U-M Handed First Loss of 2012 at Cal State Northridge
Tori McCombs

Aug. 31, 2012


Site: Northridge, Calif. (Matador Soccer Field)
Score: Cal State Northridge 1, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (4-1-0), Cal State Northridge (3-1-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Sept. 2 -- at No. 11 Long Beach State (Long Beach, Calif.), 6 p.m. PDT

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team was handed its first loss of the season on Thursday (Aug. 30), dropping a 1-0 decision to Cal State Northridge at Matador Soccer Field in what was also U-M's first road match of the season.

Cal State Northridge pelted fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) with seven shots in the first half, compared to five for the Wolverines on the other end. Kopmeyer made a pair of saves to keep the match scoreless, the first coming in the 27th minute, getting a piece of a high shot that sailed over the crossbar. She made another save 90 seconds later after a dangerous volley was sent into the box. On the offensive side, Michigan did not get its first shot on goal until the 44th minute.

The first half also marked the season debuts for juniors Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas). Both came off the bench, with Zadorsky coming on in the 30th minute and Ezurike following in the 32nd minute. The duo recently played three matches for Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.

The Wolverines' best opportunity came in the 68th minute, when junior Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) had a breakaway opportunity. McCombs was 1-on-1 with Northridge goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo, but Jacobo came out of the box to meet McCombs and punch the ball away to deny the chance. Freshman Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) had a chance to put one in the back of the net in the 78th minute, but her shot wide of the post from eight yards out was corralled by Jacobo.

Cal State Northridge freshman Cori Deason broke the tie in the 79th minute, receiving a cross in the box and volleying the ball into the cage. Kopmeyer made five saves in the contest in net, suffering her first loss of the season but is now four saves shy of tying the program record for career saves.

Michigan concludes its California road trip on Sunday (Sept. 2), squaring off against No. 11 Long Beach State. The match will begin at 6 p.m. PDT at George Allen Field in Long Beach, Calif.


By Periods 1 2 F
Michigan 0 0 0
Cal State Northridge 0 1 1

Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- Cal State Northridge, Cori Deason, 78:24 (Stephanie Norton)

Shots: U-M 12, Cal State Northridge 14
Shots on Goal: U-M 3, Cal State Northridge 6
Saves: U-M 5 (Haley Kopmeyer), Cal State Northridge 3 (Cynthia Jacobo)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, Cal State Northridge 4
Cards: U-M, Shelby Chambers-Garcia, 69:26 (Yellow).


• Thursday's match was the first meeting between the two schools.

Haley Kopmeyer now has 319 career saves, and needs four saves to become the program's all-time leader. The record for career saves is held by former U-M goalkeeper Megan Tuura (2003-06) at 322.

Tori McCombs returned to the starting lineup Thursday. She came off the bench last Sunday against Detroit for the first time in her career.

• Ezurike and Zadorsky played off the bench for the first time in their respective collegiate careers. Zadorsky played 60 minutes, while Ezurike played 44.

• Michigan was whistled for 13 fouls on Thursday. Its previous season high for fouls was nine (vs. Cal State Fullerton).

• Sophomore Christina Murillo -- the other U-M player who competed at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (Mexico) -- will return to the Wolverines after Mexico was eliminated by Nigeria on Thursday (Aug. 30). Murillo started four matches on defense during the tournament.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423

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