The University of Michigan women's soccer team (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) will begin its 17th varsity season in its new home, the U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines will inaugurate the brand new facility on Friday (Aug. 20) against Detroit at 7 p.m. Crosstown rival Eastern Michigan will come to town on Sunday evening (Aug. 22) for another 7 p.m. contest.
The U-M Soccer Stadium, which will be formally dedicated in a men's and women's doubleheader on Sept. 17, is the crowning jewel of the three-field, soccer-exclusive, U-M Soccer Complex. The $6 million facility, funded by Intercollegiate Athletics resources and gifts, has been home to the Wolverines since late in the 2008 season.
Denting the Twine -- The Wolverines return 73 percent of their offense from a year ago, despite losing top goal scorer Alex Jendrusch (2006-09). Senior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) returns after notching a team-leading 10 points and six assists, while three-goal scorers sophomore Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and junior Kristen Goncalves (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard Catholic) top the list of returnees.
Hanging Up Zeroes -- The Wolverines return junior/sophomore Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) and senior/junior Kristen Keane (Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South), who combined to lead the Big Ten with 105 saves during the 2009 season. Kopmeyer was stellar during Big Ten play, pacing the league with 56 saves and a .862 save percentage. Kopmeyer's 95 stops on the season made her the first Wolverine to lead the conference in saves. Keane, who was the opening day starter in 2009, was honored with the Maize and Blue award for her team-oriented attitude.
Introducing the Captains --
Fifth-year senior Kylie Neschke (Still River, Mass./Tabor Academy), Jackie Carron and junior/sophomore Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) will captain the 2010 Wolverines. Neschke and Carron wear the honor for the second straight season, while Stachel holds the honor for the first time.
Summer Fun -- Jackie Carron spent much of the summer with the United States U-23 Women's National Team. Carron participated in a team camp at the The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and traveled with the squad to Germany. Associate head coach Dean Duerst, who also participated with the U-23 team, was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Fame as part of the 2010 class. Junior/sophomores Haley Kopmeyer and Clare Stachel finished second at the United States Amateur Soccer Association Women's Under-23 National Cup with the Arizona Rush.
Quick Hits -- The last U-M opening-game victory came in 2002 with a 2-1 win over No. 13 Florida on the U-M Soccer Field ... Michigan's nine-member rookie class boasts five players with international experience ... The Big Ten Network is scheduled to televise Michigan's home game against Illinois (Oct. 31, 3 p.m.) and at Penn State (Nov. 7, 1 p.m.) live in high definition.
U-M in Season Openers - 5-6-5
U-M in Home Openers - 8-5-3
U-M at Home - 94-40-23
U-M at the U-M Soccer Complex - 5-3-4
U-M vs. Detroit - 6-2-0
U-M vs. Eastern Michigan - 6-0-1
Career Shutouts - 1, Haley Kopmeyer (6) needs one shutout to match Jori Welchans (7, 1994-96) for fifth all-time.
CHECK IT OUT
The Ryan:90 -- Greg Ryan discusses the speedy new Wolverines and the stadium they will call home. [ Link ]
The Yellow Armband -- Coming Wednesday.
Fri., Aug. 27, 5 p.m. PDT -- vs. Pepperdine (San Diego, Calif.)
Sun., Aug. 29, 5 p.m. PDT -- at San Diego (San Diego, Calif.)
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423