Sept. 21, 2012
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium)
Score: Michigan 1, Minnesota 0
Records: U-M (8-2-0, 2-0-0 Big Ten), Minnesota (5-5-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Sept. 23 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CDT
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Junior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) scored the only goal of the match in the 32nd minute to provide the offense, while fifth-year senior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy Mich./Lahser) recorded her fifth individual shutout this season as the University of Michigan women's soccer team won its fourth straight match on Friday (Sept. 21), beating Minnesota, 1-0, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
Minnesota had the first chance of the match, but Taylor Uhl's shot off a breakaway in the fourth minute was saved by Kopmeyer. At the 20-minute mark, fifth-year senior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) nearly put one in the back of the net off a free kick, but her header bounced off the crossbar and out.
The Wolverines finally got on the board in the 32nd minute, thanks to Ezurike's goal. The reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Ezurike put the game-winning goal in the back of the net after winning a one-on-one battle with Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill, who came out of the net to challenge, but Ezurike came away with the ball, resulting in a wide-open net. Her initial header attempt bounced off the post, but she re-gathered the ball and tapped it in to give Michigan the game-winner.
The second half was at slower pace, as neither team engineered many scoring opportunities. The Golden Gophers had the best chances in the 73rd minute, including an attempt by Allie Phillips that hit off the crossbar. However, the Michigan defense denied them all, increasing its shutout streak to 360:53.
Michigan outshot Minnesota by a 14-10 margin and completely shut down Uhl, who had only one shot in 82 minutes and came into the match as the nation's leader in goals (11) and points per match (three). Kopmeyer made three saves in net to preserve the shutout.
The Wolverines' two-match road trip ends with a match on Sunday (Sept. 23) against No. 14 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The match will begin at 1 p.m. CDT.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 31:41 (unassisted)
Shots: U-M 14, MINN 10
Shots on Goal: U-M 3, MINN 3
Saves: U-M 3 (Haley Kopmeyer), MINN 2 (Cat Parkhill)
Corner Kicks: U-M 1, MINN 2
Cards: U-M, Meghan Toohey, 80:40 (Yellow); MINN, Haley Helverson, 64:22 (Yellow).
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423