Sept. 23, 2012
Site: Madison, Wis. (McClimon Soccer Complex)
Score: Michigan 3, #14 Wisconsin 0
Records: U-M (9-2-0, 3-0-0 Big Ten), Wisconsin (7-3-0, 1-2-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 28 -- vs. Iowa (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) scored two goals and freshman Christina Ordonez (Elmhurst, Ill./York) added a third, as the University of Michigan women's soccer team earned a school-record fifth straight shutout victory, upsetting No. 14 Wisconsin, 3-0, on Sunday (Sept. 23) at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
Ezurike made the most of a flurry of Wolverine chances early, scoring her fourth goal of the season in the 16th minute to give U-M a 1-0 lead. Junior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) sent a long ball down the field to Ezurike, who got behind the Wisconsin defense for a one-on-one scoring chance with Badgers goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson. Ezurike took a few dribbles then slipped the ball past Gunderson into the lower-left corner of the net for the goal.
The Wolverines had two other good scoring opportunities in the first half but could not score on either. In the 24th minute, Ezurike corralled the ball and turned away from two Wisconsin defenders inside the 18-yard box, but her shot was deflected by Gunderson. In the 41st minute, Wisconsin was whistled for a foul after freshman Christina Ordonez (Elmhurst, Ill./York) was taken down just outside the 18-yard box. Ordonez stepped up to take the free kick, but her shot was high of the net, and Michigan went into the locker room at halftime with its 1-0 lead intact, with the defense allowing only three Wisconsin shots (none on goal).
Less than a minute into the second half, the Badgers turned the ball over in their own third on an errant pass. Freshman Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep). intercepted it and played a give-and-go with Ezurike down into the six-yard box, with Ezurike finishing the play with her second goal of the match to increase the Wolverines' lead to 2-0. Ezurike nearly had the hat trick on another breakaway, but she did not get enough of her shot, which was easily saved by Gunderson.
Ordonez added an insurance goal in the 78th minute to make the score 3-0. Ordonez took a pass from senior Emily Jaffe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) on the far side of the field and outran the Wisconsin defense for 30 yards. Her run lured Gunderson out of the box, and Ordonez capitalized, placing her shot in the lower left corner of the net for the goal.
The Michigan defense once again shut down any opposing offense en route to its eighth shutout of the season. The Badgers did not have a real scoring threat until the final minutes of the match, as three of their four shots on goal came in the final three minutes of the match. Fifth-year senior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) made four saves in goal for her sixth individual shutout of the season.
Michigan plays four of its next five matches at the U-M Soccer Stadium, beginning on Friday (Sept. 28) against Iowa. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
Shots: U-M 11, UW 9
Shots on Goal: U-M 6, UW 4
Saves: U-M 4 (Haley Kopmeyer), UW 3 (Lauren Gunderson)
Corner Kicks: U-M 7, UW 2
Cards: U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 44:23 (Yellow); UW, Joana Bielefeld, 39:59 (Yellow).
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423