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THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP-lO POLL
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MICIGN*COIN a YS TuIS' A Ezurikc.scts program record for
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By JAKE LOURIM
Daily Sports Writer
There stood senior forward
Nkem Ezurike, three feet in
front of the goal she's hit so many
times, looking for another break.
She finally caught one, when the
ball fell right on her foot.
Ezurike cashed in and set
Michigan's all-time scoring
record with 45 career goals,
leading the Wolverines to a pair
of weekend_
wins that PUtoUt 1
kept them MICHIGAN 3
in conten-
tion for the Big Ten title.
Michigan rallied past Indiana
on Friday, 1-0, and Purdue on
Sunday, 3-1.
After weeks of developing a
supporting cast around Ezurike,
Michigan (6-1-1 Big Ten, 12-2-s
overall) went back to an offense
that ran right through its star.
The senior finished with 18
shots in two games, and although
just four were on goal, she hit the
back of the net on three.
"It took us a little bit to get
untracked, but I was pleased
throughout the match that when
we went to goal we were creat-
ing really good chances," said
Michigan coach Greg Ryan. "I'm
always happy with three goals,
but I wouldn't have been sur-
prised to see more goals today
because wemenstbusiness."
Purdue took the lead in the
24th minute on a long shot, put-
ting the Wolverines in an early
hole. Ezurike had an answer 11
minutes later - her record-tying
gosi came on a penalty kick.
The Wolverines allowed just
three shots on goal and had lit-
tle trouble holding the one-goal
lead.
.Michigan remained tied into
the second half until Ezurike
slammed home the rebound of
sophomore forward Corinne
Harris's shot.
Senior midfielder Christina
Ordonez tacked on an insurance
goal in the 69th minute.
Purdue (3-5, 8-7-1) came in

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EIisKIRKLAND/Daily
Seniar farward Nkem Ezarike now has 45 caress goals, a new program record.

as the worst defensive team in
the Big Ten, giving up 34 goals
in 15 games. Michigan suffered
its fourth straight scoreless first
half.
"They do a good job of putting
on pressure," Ezurike said. "You
have to take them one on one to
get your chances. It's just focus-
ing to get your chances and take
that step away from them to get
that shot."
With the exception of the one-
goal deficit, Friday's game looked
similar to Sunday's. Michigan
struggled to put away its chanc-
es until Ezurike's second-half
breakthrough.
Harris passed a ball right
down the middle to Ezurike in
the box for the finish, and the
Wolverines held on for the final
15 minutes.
"Indiana's a good team -
it's going to be tough to get our
chances against them," Ezurike
said. "I think we just kept play-
ing our game, getting the ball
wide and getting inside."
As with many Big Ten teams,

Indiana (4-4, 11-4-1) played
physically with Ezurike, draw-
ing some frustration from the
forward and Ryan.
"It's part of the game. I try not
to let it frustrate men" Ezurike
said. "But it is what it is."
Ezurike continues to play
through the contact as oppo-
nents continue to cry to stop her.
She scored twice against Indiana
last year in a 3-0 victory.
"We just tried to stay com-
pact and not let her turn, make
sure we stayed an arm's length
away," said Indiana coach Amy0
Berbary. "I thought we fought
hard, I thought we tackled hard
and that's something we've been
working hard to be better at."
The quest for the record is
over for Ezurike, but Ryan said it
won't make much of a difference.
"It wasn't a distraction. I
never cared," Ryan said. "For me,
these things just happen because
a player's a good player, and she
continues to go hard. I knew she
was goingcto get it, never thought
about it twice."

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