Early Goals Doom U-M in Big Ten Semifinals Loss to No. 21 OSU
Nkem Ezurike

Nov. 2, 2012

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Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinals)
Score: #21 Ohio State 2, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (14-5-2), OSU (15-4-1)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 5 -- NCAA Selection Show (NCAA.com), 4:30 p.m.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Junior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) ran her scoring streak to five matches, but the University of Michigan women's soccer team yielded two first-half goals, falling to No. 21 Ohio State, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday (Nov. 2) at Armstrong Stadium.

The Wolverines fell behind in the early minutes of the match, as Ohio State took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick less than three minutes in. The Buckeyes slipped a through ball in behind the Michigan backline and an Ohio State player got tangled with sophomore Chloe Sosenko (South Lyon, Mich./Brighton) inside the penalty area, forcing the referee to call for a penalty kick. Ohio State's Ashley Gruenbaum converted the kick into the upper left corner of the net, giving the Buckeyes the lead. Ohio State added another goal in the 12th minute on an own goal off a corner kick. The Wolverines mustered only four shots in the first half of play, but none were on target.

The Wolverines had a few chances to put one on the board in the second half. In the 63rd minute, junior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) sent in a corner kick directly into the middle of the six-yard box, but found Ohio State goalkeeper Jillian McVicker. In the 67th minute, Ezurike fired a shot inside the 18-yard box, forcing McVicker to leave her feet to make the save.

Ezurike's goal in the 72nd minute began after junior Kayla Mannino (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Avondale) sent a cross into the middle of the six-yard box to Ezurike. Ezurike received the ball, fought through three Ohio State defenders and slipped her shot past McVicker.

Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) made one save in the contest.

The Wolverines will now await their fate for a possible NCAA Tournament bid. The NCAA Selection Show will be shown on www.NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 5). The NCAA Tournament will be held Friday through Sunday (Nov. 9-11) and the first round will feature 32 campus sites from across the country.


By Periods 1 2 F
Ohio State 2 0 2
Michigan 0 1 1

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- OSU, Ashley Gruenbaum, 2:42 (penalty kick)
1st -- OSU, Own Goal, 11:21
2nd -- U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 71:42 (unassisted)

Shots: U-M 12, OSU 14
Shots on Goal: U-M 3, OSU 4
Saves: U-M 1 (Haley Kopmeyer), OSU 2 (Jillian McVicker)
Corner Kicks: U-M 8, OSU 6
Cards: U-M, Chloe Sosenko, 2:42 (Yellow); OSU, Aly Walker, 26:36 (Yellow); OSU, Tiffany Cameron, 85:37 (Yellow).


• Michigan falls to 12-11-2 all-time against Ohio State, and 2-2-1 in Big Ten play.

Nkem Ezurike has now scored in five consecutive matches dating back to Oct. 18. She also moves into sole possession of sixth place on the school's all-time list for career points (74), passing former Wolverine Melissa Dobbyn (2004-07).

• Junior/sophomore defender Keyana Thompson-Shaw made her third start of the season against Ohio State. She came off the bench and played 54 minutes in the two teams' first meeting in Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 18).

• Michigan failed to score the first goal of the match for the first time since Oct. 10 against Michigan State.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423

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