First Touch #4: U-M to Close Out Non-Conference Play This Week
Nicky Waldeck

Sept. 10, 2013

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Thursday, Sept. 12
-- vs. Detroit (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team (5-0-0) closes out its non-conference slate this week with a pair of matches, first facing in-state foe Detroit (2-3-1) on Thursday (Sept. 12) at 7 p.m. to wrap up a six-match homestand at U-M Soccer Stadium. On Sunday (Sept. 15), the Wolverines will get their first taste of road action, squaring off against Butler (4-1-2) at 1 p.m. at Varsity Field in Indianapolis, Ind.

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• Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday (Sept. 9). She recorded three saves in a shutout performance against Pepperdine last Friday (Sept. 6). [ Release ]

• Michigan remains at No. 11 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Rankings, released on Tuesday (Sept. 10). The Wolverines were also at that spot last week, giving the program its highest ranking since also being ranked No. 11 on Dec. 16, 2002 (the final rankings for the 2002 season). [ Rankings ]

• Sophomore Corinne Harris has three career goals, all coming in last year's wins vs. Butler (two) and Detroit (one), this week's opponents.

• A victory Thursday over Detroit would give Michigan its best start in program history at 6-0-0. Prior to this season, the Wolverines started 5-0-0 in 1997 and 2002 but lost the sixth match in each year. Should Michigan win both matches this week, it would tie the program record for consecutive wins (seven -- Sept. 7-28, 1997).

• Senior forward Nkem Ezurike needs six goals to become the all-time scoring leader, currently held by Kacy Beitel (44, 1997-00). Her next goal will tie her for third on the list (40) with Amber Berendowsky (1996-99). Ezurike is also fourth in all-time points (93), a record currently held by Abby Crumpton (116, 1999-02).

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) -- 93 (39 G, 15 A)

1. Kacy Beitel (1997-00) -- 44
2. Abby Crumpton (1999-02) -- 43
3. Amber Berendowsky (1996-99) -- 40
4. NKEM EZURIKE (2010-Present) -- 39

• With her first-half goal against Pepperdine, fifth-year senior Holly Hein became the eighth different player to score at least one goal and the 13th different player to record at least one point.

• The Wolverines' last two wins have come against ranked opponents (No. 21 San Diego State, No. 22 Pepperdine). The last time Michigan won consecutive matches against ranked opponents was 2003.

• Michigan is unbeaten in its last 15 non-conference matches at U-M Soccer Stadium (14-0-1; including postseason). Since the beginning of the 2011 season, the Wolverines are 20-5-3 against non-conference opponents and 25-7-5 at home.

• The win over Pepperdine gave head coach Greg Ryan his 50th win at Michigan. Since the start of the 2010 season, Ryan is 40-18-9. He now has 235 career victories at the college level.

• The Wolverines have scored the first goal in four of their first five matches. During those five matches, they have only trailed in a match once (two minutes, 48 seconds vs. San Diego State). The rest of the time, Michigan has either led or the match has been tied.

• Senior Shelina Zadorsky has recorded four assists in the team's first five matches, a new single-season high. She is tied for fourth in the conference in that category.


Detroit is 2-3-1 on the season. The Titans have played their entire schedule on the road thus far, scoring wins at San Francisco (1-0) and at Canisius (2-1, OT). Their last game was a 4-0 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame. Michigan will be the third ranked team Detroit has faced this season, the other being No. 18 California (lost 2-1). Three players -- Anna Mindling, Kaitlyn Quarrell and Haley Burtraw -- each have two goals, tied for the team lead. Martha Dunbar has taken the majority of the minutes in goal, collecting 37 saves to go along with a 1.95 goals-against average.

Series: The Wolverines are 7-2-0 all-time against Detroit. The two teams played last year in Ann Arbor, with Michigan winning, 1-0.

Butler is 4-1-2 on the season. The Bulldogs' only loss came in their season opener, losing 2-0 at Louisville. They have not been beaten since, scoring victories over Indiana State (3-0), Northern Kentucky (3-0), Bowling Green (2-1) and IPFW (2-0) and a pair of 1-1 draws over Seattle and Eastern Michigan. Sophomore Sophia Maccagnone, a native of Shelby Township, Mich., leads Butler in points (4 G, 4 A). Julie Burton has played every minute in net, making 23 saves and allowing only five goals.

Series: The Wolverines are 5-2-0 all-time against Butler. The two teams played last year in Ann Arbor, with Michigan winning, 3-0.

Michigan remained perfect on the season after knocking off No. 22 Pepperdine, 2-0, last Friday (Sept. 6) at U-M Soccer Stadium. [ MGoBlue: Recap | Highlights video icon :: Michigan Daily: Recap | Sidebar | Feature ]

Sunday, Sept. 22
-- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), Noon CDT

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