Sept. 18, 2011
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
Score: Michigan 1, Indiana 0
Records: U-M (6-2-1, 1-0-0 Big Ten), Indiana (4-4-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 23 -- vs. Minnesota (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Behind a second-half goal from Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) and seven saves from senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser), the University of Michigan women's soccer team knocked off Indiana, 1-0, on Sunday (Sept. 18) at Armstrong Stadium, the Wolverines' first victory in a conference opener since 2005.
Freshman Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff) had the best scoring chance in the first half when she fooled three Indiana defenders inside the six-yard box to keep possession of the ball, placing a shot on goal that was barely stopped by IU goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell.
The Wolverines broke the scoreless tie in the 47th minute when sophomore Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) threw the ball into sophomore Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville), who gave it to a wide-open Zadorsky in the midfield. After some uncontested dribbling, Zadorsky lobbed a shot from 25 yards out that was just over Campbell's head and glanced off the crossbar and into the back of the net. It was the first goal of Zadorsky's career.
The Wolverines return to the U-M Soccer Stadium next Friday (Sept. 23), when they will face Minnesota at 7 p.m.
Shots: U-M 11, Indiana 12
Shots on Goal: U-M 3, Indiana 7
Saves: U-M 7 (Haley Kopmeyer), Indiana 2 (Lindsay Campbell)
Corner Kicks: U-M 3, Indiana 12
Cards: U-M, Kristen Goncalves, 30:22 (Yellow); U-M Nkem Ezurike, 73:52 (Yellow); IU, Bekah White, 59:47 (Yellow); IU, Orianica Velasquez, 74:15 (Yellow).
N O T E S
Michigan is now 12-4-3 all-time against Indiana
The last time Michigan won its conference opener was 2005, when it beat Ohio State, 4-2.
With the win, Greg Ryan improves to 26-26-15 (.500) at Michigan.
Shelina Zadorsky became the ninth different Michigan player to score a goal this season, and the 11th player to record at least one point in a game.
This was Michigan's second straight game against Indiana at Armstrong Stadium. Three of the last four meetings have taken place in Bloomington.
Sunday's match between Indiana and Michigan pitted the two youngest teams in the Big Ten. Indiana has 20 underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores), while Michigan has 18.
This is the most wins through the first nine games of a season for U-M since it also started 6-2-1 in 2004.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Greg Ryan
On the conference-opening win ... "These Big Ten games are always so tight. They're usually a one-goal win, one-goal loss or tie. To come down to Indiana and win on their home field really gives us some confidence going forward as head into some tough games."
On Shelina Zadorsky's goal ... "I loved Shelina's shot. She hit it from about 25 yards out on a rope, and as soon as she hit it, I knew it was in the back of the net."
On the defense ... "We defended a lot of corner kicks, and I liked that we didn't give up any goals on those. Haley had a great game. She made a big save in the first half on No. 9 (Orianica Velasquez). The defense played very well in front of her. We just didn't give up many chances. We gave up some corner kicks, but fortunately we didn't give up any goals. We're getting better at that."
U-M Senior/Junior Haley Kopmeyer
On the defense ... "There were a couple tense moments, especially in the second half. Right after we scored, they had four corner kicks in a row, I think. We gave them a lot of really good opportunities to score."
On the win ... "Any time you can win on the road in the Big Ten, it's a good win. It took a lot of effort. Goals can come from unlikely places, and we got one from our center back today. She hit a beautiful shot. The momentum swung back and forth all game, and we had to work hard to repel a bunch of shots."
U-M Sophomore Shelina Zadorsky
On her goal ... "It couldn't have been better. I saw the space I had and nobody was on me. I took two touches, noticed the goalie was off her line and went for it. It was definitely exciting."
On the team's response after the goal ... "I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit after the goal. They were coming at us in waves, but we dealt with it. Haley had an amazing game. I've got to give her and the rest of our back four credit. We played a great game and I'm just happy we came away with a win. This was a must-win for us."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423