Aug 16, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: #19 Michigan 4, Dayton 1 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Aug. 23 -- vs. U-W Milwaukee (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) scored three goals, and senior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) added one as the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team cruised to a 4-1 victory over Dayton in an exhibition contest Friday (Aug. 16) at the U-M Soccer Stadium.
Dayton registered the first four shots of the match, but it was Michigan that struck first in the 20th minute courtesy of Harris. After Ezurike drew a foul in the attacking third, senior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) received the free kick and dribbled into the box past a Dayton defender. She sent the pass into the box to Harris, who curled her shot into the lower left corner to give U-M a 1-0 lead.
Dayton provided the equalizer in the 29th minute, as Juliana Libertin found some open space and sent in a high-arching, curling shot from 25 yards out.
Michigan responded to take the lead in the 34th minute on a header goal from Ezurike. The play started off a free kick, as junior Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff) sent in the ball from over 40 yards out into the six-yard box. As the Dayton goalkeeper Heather Betancourt came out to make a play on the ball, Ezurike jumped in front and screened her, redirecting the ball into the back of the net to put U-M up 2-1. Four minutes later, Harris scored again, putting the Wolverines up, 3-1. Freshman Nicky Waldeck (Chicago, Ill./Western Reserve Academy [OH]) won the ball in the midfield and passed outside to a streaking Harris, who made a slick move with the ball around her defender and slipped it by Betancourt into the lower right corner.
Harris completed the hat trick in the 53rd minute. Murillo sent a free kick into the box that missed everyone except freshman Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth), who was finishing a run. Lewis corralled the ball and took a well-placed shot that was saved, but the rebound kicked back to Harris, who finished the opportunity to cap the scoring at 4-1.
With two exhibitions down, the Wolverines gear up for the regular season, which begins next Friday (Aug. 23) against UW-Milwaukee. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Corinne Harris, 19:07 (Meghan Toohey)
1st -- Dayton, Juliana Libertin, 28:58 (unassisted)
1st -- U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 33:50 (Christina Murillo)
1st -- U-M, Harris, 37:15 (Nicky Waldeck)
2nd -- U-M, Harris, 52:17 (Madisson Lewis)
Shots: U-M 14, Dayton 10
Shots on Goal: U-M 10, Dayton 5
Saves: U-M 4 (Taylor Bucklin 4, Maddie Clarfield 0), Dayton 6 (Heather Betancourt 1, Elizabeth James 5)
Corner Kicks: U-M 0, Dayton 3
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423