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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 24, 2005
Weekend action brings mixed results

... while women come up short

Senior Adam Bruh jumpstarted the Wolverine comeback, tying the game at 1-1 with a first period goal.
Men topple Badgers
inseason's home finale

By Jamie Josephson
Daily Sports Writer

In front of nearly 1,000 fans, including many of
the players' families, the Michigan men's soccer
team stepped onto the U-M Soccer Field for the
final time this season. For the seven seniors, it was
the final time of their Michigan careers that they
would play in front of a home crowd.
In a heated Big Tenmatchup yesterday, Michigan
capped off its successfulregular
home season with a cherry on
top, defeating Wisconsin, .4-2 - 4
its highest offensive production
in a single game this season.
"I think that we had the legs of pianos, but the
hearts of lions," Michigan n coach Steve Burns said.
"This was a game where our heart pulled us out."
Though Michigan (2-:2-0 Big Ten, 8-6-1 overall)
proved victorious in the end, it was Wisconsin (0-
4-0,4-10-0) that came out from the opening whistle
with fire in its eyes.
Controlling the poss ession in Michigan's end
of the field, the Badgers got on the scoreboard
first with a little bit of luck. Nearly eight minutes
into the game, Wisconsin earned a corner kick.
The ball deflected ofif the leg of junior Kevin
Hall, who tried to clear it and sneaked into the
left side of Michigan's net, allowing Wisconsin
to take the 1-0 lead of f an own-goal.
"(The Badgers) scored an early goal, which, in
the past, could have caused some problems for us,"
Burns said. "But we responded very nicely."
That's just what Michigan did less than four
minutes later. Near midfield, freshman Chase
Tennant lofted a nearly perfect ball to senior Adam
Bruh. The captain beat a Wisconsin defender on
the right side of the goal box and kicked the ball in
to tie the game at one.
Tennant, who tallied the assist on Bruh's goal,
continued his offensive contribution off a corner
kick at 35:06. After a brief scuffle in front of the
net, the ball came out to the top of the 18-yard box,

where Tennant was waiting. The defender shot the
ball over the head of Wisconsin goalkeeper Jake
Settle for the go-ahead goal.
"Chase is - first and foremost - a great
defender," Burns said. "But the way he contributed
to our attack in this game is just invaluable for us.
We'll look for him to continue on with that trend."
Coming out of halftime with a 2-1 lead, Michi-
gan's offensive onslaught was far from complete.
At 51:34, senior Ryan Sterba set up about 27 yards
from the Wisconsin goal and received a pass from
freshman Jake Stacy. The senior defender snuck the
ball in the lower-right corner of the net, bringing the
score to 3-1.
Michigan shook off a bit of a scare from Wiscon-
sin two minutes later. The Badgers were awarded
a penalty kick after Michigan goalkeeper Peter
Dzubay was called for a foul in the goal box. But
Wisconsin's Victor Diaz's free shot deflected off the
right goal post.
"I got forward a lot, and things just went our
way,"Sterba said. "I had a good feeling heading into
the game, and things just happened for me."
With the score at 4-1, Wisconsin was awarded a
free kick off a Michigan foul near the top of the Wol-
verines' goal box. Diaz was able to sneak the ball into
Michigan's net for the Badger's second goal.
But the two-goal lead proved sufficient for Mich-
igan, which won just its second conference game of
the year.
"I think (the offensive production) is coming for
us because - more than anything - the midfield-
ers are recognizing their important role," Burns
said. "So now it's not just two or three guys looking
to score goals, but it's really six or seven guys that
are getting up the field, maintaining possession and
getting good looks at the net."
The victory was certainly an emotional one for
the Michigan seniors, who embraced family and
friends at the end of their final home game.
"It's bittersweet," Sterba said. "We were talking
before the game that it's gone so quickly. We really
wanted to go out with a bang."

By Daniel Bromwich
Daily Sports Writer
Twice the Michigan women's soccer
team cut the lead to one.
Twice they thought they had a chance
to knock off the No. 1 team in the nation
- the Penn State Lady Lions (9-0-0 Big
Ten, 17-0-0 overall) - on Friday night at
the U-M Soccer Field.
But the conference and nation-lead-
ing team twice retaliated with goals that
extended its lead to two,
and two proved to. be MiCIAN 2
the final margin of the
match. The Wolverines
fell 4-2. MICGAN 0
"It's disappointing to
have them within one goal, and you give up
that killer goal," Michigan coach Debbie
Rademacher said. "(We cut it to) 2-1, then
it's 3-1, then it's 3-2, then it's 4-2. I think
that's disappointing, but we had some real
shining moments in our attacking game
and made it really exciting."
Those moments came mostly in the sec-
ond half, when the Wolverines out-shot
Penn State 10-8 and scored both their goals.
Freshman Danelle Underwood got the first
goal - her fifth of the year - on a rebound
off a Melissa Dobbyn shot at 65:42 to cut
the Lady Lions' lead to 2-1. After Penn
State responded with a goal just 1:38 later,
senior Therese Heaton blasted a left-foot-
ed shot from outside the 18-yard box over
the goalkeeper's head at 73:34 to make the
score 3-2.
But Michigan did not start the game
aggressively. The team managed just three
shots in the period, and Underwood reg-
istered the only shot on goal. The team's
inability to mount serious scoring chances
in the first half might have had something
to do with the hype of playing the top-
ranked team in the nation.
"In the first half, it was high-pressure
and it was running all over the place,"
Rademacher said. "There's a lot of adrena-
line and excitement and just takes a little
while to get that settled down."
The Lions got their first goal in the first
half, opening the scoring with a goal at
29:43. Freshman Zoe Bouchelle sent the ball
to the right sideline, where fellow freshman
Sheree Gray redirected the ball across the
goal and into the lower left corner of the net.
The Wolverines' best chance of the half came
with just three minutes left when junior Judy
Coffman sent a free kick across the face of
the goal. The shot was seemingly headed for
the leaping head of sophomore Jamie Artsis,
but senior goalkeeper Erin McLeod jumped
in front of Artsis and intercepted the pass to
preserve the Lions' lead.
Michigan came out strong in the second
half but was calmed almost immediately
with a goal from senior Tiffany Weimer,
who extended her goal-scoring streak to 16
games and extended the Penn State lead to
2-0. The Wolverines lost track of Gray on
the right sideline, and she centered the ball
right to the foot of Weimer, who had gotten
behind freshman Skylar Andrews. Weimer
won her one-on-one with goalkeeper
Megan Tuura and placed the ball neatly in
the lower right corner of the net.
But other than that one play, Andrews
was able to successfully neutralize Weimer
- one of the nation's most feared scoring
threats. Following the forward all over the
field, Andrews did not allow Weimer any
extended touches, repeatedly stepping in
between Weimer and the ball. On the rare
occasions that Weimer did get the ball,
Andrews was able to take the ball from her,

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Freshman Danelle Underwood's goal for the Woiverines was not enough to upset top-ranked Penn State.

often with the help of surrounding team-
mates.
"I just made sure that I always was near
her, always was touching her a little bit and
making her unstable," Andrews said. "I
pushed her around a little bit to show her
who was there. I wanted to physically dom-
inate her, and I was able to do that."
With Andrews containing Weimer,
Michigan was able to stay in the game.
During the course of a substitution,
Underwood was bumped up to forward
from her midfield position, and the move
would pay dividends just moments later.
Underwood successfully followed a blast
from the foot of sophomore Melissa Dobbyn
with 24:15 left for the Wolverines' first goal.
Throughout the season, Rademacher has
stressed that the first five minutes after a goal
are when the team is most vulnerable, and her
prophecy proved correct this weekend.
Penn State stretched the lead to 3-1 on
a goal just 1:38 later. Junior .Ali Krieger
dribbled through the center of the Wolver-
ines' defense and beat Tuura with a shot to
the lower right corner.
But Michigan fired back. Heaton's blast
from the top of the 18-yard box elicited a cho-
rus of oohs and aahs from the spectators at

73:34 and put the Wolverines right back in the
game. Heaton received the pass from Under-
wood on the left side of the box and quickly
turned and fired a left-footed shot that arced
over the goalkeeper and into the net.
"I just took a touch and then turned and
took a half-chance with my left foot," Hea-
ton said. "I haven't hit many shots like I hit
that one."
Michigan had a chance to tie the score at
78:15 when senior Katelin Spencer received
a pass off a free kick from freshman Erica
Gordy six yards out on the left side of the
goal. But Spencer's shot was saved by a div-
ing goalkeeper, and less than four minutes
later Penn State sealed the game. Junior
Holly Lincoln was rejected by Tuura, but
the rebound bounced right back to her and
she scored the clincher at 81:49.
The Wolverines hoped to bounce back
on Sunday, but lost a physical 1-0 decision
to Minnesota (6-3-0, 9-6-2). After a score-
less first half, the Gophers notched their
goal on a shot from 30 yards out off the
foot of freshman Lindsey Schwartz. The
ball sailed from the left side of the field
over freshman goalkeeper Madison Gates
into the right side of the net for the game-
winner at 73:15.

New faces help tankers
blow out visiting Eagles.

By Anne Ulble
Daily Sports Writer

As home openers go, this wasn't a headlining
event. But for the 12 new freshmen on the Michi-
gan men's swimming and diving team, it marked
the start of their participation in the foundation of
a new swimming empire.
The Wolverines opened their season Friday
night, hosting backyard neighbor Eastern Michi-
gan. The Wolverines improved to 26-0 all-time
against the Eagles with a score of 155-58.
"I think, overall, we swam pretty well," Michi-
gan coach Bob Bowman said. "Half our team
are freshmen, and they don't really know what's
going on. So considering that, I thought they did
a very nice job."
The Wolverines dominated the pool, winning
out in all 15 events, including earning all three
top spots in the 200- 500- and 1,000-yard free-
style races.
While no coach could be displeased with such a
solid showing, Bowman knows that his team can
and will be better.

ronment at Canham Natatorium and lived up to
expectations.
The class of 2009 is regarded as the one of the
best in the nation. The 12 swimmers are part of
the largest class to be welcomed to the team since
the 1999-2000 season.
Leading the freshman class on Friday night
were diver Kyle Schroeder and mid-distance
swimmer Matt Patton.
Schroeder made an impressive collegiate debut
by qualifying for the NCAA "B" Regionals with
a score of 320.90 in the one-meter event. Because
the Eagles didn't bring any divers to the meet,
the Wolverines collected 16 points for the team's
score.
"I thought our divers did a really nice job,"
Bowman said. "Schroeder making the NCAA cut
was a really big plus for us."
The Wolverines haven't had a diver compete in
the NCAA Championships since Jason Coben in
2004.
Another freshman who displayed an auspicious
beginning to his career at Michigan was Patton.
The North Carolina native secured wins in the

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