Nov. 22, 2013
Tonight's matchup was the first between the two schools.
U-M advances to the third round (Sweet 16) of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history and in back-to-back years for the second time ever (also: 2002-03).
With her second-half goal, Nkem Ezurike became the program's all-time leader in points (117). She surpassed Abby Crumpton (116, 1999-02). Ironically, Crumpton set the record back on Nov. 17, 2002, vs. Miami (Ohio), the first and only other time U-M hosted a second-round match in the NCAA Tournament.
Nkem Ezurike also improved on her program record for most career goals in the NCAA Tournament. She now has five goals all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
The win over Illinois State is Michigan's 17th victory of the season, tied for the second-most number of wins in a single season in program history. It had 17 in 1999 and 18 (the record) in 1997.
Michigan is now 13-9-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 9-0-0 mark in those matches played in Ann Arbor.
The last time U-M had back-to-back shutouts in the NCAA Tournament was 2003 (1-0 vs. Oakland, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame).
The Wolverines are now unbeaten in their last 19 matches at U-M Soccer Stadium vs. non-conference opponents (18-0-1). Their last loss to a non-Big Ten foe came Aug. 19, 2011, to Akron (1-0). U-M is 11-1-1 at U-M Soccer Stadium this season and 21-2-2 since the start of last season at the venue.
The Wolverines now have 134 points on the season (43 G, 48 A), the most since 2002 (141).
The last time U-M attempted more than 30 shots in a match was Sept. 19, 2010, vs. Youngstown State (34). U-M had 33 vs. Illinois State on Friday.
The Wolverines are now 15-0-0 this season when scoring the first goal of the match and 6-0-0 when scoring more than three goals. U-M has scored multiple goals in 15 of its 17 wins.
Michigan handed Illinois State its first loss in two months. The Redbirds were (9-0-1) in their last 10 matches, not losing since Sept. 22 at Kansas (2-0).