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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Keepers new
style key to
his success
By Jami Josephson
Daily Sports Writer
Opposing forwards, be warned - Peter Dzubay of
the Michigan men's soccer team is starting to think out-
side the box.
This season, the senior goalkeeper has proven his
eagerness to come out of the.18-yard goal box to direct-
ly challenge opposing forwards. In Sunday's 2-0 loss to
Indiana, Dzubay notched six saves - including several
slide-tackle saves and dramatic airborne grabs.
The veteran goalkeeper's newfound assertive style
complements Michigan's new team shape, as well.
"I think this year in particular, I'm trying to be a lot
more aggressive in coming off my lne," Dzubay said. "I
think with our system of pushing up a lot, I need to be
ready to come off my line. In the past, I've wanted to be
more aggressive, but I played a little more conservative.
But now I'm reading the game a little better and faster
Starting in all 11 games thus far for the Wolverines,
Dzubay has reached the 40-save mark on the season.
Currently, the Sylvania, Ohio, native has allowed less
than one goal per game, on average.
"Pete is such a strong goalkeeper," Michigan coach
Steve Burns said. "He keeps us in games long enough to
figure out how to win them."
Manning his position from the Michigan net, Dzubay
has also served as the eyes and ears for the rest of the
team. The vocal senior is known for shouting words of
encouragement and keeping up the spirits of his team-
"I'm the eyes for my back four (defenders) at least, to
tell them when runners are coming in," Dzubay said.
Dzubay added that he helps his defending backs get
organized on attacks from opposing teams.
Besides already tallying 266 saves in his Michigan
career - a school record - Dzubay's role as goalkeep-

Vozza's ijury mars
successful tourne


Michigan goalie Peter Dzubay is allowing less than a goal per game this season-

er only begins with preventing opponents from getting
on the scoreboard. Once he makes a save, Dzubay is
instrumental in setting up the Wolverines' next plan of
attack by serving the ball to his teammates.
Over the years, Dzubay has demonstrated an impres-
sive versatility in the different ways he directs the ball
from the goal. Depending on the situation in the game,
Dzubay has a number of different weapons from which
to choose.
"If (the other team's) forwards are up and
right on me, I'll drop kick it," Dzubay said. "If
I'm trying to shoot a quick one out to a forward,
I'll punt it 45 yards (or so). I like to drop kick.
I'm pretty good at curving the ball to the side to
a runner on the wing. It's nice to have a lot in my
arsenal to go out with."
Even though he split his playing time with former
goalkeeper Joe Zawacki last year, Dzubay is clearly
Michigan's go-to-goalie this season.
But he is not one to buckle under this kind of pres-

sure, as he proved in his impressive performance in the
net in a high-profiled game against an Indiana power-
house last Sunday.
"There's not much pressure for me in a game like
(Indiana)," Dzubay said. "These games are just fun. I'm
just coming out and enjoying myself in my senior year."
Even with this laid-back attitude, Dzubay has already
written his name in Michigan's history books. In addi-
tion to career saves, he holds Michigan career records in
average goals allowed (1.18) and shutouts (20).
Dzubay hopes to continue his soccer career after
graduating from Michigan this year.
"Pete wants to play professionally, and I think he has
a very good chance of playing at a higher level, be it in
this country or in Europe, if that's where he chooses to
go," Burns said.
But for right now, Dzubay has only one goal in
"I want to win the Big Ten Championship," Dzubay
said. "That's all I want to do."

By Nate Sandals
For the Daily
Christian Vozza's confidence was rid-
ing high as the first-day leader at the Alister
MacKenzie Invitational in Fairfax, Calif.
That confidence slipped away during the
final round when Vozza struggled with a
shoulder injury that forced him to drop out of
the tournament with three holes remaining.
The Michigan men's golf team salvaged
its strong showing despite the injury to finish
in a tie for fourth in the 16-team field.
The team's opening-round score of 275
- which tied a Michigan record - was built
off of Vozza's performance. The Traverse
City native posted a two-round total of 132
and held the individual lead. Vozza's day
included a second-round 64, tying the Michi-
gan single-round scoring record.
He completed the round by going 5-under
on the last four holes.
Coming off of three straight pars, Vozza
birdied the 15th hole and followed that with
an eagle on the 16th. He finished the 7-under
round with birdies on the final two holes.
"He had such an impressive first day,"
coach Andrew Sapp said. "It was disappoint-
ing for Christian and the team that he was
unable complete the tournament."
The Wolverines that remained rallied to
complete the final round with a respectable
score of 295, giving Michigan a three-round
total of 850.
Despite the disappointment of Vozza's
injury, Sapp was impressed with how his
team bounced back from last week's tough
tournament in Memphis where the team fin-
ished in a lackluster tie for ninth in the 14-

team field.
"The guys did a great job having selective
memories and only focusing on the positives
from last week," Sapp said. "It was impor-
tant for all five golfers to start this tourna-
ment well and gain confidence in the first
Sophomore Brain Ottenweller was one of
the golfers who played impressively, finish-
ing in a tie for third overall.
Ottenweller joined in the record-setting act
by posting a career-best 66 in the first round.
He attributed his and the team's strong
performance to the rest they had after last
"The day off from golf really helped me a
lot," the sophomore from Grand Rapids said.
"I did some studying and didn't think about
golf all day. It helped me to focus more on my
mechanics when we got back to the driving
range on Thursday and Friday."
It will be important for Ottenweller to fol-
low up on his performance this week and
lead the team if Vozza's injury keeps him out
of the final tournament of the fall, the 49er
Collegiate Classic at the Cabarrus Country
Club in Concord, N.C., Oct. 24-25.
"This tournament was great for building
my confidence heading into the last tour-
nament of the fall," Ottenweller said. "It
was important for me and the team to have
bounced back and played well this week.
Now, we know we are ready for the tough
competition we will face in North Carolina."
Ottenweller and his teammates hope to
have the same balance of relaxation and
confidence they had in California again next
week. They're confident that doing so will
lead to a good close to their fall season.

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