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'M' looks for win at Penn State
in battle of Big Ten powers

By BRAD WHIPPLE
Daily Sports Writer
It's always nice having momen-
tum going into a Big Ten game,
or any game for that matter. But
nothing gives you an edge quite
like the hunger for revenge.
Sunday, the No. 19 Michigan
women's soc-
cer team will Michan at
face No. 11
Penn State, Penn State
the same team Matchup:
that knocked it Michigan
out of the 2012 9-2-1; Penn
NCAA Tourna- State 10-2-1
ment with a 3-2 When: Sun-
shootout in the day 1 P.M.
third round. Where: Jef-
"We're defi- frey Field
nicely coming
in with a little TV:
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bitterness from
last year," said
senior midfielder Tori McCombs.
Michigan (3-1-1 Big Ten, 9-2-1
overall) has never won a game at
Penn State's Jeffrey Field - the
Wolverines are 0-8-4 at Univer-
sity Park, while their all-time
record in the series stands at 4-17-
6. Their last win over Penn State
(4-1,10-2-1) was Oct. 4,2002,4-0.
"In some ways it makes it a
really fun game to play," said
Michigan coach Greg Ryan. "You
have something to play for that's
never been done."
The Nittany Lions are tied for
first in the Big Ten standingswith
No. 24 Nebraska while Michigan
is tied for second place with No.
20 Wisconsin.
"The obvious implication (of
winning) is that itcgives you a shot
at moving up in the Big Ten stand-
ings," Ryan said. "(It also) gives
you a chance to continue-to stride
through to win a Big Ten Confer-
ence Championship, which would
be a huge step for our program.
We know we're facing a fantastic
opponentso it's not like it is gonna
bean easy job?'
This season, the Wolverines
have generated multiple scoring
opportunities outshooting oppo-
nents 208-121. But the team has

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Freshman forward Madisson Lewis is tied for second in the Big Ten with three game-winning goals.

struggled to capitalize, convert-
ing just 11.5% of the time for 24
total goals. It has been hard for
Michigan to finish these chanc-
es, but perhaps the Wolverines'
2-1 win over Michigan State last
Thursday marks the beginning of
an upward trend.
"I think it's just getting around
the box and going as hard as
you can to get that second ball,"
McCombs said. "Those are going
to be the goals that win games.
Against Penn State, we hdve to
finish our opportunities because
they'll come early."
And Michigan has plenty of
talent to convert, mainly senior
forward Nkem Ezurike and fresh-
man forward Matisson Lewis.
Despite going scoreless for
three games before the Nebraska
game on Sunday, Ezurike needs
just three goals to break Kacy Bei-
tel's program record of 44.
Lewis is the other offensive
threat as the team's second-lead-
ing goal scorer behind Ezurike,
with four goals on the season.
She is tied for second in game-
winning goals in the Big Ten with
three.
"Madi has proven consistently

that she can compete at this level,
she can score goals at this level
and that we can count on her out
on the field," Ryan said. "I got to
be able to know who I can count
on and who has shown me that
they can handle Big Ten level
play, and Madi certainly has done
that. For a freshman, that's just
awesome."
Michigan isn't the only team
with scoring woes. Penn State
has struggled as well and was
shut out, 1-0, against Minnesota
(2-2-1, 9-3-1) on Sunday. Despite
the offensive concerns, Penn
State remains one of the strongest
teams in the Big Ten. The Nittany
Lions ended the last season by
winning the Big Ten Champion-
ship for the 15th consecutive year
and making their first trip to the
National Championship, where
they fell to No. 4 North Carolina,
4-1.
Forward Maya Hayes, the
reigning Big Ten Forward of the
Year, leads Penn State's offense
with 13 goals and five assists.
Ryan mentioned that the Nittany
Lions are a very good attacking
team - especially with Hayes'
quick speed -with wide players

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Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has managed to keep the Nittany Lins tgether.
despite the turmoil and crippling sanctions surrounding the program.
'We'll still be on
double - secret
probation'
By ZACH HELFAND think as it relates to our program,
Daily Sports Editor we've always recruited that area,
Baltimore, D.C., and New Jer-
The bite of the NCAA sanctions sey. So we've been there anyway.
may finally be catchingup to Penn Now we're able to say to a young
State as it prepares for Michigan man, 'Hey look we're going to
a week after losing to Indiana for play Rutgers and Maryland, so
the first time in program history. there's another game your par-
Still, what ents can come watch you play.' I
the Nittany B I do think it makes us much more of
Lions have a national conference, and I think
been able to that time will show that. Not right
accomplish now, obviously because like I said
in nearly a you're out to Colorado, you're up to
season and Canada, and now you're the East
a half is somewhat remarkable. Coast so obviously the TV's a big
That's largely a credit to coach deal, TV money and all the games
Bill O'Brien, who has kept his on TV. I just think that once we
team together amid chaos. The start playing in that new expand-
worst may soon be over - the ed conference, and we play more
NCAA announced it would loosen night games and different rival-
some sanctions, and starting next ries will be created, I think that's
year, Penn State will regain five where you'll really seethe effect of
scholarships a year. Before then, expansion.
The Michigan Daily sat down with TMD: What about expansion's
O'Brien at Big Ten Media Days to effect on Penn State's recruiting
talk sanctions, Big Ten expansion on the East Coast?
and the Michigan game. BOB: We've always recruited
The Michigan Daily: How against them. You know, since I've
much do you stay in contact with been here. I say 'we've always,' as
Tom Brady, and will there be any- if I've been here for 50 years. I'm
thing special between you two just saying in the last 20 months,
before the Michigan game? we've recruited against them
. Bill O'Brien: I'm sure he'll be quite a bit. And I'm sure that they
rooting for Michigan. But I stay say now 'Hey look we're gonna be
in touch with Tom, he's a good in the Big Ten. We're gonna play
friend, he's a great guy. Text mes- games at Penn State, at Michigan,
sage a lot. He's a busy guy, I'm a at Ohio State.' But what we say to
busy guy, but I definitely stay in them is look, we're only about a
touch. But when we play Michi- three and a half hour drive from
gan, I will remind him, though, where you're at. And we have a
that he said that Beaver Stadium great school. And again it comes
was the loudest stadium he ever down to a great fit. Ifa guy's look-
played in. And I'm sure it will be ing at Maryland, Rutgers and
loud that night. Penn State, he's going to pick the
TMD: This is your first game school that he fits best at. What
against Michigan and Penn State's we do in recruiting is we really
first since 2010. What's the signifi- just talk about Penn State. We
cance of resuming this matchup? don't really get into talking about
BOB:First of all, Brady Hoke, I a bunch of other schools. I don't
think, is one of the best coaches know enough about them.
in the country. So it's going to be TMD: How must the Big Ten
great to have his team at Penn adapt do catch up to the top of the
State. To me that's one of those SEC?
games that college football is all BOB: I think now that expan-
about. I wished you played that sion is in place and we go to the
type, you know, Michigan, every divisions in another year, I think
year. Penn State-Michigan in the you'll see - and you've got the
new divisions, we will play quite final four now, the playoff system
a bit. It's just a great rivalry. Two - I think you'll see, not Penn State
programs that are traditional because we'll still be on, you know,
programs. Like I've said a mil- double-secret probation. Butyou'll
lion times, I have a ton of respect see some of the other schools
for Brady Hoke and what he does. scheduling-wise, what they'll
He's a coach that I've always probably do is schedule a marquee
looked up to, and I think we run game, schedule maybe a game
our programs in similar ways, so they believe they can win, and
it'll be a challenge, definitely a schedule a medium marquee game
challenge. if that makes sense, so that when
TMD: Similar how? it comes time for the 12-0 team to
BOB: Just we both believe that be chosen to go to the final four,
football is played by tough guys they've got - strength of schedule
and smart guys and good guys. is going to be a big part of that. So
TMD: Has expansion affected I don't know what other teams, I
Penn State and the Big Ten at all would just assume that you will
yet? see more SEC vs. Big Ten early in
BOB: I don't know. I don't see the season, Big Ten vs. Big 12, Big
that yet. No I don't see that. I Ten vs. Pac 12 in the years to come.

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