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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 11, 2006
Wolverines bounce back
a ter impressive weekend


Continued from page 11B
attempt at fortune telling turns
out to ring true, the newcomer's
goal proved to be at least one
thing yesterday - the game-
winner. Michigan (3-3) had all
the offense it needed to edge the
Rams 1-0 and to be declared the
Michigan Invitational winner.
The Wolverines, who also
defeated Butler on Friday 3-
1, took the Invitational trophy
based on a tiebreaker. Michigan
was deemed the winner over
Michigan State, which also went
2-0 on the weekend, because of
the number of goals tallied on
the weekend. The Wolverines
barely squeaked by the Spar-
tans' point total, four goals to
Virginia Commonwealth
certainly did not give Michi-
gan a free pass to victory.
Neither team ever completely
held momentum as a result of

a competitive tactical battle
between the two squads. Burns
said that the Rams did a good
job of sitting in and trying to
play off the counterattack. As
a result, he tweaked his team's
"We made a change where we
stepped up our outside midfield
higher up the field to pressure
their back four," Burns said. "It
really upset their rhythm. That
seemed to be that one piece we
needed to move in the chess
game to make the game really
come out our way."
The change frustrated the
Rams, who never managed to
get on the scoreboard.
Another key to Michigan's
victory rested largely on physi-
cal toughness. The referees'
whistles were constantly blow-
ing as players on both sides
made hard tackles.
"To me, you look at the uni-
forms and there's a lot of dirt,
grass and blood on them," Burns
said. "That's the effort we expect

every game."
Three yellow cards were div-
vied up between the two teams,
and senior co-captain Kevin
Hall was one such recipient.
"I think Michigan always
likes to play physical, and Vir-
ginia Commonwealth did a good
job matching our physicality,"
Hall said. "I think that's the way
we like it. Anytime we can play
physical, we think we have the
upper hand."
Currently posting a .500
record, the Wolverines seem to
have bounced back from a rocky
1-3 start to the season. But neither
Burns nor the players ever thought
the Wolverines needed to turn the
season around drastically.
"We were never off track,"
Hall said. "We were always
playing good soccer. We just
needed to mesh the freshmen
with the seniors and get used
to playing with each other in
game situations. It's starting to
show now, and we are getting
our wins."


Seniors Kevin Hall and Kevin Savltskle celebrate freshman Per Marosevic's goal in the 1-0 win over

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Continued from page 1B
coming into the match with Michigan (10-0),
Rosen was excited about the team's potential.
Before the match, he believed the Tigers would
come together sometime during the season and
really take off. Fortunately for the Wolverines,
it didn't happen Saturday.
Several times during the match Pacific
showed signs of clicking, but one Wolverine or
another, often junior Lyndsay Miller, stepped
up to slow the Tigers.
"Everyone on our team is like 'We're going
to get this point back. We're going to stop them,
set me the ball,' " Miller said. "Everyone is very
confident in themselves, and we have a lot of
confidence in each other, so everyone's saying
'You can get me the ball and I'll get you a kill'
or 'I'm going to make this pass and it's going to
be great.' "
Pacific looked no better than when it fought
back from a 28-20 deficit to make it 29-26 in
the third game after taking advantage of two
net violations and few attack errors. The final
error was committed by junior Katie Bruzdz-
inski, but she finished off the Tigers with a kill
on the next play.
"I kind of put that on myself a little bit
because I had a little trouble putting the ball
away in the last game," Bruzdzinski said. "But

we know we're going to get it done no matter
what so I wasn't worried about it. I knew we
were going to win the game."
The end of the match Saturday was similar to
the end of Michigan's win over Virginia. The Wol-
verines held an 18-10 lead when play was stopped
due to a Cavalier injury. By the time the match was
over, Michigan had justbarely managed to eke out
a three-point win in game three.
"I think we stepped back a little bit," Rosen
said. "Right when the girl got hurt on their team
there was a little bit of a break. I felt like our
kids probably felt like 'We'll just kind of last
this game out' and I thought we stopped attack-
ing them. We stopped being aggressive. We
kind of sat back on our heels on defense.
"All of a sudden they started to feel comfort-
able because they're getting easy side-outs in a
row, (and) I think it takes pressure off the team.
Now all of a sudden they feel comfortable. Now
they'll make a couple great digs, make a couple
great plays."
Normally a coach would be concerned by
those late-match slip-ups, but Rosen said he
realizes his team is playing very well and was
just playing down to their opponents.
"I feel like the teams we played were tough,
but ... we're kind of ready for that next step, that
next challenge," senior Megan Bowman said.
The next step probably won't happen until
Big Ten play starts two weeks from now. Next
weekend Michigan will host the Michigan/
Nike Challenge and play Indiana-Purdue Fort
Wayne, New Hampshire and Rice. Rosen said
he will probably use the matches to get his
younger players playing-time.

Continued from page 3B
Robert said police inAnn Arbor aren't too
bad - much better than those at Comerica
Park in Detroit. But still, he said he doesn't
support the idea of them meddling with his
"They shouldn't bust a person for selling a
ticket," he said. "Even over face, it's between
you and the guy buying it."
Some sellers are starting to avoid the issue
by moving off the streets. A number of scalp-
ers have traded pounding the pavement for
the Internet.
A man named Buford, for instance, gets
tickets from corporations like General Motors
or Ford and then packages them into large
groups sales on eBay (the Athletic Depart-
ment frowns upon all scalping, even over the
information superhighway). He comes to the
games just to drop off tickets to buyers and
sell a few he has left over.
Sellers see this asa growing trend. Eventu-
ally (and asa newspaper man, I can relate),
the Internet might kill the scalping star.
"Everybody's switching to computers,"
Buford said. "You don't even have to come
out, you can just do it from your living room."
And if it means avoiding the despair of the
open-air marketplace on days like Saturday, it
might just be for the better.
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