First Touch #5: Wolverines to Begin Big Ten Play in Indiana on Sunday

Sept. 13, 2011

Sunday, Sept. 18 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), Noon
TV: Big Ten Network (live) | Live Stats

The University of Michigan women's soccer team (5-2-1) opens up Big Ten Conference play this Sunday (Sept. 18) with a road game against the Indiana Hoosiers (4-3-1) at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. The game will begin at noon and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

Live in HD! ... Sunday's match against Indiana will be televised live in high definition on the Big Ten Network. Dave Leno and Kate Markgraf will have the call. [ Channel Finder ]

Weekend Recap ... The Wolverines closed out their non-conference portion of the schedule with a 1-0-1 weekend against a pair of in-state opponents, defeating Western Michigan, 1-0, last Friday (Sept. 9), and playing Central Michigan to a 1-1 draw on Sunday (Sept. 11). Senior/junior Clare Stachel and sophomore Tori McCombs netted goals for the Wolverines, while Haley Kopmeyer made a total of 19 saves in net. [ Western Michigan: MGoBlue | Highlights ] [ Central Michigan: MGoBlue ] [ Michigan Daily: Weekend Recap | Sidebar ]

Youth Movement … The Wolverines are tied with Purdue for the second-most underclassmen in the Big Ten (18, includes freshmen and sophomores, athletic eligibility only). Indiana is the youngest with 20. Also, Michigan has only three seniors, the lowest number of any team in the conference.

Good Start, Again ... Over the last two seasons, Michigan's regular-season non-conference record stands at 10-3-3 (.625). The Wolverines have won five non-conference games each of the last two seasons. Prior to 2010, the last time Michigan won at least five regular-season non-conference games was 2002 (5-1).

Scoring to Begin the Season ... U-M has 15 goals through the first eight games, the most in the first eight matches since 2005 when the Wolverines netted 17 on the way to a 4-2-2 start.

Balanced Attack ... With her goal against Western Michigan, senior/junior Clare Stachel now leads the team with four goals, tying sophomore Nkem Ezurike for the team lead in points (10). Through eight games, U-M has seen scoring contributions (goals, assists) from 10 different players.

Defense, Defense, Defense ... Outside of Michigan's 3-0 loss to Pepperdine on Sept. 4, Michigan has allowed just four goals in its other seven games. The Wolverines rank fourth in the Big Ten in both goals allowed (seven) and goals-against average (0.85).

Kopmeyer on Pace ... Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer, who made 84 saves in 19 games last season, has 46 saves on the year, putting her on pace to pass that mark from 2010. In 2009, she posted a career-best 95 in 16 matches. Over the weekend against WMU and CMU, Kopmeyer made a total of 19 saves, which move her into sole possession of fourth on the school's all-time list for saves (228). She currently leads the Big Ten in saves (46), save percentage (.868), and saves per game (5.75), and is second in shutouts (three). [ Michigan Daily Feature ]

The Comfort of Home ... Over the last two seasons, Michigan has been very difficult to beat at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines went 6-1-2 on their own field last season, and already own a 4-1-1 record this season, giving them a 10-2-3 (.667) record in Ann Arbor over the last two seasons. The Wolverines have five more home games to play this season.

Quick Hitters ... Every member of Michigan's roster has seen game action this season ... since the season opening loss to Akron on Aug. 19, the Wolverines have outscored opponents 14-3 at home ... Michigan also traveled to Indiana last season, beating the Hoosiers, 2-1 (Oct. 17, 2010). Stachel and Amanda Bowery (2007-10) found the back of the net in the win ... the Wolverines are 1-4-1 in their last six Big Ten openers. Michigan has not won its Big Ten opener since 2005, when it beat Ohio State, 4-2, in Ann Arbor ... U-M remains No. 9 in the Great Lakes Region poll.

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. Indiana -- 11-4-3

• 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 5 ]
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Friday, Sept. 23 -- vs. Minnesota (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 -- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Stadium), 2 p.m.

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