Aug 26, 2013
Inside Michigan Women's Soccer
Friday, Aug. 30 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.
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The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team (2-0-0) looks to stay perfect on the early season as it hosts a pair of opponents this weekend at U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines will first welcome cross-county foe Eastern Michigan (1-1-0) on Friday (Aug. 30) at 7:30 p.m. before playing No. 21 San Diego State (1-1-0) on Sunday (Sept. 1) at 2 p.m.
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The Wolverines will be without junior midfielder Christina Murillo for this weekend's matches, as she was called up to the Mexican Women's National Team for its friendly against the United States next Tuesday (Sept. 3). Mexico will face the U.S. at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., with the match shown live at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. In 2012, Murillo played with full national team at the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Canada and with the U-20 national team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.
Michigan is ranked No. 14 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll, released on Aug. 27. [ Rankings ]
With two goals and three assists last weekend, senior forward Nkem Ezurike is now in sole possession of fourth place on the school's all-time list for career goals (37). She needs eight goals to become the all-time leader, currently held by Kacy Beitel (44, 1997-00). Ezurike is also fourth in all-time points (87) and is 30 points away from becoming the career leader in that category. Abby Crumpton (116, 1999-02) is the program leader.
Seven of the eight members of Michigan's freshman class made their collegiate debuts over the weekend: Nicky Waldeck, Madisson Lewis, Anna Soccorsi, Taylor Bucklin, Bailey Haydock, Melissa Kreutz and Jessica Heifetz. Junior Olivia Brannon also officially made her Maize and Blue debut, starting both matches on defense after transferring from the University of Virginia.
The Wolverines scored nine goals over the weekend, the most goals scored on an opening weekend in program history. The previous best was seven, set in 1997. Six different players scored, while eight officially recorded points: Ezurike (2 G, 3 A), Waldeck (2 G, 2 A), Christina Ordonez (2 G), Lewis (1 G, 2 A), Anna Soccorsi (1 G), Cassie Collins (1 G), Shelina Zadorsky (2 A) and Corinne Harris (2 A).
Through two matches, Michigan has shown it can score in bunches. Against UW-Milwaukee, both teams were scoreless through 60 minutes, but Michigan scored three goals in a 12:06 span (60:19-72:25). Against Oakland, the Wolverines scored five goals in a 14:39 span (32:12-46:51). Additionally, six of the team's nine goals last weekend were scored by players that came off the bench.
Michigan is unbeaten in its last 12 non-conference matches at U-M Soccer Stadium (11-0-1; including postseason). Over the last three years, the Wolverines are 17-5-3 against non-conference opponents and 22-7-5 at home.
Bucklin started both matches in net last weekend, playing 158 shutout minutes and making two saves. She did not make a save against UW-Milwaukee, as the U-M defense allowed only four shots. Sophomore Maddie Clarfield also saw action, playing 22 minutes against Oakland last Sunday, making one save.
Last Wednesday, fifth-year senior captain Holly Hein was selected as one of 30 nationwide candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award for women's soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. [ Release ]
Cross-town foe Eastern Michigan is 1-1-0 on the season. The Eagles defeated Detroit, 3-2, in their season opener last Friday (Aug. 23) and lost to No. 23 Ohio State, 2-1, in overtime last Sunday (Aug. 25). Eastern Michigan was picked to finish second in the MAC West. The Eagles have just five seniors on their roster, including Cara Cutaia, who has two goals and one assist through the team's first two matches.
Series: Michigan is 6-0-2 all-time against Eastern Michigan. The two team's last meeting came on Aug. 22, 2010, a 1-1 (2OT) draw played at U-M Soccer Stadium.
San Diego State
San Diego State is 1-1-0 on the season. The Aztecs lost to USC in their season opener, 4-1, last Friday (Aug. 23) but picked up a 1-0 win over Saint Mary's last Sunday (Aug. 25). San Diego State was picked to win the Mountain West Conference this season and are ranked No. 21 in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire poll. The Aztecs finished last season ranked No. 7 in the poll, reaching the third round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to UCLA.
Series: Sunday's meeting will be the first in the series between the two teams.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan opened its 2013 season inside U-M Soccer Stadium last weekend, defeating UW-Milwaukee (3-0) and Oakland (6-1). [ UW-Milwuakee: Recap | Michigan Daily | Highlights | Photo Gallery :: Oakland: Recap | Michigan Daily | Highlights ]
Friday, Sept. 6 -- vs. Pepperdine (U-M Soccer Stadium), 5 p.m.
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