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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 12, 2005

Blue splits in disappointing
weekend road trip to Ohio

By Daniel Bromwich
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 17 Michigan women's soccer team left Ann
Arbor for Ohio its first road trip of the season very con-
fident. After a weekend in which it defeated Texas in the
first-ever night game at U-M Soccer Field and then came
back to tie No. 6 Texas A&M, the team was undefeated
and riding high.
But the Wolverines left Miami Soccer Field on Sunday
afternoon with its first loss and a bit of a reality check.
Michigan came out of Friday's game against Ohio with
a 3-2 win. But even though they allowed just two shots on
freshman goalie Madison Gates, the Wolverines could
not convert on a single one of their 18 opportunities and
dropped the match 1-0 on Sunday.
"We really dominated the play today," coach Debbie
Rademacher said. "We were on the attack pretty much
the whole game, but this was just a game where we
couldn't finish our chances."
The over-matched Red Hawks converted at 18:53
when Lindy Slinger headed a cross past Gates. Despite
Michigan's constant pressure, that goal proved to be the
difference in the match.
"They came out really fired up," senior forward
Therese Heaton said. "It was their first home game, and
they came out and got a goal really early. We put pres-
sure on them until the very end of the game, but we just
couldn't find the net."
The Wolverines had 12 shots on goal in the second half
but were never able to finish the job. Freshman Danelle
Underwood, who scored the game-winner against Texas,
had a career-high six shots and Heaton added four. For
Heaton, the game marked the end of a three-game point
streak.
"It's disappointing to lose this game," Rademacher
said. "This was a team that we match up really well with,
and we dominated play. We just didn't finish.".

One of Michigan's best opportunities came with just
under two minutes left in the match. Sophomore mid-
fielder Jamie Artsis controlled the ball and fired a shot
directly in front of the Miami net, but goalkeeper Shan-
non Chew stopped it to keep the shutout intact.
Gates was starting just the second game of her career.
Despite facing little pressure, she allowed an early goal
and did not gather a save.
"I thought she did well," Rademacher said. "The one
that was scored on her was a beautiful goal, and that's
one that is going to get scored no matter what you do."
The Wolverines did not expect to go undefeated, but
they did not expect their first defeat to come at the hands
of the Red Hawks either. Sunday was just the second time
in school history and the first time in five years Miami
knock off a nationally ranked team. One reason for the
loss could be that it is a young team on its first road trip.
But mostly, the team just needs to capitalize on its scor-
ing chances.
"It's a good sign - we are getting chances and getting
opportunities offensively," Heaton said. "We put pres-
sure on them right up until the game ended. We've just
got to convert."
As the Wolverines approach the Big Ten season, they
plan to use this game as a learning experience. The les-
son learned: Never underestimate an opponent.
"We might have come into the game a little over-con-
fident," Heaton said. "We misjudged our opponent a little
bit. But we have to use this loss and learn from it. We are
a much better team than we showed today."
Michigan had an easier time finding the net on Friday,
as they beat Ohio, 3-2. Senior forwards Heaton and Katie
Kramer led the team, and Kramer scored the winner at
65:03. Heaton added two assists.
The team returns to Ann Arbor this weekend for a
night game against Western Michigan on Friday before
traveling to South Bend for a Sunday game against the
Irish.

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Therese Heaton saw her three-game scoring streak end In yesterday's 1-0 loss to Miami (Ohio).

Morris's first career hat trick
propels Stickers past pesky foe

By Daniel Levy
Daily Sports Writer

Late in the second half of Saturday's
match, Michigan and Old Dominion
found themselves tied at three with the
role of hero still up for grabs. With 10
minutes left, Michigan junior Kara Lentz
took a sweeping shot from just outside the
circle. Katie Morris, one of the Wolver-
ines' three captains, stuck out her stick
and redirected the ball top-shelf past Old
Dominion's Mary Cate Gordon.to give
Michigan the lead.
With the score and time on their side,
the Wolverines clamped down defen-
sively, holding the Monarchs to just two
shots in the final 10 minutes. Junior
goalie Beth Riley stopped both, and
Michigan won 4-3 at Phyllis Ocker Field
in Ann Arbor.
"It's a tremendous win for the pro-
gram," Michigan coach Nancy Cox said.
"What was clearly demonstrated today on
the field was our senior leadership."
These days Michigan's field hockey
team (3-3) might want to consider spell-
ing captain with a "K" for Katie. Morris
battled through a foot contusion to net the
gamewinner, and the goal gave her a hat
trick, the first of her career. And oh yeah,
she tallied the game winner in a 2-1 home
win against Miami (Ohio) on Friday as
well.

"As a senior, our role is to step up when
nothing else is going on," Morris said. "I
realize that is part of the job and try to
do what I can, but it was also a complete
team effort."
Despite Morris's great play, Michi-
gan never felt comfortable against Old
Dominion (2-3). The two teams battled
back and forth all day, with neither team
able to build more than a one-goal lead.
Wolverine freshman Erin Dallas got the
scoring started early. Dallas took the ball
deep into the Monarchs' circle and fired
a shot on net. Gordon made the stop, but
Dallas stayed with the loose ball and sent
the rebound high over Gordon's shoulder
to give Michigan a 1-0 lead six minutes
into the game.
The Wolverines barely had a chance
to enjoy it because the Monarchs came
storming back. One minute after Dallas
scored, Old Dominion's Katelyn Smither
took advantage of a scrum in front of the
net to bang the ball past Riley to tie the
score. Two minutes later, Denise Admi-
raal redirected a shot by Riley to give the
Monarchs a 2-1 advantage.
Morris tallied her first goal of the game
when she picked up a loose ball in front of
the Monarch's net and beat Gordon to tie
the game heading into halftime.
Looking for a good start to the sec-
ond half, Michigan did not get what it
hoped for. Janelle Engle took advantage

of a penalty corner opportunity to put Old
Dominion back on top just over two min-
utes into the second half.
A key mistake by Gordon got the Wol-
verines right back into the game. She left
her circle to collect a loose ball, hoping
to prevent Michigan freshman Stephanie
Hoyer from taking a good shot on net.
Gordon beat Hoyer to the ball but failed
to control it. Michigan junior Mary Fox
picked it up and dumped it into the circle
where Morris was waiting. The junior
sent the ball into the empty net for her
second goal of the game, tying the score
at three with 16 minutes to play.
"I was just at the right place ,at the
right time," Morris said. "That one was
the result of the hard work of the entire
team."
Old Dominion out-shot Michigan, 17-
10, and had seven more penalty corner
opportunities. But Riley was solid in net
for the Wolverines, making nine saves
and keeping Michigan in the game until
Morris got the offense going.
Saturday's win over Old Dominion
extended the Wolverines' win streak to
three games.
"We are gaining more and more con-
fidence with each game, and, as a young
team, we need that," Morris said. "Now
we are starting to get rolling, and we can
ride the momentum."

Senior Katie Morris's goal with 10 minutes left led Michigan past Old Dominion with a 4-3 win on Saturday.

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