Oct. 25, 2013
U-M improves to 12-8-1 all-time vs. Illinois. It was the team's first win over the Fighting Illini since 2010. The Wolverines are also 4-4-1 all-time against Illinois in Champaign.
The win is Michigan's 13th of the season, tied for fifth most in a single season in program history. Since the start of the 2012 season, Michigan has won 29 matches, the most combined wins in a two-season stretch since 2001-02 (also 29).
It is Michigan's sixth straight victory, all of which have come against Big Ten teams. U-M has not won that many consecutive matches in Big Ten play since 1999 (seven). The program record for consecutive wins is seven, set Sept. 7-28, 1997. A win on Sunday vs. Northwestern would tie the record.
Since the winning streak began on Oct. 3 at Michigan State, Michigan has outscored its opponents, 11-3, and has recorded three shutouts during that stretch.
U-M has won seven Big Ten matches for the second consecutive year, a feat that has not happened since the 2001 (eight) and 2002 (seven) seasons.
With her assist on Friday, Nkem Ezurike has 108 career points. She needs nine points to become the school's career leader in that category. Abby Crumpton (1999-02) is program record-holder with 116 points.
U-M is 11-0-0 when scoring the match's first goal. Additionally, the Wolverines have scored more than one goal in 11 of their 13 wins.
Madisson Lewis scored her first goal since Oct. 6 at Nebraska. It is her fifth goal of the season.
Holly Hein scored her second goal of the season on Friday. Her other strike came on Sept. 6 vs. Pepperdine.
Shelina Zadorsky recorded her seventh assist of the season, improving on her career high. She is now tied for eighth all-time for most assists in a single season. Nkem Ezurike's assist is her eighth of the season, tying her with Melissa Dobbyn (2005) and Abby Crumpton (1999) for sixth on that same list.
Sydney Raguse earned her third start of the season on Friday. It is her first action since starting Sept. 22 at Iowa. She played 19 minutes on Friday.
Shelby Chambers-Garcia played her first match since Oct. 3 at Michigan State. She missed the last four matches due to illness.
Illinois forward Janelle Flaws came into the contest tied for first in the nation in goals (18). The Michigan defense kept her off the board, though Flaws had seven shots (five shots on goal).
Michigan will be back at the Illinois Soccer & Track Stadium in less than two weeks for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins Wednesday, Nov. 6, with the quarterfinals. The top eight teams advance to the postseason tournament.
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