Sept. 28, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #17 Michigan 7, Pacific 1
Records: U-M (7-4), Pacific (3-7)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Oct. 5 -- vs. Northwestern (Phyllis Ocker Field), 4 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team took advantage of scoring spurts and a balanced attack to claim a dominant 7-1 victory against Pacific on Friday afternoon (Sept. 28) at Phyllis Ocker Field. Six different players scored goals for the Wolverines, who improved to 5-0 at home this season.
The score remained tied early on after both teams scored in the sixth minute of play. Sophomore Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) initiated scoring with an unassisted effort at the top of the circle, losing the ball and regaining control before firing a hard shot past Pacific goalkeeper Ashlee Schlesier at 6:11. The Tigers responded immediately, however, converting on a redirection shot in front of the U-M cage just 17 seconds later.
After just missing on several other scoring opportunities in the early part of the first half, the Wolverines broke through with three goals within a narrow four-minute span midway through. Freshman Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary), who notched two markers in the contest, netted the game-winner at the 17:30 mark, accepting a goalmouth pass from junior Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke HS) and banging it into the lower right corner.
Roberts found the back of the cage herself moments later, at 20:03, laying out to tip in a crossing pass from junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) near the right post. Mack, in turn, scored a little more than a minute later, at 21:27, on a redirection shot in front of the goal. With the tally, Mack extended her scoring streak to seven straight games.
Michigan's second-half goals came in similar quick order. Naughton scored her second marker of the game at the 46:50 mark on another assist from Roberts. Freshman Taryn Mark (West Vancouver, B.C./West Vancouver Secondary) pushed the ball into the circle from the right side, and Roberts got her stick on it to tip it to the left post, where Naughton buried it to the opposite lower corner.
Freshman Jaime Dean (Marathon, N.Y./Whitney Point HS) collected her first collegiate goal on a rocket shot from the top of the arc at the 52:13 mark, before junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) closed out scoring moments later, at 55:51, with her third successful penalty stroke of the season.
U-M outshot the Tigers, 31-2, and outcornered them, 8-2. Both squads played two goalkeepers in the contest; senior/junior Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) earned the victory for the Wolverines, while Pacific's Schlesier stopped 14 of Michigan's 21 shots of goal on the losing end.
Michigan will return to Big Ten Conference competition next Friday (Oct. 5), hosting Northwestern at 4 p.m. at Ocker Field.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Axelle Wouters, 6:11 (unassisted)
1st -- Pacific, Samantha Romero, 6:28 (Dinah Compton)
1st -- U-M, Aisling Naughton, 17:30 (Michelle Roberts)
1st -- U-M, Roberts, 20:03 (Rachael Mack)
2nd -- U-M, Mack, 46:50 (Taryn Mark)
2nd -- U-M, Jaime Dean, 52:13 (Mark)
2nd -- U-M, Leslie Smith, 55:51 (penalty stroke)
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