First Touch #3: U-M to Host No. 22 Waves as Homestand Rolls On
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Sep 3, 2013

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THIS WEEK
Friday, Sept. 6
-- vs. No. 22 Pepperdine (U-M Soccer Stadium), 5 p.m.
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The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team (4-0-0) continues its homestand with a one-match week, facing No. 22 Pepperdine (2-0-1) on Friday (Sept. 6). The match will begin at 5 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium. The match is the first of a doubleheader with the U-M men's soccer team, as it plays South Florida at 8 p.m.

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PARKING ADVISORY

Due to expected large crowds for Friday's doubleheader, fans may be required to park in the Commuter Lot once the spaces in the Brown Lot (normal U-M Soccer Stadium parking) are taken. The Commuter Lot is located on S. State St., south of the Brown Lot. There will be complimentary shuttles running from the Commuter Lot to the Brown Lot for fans. Please follow the direction of the parking attendants for all parking instructions including; ADA parking, shuttles, and overflow parking options.

WOLVERINE BITES

• Junior midfielder Christina Murillo missed last weekend's matches due to training with the Mexican Women's National Team. On Tuesday (Sept. 3), Mexico plays the United States in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match will be shown live at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Murillo will rejoin the team following the match.

• After two goals last weekend, freshman Madisson Lewis was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday (Sept. 3).

• On Tuesday (Sept. 3), senior midfielder Meghan Toohey was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week for last week. She scored the game-winning goal in overtime vs. Eastern Michigan last Friday (Aug. 30) and tallied an assist last Sunday (Sept. 1) vs. San Diego State.

• Michigan moved up three spots to No. 11 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Rankings, released on Tuesday (Sept. 3). It is the program's highest ranking since also being ranked No. 11 on Dec. 16, 2002 (the final rankings for the 2002 season). The program's highest-ever ranking was No. 9 (Sept. 2, 2002, Oct. 7, 2002). [ Rankings ]

• Senior forward Nkem Ezurike needs seven goals to become the all-time scoring leader, currently held by Kacy Beitel (44, 1997-00). Ezurike is also fourth in all-time points (91). Abby Crumpton (1999-02) is the program leader in that category (116):

Points
1. Abby Crumpton (1999-02) -- 116 (43 G, 30 A)
2. Kacy Beitel (1997-00) -- 114 (44 G, 26 A)
3. Amber Berendowsky (1996-99) -- 113 (40 G, 33 A)
4. NKEM EZURIKE (2010-Present) -- 91 (38 G, 15 A)

Goals
1. Kacy Beitel (1997-00) -- 44
2. Abby Crumpton (1999-02) -- 43
3. Amber Berendowsky (1996-99) -- 40
4. NKEM EZURIKE (2010-Present) -- 38

• Seniors Shelby Chambers-Garcia and Kayla Mannino and junior Chloe Sosenko recorded assists over the weekend, giving 12 different players at least one point so far this season. A trio of Wolverines are tied for the team lead in goals (three): Nkem Ezurike, sophomore Christina Ordonez and freshman Madisson Lewis.

• Michigan has started 4-0-0 for the second consecutive season. Through two weekends of play, Michigan is second in the Big Ten in goals (14) and points (46), trailing Illinois in both categories. The 14 goals tie the best offensive output through the first four matches in program history (1996, 1997).

• U-M has beaten a team from California in four consecutive seasons (2010: Pepperdine, 2011: UC-Riverside, 2012: Cal State Fullerton). The Wolverines have played at least two matches against teams from California in six of the last seven seasons. Additionally, 10 players hail from the state of California: Maddie Clarfield (Malibu), Jen Pace (Valley Village), Lindy Porritt (San Diego), Christina Murillo (Ojai), Melissa Kreutz (Northridge), Sydney Raguse (Newport Beach), Cassie Collins (San Diego), Keyana Thompson-Shaw (Long Beach), Holly Hein (Castaic) and Shelby Chambers-Garcia (San Clemente).

• Michigan is unbeaten in its last 14 non-conference matches at U-M Soccer Stadium (13-0-1; including postseason). Since the beginning of the 2011 season, the Wolverines are 19-5-3 against non-conference opponents and 24-7-5 at home.

• With another nationally ranked squad coming to Ann Arbor this Friday, the Wolverines are set to face back-to-back ranked opponents for the first time in the regular season since 2011 (Oct. 23 vs. Penn State, Oct. 29 vs. Illinois). A win Friday would mark the first time since 2003 that Michigan has beaten ranked opponents in back-to-back contests (Oct. 29 vs. No. 2 Notre Dame, Nov. 6 vs. No. 20 Ohio State).

• The next U-M win will be Greg Ryan's 50th victory as head coach at Michigan. Ryan has been Michigan's head coach since 2008, compiling a record of 49-37-19.

OPPONENT PREVIEW
Pepperdine is 2-0-1 on the season and ranked No. 22 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings. The Waves have played two ranked teams already, drawing with California and defeating Texas A&M. They are led offensively by Lynn Williams, a MAC Hermann Award Watch List player who was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday (Sept. 2) after scoring back-to-back game-winning goals vs. Wright State and Texas A&M last week. She has three goals on the season, while Kristen Rodriguez has two. Hannah Seabert has allowed only two goals over 290 minutes in goal. Pepperdine is coached by Tim Ward.

Series: Michigan is 2-1-0 all-time against Pepperdine. This Friday's meeting marks the third time in the last four years that Michigan and Pepperdine have played in the regular season. The Wolverines won, 1-0, on a neutral site (San Diego) in 2010, but Waves won, 3-0, in Malibu in 2011. This will be Pepperdine's second-ever trip to Ann Arbor. Michigan won the only prior meeting, 2-0, in the third round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament (Nov. 23, 2002).

LAST TIME OUT
Michigan swept both of its foes during its second weekend of play, beating Eastern Michigan, 2-1, in overtime on a goal from Toohey and took out then-No. 21 San Diego State, 3-1. [ Eastern Michigan: Recap | Highlights video icon | Michigan Daily | Sidebar :: San Diego State: Recap | Highlights video icon | Photo Gallery Photo | Michigan Daily | Sidebar ]

UP NEXT
Thursday, Sept. 12
-- vs. Detroit (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.

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