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Daily Sports Writer
gan State men's soccer team barely
seemed to notice the downpour as
the Spartans swarmed Old College
Field after their 5-0 victory Sun-
The Wolverines and their trav-
eling fans, however, felt every mis-
erable drop.
Coming off a huge 1-0 win over
No. 3 Notre Dame Wednesday,
unranked Michigan State (2-1-1
Big Ten, 9-1-2 overall) was on a
roll. For No. 21 Michigan, the rival-
ry game was the last of a grueling
midseason swing. The Wolverines
(0-2-1, 8-4-1) had played three of
their last four games on the road
and had won just one.
The Spartans put Michigan in a
hole almost immediately.
At 2:59, a yellow card by junior
goalkeeper Patrick Sperry gave
Michigan State forward Doug
DeMartin a penalty kick. Sperry
stretched himselfto his full height,
arms extended, ready to leap. But
as he dove to his left, DeMartin
shot right and scored.
"It makes a huge difference
when that happens," junior for-
ward Jake Stacy said. "Going
down a goal (three) minutes into
the game on a questionable PK - if
that doesn't happen, who knows
what could happen."
The Wolverines never recov-
ered. Though they attacked the
Spartan goal repeatedly, all their
efforts were rebuffed by fifth-year
senior goalkeeper Chris Austin
and his defenders. The Michigan
offense was also without the cre-
ative genius of sophomore forward
Mauro Fuzetti because of an inju-
ry, which might have helped break
through the Spartan line.
In the 32nd minute, sophomore
defender Julian Robles took a red
card in the penalty area. In just
one second, Michigan was dealt
several heavy blows.
DeMartin got another penalty
kick, and once again, he didn't
miss, putting the Spartans up 2-0.
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allowing Michigan to claw back
into the game.
The Wolverines gained a little
momentum with each big hit, and
midway through the period, fresh-
man Matt Rust found a rebounded
shot in the crease and poked it in to
cut the deficit to one.
"I thought in the first period,
they definitely outplayed us," Rust
said. "They outworked us, they out-
hit us, and that's how they got all of
their momentum. So I felt like, and
coach also let us know, that we had
to come out hitting and come out
working and get some offensive-
zone playing and put them back on
their heels. I think that allowed us
to get that first goal and get things
Slowly, the added pressure the
Wolverines put on Minnesota wore
the Gophers down, and the gap
in athleticism was diminished by
Michigan's physicality.
But the Wolverines couldn't seal
the deal.

On three separate occasions, the
Wolverines battled back to close
the gap to one goal, but each time
Minnesota closed the door on the
potential Michigan comeback.
With two minutes remaining
in regulation and the Wolverines
down a man because of a Rust
holding penalty, the score sat at 4-
3. Sauer was pulled, and a furious
attackof the Minnesotanetensued.
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would've been easy to pack it
in after the first period, but the
Wolverines didn't. It would've
been easy to resign to a loss when
Minnesota went up 3-1 just more
than a minute into the third
period, but Michigan wouldn't.
Playing shorthanded in the final
minute, Michigan still fought for
the tying goal. Sixty minutes of
That's all you can ask.
With the heart they showed,
these Wolverines are going to
surprise, and impress a lot of
teams this season.
"They're rebuilt and reloaded,"

Robles was lost for the game, forc-
ing the Wolverines to play a man
down for 58 minutes.
Defender Michael Holody, a co-
captain and leader of Michigan's
defense, was already sitting out
the game thanks to a red card in
the loss to St. John's. Robles will
have to miss Wednesday's game
against Bowling Green.
"I'm really perplexed by it,"
Michigan coach Steve Burns said
r of the numerous cards. "In all my
years of coaching, I've not seen the
kinds of cards that we're getting.
I think we are a disciplined team.
Unfortunately, we've got to be able
to bounce back and show our resil-
iency in the face of what we per-
ceived as questionable calls."
Michigan finished the game
with three yellow cards and a
While the Wolverines could
take some satisfaction from the
first half - the only two shots to
make it past Sperry were penalty
kicks - the second half was near-
ly all Michigan State. Three times
Spartan forwards shed Wolverine
defenders and bested Sperry at
the goal mouth, building an insur-
mountable 5-0 lead.
With about 10 minutes left,
Michigan finally got a penalty
kick of its own. Stacy sent the ball
scorching toward the left corner
- where it bounced off the post.
While the Spartans remained
in the middle of the pitch sharing
the victory with their fans, most
of the Wolverines couldn't leave
Old College Field fast enough.
On Wednesday, they will return
home for a match against Bowling
Green, and, they hope, the birth of
a winning streak like the one that
opened their season.
But like every opponent since
the start of Big Ten play, Bowling
Green won't make it easy.
"They've been through their
learning curve and now they have
an upperclassman-dominated
team," Burns said of the Falcons.
"They're probably thinking this
is a good time to kick Michigan
while they're down."
Goalie Jeff Frazee was shoved head
first into the net with the puck
underneath him. It was Michigan's
last legitimate scoring opportunity,
and Minnesota held on forthe hard-
fought 4-3 victory. The win gives
the Golden Gophers six consecutive
victories over the Wolverines.
"We gave up inopportune goals
at inopportune times," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "You
have to give the other team credit,
but we know we can do a better job
defensively. Yet I like the way our
young team battled back and they
got back in the game. We had our
chances and we just didn't quite
Not all of Michigan's upset
dreams were dashed over the
weekend, though. Friday night, the
Wolverines notched a thrilling 4-3
overtime victory over No. 2 Boston
College (1-1).
Using the same style of play that
helped them climb back into the
Minnesota game, the Wolverines
came out physical and scrappy, div-
ing for loose pucks and defensive
Michigan may not have the big
names or reputations that it has had
in the past, but if the Wolverines
play well defensively, they'll give

themselves opportunities to win,
Berenson said.
"I told you all along: I thought
our team was pretty good," Beren-
son said. "We should get better, but
games like this are a great experi-
ence for these young players to play
Minnesota coach Don Lucia said.
"With the guys that they've lost,
they have a very good team."
Lucia could say that with a
smile Saturday night,butthe next
time these two teams meet -Nov.
24 in Ann Arbor - he knows the
result could be different.
Considering the effort Michi-
gan put forth last weekend, it's
exciting to think of where the
team could be with a few more
weeks of game experience.
Well, exciting for Michigan,
not for Lucia and the rest of the
college hockey world.
The freshmen are crashing the
- Sandals can be reached
at nsandalsiumich.edu.

Daily Sports Writer
ST. PAUL - Michigan played
for more than 122 total minutes,
but its games were decided in two
quick seconds.
In both of the Wolverines'
contests at the Ice Breaker Invi-
tational, the score was settled by
one pivotal play at the end - one
a goal, the other a penalty - that
showcased the scrappy spirit of
this year's Wolverines.
Friday's game against Boston
College ended two and a half min-
utes into an overtime forced by
two third-period Eagle goals. Bos-
ton College goaltender John Muse
sprawled on the ice in an attempt
to trap the puck after a Michi-
gan shot, and most of the Eagles
thought the play was over - some
circled away from tlie goal in prep-
aration for the next play.
But no whistle was blown. The
puck floated to Muse's left side,
and Michigan forward Louie
Caparusso jabbed at the puck as
Boston College forward Andrew
Orpik attempted to clear it out of
the zone. It seemed to ricochet
off of Orpik's left skate and past
a still-splayed-out Muse for the
Wolverines' winning goal.
There was a second of con-
fused silence. Boston College
players sunk to the ice in disbelief
as Michigan defenseman Steve
Kampfer sprinted to Caparusso,
tackling him headlong into the
boards in celebration. The Wol-
verines piled on top of each other
and celebrated the finish.
In some ways, the chane goal
was fitting. It matched the pace of
the game - gritty and rough.
Michigan coach Red Berenson
agreed with the assessment of the
goal, adding that overtime goals
are "always ugly."
"I think you're lucky when you
win in overtime," Berenson said.
"I don't know if it was a great scor-
ing chance or not, but if you play
in their zone, you have a chance of
Even those involved had vary-
ing accounts of how the game
"The puck was basically just
rolling on its pad, and it's pretty
fortunate the ref didn't blow it
then," Caparusso said. "Basically,
I just kept whacking at (the puck),
and I got a piece of it and it rolled
right in."
Boston College coach Jerry
York had a different take.
"It looked like we cleared it
off our own player," York said. "I
don't think there was a blue player
around the puck."
The Wolverines tried to mir-
ror their third-period comeback
the next night by scoring twice,
but Minnesota's two third-period
goals meant that Michigan still
trailed by one as the game wound
down. From the time that Minne-
sota took its on-ice timeout with
five minutes remaining, the Wol-
verines had the momentum. They
outshot the Golden Gophers, 42-
22, and had two key scoring oppor-
tunities within three mjnutes.
But with 2:01 remaining, fresh-
man Matt Rust lost his stick in
the Wolverines' zone and, out of
necessity, defended with his body.
He was called for holding, and the
crowd roared.
Goalie Billy Sauer was pulled
shortly afterward while the
shorthanded Wolverines had

the puck in the Minnesota zone,
but Michigan couldn't convert
on its few scoring opportunities.
Had Rust not picked up the penal-
ty, the Wolverines would have had
the man advantage, the momen-
tum and a legitimate chance to tie
the game.
The game's turning point again
highlighted Michigan's physical-
ity - but, this time, it hurt the
"I hate to say it, but I felt like
I lost it for the team," Rust said.
"I definitely have to be a smarter
player at the end of the game. I
thought it was a weak call, but at
the same time, it shouldn't really
make a difference. You shouldn't
have to put yourself in that posi-
Rust didn't lose the game for
Michigan - his two goals meant
Michigan still had a chance late
against one of the most talented
teams in the country. But the Wol-
verines' comeback attempt was
effectively over with two minutes
And again, one play decided a
close game.

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