May 13, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team unveiled its schedule the upcoming 2014 season on Tuesday (May 13), featuring 11 matches at U-M Soccer Stadium and nine matches against teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championship.
The Wolverines, under head coach Greg Ryan, are coming off the best two-year stretch in program history . Since the start of the 2012 season, U-M is 34-9-4 (.765), complete with back-to-back top-three finishes in the Big Ten Conference (third in 2012, tied for second in 2013) and two NCAA Championship appearances (Sweet 16 in 2012, Elite Eight in 2013). Michigan will have to replace the production left behind by the graduation of six senior starters (including 2013 NSCAA All-Americans Nkem Ezurike and Meghan Toohey), as well as senior-to-be Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff), who will take the season off to train with the Mexican Women's National Team in advance of next summer's FIFA Women's World Cup. Those seven players each started at least 20 matches last season, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the team's points (82 of 139).
U-M will open the season at home for the sixth consecutive season, hosting Cal State Northridge on Friday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m., the first of the team's six non-conference matches. The only road trip during the non-conference slate is to southern California over Labor Day weekend, visiting the University of San Diego (Aug. 29) and San Diego State (Aug. 31).
The Wolverines have a strong home schedule in Big Ten play, facing five teams that made last year's NCAA Championships, including Minnesota (Sept. 12), defending Big Ten champion Nebraska (Oct. 2), Iowa (Oct. 5), perennial national power Penn State (Oct. 16) and rival Ohio State (Oct. 19). U-M will also welcome Wisconsin (Sept. 14) and in-state foe Michigan State (Sept. 27). Road matches include the first-ever meetings against new Big Ten members Maryland (Sept. 19) and Rutgers (Sept. 21) and the conference finale against Purdue (Nov. 1), which is also the site of the 2014 Big Ten Tournament (Nov. 5-9).
Michigan returns four players off last year's squad that started double-digit matches: senior defender Chloe Sosenko (South Lyon, Mich./Brighton), sophomore forward Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth), sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) and junior midfielder Christina Ordonez (Elmhurst, Ill./York). U-M also returns several key contributors with past starting experience, including a trio of juniors in forward Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep), defender Sydney Raguse (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar) and midfielder Cassie Collins (San Diego, Calif./Westview). Rising sophomores Anna Soccorsi (Yardley, Pa./The Pennington School [NJ]) and Nicky Waldeck (Chicago, Ill./Western Reserve Academy [OH]) are also expected to step into bigger roles this season.
Ticket Information: Season tickets are on sale now through the U-M Athletics Ticket Office. Reserved chairbacks are $60, while general-admission tickets are $35. Single-match tickets will go on sale later this summer. To purchase, call (866) 296-MTIX or click here.
Summer Camps: The Michigan women's soccer team will hold five camps this summer at the U-M Soccer Complex: two commuter day camps (June 23-27, July 28-Aug. 1), two recruiting camps (July 6-9, July 20-23) and a one-day elite recruiting camp (June 29). To register and find out more information, visit the team's camps page.
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