"Academically, you could not ask for a better school
with such high athletics as well," Heaton said. "I came
on my visit and got to spend time with the team and the
coaches, and I just knew that these were the type of
girls that I wanted to surround myself with for the next
four years."
Rademacher was quick to praise Heaton.
"Therese has come up big," Rademacher said. "She can
hold the ball, she's strong. I expected a lot from her and
actually she has exceeded my expectations."
Heaton was also quick to point out that part of her suc-
cess was due to her teammates and the impact that they have
had on her.
"The girls are amazing," Heaton said. "They make every-
one feel so welcome. From the seniors to the freshmen, we
all mesh so well together. We're not separated by class.
We're one big team. The chemistry that we have off the field
really helps on the field."
The amazing part about Heaton is that she has three
more years to get learn and get better. Next year Heaton
will be a marked woman, but seeing as how she has
already handled the marking by various defenses
throughout this season, it would not be surprising if she
continues to come out on top.

BRENDEN O'DONNELL/Daily
Liz Dosa - a native of Piedmont, Calif. - and the Wolverines beat up on Miami (Ohio) to advance to the Sweet 16 of of the
NCAA Championships. In that round Michigan will face Pepperdine on Saturday, here in Ann Arbor.

KICKERS
Continued from Page 1B
defender Vickie Whitley connected on a beautiful top-
shelf strike to push the lead to 3-0. Abby Crumpton
notched another assist, which increased her career
point-total to 115, first on Michigan's all-time point list.
Crumpton now has 34 points this season, including 11

goals and 12 assists.
Crumpton was modest when asked about the record.
"I don't feel any different," she said. "But it's nice to
make a mark on the program."
Kate Morgan ended the barrage of goals when she
scored with 45 seconds remaining in the game.
Michigan now waits for its next opponent; the team
will face Pepperdine on Saturday, at noon in Ann Arbor.

Soccer hopes for NCAAs after loss
MEN'S SOCCER BhM N STATE COLLEGE

By Gennaro Filce
Daily Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE - In the 69th
minute of the Big Ten Tournament cham-
pionship game, Penn State forward Pasi
Karpinnen spotted Joe Zewe open down
the right sideline and sent a beautiful pass
to lead his streaking teammate. Zewe
gained possession of the ball, took a few
strides and blasted a shot past Michigan
keeper Peter Dzubay to make the score 2-
0 Penn State. The jubilant Wolverines
faithful who had made the trek to State

College went silent; anyone wearing
maize and blue had to realize the implica-
tions of the Nittany Lion score. Up to that
point, the Penn State defense had com-
pletely shut down Michigan's attack, and
a two-goal deficit seemed more than
insurmountable.
With just 20 minutes remaining in the
match, it would have been easy for the
Wolverines to give up. By reaching the
tournament final, Michigan had already
achieved more than many would have
expected out of a program in its third year
of existence. Also, the Wolverines semifi-
nal win over Michigan State had almost
guaranteed Michigan a spot in the NCAA
tournament. They had played impressively
in the tournament, but as it looked, would
fall a few scores short of champion status.
So game over, right? Wrong.
Although Penn State eventually won the
game 2-1, in a microcosm of the Wolver-
ines' season, Michigan battled until the
final whistle blew.
After the game, Penn State coach Barry
Gorman applauded Michigan's relentless
finish by stating that "the final whistle
couldn't have come sooner," and later
praised the Wolverines for their sustained
effort.
"Michigan has really come a long way
in three years," Gorman said. "It is a very
young program, and my hat's off to them.
I thought also they came back very
strongly in the second half, and again, it's
a conference matchup, they never say
die."
Never say die indeed.
On Oct. 20, Michigan entered a game at
Wisconsin very unsure of where their sea-
son was headed. Up to that point the
Wolverines had accumulated a 4-6-1
record overall, including an 0-3 mark in
Big Ten play. Rolling over and beginning
to prepare for the 2003 campaign did not
look very far out of the question. But
Michigan persevered, beating the Badgers
3efore the penalty kick, Burns yelled over the h
)zubay that Penn State shooter, senior and perfec
nt Jacquette, would try and go right, who quickl
ich he did and Dzubay pounced on keeper and
ball. Jacquette hit the ball perfectly, nament, Ry
Dzubay's save was even better. to cut off th
dichigan played strongly and more flicked the
npactly in the second half, and started rushed arou
comeback at 75:11 when senior cap- a quick sh
. Robert Turpin lit up the scoreboard defender c
his first goal of the season. Off a cor- White and
kick by freshman Adam Bruh, White They hit th
e tournament's offensive MVP) Overall,
ssed a shot off the left post, which nal tourna
pin rebounded and sent into the net coach it wa
[wo minutes later, the Wolverines had "Especia
ir best chance to equal the score, as couple pla
y were feeding off the momentum of that they I
pin's goal. Bruh lobbed the ball just State coach

in a thriller, 3-2. This game catapulted the
Wolverines to an eight-game unbeaten
streak before yesterday's defeat in the Big
Ten Tournament final. Michigan coach
Steve Burns credits the streak to the opti-
mistic approach that never left the
Wolverines.
"The coaching staff always remained
positive, we stuck with the game plan, we
continued to believe in the process and we
realized we were a good team who had
gotten a couple of unlucky breaks along
the way," Burns said. "It's a compliment
to these guys because they know what the
concept of team is all about, and how ..
powerful that force can be if it all comes
together at the right time. The coaching
staff and players never lost confidence,
and that's kind of a lesson for us."
Burns acknowledges that this unmerci-
ful run was a big step for the program, but
does not want his players to forget what
brought them their success.
"It's a breakout for us, and we were
hoping it would happen within the first
four years of our program," Burns said.
"We were pleased that it happened here, sr'
but my job is to make sure that there's no
complacency that sets in. When they're
hauling themselves up at 6:30 in the
morning, in the middle of February, and
it's 10 degrees below 0, to go for a run,
that they know why they're doing it. It's #
for these moments right here."
So, now that the Big Ten season is
done, what's next on tap for the "never
say die" Wolverines? Most likely, the.
NCAA Tournament.
"I think the players all have a little
smile on their face because we're feeling .
pretty good about the fact that we're a
team that has come together at the right
time," Burns said.
"I think they'll take at least three, or
maybe four teams from the Big Ten. And JESSICA YURASEK/Daily
if so, I think we've got a good chance of Michigan freshman Tral Blanks Is tripped up by a Penn State defender. The Wolverines stumbled against
being one." the Nittany Lions yesterday allowing them to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Michigan added one goal too late.

JESSICA YURASEK/Daily
Michigan sophomore Mychal Turpin evades a
defender in yesterday's 2-loss to Penn State.

LIONS
Continued from Page 1B
Michigan's lineup was without vocal
leader and stalwart defender (junior)
Kevin Taylor, as well as offensive threat
(junior) Kevin Robinson. Taylor had
received two yellow cards in the previous
match and Robinson a red card, thus
both had to miss the Penn State game.
To compensate, Michigan started
freshman Chris Glinski for Taylor and
settled into a defensive-minded 4-4-2
formation (instead of 3-5-2), hoping to
contain Penn State's offensive abilities.
"KT (Taylor) is no doubt our emotion-
al leader, with (junior tri-captain) Mike
White being a close second," Burns said.
"His presence was missed. We had
thought Glinski would be able to come in
and take care of business, but it wasn't a
(good) field condition day for him -
he's a big guy with slower feet. But our
concept of team is that we're a sympho-
ny and there isn't one instrument that
carries the symphony."
Michigan looked disorganized and got
down early in the match. At 12:56 Penn
State sophomore Chad Severs received a
pass inside the 18-yard box and one-
touched a lob-shot past freshman net-
minder Peter Dzubay.
"They were all over us those first 25
minutes before we could regroup and get
our game sorted out to what had gotten
us this far," Burns said.
Despite an improved performance by
Michigan as the game progressed, the
Nittany Lions also continued to play well
and went up 2-0 at 68:24 on a goal from
sophomore Joe Zewe.

ead of a Penn State defender
tly to freshman Trai Blanks,
y sent it to White. Penn State's
defensive MVP of the tour-
yan Sickman, came off his line
he oncoming White, but White
ball over his head and then
und Sickman to try and get off
hot. But another Penn State
ame across the box and met
the ball at the same time.
e ball and sent it out of play.
Michigan played a phenome-
rnent and showed the opposing
s an up-and-coming team.
ally since they were missing a
yers, (I give) credit to them
rade it a tough game," Penn
Barry Gorman said.

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