Aug. 19, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Akron 1, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (0-1-0), Akron (1-0-0)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Aug. 21 -- vs. Oakland (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team opened the 2011-12 athletic calendar but fell in its opener to Akron, 1-0, on Friday (Aug. 19) at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines outshot the Zips, 17-9, putting nine on goal, but an Akron strike off a corner kick late in the first half stood as the game-winner.
Sophomore Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) topped the Wolverines with five shots. Ezurike, redshirt junior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and sophomore Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) each had two shots on goal. Redshirt junior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) made five saves in goal.
Freshmen Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff) made her collegiate debut in the midfield. Kate Maguigan (Franklin, Tenn./Page) and Chloe Sosenko (South Lyon, Mich./Brighton) also saw their first game action as Wolverines.
The Wolverines return to the pitch on Sunday (Aug. 28), when they will face in-state foe Oakland at 2 p.m. inside the U-M Soccer Stadium.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- Akron, Kyarah Foushee, 39:41 (Kelly DeNiro)
Shots: U-M 17, Akron 9
Shots on Goal: U-M 9, Akron 6
Saves: U-M 5 (Haley Kopmeyer), Akron 9 (Jeny Wolbert)
Corner Kicks: U-M 8, Akron 2
Cards: Akron, Kaitlin Flanagan, 56:03 (Yellow); Akron, Amber Kern, 86:20 (Yellow).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan
On scoring chances ... "We had four or five chances right in front of the goal, which we had in the second half. We had open players, and that's when you try to score. It comes down to our players having the composure to finish. I think it was two very different halves. We didn't play with a ton of urgency in the first half, but in the second half, we showed tremendous energy to try and score a goal and win a game. We certainly got that motivation, being down a goal."
On Christina Murillo ... "Christina was fantastic. Nobody knows she had food poisoning from dinner last night. She ran out of gas there at the end. I talked with her head coach and he said he thinks she's got a great shot at being on the Mexican Olympic roster next year. It's only half of what she's capable of."
On the lesson learned for Sunday's match vs. Oakland ... "I think its the lesson the girls learn every year. You cannot wait to put your foot on the pedal. You have to go after it. Akron did a very good job defending, and we got great chances, but could have had a lot more if it were 0-0 and Akron were coming forward to try and score. They had one forward and 10 people behind the ball. That's good coaching on their part. We righted the ship in the second half, but couldn't get any past their defense."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423