2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 26, 2005
ClubSpor t sWeekly
Club soccer aims for national title
Name: Christian Vozza
Hometown: Traverse City
Team: Men's Golf
By Colt Rosensweig
Daily Sports Writer
Men's club soccer at Michigan almost ceased
to exist five years ago.
In 2000, men's soccer became a varsity sport,
which not only stripped the club team of its best
players, but also of its coach. But the players
who loved the club team refused to let it die,
and this year the team has realistic hopes of a
Thanks to an infusion of new blood - this
year's club includes two freshmen and fourteen
sophomores - the team is looking to improve
upon last year's fourth-place regional finish.
"Last year was the first time in four years
that we didn't go to nationals," said Scott Hol-
zwarth, club president and one of two seniors
on this year's club. "We had issues with scoring
goals - we had five 0-0 ties."
Actually, no one ended up going to nationals
in 2004. They were to be held in Austin, Texas,
but due to flooding of the fields, all the games
stay n first
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Boston Red Sox
maintained a share of first place in the AL
East with another fine performance at their
new home away from home, Camden Yards.
Manny Ramirez hit his 41st homer in a five-run
first inning and Johnny Damon connected in a
four-run fifth, leading the Red Sox past the Bal-
timore Orioles 9-3 yesterday for a three-game
A majority of the 46,559 fans in attendance
were cheering for Boston. There was no Green
Monster in left field, but for a third straight day
the seating bowl was filled with fans in red and
the Orioles' home stadium sounded very much
like Fenway Park.
The victory enabled the defending World Series
champions to remain tied atop the division with
the New York Yankees, who beat Toronto 8-4.
New York opens a four-game series in Baltimore
on Monday, and Boston plays four home games
against Toronto before closing with three against
the Yankees at Fenway.
It was the fifth homer in five games for
Ramirez, who moved into a tie with former Ori-
ole Cal Ripken for 34th place on the career list
David Wells (14-7) allowed three runs and six
hits in 6 2-3 innings before leaving with a minor
injury. The left-hander received a lengthy stand-
ing ovation as he walked off the mound, and the
noise grew even louder after he acknowledged
Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada homered
for the Orioles, whose eight-game losing streak
matches a season high. Tejada was guilty of two
mental blunders and a fielding error that fueled
Boston's two big innings.
The Red Sox got all the offense they needed in
the top of the first. After rookie John Maine (2-
were cancelled. This year nationals will be in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, from November 18-21.
"Our goal is definitely to go undefeated, win
regionals, and definitely win a national cham-
pionship," Holzwarth said. "We have a really
young team, but we have a good future ahead
The time commitment for club soccer, while
not as consuming as varsity, is still consider-
able. The team practices three times a week
and plays two or three games each weekend, all
against different teams. Sometimes games are
played up to 5 1/2 hours from Ann Arbor.
The team maintained its unbeaten record this
weekend. After defeating Ferris State 6-0 and
Indiana-South Bend 4-0 on Saturday, the team
returned home at 1 a.m. Eight hours later they
played a friendly match against a tough Illinois
team. Though the team was exhausted and play-
ing without three of its four starting defenders,
they gutted out a 1-1 tie.
The game won't count in the standings, but
both teams played as if it did. Freshman Carey
Hynes scored an early goal when the ball rolled
between the Illinois keeper's legs. Illinois
equalized at the beginning of the second half
with a perfect header off a corner kick. It domi-
nated the second half, but didn't score, thanks to
Michigan's gritty defense.
The team began the season with three straight
wins over Loyola-Chicago, Western Illinois and
Indiana, outscoring its opponents 19-2. Eleven
different players contributed goals in the first
"Our offensive attack is very strong this year,"
Holzwarth said. "We're multi-dimensional and
don't rely on one player. We have many players
who can score this year."
Despite their early success, the players aren't
relaxing. Instead, they will continue to work on
improving all aspects of their games.
"High pressure on the ball and pressing up top
is something we need to improve on," Holzwarth
said. "We need to win the ball in their defensive
end to produce goals. That's the main thing we
should work on, keep shaping the defense."
Why: Vozza led the Wolverines to their first tournament victory
since 2001 at the Wolverine Intercollegiate. He shot under par in
all three of his rounds (67-69-69), finishing in first place with a
total score of 205.
9/29 M Soccer at Dayton
9/30 W Cross Country-Notre Dame
9/30 M Cross Country-Notre Dame
9/30 Field Hockey vs. Indiana
9/30 W Soccer at Indiana
9/30 Volleyball at Iowa
10/1-2 W Golf-Wolverine Invitatiorral
10/1 Football at Michigan State
10/1 W Rowing vs. Ohio State
10/1 Hockey-Blue/White Intersquad
10/1 Volleyball at Minnesota
10/1 M Soccer at Saint Louis
10/2 Field Hockey vs. Penn State
10/2 Hockey vs. Toronto
10/2 W Soccer at Purdue
2. Texas (3-0)
" Dear Vince Young,
You're welcome for the hype.
The Michigan defense
2. St Louis (97-60)
" With a Cy-young contender
in Chris Carpenter and the ever-
consistent Albert Pujos, these
Cardinals should size those rings.
4. Louisiana State (1-0)
* After weeks of frustration,
the Tigers finally return home
tonight. Good luck, Tennessee.
4. Atlanta (89-67)
"Jeff Francoeur, Ryan Langerhans
and Kelly Johnson. Yeah, no
one knew who these guys
were before the season.
David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox are in the middle of a red-hot pennant race, fighting with the New York
Yankees and Cleveland Indians for two American League playoff spots.
6. Georgia (4-0)
D.J. Shockley finally has
the team to himself. Bulldog
6. Houston (85-71)
Carlos Beltran is happy
in New York. right?
3) retired the first two batters, he walked David
Ortiz and Ramirez homered to straightaway
center, a shot estimated at 424 feet. Trot Nixon
singled and Jason Varitek walked before John
Olerud hit a 3-2 pitch to shortstop.
Tejada leaned toward second to cover as Vari-
tek broke on the pitch, even though there were
two outs and no steal was possible. The ball
bounced through the vacated hole, and Varitek
came around to score while Tejada held the relay
from the outfield too long.
Olerud took second on the late throw home,
and Bill Mueller followed with an RBI double.
Mora hit his 23rd homer in the bottom half
and Tejada drove Wells' next pitch over the right-
field wall to make it 5-2.
Boston pulled away in the fifth against James
Baldwin. Successive doubles by Nixon and Vari-
tek brought in a run, and Mueller hit a sacrifice
fly before Tejada booted Tony Graffanino's two-
out grounder. Damon followed with his 10th
homer, ending a 1-for-15 slump.
Pinch-hitter Walter Young singled in a run for
Baltimore in the seventh.
8. Florida State (3-0)
Signed, the REAL SEMINOLES.
8. Chicago White Sox (94-61)
* "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and
the Black Sox would be proud of a
team choking down the stretch.
Young Michigan harriers make
appearance in first scoring meet
Despite poor weather conditions leading into Saturday's
20th annual Roy Griak Invitational at Falcon Heights, Minn.,
the No. 22 Michigan men's cross country team finished with
five individuals among the top-50 in the 8000-meter race.
The Wolverines took fifth out of 27 teams, accumulating
Leading the way in the first scored event of the year
for Michigan was sophomore Mike Woods, who crossed
the line in 23rd place with a time of 24:54. Woods fin-
ished just 1:11 behind the race's winner, Wisconsin's
Simon Bairu. Redshirt freshman Victor Gras followed
Woods, finishing nine spots later in 32nd place, with a
time of 25:02. Rounding out the top five for the Wol-
verines were freshman Justin Switzer, redshirt junior
Andrew Bauer and freshman JohnhBlack, who finished
consecutively at 46th, 47th and 48th.
The Roy Griak Invitational was the third event of the sea-
son for Michigan, who previously competed in non-scoring
races at the Michigan Open and Spartan Invitational.
Finishing ahead of the Wolverines in the team competition
Saturday were Brigham Young with 117 points, Wisconsin
with 151 points, Iowa with 157 points and Cal Poly-San Luis
Obispo with 190 points. Ohio State, Minnesota, Kansas,
Arizona State and Providence rounded out the top-10.
The Wolverines compete next at the Notre Dame Invita-
tional in South Bend, on October 30.
- Justin Letter
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