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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 15, 1995 - 15

Men's soccer
hopes to continue

Women's soccer
opens new field
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By Chaim Hyinuu
Daily Sports Writer
With a 2-0 win over Macomb Com-
munity College Wednesday, the Michi-
gan men's soccer team is looking to
start a streak.
The Wolverines (1-2-1 overall) travel
to Madonna tomorrow hoping to pick
up another win.
"If they're anything like they were
last year, we should win," goalkeeper
Mike Milman said. "They're not that
strong of a team."
, The Wolverines are also more confi-
dent in their game plan. With a new 5-
3-2 formation instituted this season by
coach Steve Burns, Michigan seems to
have adjusted after a slow start early
this season.
"We're getting more accustomed to
the system," sophomore Eric Frickel
said. "We should have no trouble win-

ways
ning this game."
The Wolverines also attribute their
latest win in their ability to score, an
area of instability during the first three
games of the season. Even though
Macomb is not exactly a powerhouse in
soccer, Michigan is happy with the fact
that their two goals came at the 20 and
55-minute marks.
"During the first couple of games we
had trouble scoring," Milman said. "We
were shaky, but we're really starting to
come together as a team now."
The Wolverines also feel comfort-
able with their back-up players. After
the second goal against Macomb, many
of them saw their first playing time this
season, and that adds hope for the rest
of the schedule.
"We're looking forward to the rest of
the season," Milman said. "This should
be a good building game."

An important early-season weekend
for the Michigan women's soccer team
gets underway tomorrow when the
Wolverines open up the Big Ten season
at Ohio State.
The Wolverines (1-3) will take to the
new Michigan soccerfieldin theirhome
opener against Buffalo (2-1) Sunday at
noon.
Michigan enters the Ohio State game
coming off of close losses to No. 19
Dartmouth and No.9 Hartford last week-
end. Despite losing, the players say the
team's competitiveness againstthe high-
ranked squads has bolstered the team's
confidence.
"We showed that we can stay with
teams at that level," junior goaltender
Jori Welchans said.
Freshman goaltender Jessica Jones
admitted mistakes were made last week,
but said, "they helped us realize what
we need to do. "
Coach Debbie Belkin also knows
where her team needs to improve.
"We need to work on shooting and
not make defensive mistakes," she said.
Michigan will try to improve in these
areas against a Buckeye team that has
suffered 2-0 shutouts against both
Minwins over Stony Brook and Siena.

have been asking
me when the fist
game s, so lthink
there will be an
increase in fans."
-- Jessica Jones
Michigan women's soccer
player on the team's new
facility, Ocker Field.
But the school also suffered a 1-0 loss to,
Guelph this year.
"I don't know much about Buffalo,'
Belkin said. "Im still waiting for the
scouting report."
The Buffalo game will be the first-
ever at the new field which was con-
structed over the summer along with
the adjacent field hockey facility
Ocker Field -- behind Schembechler
Hall.
"We're very excited about the
field," Jones said. "A lot of people
have been asking me when the first
game is, so I think there will be an
increase in fans."

Men's soccer upcoming schedule
Sept.16 at Madonna TBA
Sept19 at Western Michigan 4 p.m.
Sept. 23, 24 Sig Ten Club Tourament TBA
Sept. 27 at Schoolcraft TBA
Oct. 3 Albion 4 p.m.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily

Dave Colliver and the Michigan men's soccer club take on Madonna tomorow.
The Wolverines say they have adjusted after a slow start.

_ _ __

MATCHUPS
Continued from page 13
tailback Eddie George got 5.8 yards per
carry.
Michigan was even more successful
running the ball on the Boston College
defense last year. Even without Tyrone
Wheatley, the Wolverines rolled up 206
yards on the ground, led by tailback
Tsliimanga Biakabutuka's 128. And it
only took him 12 carries to amass that
total.
However, this Michigan team doesn't
run the ball like it used to. These Wolver-
ines are only getting 3.4 yards per rush.
And should Biakabutuka get nicked up
again, Michigan'sgotproblems. Theonly
thinghis backups have effectively proven
isthat they're not effective backups.
. The Wolverine linemen, though, are
due to start pancaking some people. Fig-
ure'on them to start this week, with cap-

tain and Andover, Mass.,-native Joe
Marinaro leading the way in front of his
hometown folk.
Advantage: Michigan
Michigan passing offense vs. Boston
College passing defense:
If the Eagles showed promise in their
opener, it was in their ability to rush the
quarterback. Boston College sacked
Buckeye quarterback Bobby Hoying three
times.
Pressure on thepasser hasn'ttranslated
into an airtight pass defense, though. Vir-
ginia Tech and Ohio State threw for 600
yards combined, and the Hokies did it
with a quarterback who was starting in his
first game ever.
By comparison, Scott Dreisbach is a

war-weary veteran. Michigan's redshirt
freshmar quarterback has already faced
two tough defenses and done what the
Wolverines needed: He won the Virginia
game, throwing for 372 yards, and didn't
lose the Illinois game by not turning the
ball over.
He's looked shaky at times, but his
receivers have made up for it. Mercury
Hayes is getting 23 yardspercatch; Amani
Toomer and Jay Riemersma have caught
eight balls each.
Advantage: Michigan
Boston College rushing offense vs.
Michigan rushing defense:
This is the matchup you'll see the least
of tomorrow. The Eagles have been
outgained nearly 2-1 on the ground in its

first two games, but that's partially be-
cause they don't try to runm all that much.
Boston College has 62 total carries -
18 less than their opponents - for 158
yards. Running back Justice Smith is
averaging a decent 3.5 yards per try, but
when your top back doesn't even get 4
yards per carry, that's a sign that running
the ball just isn't your game.
Michigan will reinforce thatpoint. The
new 4-3 alignment hasn't affected the
Wolverines' ability to stuff the run, evi-
denced by the 80.7 yards-against average
the run defense is sporting.
Advantage: Michigan
Boston College passing offense vs.
Michigan passing defense:
Eagle quarterback Mark Hartsell
torched the Wolverines for 338 yards in
the air, the most by any opposing quarter-
back last year. His performance, perhaps
more so than anyone else's, explains why
Boston College was in the game until the
fourth quarter.
What's more, Hartsell has proven tobe
more than a one-game wonder. After
strugglingabit against Ohio State, Hartsell
won Big East Offensive Player of the
Week honors for his 24-for-38,273-yard
effort against Virginia Tech.
One of his favorite targets has been
Steve Everson. The speedy sophomore
wideoutcaughtI10 passes last week, some-
thing only 10 other Eagle receivers have
done.
He'll be running up against an im-

proved Michigan secondary. That group
has benefited from a pass rush led by
Trent Zenkewicz and Glen Steele, which
has gotten to the quarterback with in-
creased regularity.
Still, opponents throw for a high per-
centage against the Wolverines - 61
percent thus far this year. Hartsell, a 59.4
percent passer himself, probably can't
wait.
Advantage: Michigan
Special teams:
When last seen at Alumni Stadium, the
Wolverines came up with a huge play in
this department-Desmond Howard ran
a kickoff back 93 yards for a touchdown.
So far, Michigan doesn't appear to
have anyone capable of breaking such a
play. Mercury Hayes, Anthony Williams
and Clarence Williams have been de-
pendable, meaning that they haven't put
the ball on the ground, but they don't
remind anyone of Howard or even
Wheatley.
Boston College doesn't have any
gamebreakers here, either. However, the
Eagles do have a fine placekicker in Dan
McGuire, who hit from over 50 yards
against Ohio State. The Wolverines cer-
tainly don't lose this category, though,
with preseason All-America candidate
Remy Hamilton on their side.
The punters are just as even. Boston
College's Jason Malecki and
Michigan's Nate DeLong are within a
yard of each other in punting average
(40.9 to 39.9).

Advantage: none

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Overall:
For this to be a tight game, three things
have to happen: Boston College must
shut down Michigan's run, force turn-
overs and hope Hartsell's aerial circus
nets at least 35 points. That's a bit much
to ask.
Prediction: Michigan 38, Boston
College 21
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EAGLES
Continued from page 13
per game averages.
"We think they are a really good foot-
ball team and they think they are a really
good football team, which may be more
important," Henning said. "It's going to
take everything we've got to stay with
them."
Despite last year's relative success
against the Wolverine defense, Henning
remains wary of what it can do.
"They seem to be similar to me as in
the past," Henning said. "I've always
had a great respect for Michigan's de-
fense ... it is very difficult to get a big
play on them."
The game will mark Michigan's first
game in the renovated and expanded
Alumni Stadium. There is now a second
deck with 12,000 new seats raising the
capacity to over 44,000.
In the Wolverines' only visit to Chest-
nut Hill, Mass., Michigan topped the
Eagles 35-13 in 1991.

E Scott Darren Antoine Ryan
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Best bet - Ohio St. Miami Arizona Kentucky
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