Wolverines Fight Central Michigan to a Draw
Tori McCombs

Sept. 11, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Michigan 1, Central Michigan 1 (2OT)
Attendance: 718
Records: U-M (5-2-1), CMU (5-1-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Sept. 18 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), Noon (TV: Big Ten Network)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team closed out its non-conference portion of the regular season with a 1-1 draw against in-state foe Central Michigan on Sunday (Sept. 11) at the U-M Soccer Stadium.

Sophomore Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) netted the Wolverines' only goal of the game early, scoring in the ninth minute of the contest. Freshman Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff) sent a cross into the box and found McCombs, who maneuvered around the goalkeeper for the goal after a fake header attempt from sophomore Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville).

Similar to Friday's contest against Western Michigan, the Wolverines spent much of the second half fending off Central Michigan scoring chances. The Chippewas finally broke through in the 78th minute, scoring off a set piece that glanced in off the net just out of reach from U-M senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser).

Despite allowing the goal, Kopmeyer capped off her fantastic weekend in net with eight saves, which move her into sole possession of fourth on the school's all-time list for career saves (228).

Michigan opens up Big Ten Conference play next Sunday (Sept. 18), as it travels to Indiana for a noon showdown with the Hoosiers. The game will be broadcast live in high-definition by the Big Ten Network.


By Periods  1   2  OT OT  F 
Central Michigan 0 1 0 0 1
Michigan 1 0 0 0 1

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Tori McCombs, 8:13 (Christina Murillo)
2nd -- CMU, Samantha Brenz, 77:54 (Claire Horton)

Shots: CMU 18, U-M 17
Shots on Goal: U-M 5, CMU 10
Saves: U-M 9 (Haley Kopmeyer 8, Team 1), CMU 4 (Stefanie Turner)
Corner Kicks: U-M 3, CMU 6
Cards: U-M, Tori McCombs, 46:41, (Yellow); CMU, Ashley Mejilla, 69:40, (Yellow); CMU, Tammy Long, 92:04, (Yellow).


Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan
On mindset of the team after a draw ... "Well, I think you're always disappointed when you don't win. With the chances tonight, a draw was probably a fair result. Central Michigan played very, very hard. They play a very direct style, which is a very disruptive style to play against. We created a few chances. I was very pleased with how we fought throughout the match. This wasn't a CMU team that came to play pretty soccer. This is a team that came here to crack you for 90 minutes."

On the opponent scoring chances ... "It's a product of how they play. I don't think they had any chances when they were running up to us. I think most of them came on throw-ins and set pieces. You can only defend so many of those without giving up a goal. We probably defended 14-15 balls played into our box, and they finally scored on one. That's actually very good defending."

On what the team could have done better on offense against CMU ... "We just need to connect better. Every ball we start an attack with isn't a ball on the floor. It's bouncing up and down, and it's hard to start an attack like that. It's disruptive to our style. There were times in the second half when we made clear passes to Nkem (Ezurike), and all we had to do is play it through and we didn't. When we get her the ball, good things happen."

U-M Sophomore Tori McCombs
On if there was a sense of disappointment or frustration following the tie ... "A little. We wanted to win. We thought we were the better team. They play kick and run. We had to adjust to that, and it's very tiring to play against a team like that."

On her goal ... "I ran across from left to right, barely onside. Christina (Murillo) played me a great ball through. It might have bounced off a couple people and fooled the keeper. Right place, right time."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423

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