First Touch #4: Westbound Wolverines Take Aim at Golden State
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Eunnie Kim
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Sept. 8, 2009

TAKING TO THE PITCH 
Friday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. PDT -- vs. Cal State Fullerton (Fullerton, Calif.)
Video | fullertontitans.com 
Sunday, Sept. 13, Noon PDT -- at Southern Cal (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Live Stats | usctrojans.com 

The University of Michigan women's soccer team (3-3-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) looks to expand upon its two-game winning streak as it heads west to California for a pair of matches. The Wolverines will face Cal State Fullerton on Friday (Sept. 11) at 2 p.m. PDT and Southern Cal on Sunday (Sept. 13) at noon PDT.

This year's squad is seeking the program's first victory in the state of California. The Wolverines have gone winless in five tries, most recently falling in a pair of contests at the 2007 LMU Tournament. The Maize and Blue has never played the Trojans in hostile territory, facing them twice on the U-M Soccer Field (2003, 2007) and once on a neutral pitch in Arizona (2000) and will be meeting CSU Fullerton for the first time.

MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS 
Complete Stats: Through 9/6/09 

Top Returnees 

Name GP G A P
Jackie Carron 6 2 3 7
Amanda Bowery 6 1 1 2
Five Players Tied -- 1 0 2

Name GP-GS W-L-T GAA SV%
Kristen Keane 4-4 2-2-0 2.12 .500
Haley Kopmeyer 3-2 1-1-0 2.69 .714

WOLVERINE BITES 
Weekend at Jackie's -- Junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) turned in one of the best weekends of her career, tallying two goals and three assists -- two of which came on game-winning goals -- and earning Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week. Her three-point game against Central Michigan (Sept. 3) remained a milestone game for only three days, being eclipsed on Sunday (Sept. 6) by a four-point first half. Carron tallied a goal and an assist -- the first of her career -- against the Chippewa's before posting a goal and two assists before the first half came to an end against the Eagles. Carron now has nine career points, tied with injured sophomore Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) for second amongst active Wolverines.

First Things First II -- Michigan benefitted from a slew of first-timers in its weekend sweep of Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Both game-winning goals came off first career goals, with sophomore Courtney Mercier (Erie, Pa./McDowell) (vs. Central Michigan) and freshman Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) (vs. Eastern Michigan) denting the twine for the first time to decide the game. Freshman Eunnie Kim (Hubley, Nova Scotia/Sir John A MacDonald) and senior/junior Alex Jendrusch (Troy, Mich./Athens) also collected their first career goals over the weekend, while junior Sarah Stanczyk (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and Carron chipped in their first career assists. Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) earned her first career victory on Thursday (Sept. 3) and junior/sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Keane (Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South) posted her first victory on friendly turf Sunday (Sept. 6).

State of Michigan Dominance -- The Wolverines remained perfect against the state of Michigan under Greg Ryan, improving to 4-0-2 with the two victories this weekend. Senior Amy Klippert (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) continued her reign over the Great Lakes with her third career goal against a Michigan team. She scored against Central Michigan Thursday (Sept. 3) and twice against Eastern Michigan last season. Carron lit up CMU and EMU for seven points this weekend, and Keane has held local teams to one goal in just under 106 minutes in the cage.

On the Big Ten Radar -- With last weekend's performance, a trio of Wolverines have made their way onto the Big Ten leader boards. Carron shares the conference lead with three assists and is sixth in points with seven. Kopmeyer sits fifth in saves with 15, followed by Keane in ninth with eight stops. Kopmeyer's five saves per game are tops in the conference.

THE WEEK THAT WAS 
The Wolverines welcomed in two intrastate rivals by putting up a pair of four-goal performances to sweep through the weekend. Freshman Eunnie Kim (Hubley, Nova Scotia/Sir John A MacDonald) and sophomore Courtney Mercier (Erie, Pa./McDowell) scored back-to-back, second-half markers to give U-M a 4-3 victory over Central Michigan on Thursday (Sept. 3). Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) made six saves and junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) tallied a goal and assist. Carron was not done, exploding for four points in a 4-1 victory over Eastern Michigan on Sunday (Sept. 6). Junior Amanda Bowery (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), freshman Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and senior/junior Alex Jendrusch (Troy, Mich./Athens) joined Carron in the goal column in the route.

Greg Ryan PODCAST 
Every Tuesday, head women's soccer coach Greg Ryan will offer insider access to his program in the rapid-fire Ryan:90 audio podcast. Ryan will touch on topics ranging from his players, Michigan's opponents, strategy and the other events of the season in each 90-second weekly feature. Check out the latest episode on MGoBlue.com or subscribe to Michigan Athletics on iTunes.

CAPTAIN'S BLOG 
Every Wednesday, one of the Michigan soccer captains -- Jackie Carron, Alex Jendrusch, Amy Klippert and Kylie Neschke -- will give MGoBlue.com readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the U-M program in the captain's blog, The Yellow Armband.

TWITTER-TASTIC 
Michigan women's soccer is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_wsocc) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

2009 YEARBOOK & RECORD BOOK 
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. Check them both out in our new publications section.

THE U-M SOCCER COMPLEX STADIUM 
The Wolverines moved into the U-M Soccer Complex during the 2008 campaign, a three-field, soccer-exclusive facility that is part of a $6 million project that is funded by Intercollegiate Athletics resources and gifts. Work will begin on the stadium, slated to open in the fall of 2010, in October on the site of the current competition field. The Wolverines began varsity competition at Elbel Field in 1994 before moving into the U-M Soccer Field, a place it called home from 1995-2007. More information on the stadium is available on MGoBlue.com.

ALL-TIME VS. THE OPPONENTS 
Cal State Fullerton -- First Meeting
Southern Cal -- U-M Trails 0-3-0

UPCOMING SCHEDULE 
Wed., Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. -- vs. Oakland (U-M Soccer Complex)
Sun., Sept. 20, 2 p.m. -- vs. Miami (Fla.) (U-M Soccer Complex)
Sun., Sept. 27, 1 p.m. -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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