Aug. 28, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Event: Michigan Invitational
Score: U-M 3, DePaul 1
Records: U-M (3-1-0), DePaul (0-4-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 2 -- at UC-Riverside (Riverside, Calif.), 7 p.m. PDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team scored three unanswered goals to rally past DePaul, 3-1, in the final game of the Michigan Invitational on Sunday (Aug. 28) at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) made six saves in net, backstopping Michigan to its third straight triumph.
DePaul struck first in the contest, scoring in the 10th minute on a ball that was partially stopped by Kopmeyer but trickled into the back of the net. The Blue Demons held a 1-0 lead until the 43rd minute, when U-M sophomore Shelby Chambers-Garcia (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) provided the Wolverines with the equalizer, a half bicycle-kick off a long cross from senior Kristen Goncalves (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard Catholic).
The Wolverines took the lead for good in the 70th minute on a goal from freshman Chloe Sosenko (South Lyon, Mich./Brighton). After a misjudged play by the DePaul keeper, Sosenko won possession of the ball inside the six-yard box and tapped it into the back of the net to give Michigan a 2-1 lead. Senior/junior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) added an insurance goal three minutes later, in the 73rd minute, to extend the Wolverines' lead to 3-1. The Michigan captain played a give-and-go with sophomore forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville), who recorded assists on both second-half goals, and rocketed a shot into the top left corner of the net to cap the scoring.
The Wolverines head out west next weekend for their first road trip of the season, first facing UC-Riverside at 7 p.m. PDT on Friday (Sept. 2) in Riverside, Calif.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- DePaul, Morgan Celaya, 9:39 (Ashleigh Goddard)
1st -- U-M, Shelby Chambers-Garcia, 42:19 (Kristen Goncalves)
2nd -- U-M, Chloe Sosenko, 69:36 (Nkem Ezurike)
2nd -- U-M, Clare Stachel, 72:40 (Ezurike)
Shots: U-M 13, DePaul 11
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, DePaul 7
Saves: U-M 6 (Haley Kopmeyer), DePaul 4 (Claire Hanold 4, Megan Pyrz 0)
Corner Kicks: U-M 7, DePaul 4
Cards: DePaul, Chelsea Grant, 45:58 (Yellow).
N O T E S
Sunday's game was the first meeting between the two teams.
Through four games, 10 different Michigan players have recorded at least one point.
The goal from Shelby Chambers-Garcia in the first period was her second in as many games. They are the first two goals of her career at Michigan.
Chloe Sosenko's second-half goal was the first score of her Michigan career.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan
On the contrast of both halves ... "DePaul is a physically aggressive team. We needed to play an opponent like this, because we're going to see a bunch of them down the road. We had to adjust, and unfortunately they scored during that period of time, but I thought we adjusted amazingly well. We started being the more aggressive and physical team, be quicker to the ball and playing better soccer. The quality of goals in this game were amazing."
On the importance of Shelby Chambers-Garcia's goal ... "It was huge. They were staying back, and be happy to defend the rest of the game. It took a perfect goal to that one back. Kristen played a great cross into the box. I don't think anyone will score a goal like that out of the air. It was a bomb."
On Chloe Sosenko ... "Chloe is an outstanding player. She's added so much to our team. I don't know how she scored her goal. It was an amazing, scrappy effort from a determined freshman."
U-M Sophomore Shelby Chambers-Garcia
On what she saw before her first goal ... "It was a whole bunch of adrenaline. There were only a few minutes left in the half. The first time I got in, I charged the keeper, but my header hit the post. The ball bounced out to KG [Kristen Goncalves] and I saw that she had the ability to cross it. I got into their blindside. They didn't see me, and I got it under the post. We needed it."
On the importance of her goal ... "The first 15-20 minutes were rough for us. I don't think we expected them to play like that. The first goal was very important. It got us pumped up. We know we can score, so just to grab the equalizer there took some wind out of their sails, especially right before the half, and gave it to us."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423