First Touch #4: Wolverines to Host Butler, Play at Oakland This Week
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Sydney Raguse
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09/04/2012

Sept. 4, 2012

THIS WEEK
Friday, Sept. 7 -- vs. Butler (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 9 -- at Oakland (Rochester, Mich.), 5 p.m.
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (4-2-0) looks to get back in the win column this weekend, as it readies for its final non-conference matches of the season. The Wolverines will host Butler (3-2-1) on Friday (Sept. 7) at 7 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Stadium before facing Oakland (2-1-1) on Sunday (Sept. 9) at 5 p.m. at OU Soccer Field in Rochester, Mich.

Tickets for Friday's match against Butler can be purchased at www.MGoBlue.com/tickets or through the U-M Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247.

-- MATCH NOTES --

New Record ... Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer became the school's all-time saves leader in last Sunday's 2-1 loss at Long Beach State. Kopmeyer made four saves in the contest to give her 323 for her career. Former U-M goalkeeper Megan Tuura (2003-06) was the previous record holder at 322 saves. In the U-M annals, Kopmeyer ranks second in save percentage (.830), third in shutouts (18) and minutes (5,595), fourth in wins (27), and fifth in goals-against average (1.06).

Back in the Fold ... Last weekend's matches in California marked the return of three Michigan players who missed the first four matches due to participation in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan. Juniors Nkem Ezurike and Shelina Zadorsky (Canada) made their season debuts against Cal State Northridge last Thursday (Aug. 30) and earned their first starts of the season against Long Beach State last Sunday (Sept. 2). Sophomore Christina Murillo (Mexico) came off the bench against Long Beach State. All three players were starters last season.

Opponent Preview ... Butler enters Friday's match with a 3-2-1 record, recently going to a scoreless draw with UT-Martin (0-0) last Sunday (Sept. 2). The Bulldogs do own a road victory over Purdue, winning 1-0 on Aug. 29. They are led by a pair of freshmen; midfielder Sophia Maccagnone has scored a pair of goals and leads the team with four points, while goalkeeper Mackenzie Hopkins has only allowed one goal in five matches this season.

Oakland is 2-1-1 on the season, recently scoring an overtime win over Detroit last Friday (Aug. 31). The Golden Grizzlies will play Michigan State at home on Wednesday (Sept. 5) before playing Michigan on Sunday. Sophomore Kyla Kellermann has four goals and two assists this season for Oakland, which won the Summit League Championship last season and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to No. 1 Wake Forest, 2-0.

All-Time vs. Opponents ... Michigan is 4-2-0 all-time against Butler. Friday's match will be the two teams' first meeting since Oct. 29, 2000, which Michigan won 7-1 in Indianapolis, Ind. Michigan and Butler met six straight times from 1995-2000. The Bulldogs won the first two meetings in the series.

The Wolverines are 10-3-2 all-time against Oakland. The two teams first met in 2001. Michigan has won four straight in the series by a combined 13-3 margin, including a 3-1 victory last season in Ann Arbor (Aug. 21, 2011). Nkem Ezurike scored twice in that contest, with Tori McCombs netting the third goal.

Week in Review ... Michigan made its first road trip of the season last weekend to California but came up empty in both matches, falling, 1-0, to Cal State Northridge last Thursday (Aug. 30) and dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker to No. 11 Long Beach State last Sunday (Sept. 2). Against the 49ers, the Wolverines had a 1-0 lead for most of the match on a goal from Shelby Chambers-Garcia but allowed two goals in the final four minutes to suffer the loss. [ Cal State Northridge: Recap :: Long Beach State: Recap :: Michigan Daily Recaps: Cal State Northridge | Long Beach State ]

Balanced Attack ... Michigan has scored 10 goals through six matches this season. Eight different players have scored at least one goal (junior Shelby Chambers-Garcia has three) and five players have recorded at least one assist. [ Statistics ]

-- 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
Saturday, Sept. 15 -- vs. Indiana (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423


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