Aug. 26, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Event: Michigan Invitational
Score: U-M 6, Duquesne 0
Records: U-M (2-1-0), Duquesne (1-2-0)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Aug. 28 -- vs. DePaul (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team erupted for six goals against Duquesne on Friday (Aug. 26), shutting out the Dukes, 6-0, in the nightcap of the first day of the Michigan Invitational held at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Six different players scored a goal, with three assists coming from Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff), who tied the program record for most assists in a single game.
The Wolverines wasted little time putting a crooked number on the scoreboard, as senior Courtney Mercier (Erie, Pa./McDowell) headed the ball into the net off a free kick from Murillo in the fifth minute. In the 11th minute, sophomore Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) capitalized off a scramble inside the six-yard box, tallying her first goal of the year. Sophomore Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and senior/junior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) each added assists on Toohey's goal.
In the 19th minute, Ezurike struck with her third goal of the year off a corner kick. Murillo sent the ball at the near post, and after a fake touch by sophomore Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) that fooled the Duquesne keeper, Ezurike blasted the ball into the back of the net. The first-half scoring concluded in the 28th minute, when Stachel received a long ball from Murillo and raced past two defenders to score her first goal of the season.
A pair of underclassmen cushioned the Wolverines' lead in the second half, each scoring their first career goals. Freshman Kate Maguigan (Franklin, Tenn./Page) made the score 5-0 off a rebound from a Murillo shot at the keeper, while sophomore Shelby Chambers-Garcia (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) added one for good measure with just 11 seconds left on the game clock to make the score 6-0. Maguigan was credited with an assist on the final goal of the game.
Redshirt junior keeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) recorded four saves in goal for her 11th career shutout.
The Wolverines return to the pitch on Sunday (Aug. 28) for the second day of the Michigan Invitational, taking on DePaul at 2:30 p.m., and starting after the conclusion of the Michigan State/Duquesne game, which begins at noon.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Courtney Mercier, 4:51 (Christina Murillo)
1st -- U-M, Meghan Toohey, 11:01 (Nkem Ezurike, Clare Stachel)
1st -- U-M, Ezurike, 19:14 (Murillo)
1st -- U-M, Stachel, 27:41 (Murillo)
2nd -- U-M, Kate Maguigan, 76:26 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Shelby Chambers-Garcia, 89:49 (Maguigan)
Shots: U-M 29, Duquesne 6
Shots on Goal: U-M 13, Duquesne 4
Saves: U-M 4 (Haley Kopmeyer), Duquesne 7 (Devon Tabata)
Corner Kicks: U-M 5, Duquesne 4
Cards: Duquesne, Claire Wilkinson, 38:06 (Yellow); U-M, Tori McCombs, 71:03 (Yellow); U-M, Kim Siebert, 89:07 (Yellow).
N O T E S
Murillo tied Amber Berendowsky (Oct. 17, 1997, vs. Illinois) and Amy Sullivant (Sept. 22, 2002, vs. Illinois) for the program record for most assists in a single game.
Friday's match was the first match between the two schools.
The last time Michigan scored six goals in a match was Sept. 11, 2008, vs. Oakland (W, 6-2).
Michigan has scored nine goals in a two-game stretch, including last Sunday's 3-1 victory over Oakland. The Wolverines had not scored that many goals in a two-game stretch since 2000. U-M beat No. 12 Missouri, 7-0, on Sept. 10, 2000, and Purdue, 2-1, on Sept. 15, 2000.
In all, 23 players got minutes against Duquesne.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan
On the six-goal explosion against Duquesne ... "I think we just been waiting for this. We've done so much training on our attack, with our attacking players. That's what you want to have, a balanced attack. We were very direct tonight. We were going straight to the goal. I was really, really happy with our effort. The front line was just fantastic, and we got great contribution off the bench. We've worked very hard on our finishing, so to have this kind of effort is very rewarding."
On the offensive urgency ... "It's what we've got to focus on. In soccer, if you don't come out to win the game, the other team has a shot to go up, pack it in defensively, and then you're in trouble. Tonight, we didn't give them that option. I thought our girls played great."
On Christina Murillo ... "I thought she was going to have three goals to go with those three assists. Tina is a wonderful player to watch. She's so creative. She's got great skill, vision and touch. It could have been a big night for her."
U-M Senior/Junior Clare Stachel
On the goals ... "It feels awesome. One of the coolest things about it is that it came from six different people, which shows you how deep our team is, and how much of a team we are. We were unselfish. I thought it was so exciting."
On Christina Murillo ... "She's a great connector in the middle. We've known that for a while, so it's no surprise to us. It's rare to see a freshman play so well, but she has."
On how the team has changed its mindset on offense ... "We just have a lot more drive, and we're not taking things for granted. I don't know what changed specifically. We're trying to have more fun. I think we were a little nervous against Akron, but we're playing our game now, which we know how to play."
U-M Freshman Christina Murillo
On her big night ... "It was really fun. I love playing with this team, and I just hope we can continue to win games this way. As long as we win, I don't care if I score. I want this team to keep scoring."
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