First Touch #4: Michigan Ready for Final Non-Conference Tests
Kim Siebert

Sept. 6, 2011

Friday, Sept. 9 -- vs. Western Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 11 -- vs. Central Michigan (U-M Soccer Stadium), 6 p.m.
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (4-2-0), which has won its past three home contests, wraps up the non-conference slate this weekend when it hosts Western Michigan (3-2) on Friday (Sept. 9) at 7:30 p.m. and Central Michigan (4-1) on Sunday (Sept. 11) at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at the U-M Soccer Stadium and serve as the second game of a doubleheader, following the men's soccer team both days.


Catch It Online ... Sunday's game against Central Michigan will be streamed live on [ Webcast: ]

Best Start Since '02 ... The Wolverines' 4-2 record to start the season marks the most wins to begin a season since 2002, when the Maize and Blue began the campaign 5-1. Since 2004, U-M has started each season except one (2007) with a .500 mark of better through the first six games, including 3-1-2 marks three times (2005, '06, '10).

Scoring to Begin the Season ... U-M has 13 goals through the first six games, the most in the first six matches since 2005 when the Wolverines also netted 13 on the way to a 3-1-2 start. Michigan netted 15 in a 5-1 start in 2002.

Balanced Attack ... Paced by a team-high three goals from both sophomore Nkem Ezurike and senior/junior Clare Stachel, U-M has had scoring contributions (goals, assists) from 10 different players this season.

Kopmeyer on Pace ... Redshirt junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer, who made 84 saves in 19 games in 2010, has 27 saves on the year, putting her on pace to pass that mark from last season. In 2009, she posted a career-best 95 in 16 matches.

Weekend Recap ... The Wolverines traveled to the West Coast last weekend for their first road trip and earned a split, defeating UC Riverside, 1-0, last Friday (Sept. 2) before falling to No. 24 Pepperdine, 3-0, on Sunday (Sept. 4). [ MGoBlue: UC Riverside ] [ MGoBlue: Pepperdine ] [ Michigan Daily Recap ]

Stachel On Fire ... Senior/junior Clare Stachel has been on fire to start the season. Prior to the team's loss on Sunday to Pepperdine, Stachel had scored a goal in three straight contests. She has recorded at least one point in each of the team's first four victories of the season, tallying three goals and two assists (eight points).

Big Ten Coming ... The Wolverines open Big Ten Conference action next Sunday (Sept. 18) at Indiana. With the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten, each conference team will play five games at home and six on the road, or vice versa. The Wolverines face Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, Purdue and Illinois on the road, and will welcome Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State to Ann Arbor.

Set Your Sets ... Michigan's Big Ten opener at Indiana next Sunday will be broadcast live in HD on the Big Ten Network. The Wolverines will be on the Big Ten Network once more this season, hosting Penn State in the home finale on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Seeing Time ... Every member of Michigan's roster has seen game action this season. Sophomore Shelby Murphy missed the first four games of the season, but saw action off the bench in each of the Wolverines' games last weekend.

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

U-M vs. Western Michigan -- 5-0-1 (Last Meeting: 9/7/08)
U-M vs. Central Michigan -- 2-0-0 (Last Meeting: 9/3/09)

• The Ryan:90 -- In this week's episode of The Ryan:90, Coach Ryan talks about the split over the weekend in California, the offense from Clare Stachel, and previews the weekend's games against Michigan-based opponents. [ Episode 4 (to come) ]
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Sunday, Sept. 18 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), Noon (TV: Big Ten Network)

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