First Touch #3: Wolverines Cross County Lines to Take on Oakland
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Aug. 30, 2010

Michigan at Oakland
Founders Field • Rochester, Mich.

Friday, Sept. 3: U-M at Oakland, 5:30 p.m. • Live Stats

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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (2-1-1, 0-0-0 Big Ten) continues its three-week road-swing a bit closer to home, playing at Oakland on Friday (Sept. 3) in Rochester, Mich. The contest with the Grizzlies marks the first of two one-game weekends for the Maize and Blue, which will head to Toledo on Sept. 10 before returning home the following weekend.

WOLVERINE BITES
Paint the State Maize and Blue -- The Wolverines will get another chance to improve their record against teams from the state of Michigan this weekend at Oakland. U-M is 6-0-4 against Great Lakes foes under third year head coach Greg Ryan.

Hanging Up Zeroes -- After a record-breaking rookie campaign, junior/sophomore Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) has continued her ascent up the career charts with the seventh shutout of her career against Pepperdine (Aug. 27). Kopmeyer matched Jori Welchans (7, 1994-96) for fifth all-time and moved to within one of Jessica Jones (8, 1995-98) for fourth place. Kopmeyer, who set a U-M rookie record with six shutouts last season, got her first career blanking against Oakland on Sept. 16, 2009. Suzie Grech (2000-03) owns the school record with 25 shutouts during her career.

You Made Your Point -- A trio of Wolverines have recorded career games against the Grizzlies over the past two seasons. Sophomore Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) set a career high with four points, including the game-winning goal, against Oakland during the 2009 meeting. Junior/sophomore Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) set a career high in points with four against OU during her rookie campaign in 2008, bested only by senior Amanda Bowery (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), who tied a career best with five points in the same game.

On the Big Ten Radar -- Clare Stachel earned a share of the conference lead in assists when she collected her third helper of the season against Pepperdine on Friday (Aug. 27).

Quick Hits -- U-M has outscored the Grizzlies, 9-2, in the last two meetings ... 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.

NUMBERS GAME
U-M vs. Oakland - 8-3-2

Career Coaching Wins - 2, Greg Ryan (198-100-28) needs two wins to reach 200 victories in his NCAA coaching career.

Career Shutouts - 1, Haley Kopmeyer (7) needs one shutout to match Jessica Jones (8, 1995-98) for fourth all-time.

CHECK IT OUT
The Ryan:90 -- Episode 2 [ Link ]
The Yellow Armband -- Finally Have a Home.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Fri., Sept. 10, 5 p.m. -- at Toledo (Toledo, Ohio)
Fri., Sept. 17, 5 p.m. -- vs. Massachusetts (U-M Soccer Stadium)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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