Nov. 16, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Event: NCAA Tournament (First Round)
Score: #11 Michigan 4, Milwaukee 0
Records: U-M (16-3-1), Milwaukee (10-9-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 22 -- vs. Illinois State - NCAA Tournament Second Round (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) scored twice, while senior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and sophomore Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) added one goal each as the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team blitzed Milwaukee, 4-0, in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Saturday night (Nov. 16) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) made one save for her 10th shutout of the season. Milwaukee registered 15 shots on the match, but most were from distance.
Coming off a 10-day rest period, the Wolverines got a goal from Ezurike just 2:09 into the match. Freshman Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) beat the defense on a long run and played a ball to the center of the six-yard box to Ezurike, who finished it with a low strike.
Milwaukee attempted to answer with its next chance off a corner kick; the ball was played into the center of the box. A Milwaukee player got a touch on the ball with a shot that appeared to cross the goal line, but the referee signaled for play to continue, and Michigan cleared.
U-M then added a second tally in the 17th minute on a one-two play with Toohey and fellow senior Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry), who got around the Milwaukee right back and took the ball into the penalty area. She cut back and slotted a pass to Toohey at the top of the 18-yard box, where she crushed a shot for the 2-0 lead.
Ezurike struck again in the 30th minute. Harris slipped a perfect thru ball in between two Milwaukee defenders to a streaking Ezurike. The senior striker found herself one on one with UWM goalkeeper Natalie Fettinger and placed a shot past her into the lower-right corner, giving Michigan a 3-0 lead, where the score stood at halftime.
The Wolverines nearly added a few more goals to the scoreboard in the second half. In the 68th minute, Lewis received a thru ball from Toohey and made an open run at the goal. She drew Fettinger out and maneuvered with the ball to the right. With the net open and unguarded, Lewis attempted to place a shot on frame, but the ball hit the side netting.
Lewis did set up Michigan's fourth and final goal, however, assisting Harris in the 85th minute. Lewis had the ball on the right touch line and centered the ball to Harris at the top of the six-yard box, where her shot went lower left.
The Wolverines will host the NCAA second and third rounds on Friday and Sunday (Nov. 22-24) at U-M Soccer Stadium. Michigan will face Illinois State, which advanced over Louisville via penalty kicks, at 7 p.m. Friday, following the 4 p.m. game between Notre Dame and Western Michigan. Friday's winners will play Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets will be available through MGoBlue.com/tickets.
Shots: U-M 19, UWM 15
Shots on Goal: U-M 9, UWM 1
Saves: U-M 1 (Taylor Bucklin), UWM 5 (Natalie Fettinger)
Corner Kicks: U-M 0, UWM 3
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423