Aug. 21, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Michigan 3, Oakland 1
Records: U-M (1-1-0), Oakland (0-2-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Aug. 26 -- vs. Duquesne - Michigan Invitational (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Three first-half goals propelled the University of Michigan women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over in-state foe Oakland on Sunday (Aug. 21) at the U-M Soccer Stadium.
U-M sophomore forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) got the ball rolling with a goal in the fourth minute of the contest, as she outpaced an Oakland defender and tapped the ball into the back right corner of the net to give the Wolverines the early 1-0 lead. The Golden Grizzlies responded, however, scoring off a set play in the 14th minute to tie the game at 1-1.
Things did not stay tied for long, as sophomore Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) put Michigan back in front, 2-1, less than three minutes later. Redshirt junior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) took the ball down the right side of the field and sent a cross to the far post, where McCombs headed it in to give U-M the lead for good.
Ezurike added her second goal of the game in the 23rd minute off a feed from freshman Chloe Sosenko (South Lyon, Mich./Brighton), who sent the ball in off a free kick just inside midfield. After a misplay by the visiting keeper, Ezurike lobbed the ball into an open Oakland net to make the score 3-1.
Neither team scored in the second half. Ezurike had an opportunity for a hat trick, taking a penalty kick after McCombs was taken down inside the box, but her shot was wide left of the post.
Redshirt junior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) recorded four saves in net for the Wolverines, including a diving stop in the second half to keep U-M up two.
The Wolverines return to the field next Friday (Aug. 26), when they will host Duquesne as part of the Michigan Invitational. The match will start at 7 p.m. following the Michigan State/DePaul match, which starts at 4:30 p.m.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 4:02 (unassisted)
1st -- Oakland, Jessica Conrad, 13:54 (Nicole DeLuca)
1st -- U-M, Tori McCombs, 16:24 (Clare Stachel)
1st -- U-M, Ezurike, 22:43 (Chloe Sosenko)
Shots: U-M 17, Oakland 10
Shots on Goal: U-M 6, Oakland 5
Saves: U-M 4 (Haley Kopmeyer), Oakland 3 (Payj O'Shea 2, Anne Berschbach 1)
Corner Kicks: U-M 10, Oakland 1
Cards: Oakland, Sarah Lynch, 56:57 (Yellow); U-M, Meghan Toohey, 58:15 (Yellow); U-M, Kim Siebert, 82:39 (Yellow).
N O T E S
Michigan improves to 10-3-2 all-time against Oakland.
Freshman Chloe Sosenko recorded her first career point against Oakland (assist).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan
On the changes from Friday's match ... "We talked for a long time about the determination we showed in the second half against Akron on Friday. We had to start the game with that energy, and I thought they really did today. I was really pleased. They were pressuring well, going forward, and the counter-attack was very effective. Oakland is a good possession team, but when we won the ball, and found Nkem up top, it was a problem for them. We had a couple easy chances missed, too, but I was proud of the attitude and effort."
On earning a split over the weekend ... "It's huge. It keeps people feeling pretty good. Even the Akron game, I felt like they were really trying to play. There was good chemistry on and off the field, but a loss today would have been bad for us."
U-M Sophomore Tori McCombs
On what changed from Akron ... "A lot of us just realized we had a good game against Akron, but the passion wasn't there. There's a lot of potential for this team. We had a lot of anger built up before the game today. Yesterday, that's all we talked about. We wanted to set the tone in the first five minutes, and I think we were able to do that."
On the physicality ... "I think that's part of the passion. We wanted to let them know that they were on our field. We weren't going to let them take it to us. We wanted to let them know that we were here."
On scoring chances ... "Yesterday, we were looking at video, and some of the stuff that Oakland brought, and we realized we needed to get people up front to help Nkem. We needed to go at them, go in the box, and I think if we didn't do it, we were going to get taken out."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423