October 24, 1995
Blue prepares for stretch run
Wolverines enter toughest portion of schedule nicked up
By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
As the Michigan football team gears
up this week for a matchup with Min-
nesota for the Little Brown Jug, the
Wolverines will be doing some heal-
Several Wolverines remain banged
up following Saturday's 34-17 win at
Indiana, while another is set to begin
getting back into game condition after a
Quarterback Scott Dreisbach, who
was injured in practice on Sept. 26, had
the pins removed from his hand yester-
day. When he will return is uncertain,
as the coaching staff certainly will take
it easy with him.
"When you're casted for a month the
problem is lack of strength," Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr said. "I'm concerned
about him losing some strength in his
Carr insisted that when Dreisbach
was ready, he would bethe team's quar-
"We do not have a quarterback con-
troversy," Carr said. "I don't worry
about dealing with that until he's ready
Carr expects tight end Jay Riemersma,
who did not play against the Hoosiers
because of an ankle injury, to be ready
for Saturday's game. Riemersma
reinjured his foot two weeks ago and
then hurt his ankle.
Riemersma insisted on playing
against Indiana, but to no avail.
"The trainers indicated it was go-
ing to be touch-and-go," Carr said.
"6The kind of backs and quarterbacks
that will give us our greatest test are
in the weeks ahead."
- Lloyd Carr
Michigan football coach
"Jay said, 'Coach, I'm going to play.'
I've learned one thing about Jay: He's
as tough as they come. There were
times a year ago when he had some
back problems that they said he
wouldn't play and he came out and
Questionable for the game against
the Golden Gophers is defensive tackle
Trent Zenkewicz. He left Saturday's
game in the first quarter with an injured
"We missed him in there because it
was very obvious in the second halfthat
we didn't get the kind of pressure we
normally get when Trent's in there,"
Center Rod Payne is still nursing a
broken right hand. He played Saturday,
snapping with his left hand. Payne's
condition actually contributed to Carr's
decision on who he would start at quar-
When quarterback Brian Griese re-
turned to practice after sitting out with
a shoulder injury, he and Payne had a
few snapping problems.
"When Brian came back on
Wednesday, he had three quarterback-
center exchange problems with
Payne," Carr said. "That really both-
ered me. It's one of.the reasons I
decided to wait until very late to make
up my mind."
Linebacker Rob Swett is battling a
nerve problem but Carr expects him to
be ready to go against Minnesota.
The Wolverines will need all the help
they can get as they near the toughest
stretch of their schedule. In November,
the Wolverines play at Michigan State
and face Purdue at home before ending
the season at Penn State and home for
"I think the true test is ahead of us,"
"The strength of our team has been
our defense, but I think we're going to
find that the kind of backs and quar-
terbacks that will give us our greatest
test are in the weeks ahead."
TIME CHANGE: The starting time of the
Michigan-Michigan Mate matchup Nov.
4 has been moved from 1 p.m. to 3:30.
ABC will regionally televise the game.
This Saturday's game against Min-
nesota will start at 3:30 and will also be
televised by ABC.
Wolverines have suffered some key injuries lately. While quarterback Scott Dreisbach is still out with a thumb injury,
t gnd Jay Riemersma'defenslve lineman Trent Zenkewicz have missed some playing time because of ankle injuries.
Youth to be served
in matchup of new
Central Michigan and No. 8 Michi-
an-5.BigTen, 10-7 overall) last met
N1994, when the Wolverines walked
way with a narrow 3-2 victory. The
des between the two teams is cur-
erily tied, 14-14-2.
Following a frustrating loss to Michi-
a-State Sunday, Michigan is hoping
halt its three-game losing streak and
SWe're not letting the losses bring
sown," defenseman Sherene Smith
aiti, "It's not as if we've been blown
4way. (The losses) are just pushing us
Indeed, the Wolverines have been
nhing but blown away lately. The
ptats beat Michigan by two goals,
th was the Wolverines' biggest
of defeat in their last three
Ndif igan will be without its start-
ng sweeper, Sandra Cabrera, who
on't be able to play in tomorrow's
tch due to a broken thumb. The
injry forces the Wolverines to re-
work their lineup.
"We need to focus on getting used to
playing with people in different posi-
tions," Smith said, "and get everyone
around them comfortable."
Along with its remix of positions,
Michigan is concentrating on basics in
"We want to play better defense and
generate more scoring, ofcourse," Smith
The Wolverines have been having
some difficulty getting on the
scoreboard as of late. They have only
scored five goals in their last three
Conversely, Central Michigan finds
itselftrying to maintain a winning streak.
The Chippewas recently defeated Ohio
University and Kent State, improving
their overall record to 7-6.
Central Michigan's biggest threat is
Megann Burns, who leads her team in
goals (seven) and total points (14).
Michigan goalie Rachael Geisthardt
will do her best to prevent Burns and
the rest of the Chippewas from scor-
ing. She has already surpassed her
career-high shutout record for a sea-
son with six and hopes to make it
On the other side of the field, Smith
leads the Wolverines in points, but
Michelle Smulders is on a roll with four
goals in her last five games.
No matter what the result of today's
game is, Michigan wants to stay fo-
cused for its final Big Ten games this
weekend, winding up the season.
The games represent a welcome
change - they're away.
By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
All season long, the Michigan
women's soccer team has suffered be-
cause ofinexperience. The young squad
is in only its second year as a varsity
Today, that excuse won't work.
This afternoon at Michigan Soccer
Field, the Wolverines host Eastern
Michigan. The Eagles are competing in
their first varsity season and they've
been encountering growing pains simi-
lar to Michigan's. For a change, the
Wolverines will be the team with more
Eastern is 3-7 on the season, but
coach Paul Scicluna is proud of the way
his team has worked.
"All in all, I'm encouraged with the
way things are going," Scicluna said.
"The program got a late start, so that
makes it difficult.
"But we're doing some nice things
that new teams don't always get a chance
to do right away, like play the Univer-
sity of Michigan. The spirit here is
Last year, the Eagles had no sanc-
tioned women's program in place. Ac-
cording to Scicluna, the players orga-
nized a team themselves and got to-
gether with other club teams to play,
but they were without a coach.
Despite the lack of experience in the
group, Scicluna enjoys the challenge of
starting with a fresh team.
"This is nothing new for me. I've
been starting from scratch all my life,"
said Scicluna, who has coached Michi-
gan area club teams for the past 25
years. "Usually I take a group of young
girls and coach them all the way up
through high school."
For the past four years, Scicluna
coached Michigan's Kelly Lukasik on
the Michigan Hawks, a three-time state
championship club team based in Livo-
nia. Also spending time on the team
were Wolverines Jessica Limauro, Jes-
sica Jones and Laura Fedrigo.
Lukasik is excited about facing her
"He was my favorite coach ever,"
she said. "I learned a lot from him. It'll
be interesting playing against him."
Scicluna, who says he encouraged
some of the players to attend Michigan,
is also looking forward to the matchup.
"It will be fun," he said. "I know there
will be some extra motivation on their
part, to try and play well in front of me.'
Eastern is coming off a 3-0 loss to
Eastern Illinois on Sunday. The Eagles
are led by junior Amy Westerhold who*
has seven goals on the season.
The Wolverines are looking to snap a-
four-game winless streak. Sunday,
Michigan blew a two-goal lead in a 3-2:
loss to Butler.
"We just sort of stopped playing in
the second half," sophomore midfielder
Debbie Flaherty said. "We got over,
confident with that two-goal lead and
With just two regular season games
remaining after today's contest with
Eastern, the Wolverines (4-10-2) are
pointing towards the Big Ten Tourna-*
ment as a way to go out on a high note
"(The tournament) is like a whoe
separate season," Flaherty said. "We'd
like to upset a few teams, and show
everyone that our record doesn't reflect
the type of team we are. We think we're
much better than that."
WAPLKR VAN UYK/Laiky
Kim Phillips and the Michigan soccer team will be facing an Eastern Michigan
squad that is in its first varsity season.
r picks for this week at The Michigan Daily sports desk on the second floor of the Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard. Deadline
iday. The most accurate prognosticator will receive a $15 gift certificate to Steve and Barry's University Sportswear on State Street.
s are limited to five entries per week, please.
15. Virginia Tech at West Virginia
16. Kansas at Oklahoma
17. Oklahoma at Missouri
18. Utah State at Utah
19. Bowling Green at W. Michigan
20. Miami (Ohio) at Central Michigan
21. Eastern Michigan at Toledo
22. Cornell at Brown
23. Columbia at Princeton
24. Dartmouth at Harvard
25. Pennsylvania at Yale
Tiebreaker -- Minnesota at Michigan,
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