Oct. 10, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: #21 Michigan 2, Michigan State 1 (OT)
Records: U-M (12-2-1, 6-0-1 Big Ten), MSU (8-5-2, 2-4-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 14 -- vs. Purdue (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Emily Jaffe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) scored her first career goal in the last minute of the first overtime to lift the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over in-state rival Michigan State on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Jaffe played nine minutes in the match -- all in overtime -- but made them count, heading in Shelina Zadorsky's (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) corner kick at 99:15 to give the Wolverines their first win over Michigan State since 2003.
Each team scored one goal during the opening frame, during which U-M outshot the Spartans, 10-5 (5-1 in shots on goal). Michigan State struck first, however, scoring in the 29th minute on a goal from Paige Wester, who received a cross from the near side of the field and was left unmarked by the Michigan defense, heading the ball into an open net.
The Wolverines had two solid scoring chances in the following minutes, both coming on corner kicks from junior Shelby Chambers-Garcia (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente). Her first corner kick into the box was headed and cleared off the line by a Michigan State defender, but the second provided the equalizer, as she bent the kick into the far post to knot up the score in the 32nd minute.
Freshman Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) had the best U-M opportunity in the second half. Her shot from just outside the 18-yard box on the 57th minute rang off the crossbar and bounced down onto the end line, but the referee signaled play to continue. The Spartans nearly ended the match in the final two minutes when Olivia Stander got around the Michigan defense, but her attempted shot into the lower right corner of the net went wide, sending the match to overtime.
In the first period of extra time, Michigan had two chances in the 18-yard box -- one from Harris and other from junior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) -- but both were blocked, the latter going out of bounds to give the Wolverines the corner. Zadorsky took the kick from the far side and curled it inside, finding Jaffe among the masses, and she snuck it past Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem and another Spartans defender, ending the match.
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) made three saves in net for the Wolverines, posting her 12th victory of the season.
Michigan closes out the homestand on Sunday (Oct. 14), facing Purdue at 2 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Stadium. It will be the team's first-ever Pink Game, designed to raise breast cancer awareness. Tickets for the match are available through the U-M Athletics Ticket Office, either by calling (734) 764-0247 or at www.mgoblue.com/tickets.
Shots: U-M 21, MSU 15
Shots on Goal: U-M 9, MSU 4
Saves: U-M 3 (Haley Kopmeyer), MSU 6 (Courtney Clem)
Corner Kicks: U-M 5, MSU 7
N O T E S
Michigan improves to 9-5-7 all-time against Michigan State. It is the Wolverines' first win over the Spartans since Oct. 24, 2003, also a 2-1 overtime win in Ann Arbor.
The win extended Michigan's unbeaten streak to nine matches, going 8-0-1 in that stretch.
The win over Michigan State gives Michigan 12 wins on the season. The last time the Wolverines won at least 12 matches in a season was 2002, when they went 16-7-1.
Michigan State's goal in the 29th minute was the first goal Michigan allowed in the first half all season.
Michigan is now 3-0-1 in overtime matches this season. Its last three home matches have all gone to overtime.
The Wolverines remain unbeaten at home (8-0-1). The eight wins are the most at home since 2002 (12).
Emily Jaffe became the 13th different U-M player to score at least one goal this season.
Shelby Chambers-Garcia scored her fourth goal of the season and first since Sept. 2 at Long Beach State.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423