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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.corrl

4B - September 2, 2014

'M' claims weekend
split, crushes SMU

Frosh Louro solid in debut

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ys dividends in the delivery and curled a left-
footed shot past the Mustangs
rst win ofiyear goalkeeper to put Michigan (1-1)
up by one.
By MINH DOAN But it was the second goal that
Daily Sports Writer showed how dangerous the 4-3-3
can be.
er the Michigan men's Junior forward James
team's season opener Murphy, playing in his new role
, the mood was somber and in the midfield, dribbled into the
The players cooled down center of the pitch before dishing
a through ball to an overlapping
y SMU 0 Ugarte. With an extra player in
ting MICHIGAN 3 the attacking third due to the
the formation, Ugarte was able to
ointing game they had just find wide-open redshirt junior
Colin McAtee, who powered
Sunday, the mood a header past sprawling SMU
nding the postgame goalkeeper MichaelNelson.
e was a little bit different. "With three forwards, you
eryone was devastated always want to have good wide
Friday, not only in the loss play," Daley said, "and you want
w we played," said senior guys crashing the box. We want
ilder Marcos Ugarte. "(On to see if we can get a numerical
y), the intensity was higher advantage and be tidy and
veryone." composed enough to put the ball
ike their game 48 hours away."
,the Wolverines came out McAtee added one more goal
much more passion and in the 75th minute by beating two
, and they walked away defenders outside the Mustang
the U-M Soccer Stadium penalty box and slotting the ball
3-0 victory over Southern into the near corner.
dist (0-2). But despite everything rolling
s time, the 4-3-3 formation on offense, freshman goalkeeper
coach Evan Louro
Daley and his
mented gg . . aggressiveness
the "The intensity couldnt be
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y what it made just
pposed to: score goals. three stops, but each was more
l it didn't very take long, spectacular than the previous.
Louro's last save came in the
r just five minutes of 44th minute when Mustang
reshman forward Ahinga Colten Habecker made his way
ani collected the ball just behind the defense via a through
the 18-yard box before heel ball. The moment Habecker
g a pass into open space crossed the 18-yard line, Louro

charged out and sprawled to the
pitch to smother the ball.
While there were many
positives to the game, the
Wolverines struggled in the first
half with defensive positioning,
but a halftime talk with Daley
pulled the defense back together
for a solid finish.
"(The defenders) are still
getting used to playing with each
other," Daley said. "Sometimes,
it's hard to know who is playing
what role, and we sorted that out
at halftime."
But at the end of the day, the
Wolverines' defense held, the
4-4-3 showed promise, and
Michigan accomplished exactly

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shutout and gave the Wolverines
hutout in first their first win of the season, 3-0.
The 6-foot-3 native of South
appearance River, New Jersey has come in
and made the goalie position a
By JAKE LOURIM competition with Adam Grinwis
Daily Sports Editor - a fifth-year senior, three-year
starter and captain.
an Louro found out the He has done it with poise,
Saturday night, fewer calmly leading a more experi-
24 hours before game time. enced back line that surrendered
Michigan men's soccer just nine shots, three on goal.
es told the true freshman He has done it with good deci-
eeper he'd be starting his sion making, -
areer game the following punching cor-
ainst Southern Methodist. ner kicks out " 1
uld he even sleep after that of the box to He b
dispel scor-
, yeah," Louro said. "Like ing chances. a Cair
." And he has about
much shakes Louro's done it with
fence, according to fearlessness: m
gan coach Chaka Daley, In the 44th
othing did Sunday, either. minute, SMU -
forward Col-
ten Habecker slipped past the
defense, took one touch and then
another that was just a tad too
strong. Louro came off his line
and smothered the ball, deflect-
ing it off to the side. After the
game, he unveiled a red mark the
size of a softball on his upper arm.
It was clear nothing shook
Louro, not even the challenge
of his first start at U-M Soccer
Stadium.
"As a freshman, he's extremely
confident," Daley said."He's got a
lot of experience. He's not really
like your true freshman. He's got
enough experience that he's more
like a junior, which is great for
our group and for the guys in the
back. He brings a calmness about
him, a maturity."
Louro has been on different
U.S. national teams since 2009
and is now a member of the U.S.
Under-20 team. So the 1,348 fans
on hand Sunday in Ann Arbor
didn't shake him, nor did the
effects of Friday's 1-0 upset loss
to Florida International.
"I don't really get nervous,"
LUNA ANNA ARCHEY/Daily Louro said. "Maybe before the
3-0 rout of SMU on Sunday. game, but as soon as I'm in the

game, I don't think about it and
I'm just tuned in."
Grinwis, who has played more
than 5,000 minutes and made
235 saves in 58 career starts,
figured as the starter coming
in. But Louro hasn't hesitated to
contest the spot, just as he didn't
hesitate in salvaging a split on the
weekend for Michigan.
Daley said the two keepers
were about even heading into
the weekend. After such a short
preseason, he is still evaluating
the position
and may
either rotate
)rings them based on
the game or
ss opponent or
i , a pick clear No.
. ,, "We
wanted to give
them both a
game to see
the differences, strengths,
weaknesses," Daley said. "But
we also played two very different
games as agroup. So it's still hard
to tell in my opinion, because we
were much more prepared and
focused as a collective group (on
Sunday) than we were Friday."
The Wolverines play one game
each of the next three weekends,
so with splitting the contests
not an option, perhaps a starter
will emerge. At the very least
for Louro, he's learning from
Grinwis in his first season.
"I learned a lot from Adam
because he's a senior and he's
been around the block," Louro
said. "(Assistant coach Jhojan
Obando) has been working with
both of us, and it's good to get
that competitiveness in training.
But at the end of the day, whoever
coach chooses to go out, we know
they're going to do a good job."
After two strong defensive
performances on the weekend,
the competition is just that - a
competition.
But Louro showed with his
play Sunday that he won't back
down from anything.

Redshirt junior Colin McAtee scored in Michigan's

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crushed on California trip

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By BRAD WHIPPLE
Daily Sports Writer
The West Coast has held a
hex over the Michigan women's
soccer team for most of coach
Greg Ryan's tenure - and
it continued to plague the
Wolverines this weekend.
For the first time since
2011, the
Wolverines MICHIGAN 0
(2-2) were SAN DIEGO 5
shut out
in back- MICHIGAN 0
to-back S.D. STATE 3,
matches.
Friday, San Diego dealt Michigan
its first loss of the season in a
5-0 onslaught. The Wolverines
couldn't rebound Sunday, when
they were blanked 3-0 by San
Diego State.
"I don't think it's tough to
respond to losses like these,"
Ryan said. "We hit our bottom
against San Diego, and I don't
think we'll play that poorly again
this year. ... Friday, we didn't
represent Michigan. We didn't
represent anybody."
Michigan's downfall stemmed
from an inefficient offense,
which has struggled to finish
its chances early in the season.
But this weekend, it fought to
even create those opportunities.
After taking 37 shots in their
opening homestand last week,
the Wolverines mustered just
four shots on goal in California.
"Coming onto the road,
you're in completely different
circumstances, and this is such
a young team," said junior
midfielder Corinne Harris. "We
were put in a situation where
we're not as comfortable, and it
affected us."
Friday night against San
Diego, Michigan gave up its first
goal of the season just three
minutes into the match off a
crossed ball. The Toreros (1-2-1)
continued to take advantage of
what Ryan called a "lack ofeffort"
and rampant disorganization,
notching two more goals before
the end of the half.
Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor

Bucklin made only one save in
the first half and was taken out
for the second half. Freshman
Megan Hinz and junior Maddie
Clarfield shared time in the net,
but each gave up anothergoal.
"That was really the first time
we gotoverwhelmed right away,"
Harris said. "Their intensity was
so high, and we didn't come out
ready to meet that.... We'll never
let that happen again."
In Sunday's game, San Diego
State (2-1-1) outshot Michigan
19-8 and put 13 shots on goal.
It took 11 minutes for Harris to
take Michigan's first shot, but
according to her, she felt the
team had good possessions and
created high quality scoring
opportunities. Harris took
half the team's shots but was
unsuccessful in getting one past
the keeper.
"Corinne has had a fantastic
start," Ryan said, "but the one
thing she has to do is score
goals. She's getting chances,
and I'm really proud of how
she's played, but at the end of
the day, she's got to put the ball
in the back of the net."
Nearing the end of the first

half, Aztec forward Meggie
Gulczynski scored on a free
kick that flew above the hands
of Bucklin. Adding insult to
injury, in the final 30 seconds,
sophomore midfielder Anna
Soccorsi accidentally headed the
ball into Michigan's goal.
With San Diego State sitting
comfortably with a two-goal
lead, Hinz replaced Bucklin,
who had made eight saves
in the first half. In the 87th
minute, the Aztecs collected a
rebound off a corner kick and
knocked it passed Hinz from
three yards out.
"The only chances that went
in for San Diego State were not
good chances," Ryan said. "They
were silly goals: an own goal, a
ball that's easily savable and a
late corner kick when I have all
the subs in."
Last year's Wolverines, who
reached the Elite Eight, never
suffered a weekend like this.
This year's team, which Ryan
said can't be compared to its
predecessor, has the same goals
for the 2014 season.
But there's still a long way to
fon

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