Sept. 14, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: Michigan 1, #16 Lousville 0
Records: U-M (2-3), Louisville (4-2)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Sept. 15 -- vs. UC Davis (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team was victorious in its home debut, claiming a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 16 Louisville on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 14) in front of 267 fans at Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wolverines had opened 2013 with two straight weekends on the road.
Michigan (2-3) took advantage of a broken penalty corner to net the only goal of the contest at the 14:56 mark. After failing to get off the direct shot, senior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) fed the ball back to senior/junior stopper Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS), who fired a reverse shot toward the goal. Mack got her stick on the ball from in front of the cage, directing it to the lower right corner past Louisville goalkeeper Sydney King for her fifth goal of the season.
The Wolverines largely controlled the first half, outshooting Louisville, 5-2, and outcornering them, 2-0. Michigan just missed on a scoring opportunity in the waning moments of the frame when junior Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) could not quite get a shot off on a break deep in the circle.
Louisville pressured early in the second half, drawing three corners and firing off four shots in quick succession. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) made three saves during the surge, including back-to-back stops on Cardinal direct shots.
Michigan took back some momentum late and maintained possession to eat up clock in the final five minutes.
Shots were even at 9-9 in the contest, while Michigan narrowly outcornered the Cardinals, 4-3. Jones earned five saves en route to her first shutout win of the season -- and 14th of her career -- while King stopped four of U-M's five shots on goals.
Michigan will wrap up its home weekend tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 15), facing UC Davis at 1 p.m. at Ocker Field. The Wolverines will honor former coach and U-M director of women's athletics Phyllis Ocker as well as Wounded Warrior Project alumni and their families.
Shots: U-M 9, UL 9
Saves: U-M 5 (Haley Jones), UL 4 (Sydney King)
Defensive Saves: None
Penalty Corners: U-M 4, UL 3
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423