Aug. 19, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Michigan 1, Pittsburgh 0
Records: U-M (2-0-0), Pittsburgh (1-1-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Aug. 24 -- vs. Cal State Fullerton (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman Christina Ordonez (Elmhurst, Ill./York) scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute to send the University of Michigan women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday (Aug. 19) at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Ordonez notched six of the team's 10 shots on goal.
The play was dictated by defense through the first 45 minutes of the match, as the two teams headed into the locker room scoreless. U-M held the lead in shots, 9-6. Freshman Lulu Haidar (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Crestwood) had the team's best chance, but her set-play shot off a foul sailed just high of the net.
Down five would-be starters, the Wolverines tallied nine shots and six corner kicks in the frame. In the 82nd minute, junior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) slipped a ball in behind the Pittsburgh back line to a charging Ordonez, who took two dribbles before tapping the ball into the back right corner of the net.
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) orchestrated a brilliant effort by the U-M defense, but had a quiet day in net, notching just one save. That save ties her with former U-M goalkeeper Carissa Stewart (1997-00) for second in program history for career saves (308).
The Wolverines' homestand continues next weekend with two matches, beginning with Cal State Fullerton on Friday (Aug. 24). The match will begin at 7 p.m.
Shots: U-M 18, Pittsburgh 10
Shots on Goal: U-M 10, Pittsburgh 1
Saves: U-M 1 (Haley Kopmeyer), Pittsburgh 9 (Nicole D'Agostino)
Corner Kicks: U-M 7, Pittsburgh 2
N O T E S
Sunday's match was the first meeting between the two teams.
Michigan improves to 14-3-2 in home non-conference games under Greg Ryan.
The Wolverines were without the services of five players: Nkem Ezurike, Christina Murillo, and Shelina Zadorsky are in Japan playing in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, while Corinne Harris and Clare Stachel sat out due to injury.
Play at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup began today, with Mexico (Murillo) losing to Japan, 4-1, in group play. Canada (Ezurike, Zadorsky) play Monday (Aug. 20) against Argentina at 6 a.m. EDT.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423