First Touch #5: Stadium Dedication Highlights Two-Game Weekend

Sept. 14, 2010

Michigan vs. Massachusetts, vs. Youngstown State
U-M Soccer Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Sunday, Sept. 19: U-M vs. Youngstown State, 2 p.m. • Buy Tickets | Live Stats
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (3-1-2, 0-0-0 Big Ten) will formally dedicate the U-M Soccer Stadium following Friday's (Sept. 17) 5 p.m. meeting with Massachusetts. The ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., will recognize the contributions of those who made the $6 million U-M Soccer Complex a reality and will involve the Michigan men's team, which plays Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. as part of the doubleheader. A student shuttle from the front of the Michigan Union (State St. and South University) will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running until after the conclusion of the men's game.

The Wolverines' weekend will continue on Sunday (Sept. 19) when they meet Youngstown State at 2 p.m. for the first time in program history. The contest will mark the end of the non-conference schedule for the Maize and Blue, which opens the 2010 Big Ten slate next Sunday (Sept. 26) with Ohio State at 2 p.m.

Take a Bow -- Senior Amanda Bowery (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) collected her 38th career point in the form of an assist on U-M's game-tying goal at Toledo (Sept. 10). Bowery sits 14th on the U-M career points list, moving to within four of former NSCAA All-American Amy Sullivant (42, 1999-2002) for 13th all-time. Bowery is ranked 13th in career goals with 14 and tied for 13th with 10 helpers.

Rookie Rockstars -- Freshman Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) netted her team-leading third goal of the season at Toledo (Sept. 10). Ezurike had shared the lead with classmate Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry), who scored twice in the season opener with Detroit (Aug. 20). The two are trying to become the fourth Wolverine rookie to lead the Maize and Blue in goals. Amanda Bowery (5, 2007) is the last newcomer to pace the squad, along with Melissa Dobbyn (9, 2004) and Mari Hoff (8, 1996).

Mr. 200 -- If the Wolverines pull a sweep of this weekend's games, head coach Greg Ryan will collect his 200th collegiate victory. Ryan carries a 198-101-30 record into the weekend. He entered the 2010 season ranked 39th in winning percentage and 51st in victories all-time amongst coaches with a minimum of 10 years at an NCAA Division I school. While rebuilding the U-M program, Ryan has led the Wolverines to improvements in win totals in each of his first two seasons and carries a 13-20-12 record with the Maize and Blue.

Quick Hits -- Michigan set its all-time attendance record on Oct. 28, 2005, when 1,887 people packed the Michigan Soccer Field to watch U-M and Michigan State do battle in the regular-season finale ... The Big Ten Network is scheduled to televise Michigan's home game against Illinois (Oct. 31, 3 p.m.) and at Penn State (Nov. 7, 1 p.m.) live in high definition.

U-M vs. Massachusetts - 2-1-0
U-M vs. Youngstown State - First Meeting
U-M at the U-M Soccer Complex - 6-3-5

Career Coaching Wins - 2, Greg Ryan (198-101-30) needs two wins to reach 200 victories in his NCAA coaching career.

Career Wins -
1, Haley Kopmeyer (7) needs one victory to match Madison Gates (8, 2005-08) for sixth all-time.

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Sunday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m. -- vs. Ohio State (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Saturday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. CDT -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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