Sept. 11, 2012
The University of Michigan women's soccer team (6-2-0) opens up Big Ten Conference action against Indiana (5-2-1) this Saturday evening (Sept. 15) at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets for Saturday's match against Indiana can be purchased at www.MGoBlue.com/tickets or through the U-M Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247. Fans can gain free admission to Saturday's match by showing their ticket from Saturday's home football game against Massachusetts.
-- MATCH NOTES --
Harris Honored ... Freshman Corinne Harris was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday (Sept. 10) after scoring two goals in a 51-second span against Butler last Friday (Sept. 7). Harris leads the team in shots (16) and shots on goal (12), and is tied with junior Shelby Chambers-Garcia in goals (three). [ Release ]
B1G Time ... Michigan is 7-8-3 all-time in Big Ten Conference openers. The Wolverines have faced Indiana three times in those openers, winning two of them, including a 1-0 victory in Bloomington, Ind., last season, in which Shelina Zadorsky scored the game-winner. Michigan's first Big Ten match as a varsity squad was played against Indiana on Sept. 11, 1994, which the Hoosiers won, 3-1.
Defense, Defense, Defense ... Through the first eight matches of the season, Michigan has allowed only four goals (tied for second-fewest in the conference) and has posted shutouts in five of its six wins. Its four goals allowed tie a program record for the least amount of goals allowed in the first eight matches of the season (2006).
Guarding the Net ... Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer recently became the school's all-time saves leader (329 career saves) and ranks first among Big Ten goalkeepers in saves (32) and shutouts (three). She is also second in goals-against average (0.50) and tied for second in save percentage (.889).
Close Contests ... Michigan is 4-2-0 this season in matches decided by one goal. The Wolverines were 5-5-1 in one-goal matches last season.
Home Comfort ... The Wolverines have won five home matches at the U-M Soccer Stadium, surpassing their total from the 2011 season with six matches to play. Michigan went 4-5-1 at home last season. Additionally, it has outscored opponents 11-1 at home this season.
Balanced Attack ... Nine different players have scored at least one goal, and nine different players have recorded at least one assist. Additionally, 18 different players have started at least one match this season. [ 2012 Statistics ]
Non-Conference Success ... Michigan's regular-season non-conference record over the last three season stands at 16-5-3, with the Wolverines winning at least five non-conference matches in each of those seasons. The last time Michigan won at least six non-conference regular season matches was 2002.
Opponent Preview ... Indiana is 5-2-1 on the season, most recently defeating Indiana State, 3-1, on Wednesday (Sept. 12). The Hoosiers have scored 19 goals (tied for second-best in Big Ten) but have also allowed a conference-worst 12 goals. Indiana is led on offense by senior forward Orianica Velasquez, a member of the Colombian Women's National Team who is tied for second in the Big Ten in shots (36). Junior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy has scored six goals this season, while Rebecca Candler has three.
Michigan is 12-4-3 all-time against Indiana. The Wolverines have won their last two contests vs. the Hoosiers, both in Bloomington, Ind. The last time the two teams played in Ann Arbor was Oct. 28, 2009 (played to a scoreless draw). Additionally, neither team has won by more than one goal since the 2002 season (Michigan won 2-0 on Oct. 13).
Week in Review ... The Wolverines closed out their non-conference slate with a pair of victories last weekend, beating Butler, 3-0, last Friday (Sept. 7), and scoring a road victory over Oakland last Sunday (Sept. 9). Freshman Corinne Harris scored twice against Butler (with Meghan Toohey scoring the other), while sophomore Christina Murillo provided the team's offense with her first career goal against Oakland. The Michigan defense did not allow a goal in either match, with Haley Kopmeyer collecting six saves across the weekend. [ Butler: Recap | Highlights :: Oakland: Recap :: Michigan Daily Recaps: Butler | Oakland ]
-- 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 once again fields 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.
Friday, Sept. 21 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7 p.m. CDT
Sunday, Sept. 23 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CDT
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423