Sept. 3, 2011
Site: Riverside, Calif. (UCR Soccer Stadium)
Score: U-M 1, UC Riverside 0
Records: U-M (4-1-0), UC Riverside (2-2-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Sept. 4 -- at Pepperdine (Malibu, Calif.), 1 p.m. PDT
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Senior/junior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute to break a scoreless tie, sending the University of Michigan women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory at UC Riverside on Friday (Sept. 2) at UCR Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines have now won four straight since dropping their season opener against Akron two weeks ago, with Stachel netting goals in the last three contests.
Sophomore forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) was taken down inside the box by UC Riverside defender Kristy Adcock, causing the referee to issue a penalty kick for the Wolverines. Stachel was selected to take it and buried it into the net, the only offense either team got during the game.
Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) made four saves to record her second shutout of the season (12th career). Stachel and freshman Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff) each recorded four shots in the game, while junior Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and Ezurike had three.
The Wolverines' swing through Southern California continues on Sunday (Sept. 4) with a game against Pepperdine. The game will begin at 1 p.m. PDT in Malibu.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- U-M, Clare Stachel, 68:58 (Penalty Kick)
Shots: U-M 16, UCR 12
Shots on Goal: U-M 10, UCR 4
Saves: U-M 4 (Haley Kopmeyer), UCR 9 (Jessica Olafsen)
Corner Kicks: U-M 11, UCR 4
Cards: UCR, Kristy Adcock, 41:43 (Yellow); U-M, Meghan Toohey, 68:27 (Yellow); U-M, Christina Murillo, 68:27 (Yellow).
N O T E S
• Friday's game was the first meeting between the two schools.
• Michigan improves to 9-6-3 in road openers.
• Friday's win is only Michigan's second all-time in the state of California. Its first and only win came on Aug. 29, 2010, beating Pepperdine, 1-0, in San Diego.
• Sophomore Shelby Murphy made her season debut against UC Riverside. All 24 players on Michigan's roster have seen action this season.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423