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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 30, 1995 - 7B

Soccer wins, heads
to Big Ten tourney
By Dan Stillman
Daily &rts Writer
The Michigan women's soccer team enters the Big Ten
Tournament with its first significant momentum of the
season
The, Wolverines (1-5-1 Big Ten, 7-10-2 overall) finished
the '0g1ar season with a three-game winning streak, includ-
iog :thir first conference victory, a 1-0 defeat of Indiana
drda nd yesterday's 4-1 win over Wright State.
'"Wehave been playing better at the end and now we are
more confident," Michigan coach Debbie Belkin said. "Any-
thing can happen in the tournament. We're looking to get the
other teams back."
Michigan faces the No. I seed Minnesota in the first round
ofthe tournament Friday in Bloomington.
Yesterday at Michigan Soccer Field, the Wolverines struck
first against Wright State (7-9-1). Sophomore forward Karen
Montgomery scored the only goal of the first half at 32:30 off
freshman midfielder Kelly Lukasik's cross in front of the goal.
Throughout the second half, freshman goalkeeper Jessica
Jones and the Michigan defense continued to shutdown the
Raiders while the Wolverine offense scored three times.
Sophomore forward Ashley Marks gave Michigan a two-
goal lead at 71:21 when she booted in sophomore midfielder
Debbie Flaherty's pass from 25 yards out. The goal was
Marks' fourth of the season.
Wright State's only goal of the game, which came at 83:03,
was sandwiched between two more Michigan goals from
sophomore forward Betsy Axley and Flaherty.
On ' Friday,
Michigan shutout
host "Indiana (2-3- "Every game
1, 6-9-1) for its
only Big Ten vic- that we played
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The Wolver- Michigan soccer
ines return to'In- player
diana for the Big
Ten Tournament Thursday.
Noticeably absent this weekend was top goal-scorer Ruth
Poulin. Despite spraining her ankle early in a game at
Miebigan State Oct. 18, the sophomore forward had her ankle
taped up and played the remainder of that game.
,However, Poulin re-injured her ankle when she twisted it
.n practice last week. She will consult with doctors early this
week to determine whether she can play this weekend.
Evei though Michigan comes into the Big Ten Tourna-
ment as the lowest seed, the Wolverines maintain hope that

No surprises in field
hockey victory, loss

By Mary Thewes
Daily Sports Writer
In the immortal words of Porky
Pig, "That's all, folks!"
Michigan's field hockey team con-
cluded the regular season with a split
of its two weekend games against
Ohio State and Penn State.
If there's one quality that the Wol-
verines have against these teams, it's
consistency.
The No. 14 Wolverines rolled into
Columbus Friday and rolled all over
the Buckeyes, defeating them for a
second time this season.
The last time that these two teams
met resulted in a Michigan shutout, 3-
0. The Wolverines blanked Ohio State
again Friday, 1-0.
Sherene Smith scored Michigan's
goal with assists by Jennifer Lupinski
and Aaleya Koreishi.
The Wolverine goalie, Rachael
Geisthardt, had 14 saves in the match
to earn the shutout.
Michigan didn't have much time
for celebration, though.
The team travelled to Pennsylvania
Sunday to take the field against the
Lady Lions.
In theirprevious match-up this sea-
son, the Wolverines fell to Penn State
when the Lady Lions rallied from a
three-goal deficit to register a huge
victory.
Remaining consistent, the Wolver-
ines walked away with their sticks

between their legs again yesterday
when they were nearly shutout.
The final score wasn't nearly as
close as the last time. Penn State didn't
allow room for any doubt that they
were the better team.
The Nittany Lions nailed the Wol-
verines 6-1.
The Wolverines managed to get the
ball in the net in the final 10 minutes
to put themselves on the scoreboard.
Nonetheless, that didn't add a lot of
comfort to the Penn State spanking.
The number of shots on goal was
one of the key factors leading to the
loss. Michigan had a total of 10, while
Penn State had 31.
Freshman Loveita Wilkinson reg-
istered the Wolverine goal on a pen-
alty corner with 9:19 left to play.
Geisthardt had 13 saves in the game.
In comparison, Penn State's goalie
saved three.
Michigan finishes up its regular sea-
son with a record of 4-6 in the Big Ten
and 12-8 overall.
The Wolverines won't have any
chance to relax, though. Play resumes
again next weekend with the Big Ten
tournament, hosted by Penn State.
Michigan hopes to remain consis-
tent against teams like Ohio State in
the tournament.
On the other hand, the Wolverines
want to turn things around and get
some much sought-after revenge
against teams like Penn State.

Swimmers eke out win
over Northwestern

they can make an impact in Bloomington and erase the
memories of a frustrating season.
"Every game that we played (this season) we dominated,
we just didn't score any goals," Limauro said. "I think if
we're in it mentally, we can win."
Minnesota, the Wolverines' first-round opponent, dealt
Michigan its worse loss of the season. The Golden Gophers
beat Michigan, 5-0, Sept. 24.
"The key is coming out ready to play," Belkin said. "Last
time we didn't and it was not indicative of how we can play.
We must come out fired up."

WALKER VANDYKE/Daily
Carrie Brady of Michigan and
Wright State's Jody McCord
brace themselves for a header
during the Wolverines' 4-1 win
yesterday. Michigan also picked
up its only Big Ten win of the
season this weekend, beating
Indiana, 1-0, Friday.

By Marc Lightdale
Daily Sports Writer
In a swim meet, depth compensates
for a lack of first-place finishes.
On Saturday, the Michigan
women's swimming team won only
six of 16 events, but the team's depth
enabled them to edge Northwestern,
151-149, at the Norris Aquatic Center
in Evanston.
"It came down to the last medley,"
sophomore Brook Ashley said. "We
were down by a couple of points. It was
a rewarding victory that made every-
body proud."
Michigan coach Jim Richardson was
cautiously optimistic about the team's
narrow victory.
"We swam well although we were
tired," Richardson said .
The top-ranked Michigan squad has
prevailed in the last nine meetings
against Northwestern. In addition, the
Wolverines now lead the dual meet
series, 10-2.
Junior All-American Jodi. Navta
notched first-place finishes in the 100-
(1:05.36) and 200-meter breaststroke
(2:19.86).
"At this point in the season, these are
great times for her," Ashley said.

Seniorco-captain Megan Gil lam took
first in the 50 free (23.91) and partici-
pated in, the team's winning medley.
Stephanie Morey, Melissa Stone and
Kim Johnson completed the winning
400 medley (3:27.71)
Michigan (2-1) swept both diving
events. Freshman Valerie Pochron won
the three-meter event (159.80) while
Ashley picked up a victory in the one-
meter (161.45).
"Valerie Pochron and Laurel
Dougherty dove especially well,"
Ashley said."It was the best I have ever
seen them dive. We have a relatively
new team. Overall, the divers did ter-
rific."
Ashley credited the divers with spark-
ing the rest of the team's effort.
"Their performance was indicative
of the whole team's performance,
Ashley said. "It was fantastic. We took
first, second, fourth and fifth."
The Michigan team also finished first
in the 200 freestyle and the 200 medley.
In Sunday's relays, the Wolverines
finished first with 176 points, followed
by Northwestern (154), Wisconsin
(138), Illinois (106), Iowa (90) and
Michigan State (74).

FAU tourney is season's last for men S olf
Carras taps Dobbs, Brockway, Henker, Jasper and Idalski to represent team in Florida

By, Avi Ebenstein
Daily Sports Writer
w h,'de ichigan men's golf team has
one 1tst chance to redeem itself.
After, three poor performances at
meets this year, Michigan hopes to
close jte fall season with a win.
The Wolverines will be one of 18
team s participating in the Florida At-
lantic Invitational in Palm Beach, Fla.,
Oct. 30-31. This tourney, held at the
PGA National Resort & Spa, is the
last W6lverine match until March.
After'averaging 307.21 strokes last?
season, Coach Jim Carras was sur-
prised by this year's drop-off in qual-
ity.,
"I didn't expect this," said Carras.
"After-east season, which was a great
year for us, I thought we would do as
good or better."
Michigan, though, will react to this
season's failures and try a different
approach at Palm Beach.
The Wolverines have chosen their
<five players for the Florida Atlantic

Invitational without a qualifying tour-
nament. In the past, Michigan players
would compete against each other for
the right to travel with the team, but
this match is different.
"We are going to deviate from what
we have been doing in the past be-
cause it just has not been working,"
Carras said. "We have handpicked
our five players for this meet. The
players that have been qualifying for
us just haven't done the job."
The five Michigan representatives
are Kyle Dobbs, Chris Brockway,
Isaac Henkel, Brent Idalski and David
Jasper.
Carras understood that, with the
handpicking system, some unproven
players will not get the chance to
demonstrate their ability. But he felt
that the team's circumstances justi-'
fied the shift.
"I've always been a firm believer in
giving everyone an opportunity to
play," said Carras. "But we haven't
had much success, and players have

already had chances to prove what
they can do."
Some Michigan players who have
performed well in qualifying have not
succeeded in match situations.
"When a kid qualifies, it's at home,"
Carras said. "Playing away is much
different. I feel that we now are play-
ing our best and most experienced
players."
For Michigan to salvage its pride at
the Florida meet, the five hand-picked
players will have to shoulder the task

themselves.
"This is the last chance this season
for us to show what kind of team we
are," Carras said.
The tournament will consist of 36
holes Monday and 18 more Tuesday.
Carras says he believes Michigan
will be among the best teams at the
upcoming meet.
"Most of the teams will be from the
Southeast," Carras said. "We should
be one of the top five teams there."

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