Sep 6, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: #11 Michigan 2, #22 Pepperdine 0
Records: U-M (5-0-0), Pepperdine (2-1-1)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Sept. 12 -- vs. Detroit (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m. [ Tickets ]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- First-half goals by fifth-year senior Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and senior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) led the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over No. 22 Pepperdine on Friday (Sept. 6) at U-M Soccer Stadium. Freshman Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) made three saves in net for her second shutout of the season. It was also Greg Ryan's 50th win as head coach at Michigan.
The Wolverines opened up the scoring less than five minutes into the match. Senior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) took a corner kick on the far side, and it went right into the center of the goal area. Hein came off the back post and put a head on it, sending it past Pepperdine goalkeeper Hannah Seabert to give Michigan the 1-0 lead.
In the 23rd minute, freshman Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) and Ezurike connected to pad the Wolverine lead. Lewis passed the ball to Ezurike, who was hounded by two Pepperdine defenders. After calmly receiving the ball, Ezurike split the pair, took two dribbles and fired a shot on net that Seabert got a hand on, before it rest in the net.
Neither team scored in the second half, but Michigan created scoring chances. The best one came in the 55th minute. On a goal kick, Bucklin sent a long ball across the field to Ezurike, whose initial touch deflected off a Pepperdine defender, with the ball actually advancing towards the Waves' net. Ezurike took it and ran, as her initial shot was saved by a charging Seabert. The ball fell to senior Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry), who had a wide-open net with Seabert scrambling to get back in position, but her shot was pushed right.
Though the Waves had 16 shots, the Michigan defense limited them to only three on net. On the other side, half of the Wolverines' shots were on frame (7 of 14).
The six-match homestand to begin the season wraps up on Thursday (Sept. 12), as Michigan welcomes in-state foe Detroit for a bout under the lights. The match will begin at 7 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Holly Hein, 4:57 (Shelina Zadorsky)
1st -- U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 22:30 (Madisson Lewis)
Shots: U-M 14, Pepperdine 16
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, Pepperdine 3
Saves: U-M 3 (Taylor Bucklin), Pepperdine 5 (Hannah Seabert)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, Pepperdine 3
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423