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B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 6, 1995

Soccer falls in Big Ten tourney
Minnesota ends Michigan's long season with a 2-0 victory

By Donald Adamok
Daily Sports Writer
The Gophers dug a hole, and the Wol-
verines fell right into it.
In the Big Ten Women's Soccer Tour-
nament quarterfinals, Minnesota defeated
Michigan, 2-0. Despite the close score,
the Wolverines were completely domi-
nated.
The Gophers outshot Michigan by a
21-3 margin and Minnesota goalkeeper
Teresa O'Heam only needed to make one
save for the shutout.
Wolverine goalie Jori Welchans was
busier, stopping nine shots.
"Jori Welchans had a great first half,"
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin said.
"Welchans was the outstanding player
for us."
But Welchans' heroics were not
enough. After she stopped one of all-Big
Ten midfielder Jennifer McElmury's
shots, Gretchen Brandt chipped in the
rebound for the game-winner 70 minutes
into the game.
Five minutes later, the Gophers added
an insurance goal which was enough to
end the Wolverines' season.
The loss improved Minnesota's all-
time record against Michigan to 3-0.
The Wolverines succeeded in holding
the Gophers' and the conference's lead-
ing scorer, Jennifer Walek, scoreless.
Corine Bolder, the third leading scorer in
the Big Ten, did not score.
"Michele Brach and Vanessa Lewis

played well," Belkin said. "They kepttwo
of the best scorers in the conference from
scoring."
Michigan put little pressure on Minne-
sota. The Wolverines did not manage any
shots in the first half. None of the Michi-
gan forwards put the ball on net the entire
game.
Michigan had only one serious chance
all game. Sophomore Debbie Flaherty
Welchans was
the outstanding
player for us"
- Debbie Belkin
Michigan women's soccer
coach
headed the Wolverines' lone corner kick
of the game towards the corner of the net
early in the second half. A Gopher de-
fender, who was, playing the post was
able to leap and head the ball away from
the net.
With the end of the conference season
also came the Big Ten awards, which
showed just how badly the Wolverines
were outmatched.
Minnesota was the most honored team.
Five Gophers made the All-Conference
squad, including Walek who was named
MVP. Minnesota's Sue Montagne re-
ceived the nod for best coach.

Flaherty was named to the first team.
The sophomore, a second team selection
last year, was the only Wolverine repre-
sentative for the second straight season.
The Gophers had five of the Big Tenl's
top 10 scorers. Michigan's limiting them
to only two goals showed a marked im-
provement from its previous encounter
with Minnesota.
Earlier this season, Minnesota handed
the Wolverines their worst loss in team
history, a 5-0 thrashing.
1995 First Team AN-
Conference
Goalkeeper- Merit Elzey (Indiana)
Back - Marcie Dart (Michigan St.)
Back - Jennifer Plante (Ohio State)
Back - Heather Maier (Wisconsin)
Midfield - Debbie Flaherty (Michigan)
Midfield --Jenn McElmury (Minnesota)
Midfield - Jodie Stranges (Ohio State)
Midfield - Marci Miller (Wisconsin)
Forward Kristen Lester (Michigan St.)
Forward - Jennifer Walek (Minnesota)
Forward - Rachel Hoffman (Penn St.)
Player of the Year: Walek
Cofreshmen of the Year: Tracy Grose
(Indiana) and Plante
Coach of the Year: Sue Montagne
(Minnesota)

WALKER VANDYKE/Daily
The Michigan women's soccer team bowed out of the Big Ten tournament at the hands of Minnesota.
Wolverne swimmers finsh second
behind Mustangs at SMU Classic

*y Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
u The Michigan women's swimming
team traveled to Texas this weekend
for a showdown with some of the top
teams in the country.
In the SMU Classic, the Wolver-
ines came in second place, finishing
-behind Southern Methodist.
. Going into this weekend, Michi-
gan had already faced some of the top
t ams in the country in Stanford and
Northwestern. In Dallas, the Wol-
verines met five teams that finished
in the top 11 at last year's NCAA
tournament.
The Mustangs, who finished third
4.t the NCAAs last year, outdid the
Nolverines. However, Michigan bet-
t,-red Texas, Nebraska, Northwest-
crn and UCLA.
This weekend, the Cornhuskers fin-
ished third, ahead of the Longhorns
jfourth), the Bruins (fifth) and the
"Wildcats (sixth).
Coach Jim Richardson and the team
had no problem with facing off against
nationally ranked opponents. The
Wolverines welcomed the opportu-
nity as a chance to measure them-
selves against teams they'll likely
face in the postseason.
The opposing teams' training pat-
terns may have made a difference for
Michigan this weekend.
While Michigan raced in two meets
last weekend and then endured a tough
week of practice, the other teams
took it relatively easy, resting up for

this weekend's competition.
"It's a real complement that we go to
these meets and all these teams are
rested and really prepared to swim us,"
senior co-captain Beth Jackson said.
"It's a great complement to our ability."
The Wolverines enjoyed the respect
that comes along with being a na-
tional runner-up; they placed second,
behind Stanford, in last year's NCAA
tournament.
The fact that
we can stand up
and race against
them. when we 're
tired and sore and
put in a really
,good race is
great=f
- Beth Jackson
Michigan swimmer
However, that doesn't necessarily
help Michigan win events. Teams like
Southern Methodist get up to swim
against Michigan and it showed in the
final standings.
. Still, the Wolverines are pleased
with their performance this weekend.
"The fact that we can stand up and

race against them when we're tired
and sore and put in a really good race
is great," Jackson said.
Four Michigan swimmers, includ-
ing Jackson, were new to the SMU
Classic. In addition, juniors Anne
Kampfe, Jodi Navta and Melisa Stone
were making their debuts in Dallas.
The Wolverines got strong perfor-
mances from several racers.
"A lot of people stepped up," Jack-
son said. "(They) put in the races they
really needed to."
Friday night belonged to Michigan
as the team took three events. The
Wolverines set a meet record when
Jackson,junior Rachel Gustin, sopho-
more Talor Bendel and junior Stone
swam the 400-yard medley relay in
3:47.97.
Kampfe won the 400 individual med-
ley in 4:22.30 and Bendel took the 100
butterfly in 56.17. Jackson took second
in the 200-yard backstroke.
The Mustang's MartinaMoravcova
highlighted the meet. Moravcova set
two meet records by taking the 100
freestyle in 49.8 and the 200 indi-
vidual medley in 2:01.33.j
Even though Michigan was look-
ing to defend its SMU Classic title, it
took only a small squad to Texas. The
Wolverines were still able to keep the
intensity up.
"When you have big team it's easier
to have everyone get up and cheer each
other on, Navta said. "With such a
small group it's harder, but we still
managed to keep up the intensity."

1.

WALKERX VAN4TVL/JI y
The Michigan field hockey team dropped a first-round game to Ohio State in the Big Ten Toumament this weekend.
Olio State ends Wolverines' season

By Jed Rosenthal
Daily Sports Writer
It was a promising season turned
sour forthe Michigan fieldhockey team.
The Wolverines seemed to position
themselves for a postseason appear-
ance, winning nine of their first 12
games. They beat Northwestern for only
the second time in team history. They
won five straight at one point, including
four shutouts.
Michigan, usually placed on the
backburner in comparison to Iowa and
the Wildcats, was suddenly in the lime-
light.
Then the bottom dropped out.
The Wolverines played the second
half of their season as if it didn't
count. They resembled a tiring horse.
Constant early leads withered into
oblivion as their opponents took the
advantage.
The question was which team would
show up in State College Friday for
the Big Ten Field Hockey Tourna-
ment.

Daily Sports.
Bask in the glow of
its sweet, sweet
goodness.
And use a napkin.-

Would it be the Michigan team of
early in the season - the one that
scraped, scratched and pounded its op-
ponents into the ground? Or would it be
the one that at times found itself backed
into inescapable corners? ,
Accustomed to collapses, it was the
Wolverines of the latter half of the
season that arrived.
Playing fifth-seed Ohio State (4-7
Big Ten, 10-8 overall) for the third time
this season, fourth-seed Michigan (4-7,
11-9) watched in dismay as the Buck-
eyes rolled to a 3-1 victory.
"That shouldn't have happened," co-
captain Aaleya Koreishi said.
The Wolverines shutout Ohio State
in their two previous meetings by 3-0
and 1-0 margins, controlling the con-
tests with their renown crisp passing.
"We didn't score when we had to,"
Koreishi said. "We were not very con-
sistent again on the field."
Consistency, or lack of it, is the
best word to sum up Michigan's sea-
son. Time and time again, the Wol-
verines had unsuccessful scoring op-
portunities. Friday's game was no dif-
ferent.
"Our play from the middle of the
season was there, but it was hidden,"
co-captain Jennifer Lupinski said.
Or more likely, it was contained.

"We had parts when we outhustled
them," Koreishi said. "Then there were
lapses where we let Dawn Peterson run
all over us."
Buckeye senior Peterson scored the
clinching goal with under 10 minutes
remaining to seal the win for Ohio State.
Peterson dribbled the ball 50 yards down
field before sliding it past Michigan
goalie Rachael Geisthardt for the 3-1
advantage.
Similar to the their play in the second
half of the season, the Wolverines
opened up the scoring at 21:10 as team
leader Sherene Smith scored an unas-
sisted goal.
The Buckeyes then rallied for three
unanswered goals, giving Michigan its
second first-round exit in as many sea-
sons.
"Our team never let down," Lupinski
said. "We fought hard until the end It
was a hard game."
The Wolverines wanted the victdry
more than anything. With a win over
Ohio State, they would have played
Iowa in the next round. Michigan has
never beaten the Hawkeyes in 29 meet-
ings.
"I think we're more disappointed that
we didn't get to play Iowa," Koreishi
said. "It still was a fun season. We had
our good parts."

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