The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 4, 2002 -17
Veteran defense brings
leadership and maturity
By Albert Kim
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer team's seven
seniors offer the Wolverines an advantage most
schools do not have. It would mean nothing,
though, if the seniors were not leaders. Fortu-
nately, each of them brings
something to the table that
will help the team. SOCCER
"It helps any team to have Notebook
senior leadership, not just
seniors," Michigan coach
Debbie Rademacher said. "All seven are con-
tributors in their own way."
The Wolverines are going with a tri-captain
system this year, and it is no surprise that all
three are seniors. Defenders Andrea Kayal,
Carly Williamson and forward Abby Crumpton
will be expected to provide leadership and
speak for the team, but all of the seniors will
be looked up to.
"There is no substitute for experience,"
Rademacher said. "The type of competition
that all the seniors have faced the last four
years has made them more prepared and even
On the field, the seniors will be expected to
score big goals and keep the team poised and
motivated. Both of these things happened this
past weekend against both Florida and
In each game, the team showed desire and
mental toughness. Crumpton scored the game-
winner in Sunday's come-from-behind victory
against Brigham Young.
"I'm pleased with our intensity and work
rate throughout the games," Rademacher said.
"We seem more mentally prepared."
This helped the team get off to a good start
to the season, something that has been lacking
in recent years.
"It's the first time in a couple years that
we've started with strong teams and come out
2-0, as opposed-to 0-2," Rademacher said.
This season, it appears that defense will be
the Wolverines' strength. The defense boasts
four seniors, including Amy Sullivant and
Vicky Whitley, in addition to Kayal and
Williamson. Through two games, the defense
has given up just one goal.
Crumpton will lead the offense, while sen-
iors Tammy Mitchell and Michele Pesiri will
help hold down the midfield. Having experi-
ence on the field will be especially important
in a few weeks when the Big Ten season gets
The Big Ten season promises to be a big test
for the Wolverines. Penn State, along with
Michigan, is ranked among the top 25 in the
The Wolverines have stayed healthy thus far,
but will need to work on a few details.
"We'll work on our fitness and work on our
finishing," Rademacher said. "We need to
make sure we put them all away."
It will be up to the seniors to help the team
develop that scoring mentality. Seniors are
only an advantage if they grab the role of lead-
ers. For Michigan, it's something that shouldn't
be a problem.
IN WITH THE NEW: Michigan's seniors were
not the only one's to help carry the team to vic-
tory this weekend. The Wolverines received
two goals from freshman Therese Heaton in a
2-0 win over No. 13 Florida.
The Wheaton, Ill. native was rewarded for
her performance by being named the Big Ten
Conference's offensive player of the week.
Heaton's Michigan career got off to a fast
start on Friday, when she scored her first goal
just 36 seconds into the first half by lofting the
ball over Florida's charging goaltender..The
goal set a school record for quickest score,
breaking the previous mark by six seconds.
Heaton wasted little time in getting her Sec-
ond mark on the board. She scored her second
goal fewer than five minutes later.
Michigan junior forward Stephanie Chavez will have the luxury of seven experienced seniors leading the way this season, but she ws
expected to serve as an example for younger players.
Youth leading the way for Blue
By Gennaro Filice
Daily Sports Writer
Senior leadership. In the last
decade, the simple phrase has fre-
quented college sports. Ask most
coaches about the importance of the
two words and they will recite a
speech of Biblical proportions.
Many people in college athletics
feel a strong senior presence is the
most important aspect of a team.
But this year, Michigan men's soc-
cer coach Steve Burns and the
Wolverines are trying to prove
Robert Turpin is the only senior
on the 2002 Michigan roster. As a
two-time captain, he instantly gains
respect and adoration from his
"Younger guys look up to
(Robert) like a grandfather. He is a
great leader and everyone looks to
him on the field as well as off of it,"
Although Turpin is the team's lone
senior, Burns has a hard time believ-
ing that the team will lack guidance.
"People think that the best leader-
ship is seniors, which may or may
not be true," Burns said. "I think
that juniors are just as strong of
components of leadership."
If Burns' "junior hypothesis" is
correct, the Wolverines are loaded
with possible leaders. Michigan
boasts 11 juniors, including Mike
White and Joe Iding, who share the
captain duties with Turpin. Burns
feels that these two juniors can fill
any void left by a lack of seniors.
"Mike is a guy that speaks his
mind. He's always willing to step up
and challenge teammates and coach-
es in a respectful way," Burns said:
"And Joe is everything you want
from an athlete. He is 100 percent
committed to the program."
Talented defender Kevin Taylor
returns for his junior year after earn-
ing All-Great Lakes Third Team
honors in 2001.
While the upperclassmen on the
team look to offer leadership and
experience, the best raw talent for
the Wolverines this season lies in
their younger players.
Sophomore Knox Cameron has
been unstoppable with four goals in
the first two contests this year.
Cameron is coming off a marquee
year in which he earned many acco-
lades, including being named to
Soccer America's 11-member All-
Freshman Team. Cameron also
tuned up his game over the summer
on the US Under-20 National Team.
Another offensive weapon and
"super soph" for Michigan is
Mychal Turpin, who earned All-Big
Ten Second Team honors last year.
Sophomore netminder Joe Zawacki
had a sound performance against
Wright State with five saves, and
could be the factor on the team.
Many players from the class of 2006
are also brewing excitement"'for the
Maize and Blue faithful.
In August, College Soccer News
ranked the incoming freshman class
of 2002 No. 27 in the nation. Adam
Bruh has already turned heads by
becoming the fastest Wolverine to
accumulate three assists in team
With a very deep team, the
Wolverines have set their sights
high. They're looking to contend for
the Big Ten title and an NCAA bid.
Although Michigan only has one
senior, they are talent-ridden, and
Burns thinks his players have the
drive to take their game to the top.
"The team wants this to be a
breakout year," Burns said. "And I
see a hunger in them to do so."
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