Sept. 12, 2012
Periodically throughout the 2012 season, tri-captains Holly Hein, Haley Kopmeyer and Clare Stachel will provide an inside look at the University of Michigan women's soccer team through this blog, The Yellow Armband. In this entry, Haley recaps the team's start to the season and its recent trip to California.
The Big Ten season officially starts this Saturday (Sept. 15), so after the football game, everyone should make their way to the U-M Soccer Stadium for our conference opener against Indiana!
We are currently sitting at 6-2-0 and want to keep the wins coming. I couldn't be happier with the play of our defense in front of me in this first part of our season. It is so much improved from past seasons, and they make my job as a goalkeeper much easier!
Our media expert, Brad (Rudner), is also pushing me to make a plug about the saves record, but truly I'm just happy that I am able to keep us in games and give us a chance to win. It's an honor to even be named in there with past keepers like Megan Tuura, Suzie Grech and Carissa Stewart. I know they feel the same way as I do in that the team's success is all that matters and it would be slightly embarrassing if all those shots were goals! With the help of Angie (Napoli), Maddie (Clarfield), and Z (Zaryn Jennings), my only hope is to continue to improve and push myself so as to be a valuable asset as we push into the Big Ten season.
A definite highlight of the year so far was our California trip two weeks ago. We have so many California natives on our team, and I know they were excited to go home. We were lucky enough to be able to visit the lovely homes of the Paces and Clarfields as two of our stops. We cannot thank them enough for going above and beyond to make this trip so special! Clare (Stachel) and I were also excited to visit our summer stomping grounds and spend time with some amazing people.
We attended an LA Galaxy game on Saturday night where the Clarfields arraigned an amazing dinner setup so we could watch Michigan football and soccer at the same time (again, thank you!). A last minute no-show also meant our girls got to be part of the crew that carried the giant LA Galaxy flag onto the field for pregame. Between standing 20 yards away from David Beckham and not being warned of the pregame fireworks, I'm pretty sure most of the team ended up crying. I'm also fairly certain I saw Shelby Chambers-Garcia drop under the flag for safety while Chloe Sosenko took tears to the next level (think full-on weeping). Though we had a couple of tough losses, it was truly a trip for the record books.
It wouldn't be right to end this post without welcoming back our friends from the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Last Sunday at Oakland, Nkem (Ezurike) drew a corner kick that Shelina (Zadorsky) passed to Christina (Murillo), who buried the only goal of the match. Needless to say, we are excited to have their sparkling personalities back, both on and off the field. Also, we welcome our new staffers in Yume, Nicola, Sarah, and Scott who have jumped right into our Michigan family.
See you all Saturday!