First Touch #2: U-M Aims to Stay Perfect During Home Weekend
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Aug. 21, 2012

Inside Michigan Soccer

THIS WEEK
Friday, Aug. 24 -- vs. Cal State Fullerton (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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Sunday, Aug. 26 -- vs. Detroit (U-M Soccer Stadium), 5 p.m.
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Fresh off a pair of shutout wins to open the season, the University of Michigan women's soccer team (2-0-0) closes out a four-match homestand this weekend at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines will play host to Cal State Fullerton (0-2-0) on Friday (Aug. 24) at 7 p.m. and in-state Detroit (1-1-0) on Sunday (Aug. 26) at 5 p.m.

Season tickets and single-match tickets can be purchased online at MGoBlue.com/tickets and at the entrance to the U-M Soccer Stadium.

-- MATCH NOTES --

Week In Review ... The Wolverines opened the 2012 season with a pair of shutout victories over the weekend, blasting Fordham, 5-0, last Friday (Aug. 17), and beating Pittsburgh, 1-0, on Sunday (Aug. 19). Four different players scored against Fordham, including two from Shelby Chambers-Garcia, while freshman Christina Ordonez scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute against Pittsburgh. Haley Kopmeyer started both matches in net, making 11 saves. [ Fordham: Recap | Video Highlights | Photo Gallery :: Pittsburgh: Recap | Video Highlights ]

Holly Honored ... Senior/junior defender Holly Hein was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday (Aug. 19). Hein started both matches over the weekend -- her first collegiate game action since last September -- quarterbacking the Michigan defense to a pair of shutouts in which it allowed only 11 total shots on goal. She started six matches last season for Michigan before taking a redshirt to undergo treatment for thyroid cancer. [ Release ]

Balanced Attack ... Eight different players recorded at least one point over the weekend: Shelby Chambers-Garcia scored two goals against Fordham; Holly Hein, Christina Ordonez, Meghan Toohey, Tori McCombs scored one apiece; and Lulu Haidar, Chloe Sosenko and Kayla Mannino each recorded an assist.

Absent Wolverines ... A trio of U-M players is currently in Japan competing for their respective countries at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which began last Sunday (Aug. 19). Juniors Nkem Ezurike and Shelina Zadorsky play for Canada, while sophomore Christina Murillo plays for Mexico.

Zadorsky, the captain of the Canadian squad, scored penalty kick goal in Canada's 6-0 victory over Argentina on Monday (Aug. 20). Ezurike did not play. Murillo started on defense and played all 90 minutes in Mexico's 4-1 loss to Japan on Sunday (Aug. 19). [ Updates | AnnArbor.com Story ]

Kopmeyer Closing on Record ... After a weekend in which she made 11 saves and did not allow a goal over two matches, Haley Kopmeyer now sits tied with former U-M keeper Carissa Stewart (1997-00) for second on the school's all-time list for career saves (308). The career saves record is held by Megan Tuura (2003-06) with 322.

Non-Conference Dominance ... Michigan is 14-3-2 in home non-conference matches under Greg Ryan. The only losses in the last four years have come to Akron (1-0; Aug. 19, 2011) and Arkansas (2-0; Aug. 21, 2009) -- both season openers -- and Dayton (3-2; Sept. 5, 2008), in a designated home game in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich.

Making Debuts ... All eight members of the Wolverines' freshman class saw their first collegiate action over the weekend. Christina Ordonez, Lulu Haidar and Sydney Raguse started both matches, while Corinne Harris started against Fordham. Cassie Collins and Lisha Murphy logged key minutes as reserves in both matches. Maddie Clarfield and Hailey Fisher made their debuts against Fordham.

Honors Galore ... Nkem Ezurike, Haley Kopmeyer and Clare Stachel were each named Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch last Tuesday (Aug. 14). In addition, Ezurike and Stachel were named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-Conference team. Ezurike was named to the first team as a forward, while Stachel was named to the second team as a midfielder. [ Release ]

The duo was also named to the Women's Conference Preseason Top 20 list from TopDrawerSoccer.com. Ezurike was ranked 13th, while Stachel was ranked 20th. Ezurike was also ranked No. 95 on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Top 100 Upperclassmen list. [ Release ].

Opponent Preview ... Friday's opponent, Cal State Fullerton, is 0-2-0 on the year after dropping matches to USC (3-2) and Loyola Marymount (2-1, OT). Christina Burkenroad scored two of the Titans' three goals. U-M fell, 2-0, in the only past meeting between the two schools on Sept. 11, 2009, in Fullerton, Calif.

Detroit is 1-1-0 on the season, notching a win against Canisius (4-0) on Monday (Aug. 20) and losing to Central Michigan (1-0). Kaitlyn Quarrell scored three of the Titans' goals against Canisius. U-M is 6-2 all-time, with the last meeting coming on Aug. 20, 2010 -- a 3-1 Michigan victory.

-- TEAM NOTES --

2011 Recap ... The Wolverines finished the 2011 season with a 9-8-2 record (4-6-1 Big Ten) -- their second straight winning season -- but missed out on the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments. Michigan finished tied for eighth in the Big Ten. Nkem Ezurike, Christina Murillo and Clare Stachel each earned All-Big Ten honors.

Who's Back? ... Michigan will once again field a youthful team, with 18 of the 29 players on the roster listed as freshmen or sophomores. In addition, 13 of the 29 players on the roster started at least one match last season, including nine full-time starters. [ 2011 Statistics ]

"Fresh" Faces ... Eight new freshmen dot the roster this season, with several players from the class expected to play significant roles this season. They include goalkeeper Maddie Clarfield, defender Sydney Raguse, midfielders Hailey Fisher, Christina Ordonez, Lulu Haidar and Cassie Collins, and forwards Corinne Harris and Lisha Murphy.

Yellow Armband ... Clare Stachel, Haley Kopmeyer and Holly Hein have been chosen as team captains for the 2012 season. Stachel is only the second three-time team captain in program history, joining Debbie Flaherty (1994-97), who captained the team from 1995-97. Kopmeyer wears the armband for the second straight season, while Hein is in her first.

Welcome Back ... The team's new volunteer assistant coach this season is former Wolverine Sarah Stanczyk, who played for the Wolverines in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Stanczyk, a native of nearby Grosse Pointe, Mich., played in 37 matches (35 starts) during her two years in Ann Arbor, and will begin study toward a master's degree in exercise physiology/sports psychology this fall at Eastern Michigan. She replaces Nate Boyden, who took a full-time assistant coaching position with the Bradley University men's soccer team.

Lights, Camera, Action ... The Wolverines' road match against Ohio State on Thursday, Oct. 18, will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. The match will begin at 8 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio.

UP NEXT
Thursday, Aug. 30 -- at Cal State Northridge (Northridge, Calif.), 7 p.m. PDT
Sunday, Sept. 2 -- at Long Beach State (Long Beach, Calif.), 6 p.m. PDT

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423


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