First Touch #3: U-M to Travel West for California Road Trip

Aug. 30, 2011

Friday, Aug. 26 -- at UC-Riverside (Riverside, Calif.), 7 p.m. PDT
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Sunday, Aug. 28 -- at Pepperdine (Malibu, Calif.), 1 p.m. PDT
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (3-1-0) hits the road for the first time this season, looking to extend its three-game winning streak against a pair of Southern California-based teams. The Wolverines square off with UC-Riverside on Friday (Aug. 26) at 7 p.m. PDT at the UCR Soccer Stadium in Riverside, Calif., and Pepperdine on Sunday (Aug. 28) at 1 p.m. PDT at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif.


California, Here We Come ... Seven players on Michigan's roster are from the state of California: Jen Pace (Valley Village), Shelby Murphy (San Diego), Olivia Buechler (San Diego), Christina Murillo (Ojai), Keyana Thompson-Shaw (Long Beach), Holly Hein (Castaic), and Shelby Chambers-Garcia (San Clemente).

Balanced Attack ... In the team's first four games, 23 players have seen game action, 10 different players have recorded at least one point, and eight have tallied at least one goal. [ Season Statistics ]

Keep Out! ... Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer has played in every minute of the Wolverines' first four games. So far, Kopmeyer has a goals against average of 0.75 (three goals allowed), a save percentage of .864 and has recorded 19 saves. She was also credited with her 11th career shutout in Michigan's victory over Duquesne last Friday. Both her GAA and save percentage marks are ahead of her final numbers from 2010 -- 0.90 GAA and .824 save percentage.

Weekend Recap ... The Wolverines hosted the Michigan Invitational last weekend, earning victories over Duquesne (6-0) and DePaul (3-1). Senior Clare Stachel and sophomore Shelby Chambers-Garcia each recorded two goals on the weekend.
[ Video Highlights: DePaul ] [ MGoBlue Recap: Duquesne | DePaul ] [ Michigan Daily Recap ] [ DePaul Photos: MGoBlue | ]

Murillo Ties Record ... Freshman midfielder Christina Murillo recorded three assists in Michigan's win over Duquesne, tying Amber Berendowsky (Oct. 17, 1997, vs. Illinois) and Amy Sullivant (Sept. 22, 2002, vs. Illinois) for the program record for most assists in a game.

All-Michigan Invitational Team ... Nkem Ezurike, Holly Hein, Christina Murillo, and Clare Stachel were named to the All-Michigan Invitational team following the action last Sunday. The quartet combined for 13 points in Michigan's two wins over Duquesne and DePaul.

Offensive Explosion ... Since being shut out in the season opener against Akron on Aug. 19, Michigan has scored 12 goals in the last three games, all victories. The last time a Michigan team scored that many goals or more in a three-game stretch was Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2000. During that stretch, the Wolverines beat Butler (7-1), Iowa (2-0) and No. 20 Wisconsin (4-2). Conversely, the last time Michigan scored six goals in a game, as they did against Duquesne, was Sept. 11, 2008, vs. Oakland (W, 6-2).

Freshmen Sensations ... Of the team's 10 freshmen on the roster, only Christina Murillo has started in the team's first four games, but she is not the only one making contributions. Chloe Sosenko and Kate Maguigan have been among the first players off the bench, each logging significant minutes through the early part of the season. Maguigan recorded her first career goal and assist in the Wolverines' win over Duquesne last Friday, while Sosenko put Michigan ahead of DePaul in last Sunday's contest with a game-winning goal.

More Collegiate Debuts ... Sophomore Karin Thomas and freshmen Danielle Mazur, Cara Richard, Megan Schechtman, Ali Speck and Keyana Thompson-Shaw each made their career debuts against Duquesne last Friday. Through four games, all 10 freshmen have seen game action.

Hello Again ... Michigan is 2-0 all-time against Pepperdine, but the first meeting between the two schools holds a special place in U-M soccer history. The unranked Wolverines claimed a 2-0 win over the No. 5-ranked Waves at the old U-M Soccer Field to earn a place in the 2002 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, earning its first appearance among the final eight teams (U-M went on lose to Santa Clara, 3-1, in the following game). Michigan and Pepperdine met at the 2010 USD Tournament last year, with the Wolverines winning, 1-0, on a goal from Amanda Bowery (2007-10). Meanwhile, U-M has never played UC-Riverside.

Introducing the Captains ... Four U-M student-athletes will rep the yellow armband this season -- seniors Kristen Goncalves, Courtney Mercier, and senior/juniors Haley Kopmeyer and Clare Stachel. All four players were part of the first freshman class to play under Ryan.

Set Your Sets ... Two of Michigan's matches will be shown live on the Big Ten Network this season -- Sept. 18 at Indiana and Oct. 23 against Penn State. Both matches are at noon. In addition, the Big Ten Network will also show the two semifinal matches and championship match of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament. [ Full Schedule ]

U-M in Road Openers -- 8-6-3
U-M in California -- 1-8-0
U-M vs. UC-Riverside -- First Meeting
U-M vs. Pepperdine -- 2-0

• The Ryan:90 -- In this week's edition of The Ryan:90, Greg reflects on the balanced scoring at the Michigan Invitational, the defensive play of Holly Hein, and looks ahead to the team's California road trip this weekend. [ Episode 3 ]
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Friday, Sept. 9 -- vs. Western Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11 -- vs. Central Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 6 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423

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