Sept. 29, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: Minnesota 1, #13 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (7-2-1, 1-1-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (8-3-0, 1-2-0)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Oct. 3 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 3 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team led every offensive category but the final score, dropping a 1-0 decision to visiting Minnesota on Sunday (Sept. 29) at U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines led in shots (18-6), shots on goal (5-3) and corner kicks (10-5), but a goal in the 38th minute from Minnesota's Olivia Schultz was the difference in the match.
The Wolverines were aggressive early in the attacking third, firing three shots in the first 90 seconds. Sophomore Cassie Collins (San Diego, Calif./Westview) had the team's second shot on goal, but was denied by Minnesota goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs, who made a diving stop to her left. Hobbs robbed Michigan of another potential goal in the 32nd minute, as she dove to her right to get a hand on a shot from sophomore Lulu Haidar (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Crestwood) about 20 yards out to the far post.
The Golden Gophers broke the scoreless tie off a corner kick. The ensuing entry popped out to the edge of 18-yard box and Schultz took a shot into traffic that got past Michigan goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield), who was screened on the play by a Minnesota player in front of the net. Michigan held the edge in shots through the first 45 minutes, 11-3, but trailed, 1-0, heading into halftime.
The Wolverines continued to generate chances in the second half, but were just a little off target all afternoon. In the 53rd minute, senior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) found fifth-year senior Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) open on the far post off a corner kick, but the clearance was a shade too high. In the 67th minute, senior Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) elevated her shot just over the crossbar from about 12 yards out. In the 84th minute, senior Shelby Chambers-Garcia (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) had an opportunity from the far corner of the 18, but pushed her shot just wide left. Michigan's last chance came in the 88th minute off another Zadorsky corner, but couldn't generate an opportunity despite a perfect service.
Bucklin made two saves in net.
The state's premier in-state rivalry is renewed on Thursday (Oct. 3), as Michigan makes the short trip to East Lansing to take on Michigan State. The match will begin at 3 p.m. and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- Minnesota, Olivia Schultz, 37:26 (Jen Larrick)
Shots: U-M 18, MINN 6
Shots on Goal: U-M 5, MINN 3
Saves: U-M 2 (Taylor Bucklin), MINN 5 (Tarah Hobbs)
Corner Kicks: U-M 10, MINN 5
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423