Sept. 9, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Michigan 1, Western Michigan 0
Records: U-M (5-2-0), Western Michigan (3-3-0)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Sept. 11 -- vs. Central Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 6 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team got back in the win column on Friday (Sept. 9), defeating in-state opponent Western Michigan, 1-0, at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Senior/junior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) posted the game-winning goal in the 59th minute, while senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) recorded 11 saves for her third shutout of the season.
Neither team had much offense in the first half, but Western Michigan was the more aggressive of the two teams, forcing Kopmeyer to make eight saves in the first 45 minutes. In the game, the Broncos outshot the Wolverines, 22-15, and 12-7 in shots on goal.
Stachel broke the scoreless tie in the 59th minute when she got her foot on ball right in front of the Western Michigan net. Sophomore Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) won possession on the edge of the 18-yard box, dribbled right and slotted it perfectly for Stachel, who managed to get just enough of it to put it into the back of the net.
Western Michigan turned up the intensity on offense, bombarding Michigan with five straight corner kicks in a four-minute span. In the 75th minute, the Broncos were given a free kick from about 30 yards out. The long cross was sent into Michigan's box and headed into the net for an apparent goal, but the assistant referee ruled the Broncos forward offside, negating the tally.
The Wolverines return to the field Sunday (Sept. 11) for their final non-conference match of the regular season, facing in-state opponent Central Michigan at 6 p.m. The game will also be streamed online through MGoBlue.com.
Shots: U-M 15, Western Michigan 22
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, Western Michigan 12
Saves: U-M 12 (Haley Kopmeyer 11; Team 1), Western Michigan 6 (Michelle Watson)
Corner Kicks: U-M 3, Western Michigan 8
N O T E S
Michigan is now 6-0-1 all-time against Western Michigan.
Freshman Chloe Sosenko made her first career start.
Haley Kopmeyer needs three saves to tie Jessica Jones (1995-98) for fourth on the school's all-time list for saves. Her 11 saves is her highest total of 2011, besting her six against DePaul on Aug. 28. She also is one clean sheet from matching her 2010 total in shutouts (4).
U-M has a 10-2-2 record all-time at the U-M Soccer Stadium, including winning the past four.
Q U O T E S
U-M Senior/junior Clare Stachel
On her goal-scoring chance ... "Honestly, all I had to do was run in front. That was all Nkem. She beat three players. She played a perfect ball right in front, which bounced off the keeper and literally ran into my foot. Honestly, I couldn't have gotten a better assist from Nkem."
On the tempo of the game ... "This was a fighters' game. In the first half, we didn't get it together at all. We came out flying in the second half. Once we scored, they basically threw the kitchen sink at us, so it looks like they are dominating us. In the end, a win is a win, and you have to battle for them."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423