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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 15, 2004

Down and


By Anne Uible
Daily Sports Writer

gets shut out by Wildcats -

Five for five.
That's the number of shots on goal Northwestern had, and made, on the
Michigan men's soccer team in the semifinal game of the Big Ten Tourna-
ment on Friday.
"When I look at the stats and look at the number of chances, they were
about even, but the quality of chances sure fell on their M0 1 AN
side," Michigan coach Steve Burns said. "They are a
team that gets a lot of players back quickly defensively
and chokes away spaces. If you're not playing the ball
quickly through those spaces with few touches and a lotMc GN
of movement through it, I think it's to their advantage, No E
and we didn't address that."
The seventh-seeded Wolverines (1-4-1 Big Ten, 10-7-4 overall) entered
the game against the third-seeded Wildcats (3-2-1, 14-4-2) confident they
would be evenly matched against their competition. The decisive 5-0 loss
shocked the Wolverines, and left them upset by the possible conclusion
of their season.
"I'm a little speechless," senior captain Knox Cameron said. "They just
came out and surprised us, to be honest."
The Wolverines started off the game echoing the same intensity from the
night before in their 1-0 win over Ohio State. The team dominated corner
kicks and second balls, making several aggressive attacks on the Northwest-
ern net. While they were unable to convert any shots into open kicks on net,
the Wolverines outshot the Wildcats 10-6 by the end of the first half. In the
midst of Michigan's dominance for the first 45 minutes, Northwestern scored
its first goal in the 14th minute during a scrum in front of the Wolverines' net.
Brad North was able to get the ball past junior goalie Peter Dzubay to open

the scoring.
"We were pretty optimistic going into halftime," senior captain Knox
Cameron said. "We thought we had just given them a goal and we were going
to get it right back."
But, the second half was a one-sided game in favor of Northwestern. The
Wildcats scored back-to-back goals in the 47th and 48th minute, stunning the
Wolverines into submission.
"After the second goal it was like, 'OK, we're down two, let's get after
them,' " Cameron said. "Before we knew what had hit us, we were three goals
down. They came out and took it to us."
Northwestern's third goal was highly disputed by the Michigan bench. As
Wildcats' forward David Roth tore down the midfield toward the goal, he ran
into senior captain Matt Neimeyer and knocked him to the ground, unable to
stop Roth from getting to the net. Neimeyer was removed from the field with
a hurt foot, and didn't return for the remainder of the game. The Michigan
bench got so heated about the goal being scored while they were down a man
that the referee flashed the team a red card.
Northwestern continued to dominate the game and scored two more goals
by the conclusion of the 90 minutes.
"It's tough to leave the field knowing that this could possibly be my last
game," Cameron said. "It's tough, but we can't hang our heads too low. We
played a good team. They finished their chances. We had chances, too, but we
just couldn't put them away."
Today at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNews, the NCAA will announce the 48 teams
chosen to compete in the NCAA Tournament that begins on Friday. Burns is
optimistic about Michigan earning an at-large bid.
"We are very close," Burns said. " I think the strength of our schedule
really helps us. When you look at the significant wins we've had and we've
haven't had any bad losses to teams we shouldn't have lost to, we're right

Senior Mychal Turpin defends the ball in Michigan's win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament
last Thursday. The team's success stopped there - it lost 5-0 to Northwestern in the second round.

Last-minute surge can't save Blue

By Matt Singer
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - Trailing 3-0 to
Detroit in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament, the Michigan women's
soccer team needed breaks to get back
in the game. Down 3-1 with six minutes
left, the Wolverines needed a miracle.
They almost got it.
With 5:53 to go in the second half,
freshman Melissa Dobbyn boomed a
shot to the top-left corner of the net past
Detroit goalkeeper Alisson Dube and
cut the Detroit lead
to 3-2. Down by
just one goal, the E IT
Wolverines smelled
blood, and furiously attacked the net.
But time simply ran out on Michigan. As
the final minute ticked away, sophomore
Emily Kalmbach sent a cross into a pile
of bodies in front of the Titans net. The
ball went through the box untouched,
and the Titans cleared it, allowing them
to celebrate their first-ever NCAA Tour-
nament victory.
"Obviously, we're extremely dis-
appointed," Michigan coach Debbie
Rademacher said. "To get down three
goals in the first half and have to try to
get out of that hole was tough. We gave

it everything we had, and we were chip-
ping away at it, but it was just a little bit
too late."
Dropping five of its previous seven
games, Michigan hoped for a fresh
start after receiving a berth to the
NCAA Tournament. But on Friday,
taking full advantage of a stiff tail-
wind, the Titans jumped all over
Michigan early on.
"Definitely, (the wind) affected
the game," senior tri-captain Rachel
Rothenbach said. "But it's nothing that a
team shouldn't overcome. It's part of the
game to deal with the weather. We've
played in those conditions before."
Detroit scored its first goal in the
14th minute after sophomore Brenna
Mulholland took down Titan forward
Judith Atwood inside the box. Despite
Mulholland's protest, the referees
awarded Detroit a penalty kick. Junior
Allison Epple beat Michigan sopho-
more goalkeeper Megan Tuura, and
the Titans jumped out to an early 1-0
Michigan missed out on a golden
opportunity less than five minutes later.
Freshman Jamie Artsis was taken down
from behind on her way to the net,
giving Michigan its own penalty kick
chance. But Dube scooped up senior

tri-captain Laura Tanchon's attempt and
preserved Detroit's lead.
Soon after, Detroit sophomore Kathy
Banjavcic worked her way behind the
Michigan defense, finding herself alone
with Tuura. Banjavcic popped the ball
over the charging goalkeeper, giving the
Titans a 2-0 lead.
Following Detroit's second goal,
Michigan reasserted itself offensively,
earning a few offensive opportunities
of its own. But with less than two min-
utes to go in the half, the Titans netted
the backbreaker. Senior Judith Atwood
streaked down the right side of the field,
and Tuura once again came out of the
net to challenge. This time, Tuura made
a spectacular diving stop, but Banja-
vcic collected the rebound in front of
an empty net. She tapped it in, giving
Detroit an enormous 3-0 halftime lead.
Going into halftime, Michigan knew
it had a daunting task ahead. But the
Wolverines weren't packing it in.
"We went into halftime, we had the
wind (in the second half), that is an
advantage," Rademacher said. "We've
seen teams come back from those kind
of deficits, and we certainly thought we
had a chance to do it."
The combination of the wind and
Detroit's ultraconservative play set up
a wild second half in which.Michigan
outshot Detroit 13-1. The Titans made
no serious effort to move the ball down
the field, hoping that packing the box
would make their 3-0 lead stick.
The strategy almost backfired.
After failing to convert a few good
scoring opportunities early in the half,
Michigan finally got on the board in the
62nd minute. Sophomore Judy Coffman

used the wind to her advantage, hooking
a corner kick into the net to score her
first career goal.
The Wolverines continued to apply
pressure, but Dube came through in the
clutch, making seven second-half saves.
Despite Dobbyn's late goal, the monu-
mental task proved to be too much for
Michigan. In the end, all the Wolver-
ines could do was reflect on their earli-
est NCAA Tournament exit since 1997.
Especially for the seniors, it was a bit-
tersweet finale.
"It's been a great few years," Tanchon
said. "I've grown not only as a player but
as a person, and Michigan's got a great
The early exit was disappointing for a
program that came into the season with
much higher expectations, but the Wol-
verines' future still looks bright. Wheth-
er it was Dobbyn booming shots, Artsis
hustling past her opponents or freshman
Carrie LaCroix weaving through the
Titan defense, the Wolverines' youngest
players played major roles in the attempt
at a comeback.
"I think we had a lot of young players
out there that haven't been in this situa-
tion before," Rachemacher said. "Every
year makes a huge difference. Where
(the seniors) are today, as opposed to
four years ago, is light years different.
I think if you can take a young core and
bring them up, they're going to learn.
You know you're going to have to have
games like this in a four-year career.
You hope it isn't in the first round of the
NCAA's, but you know you're going to
have your ups and downs. This (loss) is
what we're going to feed off of to pre-
pare for the future."

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Melissa Dobbyn's goal in the last minutes of Michigan's game against Detroit brought
the Wolverines within one, but goal could not manage another before time ran out.

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season goals record.
Amid shouts of encouragement from their
reserves and fans, the Spartans quickly took control
of a game that had seemed out of reach just minutes
before. Michigan State's players had decided at half-
time that the game was theirs to win.
"We just emptied our buckets," Beerman said.
"Everybody played with heart and played hard. We
gave it all, I guess."
Michigan's defense held strong, and the Wolver-
ines inched closer to taking a lead. Michigan shots
flew wide or were blocked, dives fell an inch short
- so it was up to the defense to keep the game at
"I think (the defense) did a nice job," Hortillosa
said. "We had nice low tackles. Michigan prides
itself on its defense, not just scoring, but defense as a
whole, and that's something we tried to work on all
year long. It just didn't come out for us today."
Spartan forwards managed to breach the Michi-
gan defense just once more. But it was that single
goal that ended Michigan's season.
Michigan State sophomore Ashley Pernicano
broke the tie with a tip-in after a free hit. Goud-
swaard took the free hit just outside of the circle and
Pernicano managed to get her stick on it to poke it
behind several defenders and past a diving Riley.

The Wolverines continued to put pressure on
Kirkaldy and the Spartan defense, but there were no
holes to be found, and Spartan fans began celebrat-
ing as the clock wound down to zero.
But Michigan was granted a second life. A Spartan
defender committed a stick-checking penalty as time
expired, and the Wolverines were awarded a penalty
corner. On the ensuing penalty corner, the ball skipped
over Hillman's stick and the game appeared over, but a
second, untimed penalty corner was called.
This time the pass from Lentz was on target, the
set by Hillman was on, and Hortillosa hammered
the ball to the left side, hoping to catch the goal
or even a teammate's stick, but it rolled about six
feet wide of the left post, and the Spartans were
headed to the final four.
"You can't really quantify the whole match with
just that last corner," Hortillosa said. "There was
tons of pressure, of course, but I tried to stay as calm
as I could and get a good shot. Getting the second
chance felt like it was a sign that maybe we could
tie it up. It was the same corner as the original one
was set up, and it just went wide. The game is full
of those situations where you could say, 'I wished I
would have done this different,' but we're not going
to do that."
While they won't have a chance to compete in
next week's final four, the Wolverines are surely
counting the days until their seemingly inevitable
rematch next November.

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