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Extra time is kind for Blue as
Dobbyn downs Buckeyes in OT

By ROBERT KAITZ
Daily Sports Writer
Apparently, the cold weather doesn't
provide enough motivation for the
Michigan women's soccer team to avoid
overtime.
But the extra session was worth it, as
junior striker
Melissa Dob- MICHIGAN 2
byn's clutch OHIO STATE 1
overtime goal
against Ohio State gave Michigan a 2-1
victory and four crucial road points for
the weekend.
Four of the Wolverines' previous six
games have gone past regulation. Over
that stretch, Michigan is 3-0-3.
"Being able to go into an overtime
game and come up with a win is a mon-
key off our back," Michigan coach Deb-
bie Rademacher said.
The game-winning goal came at
95:04, when Dobbyn found space at the
edge of the box and unloaded a bomb
to the upper left corner of the net off a
pass from sophomore midfielder Kris-
tin Thomas. The Buckeyes (4-5-0 Big
Ten, 9-7-1 overall), who dominated in
the second half, were unable to respond
to the backbreaking goal.
"That goal couldn't have come at a
better time," an elated Dobbyn said.
"I'm so excited that I was able to score
it."
Dobbyn has been unstoppable in the
attacking third for Michigan all season,
and she was rewarded with her fourth
goal of the campaign. She also assisted

on the other score, Thomas's first col-
legiate goal.
Off an indirect free kick in the 45th
minute, Dobbyn redirected the ball
toward Thomas in the box, and she
delivered a strike that eluded Ohio State
goalkeeper Lauren Robertson. Thomas
has filled in admirably in the absence
of midfielders Danelle Underwood and
Jamie Artsis.
"We've had a lot of season-ending
injuries, so to have players stepping up
(like Thomas) is great for the team,"
Rademacher said.
Falling behind in the first half was
unfamiliar territory for Michigan (4-
2-3, 8-5-5). Buckeye Taylor Smith's
header goal off a corner kick in the 36th
minute was just the second time all
season Michigan allowed a first-half
goal. Thomas's quick response gave the
visitors momentum heading into the
break.
But Ohio State controlled play in the
second half, and, if not for the stellar
play of Michigan's senior goalkeeper
Megan Tuura (seven saves), the game
probably wouldn't have made it to extra
time. The Buckeyes out-shot their rivals
12-2 in the second half and earned five
corner kicks to Michigan's none, but
could not break the deadlock, setting
the stage for Dobbyn's heroics.
The weekend's first game, a 0-0 tie
against Minnesota, was reminiscent of
Michigan's early season games - shut-
down defense combined with numer-
ous scoring opportunities that never
found the back of the net.

Michigan generated a season-high 10
shots on goal, but could not solve Min-
nesota goalkeeper Lindsey Dare.
Immediately, Michigan took the play
at the struggling Golden Gophers (1-6-
1, 8-7-2). Within 15 minutes, the Wol-
verines registered two corner kicks and
three shots on goal.
Minnesota's best chances came on
corner kicks (seven total). The Golden
Gophers set pieces were difficult to
defend, but, as usual, Tuura was up to
the challenge.
"Minnesota had some corners that
were pretty dangerous, and (Tuura)
held onto a bunch of balls," Rademach-
er said. "She was just phenomenal on
all of their corners."
Tuura made five saves to earn her
sixth shutout of the season.
One of Michigan's best opportuni-
ties came on a late corner. Dobbyn sent
a cross that junior midfielder Sarah
Banco headed just wide as the second
overtime wound down.
Beating Ohio State and playing Min-
nesota to a scoreless draw pushed
Michigan into fifth place in the Big Ten
standings (4-2-3, 8-5-5). More impor-
tantly, it ensured the Maize and Blue a
birth in the Big Ten tournament (only
the top eight teams qualify). But Michi-
gan will focus on the regular season
first.
"Our goal is to finish up the season
with a win over Michigan State (on Fri-
day)," Rademacher said. "Then we can
start worrying about the Big Ten tour-
nament."

EMMA NOLAN-ABRAHAMIAN/Daily
Junior forward Melissa Dobbyn scored an overtime goal to lead Michigan to a 2-1 victory over Ohio State.

Stonewalled: Kickers play to scoreless tie

By JAMIE JOSEPHSON
Daily Sports Writer
Playing with a man down yes-
terday, the Michigan men's soccer
team could have rolled over against
Ohio State.
Sliding all over the soggy U-M
Soccer
Field, the OHIO STATE 0
Wolver- MICHIGAN 0
ines could
have buried their faces in the mud.
Winless in its last eight games,
the team could have thrown in the
towel.
But instead, the Wolverines
clawed their way through the ele-
ments until the bitter end - a 0-0
tie after double overtime.
"When you are playing with a
man down and have the elements
against you, they are challenges
you have to respond to," Michigan
coach Steve Burns said. "It's similar
to euchre. When you and your part-
ner have decent cards but not great
cards, you just have to play those
cards to the best of your ability and
see if you can get a goal. I think our

guys played their cards great."
At 28:25, freshman Julian Robles
was slapped with a red card after
breaking up a Buckeyes breakaway.
The foul forced Michigan to play
the rest of the game at a one-man
disadvantage.
Even with the harsh penalty, the
Wolverines were resilient.
"I think they responded great,"
Burns said. "They brought the
emotion. They brought the atti-
tude. They brought the intensity.
That's what has to be done not only
against a strong conference oppo-
nent like Ohio State but any confer-
ence opponent."
On the defensive end, Michigan
(5-9-4 overall, 0-2-3 Big Ten) was
all over the Buckeyes like bees to
honey. Despite a stretch of earning
four consecutive corner kicks in
the second half, Ohio State (7-6-3,
2-2-1) was unable to break through
the Wolverine wall. Michigan goal-
keeper Patrick Sperry showed no
fear in coming out ofthe net to chal-
lenge the Buckeyes on the restarts,
notching five saves on the day.
"The only concern we had about

Ohio State was their corner kicks,"
Burns said. "We talked inthe locker
room about what the assignments
were and the intensity we needed to
have. The whole bench was bounc-
ing up and down, yelling and creat-
ing that energy any time Ohio State
had a corner kick. On the field, we
responded in the same way."
Energized from several defen-
sive stands, the Wolverines stepped
up their attack.
With just over 18 minutes left
in the second half, sophomore
Steve Bonnell carried the ball
down the left side of the field
on a breakaway. Bonnell found
sophomore Nader Jarun at the
top of the 18-yard box, and Jarun
sent the ball to the feet of lead-
ing scorer Peri Marosevic. The
freshman turned to take a shot,
but sent the ball straight into
the arms of Buckeye goalkeeper
Casey Latchem.
"Ohio State is ateam thatis going
to get their chances off of restarts,"
Burns said. "We aren't like that.
I think we created some chances
where we had some good looks in

front of net. We're getting close to
puttingthose in."
Tied at zero at the end of regu-
lation, the game was sent into
overtime. On a corner kick from
sophomore Jake Stacy, fellow soph-
omore Michael Holody jumped up
for the header, but Latchem made
the save.
Afterneitherteamcouldconvert,
the gridlocked contest extended
into a second overtime - the Wol-
verines' fifth this season.
Marosevic earned another scor-
ing opportunity on the rightpost in
this frame, but Latchem denied the
rookie his glory. The game ended
in another scoreless effort for the
Wolverines.
With just one game remaining
before the Big Ten Tournament,
Michigan is not about to bow
out, with yesterday's battle as
case in point.
"You are definitely tired after
playing a game with a man down,"
senior Bobby Trybula said. "But
this team plays with adversity. It's
the way it has been going this sea-
son. You just have to deal with it."

Freshman Kelly Fitzpatrick scored Michigan's first goal n is3 2 loss to Ohia Stole
Second-half comeback
ruined Buckeye goal

By CHRIS HERRING
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan field hockey coach Nancy
Cox knew the importance of creat-
ing scoring
opportuni- MICHIGAN 2
ties - and OHIO STATE 3
limiting
them defensively - going into yester-
day's match with rival No. S Ohio State
atOckerField.
Ironically, it was Michigan's first
penalty corner opportunity that got
the Wolverines back into the game,
and Ohio State's final corner chance
that ended it.
Aftertakinga2-Oleadintohalftime,
the Buckeyes nearly collapsed follow-
ing a questionable call, shifting the
game's momentum and allowing the
18th-ranked Wolverines back into the
match. About ten minutes after fresh-
man Kelly Fitzpatrick cut the deficit in
half, senior captain Kara Lentz found
the back of the goal off a penalty cor-
ner to knot the game attwo with about
15minutesleft inregulation.
But when the game went into over-
time, the Buckeyes wasted no time,
scoring off a long corner opportunity
less than two minutes in to hand the
Wolverines a deflating 3-2 loss. and
deliver a crushing blow to the team's
Big Ten title hopes.
With the win, Ohio State ended
Michigan's (3-2 Big Ten, 10-8 overall)
bid for an undefeated home record
this season, dropping the Wolverines
to 6-1 at Ocker Field.
In each of Michigan's first seven
losses, its opponent struck first. The
eighthlosswasthesame,andCoxsaid
shewas displeased withtheteam's flat
performance in the first half.
"You can't wait until 35 minutes
into the game to start playing when
you are playing for first place in the
Big Ten," she said. "That was the dif-
ference. We had to work really hard in
the second half to even be able to take
the game into overtime."
Ohio State was dominant in the
first half, seizing the lead behind solid
play on both offense and defense. The
Buckeyes took nine shots while hold-
ing Michigan to just one. The Wolver-
ines managed just one penalty corner
during the game, and it didn't come
until the 52nd minute of the match.
The lack of offense was a stark con-

trast from Thursday's game, in which
Michigan drew a season-high 18 pen-
alty corner opportunities against Vir-
ginia Commonwealth.
Ohio State almost put the game
away with a third goal,but an official's
decision kept Michigan alive. Follow-
ing an apparent Ohio State (4-1, 14-2)
goal, referees gathered at midfield to
discuss the call. The score was called
back. The officials called a foul against
an Ohio State player, stating that it
took place during the shot. Buckeye
fans weren't pleased with the call, and
one Ohio State assistant coach was
ejected for arguingthe decision.
"I definitely think it was a turning
point," said Ohio State's Linda Hauss-
ener, who scored two goals, including
thegame-winner."We lostsome com-
posure for a little bit. In a way, it let
them back into the game."
Shortly after the controversial call,
Michigan came to life. Senior captain
Mary Fox received a lead pass up the
right sideline from freshman Paige
Laytos. After getting past a defender,
Fox sent the ball to the center circle,
where freshman Kelly Fitzpatrick
knocked it home to cut the Ohio State
lead in half, 2-1.
Less than10minutes later, the Wol-
verines struck again. The lone Michi-
gan penalty corner was successful, as
senior captain Kara Lentz scored off a
direct shot from the left.
"We all were very excited after that
goal," junior Lucia Belassi said. "We
knew we had what it took to hang
in there. Even after the first goal we
scored, we knew that we were going
to come back."
But the Wolverines couldn't pull
out the victory. Haussener scored for
Ohio State off a long corner opportu-
nity less than two minutes into the
extra period on a shot that found its
way into the goal, allowing the Buck-
eyes to escape.
Cox was proud of her team's come-
back, but said that Michigan must play
well from start to finish in the future
to beat teamslike Ohio State.
"It's been the same refrain all year
for Michigan," Cox said. "We can play
with anybody inthe country. Today it
happened to be againstthe No. 5team
in the country. But once again, we did
not play 70 minutes of hockey, and
that's what it will take to come away
from a game like this with a win."

Getting closer, but still
no cigar on the road
By ANDY REID tum over Ohio State, jumping out
Daily Sports Writer to a 7-1 advantage. The Buckeyes
fought back and shrunk the lead to
The Michigan volleyball team two, 19-17. Michigan,like in the first
had a tough task last weekend game, found a way to win, pulling
when it had to travel to play No. 2 the game out at the end, 30-22.
Penn State and No. 24 Ohio State "The Big Ten is so strong this
on the road. year," coach Rosen said. "We play
After a 3-1 loss to Penn State, strong because we take our tough
theWol- conference schedule as a chal-
verines MICHIGAN 1 lenge. If we do make the NCAA
couldn't PENN STATE 3 tournament this year, there won't
bounce be any surprises when we get
back, MICHIGAN 2 there because we'll have already
losing OHIO STATE 3 faced some of the best teams in
a tight the country."
match to Ohio State 3-2. Rosen said that when playing
Michigan, which started the in a conference as tough as the Big
season 13-0 in nonconference Ten, improvements can be made
play, has struggled in the Big that don't show up inthe win/lost
Ten. Michigan (3-7 Big Ten, 16- column. Rosen thinks Michigan
6 overall) was in a four-way tie played two solid matches against
for sixth place with three other quality opponents. The ability to
teams before the weekend. The finish games improved against
losses will put the Wolverines in Ohio State, Rosen said.
a tough position to make a run at The fourth game was tight
the league crown. throughout. With a 25-23 advan-
The Wolverines came out tage, the Buckeyes went on a 7-1
strong in the first game against run to win the game and tie the
Ohio State (5-5, 15-5) on Sunday, match at two games apiece.
going up 1-0 with a 30-27 win. In the fifth game, the teams
The team had a 27-25 lead going played tightly but the Wolverines
into the end of the game, and it again couldn't find a way to pull it
found a way to come out on top, out, losing 15-9.
something it had trouble with Michigan again came out firing
against Penn State. on all cylinders in the first game
"We came out really intense Friday night against a Penn State
against Ohio State," sophomore (9-0, 20-0) team that has formeda
Beth Karpiak said. "We were real- dynasty in the Big Ten. The Nittany
ly attacking the ball. I like playing Lions have gone 56-5 in league play
in gyms like Ohio State's and Penn over the last three seasons, with 32
State's. They have a lot of fans in straight home wins. The Wolver-
there, and we kind of thrive off all ines shocked the Nittany Lions in
the excitement." the firstgame,taking it 30-24.
Even though they won the first "When we changed benches
game, the Wolverines didn't take after we took the first game
any momentum into the second. (Penn State) was pretty rattled,'
The team came out flat, and the Michigan coach Mark Rosen said
Buckeyes, with the help of four "You could see it in their eyes. I
Wolverine errors in the first five was really impressed with how
points, rallied to tie the match we came out because Penn State
with a 30-14 win. is the most physical team we've
"They took control of the sec- played yet. They were ripping
ond game pretty early on," Rosen balls atus, and we were defending
said. "This match had a lot of them like crazy."
momentum swings, and we gave The remaining games were as
momentum back to them with intense as the first, but Penn State
mistakes and errors." had the edge at the end of each
After intermission, the team squeaking out wins of 30-27, 30
refocused and took a 2-1 lead in the 25 and 30-26.
match with a strong third game. The Wolverines have to trave:
Led by Miller, who had two kills again this weekend to Illinois
and two blocks in the game, the on Friday and Northwestern on
Wolverines regained their momen- Saturday.

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