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For first time in 15 years,
'M' wins in East Lansing

By JAKE LOURIM
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - Fifteen
years. It had been 15 years since
the Michigan women's soccer
team won in East Lansing, since
it sung "The Victors" on the Spar-
tans' field.
That changed Thursday after-
noon as the Wolverines snapped
the streak, winning 2-1.
After not scoring in its last
two games, Michigan got on the
boardinthe MICHIGAN 2
10thminute MICH.STATE 1
with a goal
by junior midfielder Christina
Murillo.
Michigan coach Greg Ryan
has talked for most of the season
about starting fast, and the Wol-
verines did just that.
"When you're not hitting the
net, and you go through another
half where you don't score a goal,
you're like, 'Oh, not again,"' Ryan
said. "Again, it's two players who
scored besides (senior forward)
Nkem (Ezurike), and that's huge,
because Nkem's going to get on
track, but our main theme has
been the rest of you have got to be
determined to score goals."
The 21st-ranked Wolverines
(2-1-1 Big Ten, 8-2-1 overall) came
in needing a win after a 0-1-1
weekend. Michigan came out fir-
ing early on, putting its first shot
on goal in the fifth minute before
getting on the board.
Murillo lofted a high free kick
into the box, and Michigan State
goalie Courtney Clem backed
into the net and watched it sail
over her head for the Wolverines'
third-earliest goal of the season.
"I was just glad that finally,
after a lot of time, Iwas the person
to score," Murillo said. "I wish I
could say that it was intended as
a shot, but honestly I was just try-
ing to chip it to somebody. The
wind carried it."
Five minutes later, Murillo
passed another free kick into the
box, and senior defender Holly
Hein deflected it off a defend-
er. Senior midfielder Meghan
Toohey then grabbed the redirect
and hammered it inside the right
post. In 15 minutes, the Wolver-
ines had scored more than they

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Senior midfielder Meghan Toohey scored Michigan's second goal when she got in front of a rebound on a blocked shot.
Offense breaks out of dry
spell against the Spartans

did all of last weekend.
"In our last few games, we
haven't really gotten a lot of scor-
ing opportunities," Murillo said.
"Coming into this game, we want-
ed to get as many chances, and I
think you see that in the stats."
Michigan came out in an
attack-minded 4-3-3 formation,
as opposed to its usual 4-1-4-L
"We had a couple more players
up there supporting Nkem, which
I think is always helpful for her,"
Hein said. "She's awesome on
her own, and she must have spun
30 players on her own today. We
were just able to get alot of move-
ment off the ball."
The Spartans (1-3-0, 7-3-2)
cut the deficit to one in the 74th
minute. Forward Alyson Krause
served a long free kick into the
box to defender Mary-Kathryn
Fiebernitz, who ran onto the ball
and headed it inside the far post.
Ryan was pleased with the
overall defensive effort, but he
was not happy Michigan let Mich-.
igan State back into the game.
"For us to give up that set-
piece goal and bring them back
to within one goal on a day like
today where we dominated this
game, there were some mental
mistakes by our players," Ryan
said. "This is a team that wants
to do big things. You can't make

those kinds of mistakes and do
big things. It's going to beat you.
Maybe it didn't beat you today,
but it's going to beat you.... That's
unacceptable."
The Spartans never truly
threatened to tie it up. The suc-
cessful set piece was the only shot
on goal they managed despite
nine shots.
"We were beating them con-
stantly," Murillo said. "But we
just lose our focus on certain
plays, and I think as the season
goes on we're going to see less of
those errors."
The Wolverines couldn't score
on any of their 31 of their shots
against Wisconsin and Minneso-
ta but improved Thursday. They
missed on a couple other oppor-
tunities in the second half. Fresh-
man forward Madisson Lewis and
senior midfielder Tori McCombs
each mishandled crosses into the
box that could have put the game
out of reach.
Ryan said his team will con-
tinue to work on finishing
opportunities as it heads into
two showdowns against ranked
teams. The Wolverines play at No.
23 Nebraska on Sunday.
"We've got to keep working on
our finishing," Ryan said. "Those
scrappy goals will winyougames,
and we've got to keep scrapping."

By JEFF GARLAND
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - In two
key conference home games
over the weekend, the No. 21
Michigan women's soccer team
failed to score a goal. But just 14
minutes into Thursday's match-
up against Michigan State, the
Wolverines had already found
the back of the net twice en
route to a 2-1 victory.
"I was really proud of how
we came out, and how hard we
played right from the begin-
ning," said Michigan coach
Greg Ryan. "Hopefully this
gives our players more confi-
dence."
The issue entering Thurs-
day's game wasn't getting shots
off, it was capitalizing on the
opportunities and finishing
around the net.
In games against Wiscon-
sin and Minnesota earlier in
the season, Michigan (2-1-1 Big
Ten, 8-2-1 overall) had a total
of 31 shots, eight of which were
on goal. Despite the impressive
totals, the Wolverines squan-
dered every chance.

This trend had to change,
and it did Thursday.
Michigan needed a spark
and found it in the form of good
fortune. Just nine minutes into
play at DeMartin Stadium,
junior Christina Murillo put the
ball just over the outstretched
arm of the Spartan goalkeeper
and into the net from 25 yards
out.
"I wish I could say it was
intended as a shot, but honestly
I was trying to chip it to some-
body, and I think the wind car-
ried it and it went in," Murillo
said.
Five minutes later, senior
captain Meghan Toohey got in
front of a rebound off a blocked
shot and blasted the ball by
Michigan State's bewildered
goalkeeper for the team's sec-
ond goal.
There was never a doubt
about Toohey's intentions.
"Yesterday our team went
over focusing on staying over
(the ball) and shooting when
you get the opportunity," she
said. "So I just shot it, and it
went in."
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Daily Sports Writer
Faced with its first road test
of the season
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Wolverines'
overall record
to 10-3 and put them in an 0-2
hole in Big Ten play.
"It's certainly not what we
wanted," said Michigan coach
Mark Rosen. "We wanted to
go in and try to get two wins. I
think we got caught up in who
we were playing and the step
up to Big Ten level of play. We
seemed a little shocked, and we
were playing on our heels. That
makes it challenging to play our
kind of game."
After beginning the season in
the top 10, Michigan has quick-
ly found itself on the outside
looking in. With a Big Ten title
and postseason aspirations on
their agenda, the Wolverines -
who fell four spots to No. 14 in
this week's polls - will look to
rebound quickly at home this
weekend as they host North-
western (1-1 Big Ten, 9-5 over-
all) Friday and Illinois (1-1, 5-7)
Saturday.
Having won nine straight
home games dating back to Oct.
20, Rosen believes that if any
team can bounce back at home,
it's his.

sive turnaround began in prac-
tice.
"We played five-on-five in a
tight area between two goals,
and it was all about 'don't wait,
just take it, take it,' and then
everybody else look for the
loose ball," he said.
The drill paid off as Toohey's
goal was the result of heads-up
play in a tight area.
Michigan took 20 total shots,
putting five on goal and two in
the net. By comparison, Michi-
gan State took just nine shots,
scoring on its only one on goal.
Despite the noticeable offen-
sive improvement from the
weekend, the team is still not
where it wants to be.
"We got to keep working
on our finishing," Ryan said.
"That's for sure."
The Wolverines missed
plenty of open shots, and per-
haps the story would be differ-
ent if the team hadn't caught a
break for its first goal. Nonethe-
less, Michigan did enough on
offense to secure a win Thurs-
day, but going forward it'll need
to do more to compete against
the best.
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play."
success andfailure, sowe always
have to be ready."
In Rosen's 15 years coaching
for Michigan, the Big Ten has
never been as competitive as
it is right now. Featuring eight
teams in the Top 25 and six in
the top 15, it is by far the nation's
toughest conference. With so
much talent on the court in each
game, Rosen knows it's easy for
his team to get caught up look-
ing across the net and become
overwhelmed. For this reason,
Rosen has preached simplicity
and self-control from day one.
"We can't make individual
games bigger than what they
are," Rosen said. "We need to
focus on playing Northwestern
and leave the other stuff along
the road out. We can't worry
about who's on the other side of
the net; we just need to focus on
ourselves and what we can do.
We only need to worry about our
execution and playing our game.
If we do that, I think with our
talent, we'll be in good shape."

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Michigan coach Mark Rosen said, "I thi
playing and the step up to Big Ten levelp
"(After the losses) they
weren't happy at all," Rosen
said. "They're a very competi-
tive bunch, and take a lot of
pride in their play, so they were
very frustrated losing two in a
row like that. But so far they've
responded very well to the
adversity, which is something
you look for in any team that has
goals like ours."
The response can be seen in
practice, where Rosen put the
focus on the defensive side of
the ball this week. Big Ten play
means bigger teams and bigger
serves, making blocking and
ball control all the more crucial
to success. After a rough open-
ing weekend in the conference,
Rosen wants to be sure his team
is more than ready for a second
round.
"We can do all the work we
want," Rosen said. "But in the
end we have to put it towards
something. We learned last
weekend just how thin the mar-
gin in the Big Ten is between

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