October 25, 1995
y Paul Barger
aily Sports Writer
There is little question about who
ril get the most cheers tonight when
te Washington Bullets take on the
etroit Pistons at Crisler Arena.
r the Pistons, who play an hour away
om Ann Arbor in Auburn Hills.
onight's contest, however will be a
omecoming for Michigan players and
ms,andemotions willbe runninghigh.
The game was supposed to be the
:turn ofWashington frontcourt play-
rs Chris Webber and Juwan Howard
etrot Unfortu -
n a te ly,
iStonsVS. Webber dislo-
ngton aed his left
ull~tS shoulder Fri-
day and is out
of action in-
here: Criser definitely.
Vena The crowd
enI onight at will likely be
30 content to see
t tri Michigan the Crisler
hrno icket Office floor for the
at, The game first time since
narks the returnof he left Michi-
moforer gan after his
ichigan players to junior season.
h Arbor. Detroit's a "ould x-
ferry' Mits and "I would ex-
ashington's pect that he is
uwan Howard will excited
ppear. The Washington
lets' Chris coach Jim
ebberwill not Lynam said.
lay due to a "The players
ioulder injury, really seem to
- enjoy it when
they go home
and play at
Many intheBullets organization were
sappointed that Webber would be
able to play in front of Detroit area
ns. Webber was Mr. Basketball for
e state of Michigan in 1992 and went
to dominate Big Ten basketball for
"It is too bad for him and for the
m," Lynam said. "The last time he
rthis shoulder he was out 5-6 weeks.
e way it usually works the second
e is that the rehab is shorter, but the
ances of it happening again are
Webber was traded to the Bullets
at season on the same day that
ward signed. After an impressive
okWe season with Golden State,
ebber had problems with his coach,
n Nelson, and insisted on being
Howard played his best basketball
ard the end of last season, and he
ished sixth in the NBA All-Rookie
With the addition of rookie Rasheed
allace and longtime Cleveland Cava-
rs guard Mark Price, many expect
asington to make a run at the play-
"We ave some good, young talent,"
nam said. "Obviously not having
ns hurts us a great deal."
The Pistons boast their own young
perstar in Grant Hill. Hill and Dal-
Jason Kidd were honored last
ason as the NBA's 1994-95 Rook-
off e Year.
TePistonshave aformer Wolverine
their own, Terry Mills. Mills was a
rteron the 1989National Champion-
pteam.Ray Jackson, aformerteam-
teof Webber and Howard, was given
tryout with the Pistons but was cut
Blue kickers sail
past Eagles, 4-0
Strong second half key to victory
By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
In recent weeks, the Michigan
women's soccer team has made a living
of falling apart in the second half.
Yesterday was just the opposite.
In a matter of minutes, the Wolver-
ines (0-5-1 Big Ten, 5-10-2 overall)
turned a close contest into a laugher,
using a second-half scoring flurry to
pick up an easy win, 4-0, over Eastern
Fighting blustery winds andtempera-
tures in the 40s, Michigan led just 1-Oat
the intermission. Sophomore forward
Ruth Poulin scored the goal on an assist
from Jessica Limauro.
The Wolverinesthreatenedagain with
Debbie Flaherty stole an Eagle pass
inside the box. Flaherty let a shot go
from close range, but Eagle goalkeeper
Jennifer Mansfield knocked it away.
According to Michigan coach Debbie
Belkin, changing ends at the start ofthe
second half gave the Wolverines a lift.
"We got the wind at our backs for the
second half, and that made a big differ-
ence," Belkin said. "It was easier to
control the ball, and our passing was
much more effective."
As aresult, Michigan's offense flour-
ished. By the midway point of the sec-
ond half, the only thing in doubt at the
Michigan Soccer Field was whether
any fans would brave the cold to stick
around for the end of the game.
With23:54remaining, Kelly Lukasik
took a pass from Flaherty, dribbled
through the Eastern Michigan defense
and fired a shot. Mansfield got a hand
on the ball, but couldn't keep it from
carrying into the net.
Just over six minutes later, Limauro
made the lead 3-0. After a nifty move
that sent Mansfield sprawling, Limauro
tapped the ball into the wide-open net.
The play was set up when Flaherty
split the defense with a beautiful pass,
giving her two assists on the game. It
marked the first multiple assist perfor-r
mance by a Wolverine this season.
Poulin rounded out the scoring with
her second goal at 79:46, by heading in
a crossing pass from Lukasik.
Yesterday was the second consecu-
tive game in which Poulin tallied two
goals. She now leads the team with
seven goals, matching her output last
season, and drawing her within one of
junior Kim Phillips' season record.
Poulin also leads Michigan in total
points with 16. Flaherty, whose four
assists are tied with Limauro for the
team lead, is two behind.
Senior goalkeeper Alicia Smith saw
her first action of the season in net for
Michigan, and improved her still unde-
feated career record to 3-0-1. She made
seven saves in picking up the shutout.
The Wolverines travel to Indiana on
Oct. 27, in their last chance for a Big
Ten victory. Last year, the Hoosiers
beat Michigan, 3-1.
"Indiana is an excellent team," said
Belkin. "We're going to work on pass-
ing in practice, because we have to
control possessionofthe ball ifwe want
to beat them."
Following Friday's matchup with
Indiana, the Wolverines will return
home to round out the regular season
against Wright State on Oct. 29. The
Big Ten Tournament begins Nov. 2.
The Michigan women's soccer team dribbled by Eastern Michigan yesterday, 4-0.
'M' stickers dominate, beat
Cwas at Ocker, 5-0
Wolverines shut out Central Michigan, improve offense
By Mary Thewes
For the Daily
The Michigan field hockey team took the field
yesterday ready to play - and score.
That they did. They put points on the board and
came away with a huge victory against Central
Michigan at Ocker Field.
After three straight Big Ten home losses, the
Wolverines(3-5 Big Ten,11-7 overall)didn't want to
let another defeat scar their record. The final score of
5-0 underscored the team's determination.
"We needed this win," Michigan sophomore
Carolyn Schwarz said.
"It got our morale up."
The Wolverines need passing
a morale boost, perhaps.
Their ranking dropped key VWe'd s$
from No. 8 to No. 10this
weekend. other WO'W
The Chippewas' third t
scorelessperformancein- together, ai
creases their losing streake
totwo.TheyfelltoMiami how wedg
(Ohio) last Saturday.
The Wolverines fl n ems
started off the match by e ta tion
taking control of the
pace. The seniors estab- means a lot
blasting in three of the
four goals Michigan Michigan
scored in the first half.
AaleyaKoreishi put in
two goals, and Sherene Smith captured one.
Junior Michelle Smulders also contributed to
the first-halfscoring, tying her career-high of eight
goals in a season.
"Passing was the key," Koreishi said. "We'd see
each other, we'd work together, and that was how
we'd get the goals."
The Wolverines didn't let up in the second half.
Senior Rachael Geisthardt maintained her solid
performance in goal, and freshman Loveita
Wilkinson knocked in a goal for Michigan.
The shutout by Geisthardt gives her seven on
Even though the Chippewas aren't in the Big
Ten, the win yesterday was important to Michi-
"In terms of our reputation, (the win) means a
lot," Koreishi said.
The Wolverines said they hope to continue
playing with the enthusiasm that was evident
against Central Michi-
-was e "We're trying to
e each Michigan coach Patti
work That momentum
should help Michigan
d that was in its two upcoming
weekend games against
the go 5Ohio State and Penn
our State. The two Big Ten
matches conclude the
( e n Wolverines' regular
jy "Weneedtoshow the
- Aaleya Koreishi need to respect us,"
ield hockey player Koreishisaid."Because
we deserve that."
that it deserves respect yesterday, but the Wol-
verines realize that it will only last if their
playing remains constant.
"We know where we need to go," said coach
Smith. "We're establishing certain levels ofplay."
The Wolverine players said they hope that the
"certain level" that their coach speaks of is fully
established before this weekend.
Michigan field hockey co-captain Jennifer Lupinski helped defeat Central Michigan, 5-0,
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