First Touch #5: U-M Welcomes Pair For Final Non-Conference Tuneup

Sept. 15, 2009

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. -- vs. Oakland (U-M Soccer Complex) - MAIZE OUT
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Sunday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m. -- vs. Miami (Fla.) (U-M Soccer Complex)
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (3-5-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) will have one final week of preparation leading up to the Big Ten schedule. The Wolverines welcome Oakland (2-3-0) on Wednesday (Sept. 16) at 5:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the Michigan men's soccer team, which will play Detroit following the women's contest. The Maize and Blue returns to the pitch on Sunday (Sept. 20) when Miami (Fla.) (4-3-0) travels to the U-M Soccer Complex for a 2 p.m. contest.

Wednesday's game is a Maize Out. There will be a maize pom pom and rally towel giveaway and the first 50 Girl Scouts wearing troop apparel get a special Maize Out t-shirt. Wednesday is also the first vacation day for the Kids Go Blue Club , part of the Passport to Michigan Athletics program. KGBC members will travel to the Netherlands through activities, food, and games. Sunday is super hero day as the Wolverines welcome members of the local police and DPS officers, firemen and paramedics. Sunday is also youth soccer day with giveaways, including t-shirts, light up yo-yos and sno-cones. Be sure to dress like a super hero and you could win a special prize. The Wolverines will be signing autographs following the game.

Michigan Soccer Passback -- Donate your new or gently used soccer equipment at every U-M soccer home game through Oct. 4 to benefit Think Detroit PAL Youth Soccer. [Flyer, PDF 318 KB ]

Complete Stats: Through 9/13/09


Name GP G A P
Jackie Carron 8 2 4 8
Kristen Goncalves 7 2 0 4
Amanda Bowery 7 1 1 3


Kristen Keane 5-5 2-3-0 2.10 .500
Haley Kopmeyer 4-3 1-2-0 2.48 .750

State of Michigan Dominance -- The Wolverines have dominated the state of Michigan since Greg Ryan's arrival, improving to 4-0-2 against intrastate foes with wins over Central Michigan (Sept. 3) and Eastern Michigan (Sept. 6). Michigan unleashed six goals, the highest total in one game since 2000, against the Golden Grizzlies in last season's meeting. Senior Amy Klippert (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) has scored all three of her career goals against Great Lakes-based teams, while junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) lit up CMU and EMU for seven points earlier this season.

Busy Blocker -- In each successive game she plays, sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) has matched or established a career high in saves. The latest in a line of fleeting career highs is a nine-save performance against Southern Cal (Sept. 13). Kopmeyer has made 5.40 saves per game through the first five games of her career, more than half a save better than program leader Carissa Stewart's (1997-2000) average of 4.82 stops per contest.

Welcome to Ann Arbor -- Sophomore midfielder/defender Kara Koppinger (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) and freshman defender Shana Manning (Long Grove, Ill./Stevenson) joined the U-M roster on Sept. 6 to help offset the loss of injured senior Kylie Neschke (Still River, Mass./Tabor Academy) and sophomore Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central). Koppinger made her collegiate debut as a starter against USC and Manning is yet to make her first appearance.

First Things First III -- In addition to Koppinger, freshman Alyssa Engstrom (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade Preparatory) earned her first career start over the weekend. She got the nod guarding the Wolverine backline against the Trojans.

On the Big Ten Radar -- Carron took over the conference lead when she collected her fourth assist of the season against USC on Sunday (Sept. 13). She also sits tied for 10th in points with eight. Kopmeyer sits fourth in the Big Ten in saves with 24, despite appearing in three fewer games than the rest of the top five. Her six saves per game are tops in the conference by nearly two stops per game.

Michigan battled through a pair of physical contests on the left coast, falling, 2-0, at Cal State Fullerton on Friday afternoon (Sept. 11) and 2-1 to Southern Cal on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13). Sophomore Kristen Goncalves (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard Catholic) gave the Wolverines the lead over the Trojans in the 28th minute, but two USC goals in the final 25 minutes spelled the loss.

Every Tuesday, head women's soccer coach Greg Ryan will offer insider access to his program in the rapid-fire Ryan:90 audio podcast. Ryan will touch on topics ranging from his players, Michigan's opponents, strategy and the other events of the season in each 90-second weekly feature. Check out the latest episode on or subscribe to Michigan Athletics on iTunes.

Every Wednesday, one of the Michigan soccer captains -- Jackie Carron, Alex Jendrusch, Amy Klippert and Kylie Neschke -- will give readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the U-M program in the captain's blog, The Yellow Armband. Check the features section of the women's soccer home page for the latest edition.

Michigan women's soccer is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_wsocc) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. Check them both out in our new publications section.

The Wolverines moved into the U-M Soccer Complex during the 2008 campaign, a three-field, soccer-exclusive facility that is part of a $6 million project that is funded by Intercollegiate Athletics resources and gifts. Work will begin on the stadium, slated to open in the fall of 2010, in October on the site of the current competition field. The Wolverines began varsity competition at Elbel Field in 1994 before moving into the U-M Soccer Field, a place it called home from 1995-2007. More information on the stadium is available on

Oakland -- U-M Leads 7-3-2
Miami (Fla.) -- First Meeting

Sun., Sept. 27, 1 p.m. -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio)
Sun., Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. -- vs. Northwestern (U-M Soccer Complex)
Sun., Oct. 11, 1 p.m. -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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