U-M Falls to SDSU to Conclude California Road Swing

Cassie Collins
Cassie Collins

Sept. 1, 2014

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Site: San Diego, Calif. (SDSU Sports Deck)
Score: San Diego State 3, #10 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (2-2-0), SDSU (2-1-1)
Attendance: 403
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 5 -- vs. Toledo (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to the San Diego State Aztecs in its final match of it two-game road swing in California on Sunday (Aug. 31) at the SDSU Sports Deck.

San Diego State outshot Michigan 12-3 in the opening 45 minutes, but sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) was a wall through the first 36 minutes, making six saves, before SDSU tallied the first goal of the game. Bucklin finished the first half with eight saves.

At the 36:28 mark, SDSU's Meggie Gulczynski put a shot on goal off a free kick that sailed just over Bucklin's finger tips and under the cross bar to give the Aztecs the 1-0 advantage.

With 31 seconds remaining in the half, an accidental own goal by the Wolverines put San Diego State in front, 2-0, just before the break.

Freshman goalkeeper Megan Hinz (Eldersburg, Md. /Our Lady of Good Counsel) replaced Bucklin at the half and played the entire second half in net for the Wolverines, making two saves.

Hinz held the Aztecs without a goal until the 87th minute. The initial shot off a SDSU corner kick was blocked, but Aztec forward Angela Mitchell was there to clean up the rebound and send the ball passed Hinz from three yards out.

Michigan recorded eight total shots, including four on goal, led by junior midfielder/forward Corinne Harris' (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) game-high four shots.

The Wolverines will now return home for its last two regular season non-conference matchups of the season next weekend. Michigan will face Toledo on Friday (Sept. 5) at 7:30 p.m. and take on Central Michigan on Sunday (Sept. 7) at 5 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Stadium. [ Tickets ]


By Periods 1 2 F
Michigan 0 0 0
San Diego State 2 1 3

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- SDSU, Meggie Gulczynski, 36:28
1st -- SDSU, U-M Own Goal, 44:29
2nd -- SDSU, Angela Mitchell, 86:28 (Xochi Hunter)

Shots: U-M 8, SDSU 19
Shots on Goal: U-M 4, SDSU 13
Saves: U-M 10 (Taylor Bucklin 8, Megan Hinz 2), SDSU 4 (Melanie Vaughn)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, SDSU 9
Cards: U-M, Team, 8:43 (Yellow); SDSU, Team, 63:56 (Yellow)


• San Diego State evened the all-time series at 1-1.

• The Wolverines were shut out in back-to-back matches for the first time since the end of the 2011 season, when they lost to Ohio State (1-0, Oct. 21) and Penn State (4-0, Oct. 23).


Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan
On the team's improved effort tonight ... "Everybody that played, played with great effort tonight. I was really proud that we went from not showing up on Friday night to giving it our best against a very talented team tonight. We know we're young, and we know we've got a lot to learn. We're going to grow each game, and we grew tonight, but the effort was there. I'm thankful for that and really proud of the girls."

On continuing to find what combinations of players work best together ... "We're starting to see some glimpses of what we can do. We got two or three times where we were in alone on the goalkeeper tonight and we just didn't finish our chances. We had balls rebound to us in an open net and the goalie out, and we hit them over or at the keeper. We're starting to see glimpses, but we're not sound yet with our attacking identity, and that will be what we work on a lot this week."

On the team's focus this week and the importance of returning home for two games ... "Hopefully, it will be great for us. I think it will be great for the kids to be home. They're going to be hard games, and there are no guarantees for us in any of these games because we're still a work in progress. I think the girls will be really excited to be back in Ann Arbor and playing at home. We're looking forward to being back. I hate leaving California because it's so beautiful, but I'm really glad to be leaving California."

On young players developing and growing each game ... "Taylor (Timko) was the best example of that. She's new to the position; she's new to the college game. Friday night she had some real challenges with the girl she was playing against in terms of the one-on-one matchups, and tonight the things we went over with Taylor on how to deal with those, she applied perfectly. She just dominated that side of the field. If we can get other players stepping up the way Taylor did tonight we'll be just fine."

Contact: Whitney Dixon

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