Oct. 23, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: #14 Penn State 4, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (9-7-2, 4-5-1 Big Ten), PSU (16-3-0, 9-1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 29 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 6 p.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 14 Penn State on Sunday (Oct. 23) to close out its home schedule at the U-M Soccer Stadium.
Penn State was the aggressor throughout most of the first half. In the 20th minute, Penn State midfielder Emily Hurd had the first legitimate scoring chance, putting a shot past senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) but having it bounce off the post. The Nittany Lions broke through in the 22nd minute, however, on a goal from Taylor Schram to take a 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines had a chance to answer in the 25th minute. Freshman Chloe Sosenko (South Lyon, Mich./Brighton) played a wonderful through-ball to a sprinting Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), who managed to get in behind the Penn State defense, but her shot went just wide right of the net.
Penn State forward Maya Hayes added to Penn State's lead in the final minute of the half. Nittany Lions forward Ali Schaefer put a shot on the net that was saved by Kopmeyer, but Hayes corralled the rebound and put it into the net for a 2-0 lead. She added another goal in the 60th minute that made the score 3-0, and Schaefer capped the scoring in the 80th minute.
Kopmeyer made five saves in net, including a save on a penalty kick in the final minutes, to push her season total to 105.
Michigan wraps up the regular season on Saturday (Oct. 29) with a road game at Illinois. The game will begin at 6 p.m. CDT in Champaign, Ill.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- PSU, Taylor Schram, 21:37 (Jackie Molinda)
1st -- PSU, Maya Hayes, 44:31 (Ali Schaefer)
2nd -- PSU, Hayes, 59:57 (Unassisted)
2nd -- PSU, Schaefer, 79:05 (Unassisted)
Shots: U-M 11, PSU 21
Shots on Goal: U-M 2, PSU 9
Saves: U-M 5 (Haley Kopmeyer), PSU 2 (Erin McNulty 1, Krissy Tribbett 1)
Corner Kicks: U-M 2, PSU 5
N O T E S
With the win, Penn State clinched its 14th consecutive Big Ten title and the first seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan falls to 4-17-4 all-time against Penn State. The Wolverines have not beaten the Nittany Lions since the 2002 season.
With the loss, the Wolverines are now 4-5-2 at home this season. They have not won a home game since Sept. 9 against Western Michigan.
Freshman Megan Schechtman saw action off the bench against Penn State. It was her third career appearance.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423