68 - Monday, September 17, 2007
By COLT ROSENSWEIG
Daily Sports Writer
They were undefeated. They
weren't scored upon at home. They
were ranked nationally for the first
time since 2005.
Butthey were not overconfident.
The No. 18 men's soccer team con-
tinued to play its tough, possession-
oriented style and racked up two
more wins, beating Kentucky 4-0on
Friday and Florida International 5-1
yesterday to win the Michigan Invi-
tational at Varsity Field.
Michigan's 6-0 start matches the
best start in program history (2004).
Then, however, the team won just
five more games and bowed out of
the NCAA Tournament in the sec-
The 2007 Wolverines are deter-
mined to write a different ending to
"(In 2004), we went out to play
Rutgers (after starting 6-0) and our
heads weren't squarely on our shoul-
ders and our feet on the ground,"
Michigan coach Steve Burns said.
"We believed a lot of our press clip-
pings, and (now) we don't allow these
guys to think like that."
Michigan began its thrashing
of Florida International just fewer
than three minutes into the game.
Sophomore forward Jake Stacy
took the Wolverines' first corner
kick, and sophomore defender Matt
Schmitt headed it in to take a 1-0
Ten minutes later, Stacy took
another corner. This time it was
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By CHRIS MESZAROS
Daily Sports Writer
In five fames this year, the
Michigan women's soccer team
has not allowed a goal in the first
Too bad for them that there
are two halves in soccer.
The Wolverines lost'both of
its games this weekend at the
LMU/Four Points Sheraton Cul-
ver City Classic on goals scored
in the second half, losing 1-0 to
Oregon State on Friday and fall-
ing 3-0 to Loyola Marymount on
Michigan (1-3-1) limited the
Lions' offense in the first half,
but the Lions' Gabrielle Parisel-
la broke the scoreless tie with
a tally just six minutes into the
From that point, Loyola
Marymount piled on the goals,
adding two additional scores on
a free kick from Leslie Grandy
and on penalty kick from Lacey
On Friday, the Wolverines
were unable to capitalize on any
of their 12 shots in their loss to
less until the 74th minute, when
Oregon State forward Whitney
Goodell scored the lone goal of
the game on a shot to the upper
corner of the Michigan net.
"They had a couple good play-
ers that made a difference for
them and they got that one goal,"
Michigan coach Debbie Radem-
acher said through the athletic
The Wolverines lost despite
outshooting the Beavers 12-10
in the game. The offense hit
its .stride early, with quality
attempts off the feet of Michi-
gan junior Danelle Underwood,
sophomore Amy Klippert and
freshman Stephanie Crawford.
Underwood had a golden oppor-
tunity early on that sailed just
wide of the Oregon State goal-
"It was frustrating," Radem-
acher said through the athletiC
department. "We were playing
well, and then they get one goal
off of one shot and we lose the
game. It's disappointing, We had
more chances to run some plays.
Our execution was off."
Michigan returns to Ann
Arbor next weekend, hosting
games against Miami of Ohio
and Southern Cal.
Redshirt freshman Matt Schmitt tallied the Wolverines' first goal against Florida
International, scoring off a corner kick early in the opening half..
freshman defender Jeff Quijano who
booted it into the net.
"I thought Jake really helped set
a tone for the team," Burns said.
"Once Jake's confidence permeated
through the team, we got rolling
Michigan scored three more goals
in the second half, while Florida
International managed just one -
and that on senior backup goalkeep-
er Tom Huls.
For the most part, defenders and
goalkeeper worked together seam-
lessly. While Sperry's talent, focus
and preparation are considerable, he
gives his defense much of the credit
for the team's success..
"They've been doing an outstand-
ing job, and they take care of me,"
Sperry said. "And when they need
some help, I take care of them. It's
been agood relationship so far."
Two of the second-frame goals
came from lanky freshman forward
Cam Cameron, one of many Wolver-
ine subs on the weekend. Both times
a cross managed to trickle through
a crowd in front of the goal right to
Cameron's foot, giving him point-
blank shots at the goal.
Because Michigan soundly
thumped each opponent this week-
end, Burns could get a large number
of bench players into the action. Not
only does this keep their competition
skills sharp, but it also makes the
entire team more cohesive.
"One of the things that our coach-
es ask us coming off the bench is to
really stay focused, clicked in-to the
game ... so that when you come in,
you can lift the game instead of being
just another person on the field,"
The entire team will need to lift its
game next weekend. Michigan will
face a tough University of Detroit
team in the prelude to its Big Ten
season opener Sunday against Wis-
consin, which has earned all four of
its wins by shutout.
Freshmen discover niche,
flicking frisbee with club
By NICOLE AUERBACH
For the Daily
Freshman John Truesdell
played basketball and ran track
in high school, but he knew he
couldn't play those sports at the
varsity level for Michigan. Last
Monday, he tried something
new: Ultimate Frisbee.
"I heard this sport was fun
but also competitive," Trues-
dell said. "I've realized there is
nothing better than laying out to
catch a Frisbee."
Ultimate is one of the only
sports on campus for which prior
experience is absolutely not nec-
essary. In fact, a majority of the
players were not even intro-
duced to the sport until college.
Most of the them played soccer,
basketball or participated cross
country in high school.
"They know they couldn't
make the Varsity team here in
their high school sports, but
they still want to stay in shape
and get their competitive fix,"
senior Matt Marcum said.
More than 120 players came
to Mitchell Field on Monday
night to try out for the club ulti-
mate Frisbee teams. Usually, two
teams of two levels of commit-
ment and talent, MagnUM and
Tenacious, compete throughout
the year. With so much interest
this year, a third team is a defi-
MagnUM practices indoors
three times a week throughout
the winter season and travels
every other weekend to tourna-
The competitor inside an
ultimate player is no different
from that of a football or soccer
player. Learning the rules and
techniques of the game together
allows the formation of a differ-
entkind of camaraderie between
teammates as they adjust to a
Everything from driving to
tournaments across the nation
to spending Spring Break in
Florida creates what players call
"an unbreakable bond."
Club president Craig Sanford
said MagnUM's ultimate goal
for the season is to make it to
the quarterfinals or semifinals at
The team just missed mak-
ing nationals last year. In the
past decade, MagnUM has won
four regional titles and finished
in the top 10 in the nation eight
Though the name of the sport
suggests a certain goofiness,
these players are very serious
MagnUM is hosting 16 teams
here, including teams from
Michigan State and Indiana, at
Mitchell Field inAnn Arbor dur-
ing the weekend of Sept. 29-30
for their "Best of the Midwest"
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BELLEVILLE - The Women's
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Michigan State and Eastern
Michigan joined the Wolver-
ines yesterday morning for what
became a horserace between two
perennial Big Ten powers. Exact
results were not kept, but the four
boatsfrom Michigan and Michigan
State rotated through first place
finishes for the first five races with
Eastern Michigan finishing in fifth
and sixth place through each race.
The Spartans took the five races in
the second flight.
Unlike more structured regat-
tas, the teams competed in two
flights of five races apiece. Each
The Michigan women's rowing team opened up the season with a meet against
Michigan State and Eastern Michigan.
race was approximately 1,200
meters, instead of the traditional
2,000-meter competition. The first
flight included two eights from
each team, while the second flight
included a Spartan eight and a
Michigan four and eight.
Rowers essentially treat the fall
season as training for the champi-
onships in the spring season. The
focus for the fall is centered on
strength, conditioning and syn-
"We are on a very strict training
schedule," said junior coxswain
Laura Dunn. "It has us peaking at a
certain time and we're not looking
to peak at multiple times."
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Ohio State on Sunday, Oct.7.
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