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8B8 September 2, 2008

The.Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Freshmen lead Blue to season's
first win in shutout of RedHawks
By RUTH LINCOLN
Daily Sports Writer

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Two days before starting their
first college class, freshmen Kelsey
Rogind and Clare Stachel gave
Michigan women's soccer coach
Greg Ryan what had to come even-
tually: his first victory as the Wol-
verines' head coach.
After going winless in his first
three games, the former U.S.
national team coach needed to find
some answers. Rogind and Stachel
responded and connected on the
Wolverines' lone goal in Michigan's
1-0 win against Miami (Ohio) Sun-
day in Oxford, Ohio.
"It was great," Ryan said. "We've
had some bad breaks so far. It was
nice to see things fall our way."
After dropping Friday's contest
to Cincinnati, 2-1, the Wolverines
(1-2-1) won the tight contest against
the RedHawks (1-1-0) at the Miami
soccer field.
The Wolverines battled through
a stalemate in the first half, then
Stachel and Rogind that got the
action started for Michigan.
Stachel began the attack .at the
start of the second half when she
carried the ball up the field and
dribbled around several Miami
players en route to the RedHawks'
goal line.
Stachel launched a cross through
the- goal box and found Rogind's
foot near the backpost. Rogind
deflected it into the back of the net
for her first career goal.
"I saw Clare making the goodrun
down the side, and Iknew that she's
good getting the ball to the in-line,"
Rogind said. "I knew that she'd be
able to get a cross off."
Typically a forward, Stachel
played defense Sunday, and using
her speed and strength to jumpstar't
theoffense.Thoughthescorewould
indicate otherwise, Michigan was a
much more aggressive team in the
second half. The Wolverines regis-
tered four shots on goal after just
one in the opening frame.
"I thought the team took more

Madison Gates and the rest of the Michigan defense held the Miami (Ohio) Red-
Hawks scoreless for the team's first win under new coach Greg Ryan.

risks to score goals today," Ryan
said. "Instead of backing off of
someone, they were willing to force
plays more and'create more oppor-
tunities for us."
Seniorgoalkeeper MadisonGates
earned her fourth career shutout,
making five stops. A very mobile
player, she came up with some big
saves. The most impressive came
when she deflected a shot headed
for the back post up and over the
cross bar.
"She distributes the ballwith her
feet exceptionally well," Ryan said
of Gates. "She's a big part of starting
our offense."

The defense took the same
attacking approach and played
more fluidly than it had so far this
season.
Under Ryan, Michigan has
installed a zone defense as opposed
to the traditional man-to-man sys-
tem used in past seasons. The new
defense forces the team to commu-
nicate more effectively.
"The whole backside - thegoal-
keeper and the defenders have
been working on organization and
working together as a unit," Ryan
said. "They did a fantastic job of
defending as a unit rather than
defending as individuals."

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