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October 04, 1995 - Image 9

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Page 9
October 4, 1995

offense the
ke for Blue
By Marc Ughtdat.
)aily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer team
night as well be kicking field goals -
t boots more balls over the net than in
That is why the Wolverines are 2-6-1.
"We'd be winning if we were scoring,"
Vichigan coach Debbie Belkin said.
Although Michigan has taken 138
;hots ongoal, only eighthave foundthe
Belkin hopes the team will find the
'magict uch" needed to score goals.
"I'm satisfied with the way the team's
noving the ball up the field," Belkin said.
'It's just putting that final (touch)."
The Wolverines will try to find a rem-
xdy for their scoring woes when they
:lash with the Titans today at Detroit.
The Titans (7-2) began the season with
nimpressive fivegamewinstreakwhich
was snapped by Butler, 1-0, Sunday. The
team, which plays in the Mid-Western
Collegiate Athletic Conference, has domi-
nated its opponents at home, earning it a
4-0 record.
One factor that the Wolverines may
benefit from is the confidence they gained
from beating Detroit last year in an over-
time battle.
"What I think will be the key is that
Detrot,remembers last year, and they
rememiber getting beat by a first-year
team," Belkin said.
The Titans' offensiveprowessissome-
thing theWolverines would love to have.
Detroit has capitalized on 24 of its 111
Detroit is led by three players with
ior forward Cindy Fix and freshman for-
ward Monica Kaltreider who have com-
bined for 25 points. Nicole Perfelice, a
sophomore midfielder, has added four
goals and two assists.
Belkin's players have been warned
about the Titans' aggressive style ofplay.
"We're going to have to be mentally
ready to play a tough game," Michigan
freshma Jessica Limauro said.
In the last home game, against North-
western, the Wolverines uncovered two
new weapons which should provide an
offensive spark for the team. Junior for-
ward McKenzie Webster and freshman
the game close.
"Different people stepped up for us in
the last game," Belkin said. "We had
somneoe score who hadn't scored
Thefirst nine games on the Wolver-
ines' schedule were valuable learning
experiences for some of the team's
younger players.
"If you have experience, you know
what to expect in certain situations,"
Belkin said. "Youknow whatyouhaveto
do. You know what needs to be done."
NextSunday, the Wolverines will take
on the Creighton Lady Jays (6-3) who
spent time last year in the NCAA Top 20.
The game will be played at Michigan
Soccer Field at 2 p.m.
"Our schedule from now on does not
get any easier," Belkin said.

Blue stickers handle
Miami (Ohio), 3-0
'M' field hockey continues road dominance

By Michael Levy
For the Daily
Sometimes the hardest games to play are
the ones you're expected to win. This was not
the case for the Michigan field hockey team.
The Wolverines crushed Miami (Ohio), 3-0,
in Oxford, Ohio.
The Wolverines improved their record (2-1
Big Ten, 9-3 overall) while the Redskins low-
ered theirs (3-9).
Michigan continued its dominance over
Miami by improving its head-to-head record
against the Redskins to 8-1.
The Wolverines got two goals from senior
Sherene Smith and one from senior Gia Biagi.
Smith tallied her team leading ninth and 10th
goals of the season. Biagi's goal was her
Once again the defense was solid as it posted
its sixth shutout of the season. The Wolver-
ines stopped Miami's two main scorers
Amanda Sokolo, their leading scorer, 'and
Megan Fleming, who had scored the Redskins'
past four goals.

Michigan is led defensively by goaltender
Rachel Geisthardt, who has shutout six of the
Wolverines' last eight opponents. She lowered
her already miniscule goals-against-average of
1.06 to 1.00.
Smith has scored in eight of the 12 games played
this season. She has already passed her career
high in goals for a season; she scored seven goals
last year.
The win over Miami ends Michigan's seven
game road trip.
The Wolverines were 6-1 on the road and their
only defeat was a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Iowa
where Michigan led 3-0 with 13 minutes to play.
The field hockey team also broke into the Top
10 for the first time this season. The Wolverines
jumped six spots from 14 to eight. They are
between two other Big Ten teams, with Penn
State at seven and Northwestern at nine. Iowa is
ranked third and Ohio State is 14th.
The Wolverines' next game is against Penn
State Friday.
The match will begin a six-game home stand.
The first five games are against Big Ten foes.

Wolverine Carolyn Schwarz helped Michigan stickhandle around the Redskins yesterday.

men's soccer conquers Brtons
while battling wet, muddy surface

By Chaim Hyman
Daily Sports Writer
Mitchell Field was the site ofa messy
game for the Michigan men's club soc-
cer team Tuesday.
And while the Wolverines weren't
helped by the rain and the mud, it was
Albion which really slowed Michigan
up - at least for a half.
The Wolverines (7-3-2), however,
hung on to win and pushed their win-
ning streak to six games with a 4-2
victory over the Britons.
Although Michigan scored twice as
many goals as their opponent, some on
the team weren't that pleased with how
the game went.
Junior goalkeeper Mike Milman be-
lieved Albion was able to score too
easily on the Wolverines, even if only
"We gave up goals we really shouldn't
have," Milman said. "I'll take the blame
for those goals."
Aside from allowing some bad goals,

Michigan had its share of trouble scor-
ing as well. In the entire first half of the
game, the Wolverines were only able to
tie the Britons, with Rick Weinberg
making the team's lone goal with twenty
minutes left in the half.
Some on the Michigan team attrib-
uted the rainy weather, 'which left
Mitchell Field a muddy mess by game
time, for their slow start.
More specifically, the Wolverines
felt that their 5-3-2 formation was
severely hindered by the weather. The
formation relies heavily on short, crisp
passes, which became increasingly
difficult to make with the deteriorat-
ing field.
"The muddy field really affected our
passes," Milman said. "Our system
worked well and we had a lot of scoring
opportunities, but it was hard to play
the ball."
The field didn't seem to be a factor
for Michigan in the second half, though.
During this period, Michigan was able

to convert three of its passes into goals,
as well as hold Albion to only one tally.
The Wolverines' second goal of the
game came from sophomore Eric
Frickel early in the second half.
"We had to adjust to the muddy field,"
Frickel said. "The ball was skipping
around a lot, but its tough to say how big
of a factor that was."
Although Frickel admits the team
started off slow, he believes Michigan
was in control throughout the game.
"We really weren't into it in the be-
ginning," Frickel said. "We basically
stuck to our game plan, and controlled
the flow of the game."
Despite the score, which indicates
Michigan dominance, many on the team
felt Albion played a competitive game.
"They surprised us with their effort,"
Frickel said. "By the end of the game,
we had just worn them down too much
for them to do anything."
"They're a good small school,"
Milman said.

Michigan's Eric Frickel has been ripping the nets this season for Michigan.

Michigan's MacDonald redshirts 1995 cross country season

By Mark Snyder
For the Daily
All good things must come to an end.
For three years, Scott MacDonald
has been one ofthe fastest cross country
runners in the nation. But that won't be
the case this season. Yesterday, Michi-
gan coach Ron Warhurst decided to
redshirt the All-American.
The 1992 Big Ten Freshman of the
Year suffered a stress fracture before
the season and will be redshirted for the
rest of the year.
Initially, Warhurst and the training

staff were optimistic. However, the
six weeks of work that will be neces-
sary for rehabilitation would be too
late for MacDonald to qualify for the
NCAA meet Nov. 20.
This bleak forecast was the basis
for the decision.
The senior from Nepean, Ontario,
has the bigger picture in mind - his
plan is to train for the 1996 Olympics in
Atlanta. He will also be redshirted for
the track season in the spring to prepare
for the Games.
By redshirting, MacDonald will re-

tain his final year of eligibility. A
two-time All-American, MacDonald
occupied the second slot on the Wol-
verine squad behind fellow pacesetter
Kevin Sullivan.
MacDonald placed 20th at NCAAs
last year and fourth at the Big Ten
meet. During his freshman year, he
had his greatest individual success,
coming in 16th at the NCAA meet.
MacDonald's absence should deal
Michigan a serious blow. However,
Warhurst's squad always seems to be
able to replace injured athletes.

The newest Wolverines appear ca-
pable of taking the All-American's
Freshman John Mortimer - a two-
time national mile champion in high
school - has already made a mark for
himself on the Wolverine squad.
After finishing second among his
teammates at the Boston College Invi-
tational two weeks ago, Mortimer has
filled in admirably. Newcomer Todd
Snyder was right on Mortimer's heels,
being the fourth Wolverine to cross the
finish line.

Scott MacDonald's
career highlights
" Named the 1992 Big Ten
Freshman of the Year
" Finished 16th at NCAAs in his
~freshman year
* Came in 20th at NCAAs last year
" Two-time All-American
" Fourth at last year's Big Tens
" Is a 1996 Olympic hopeful,
representing his native Canada

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