The Yellow Armband: Close Calls and Velcro Walls

Sept. 15, 2010

Each Wednesday of the 2010 season, one of the Michigan women's soccer captains -- Jackie Carron, Kylie Neschke and Clare Stachel -- will give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the U-M program.

The Yellow Armband with Jackie Carron
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 -- Close Calls and Velcro Walls

Hello once again, Wolverine fans! This past week has been pretty uneventful except for our game against Toledo last Friday, which ended in a 2-2 tie after double overtime. After being down two goals at the end of the first half, we fought back to score two goals with plenty of time remaining. Although we had many opportunities to put the game away, we could not finish them off.

After an intense game, Greg gave us a rare weekend off to recuperate. Needless to say, we all took advantage of the extra time. Most of the team found itself sitting in front of the television for a good portion of Saturday afternoon watching the highly anticipated Michigan football game against Notre Dame. As I'm sure most of you know, Michigan came from behind in the last few minutes to win it. I think all of the excitement made my heart pound as hard as it would have if we had been at practice.

On Sunday, some of our team went to a movie at the Big House. It was the last event of Wolverine Welcome week for all student athletes. Before the movie started, we all got to play on inflatable games spread out throughout the field. There was a bungee cord run, an obstacle course to race through and a Velcro wall. Haley Kopmeyer and Sarah Stanczyk tried to do flips onto the Velcro wall. They weren't very successful, but it was quite entertaining.

This Friday our stadium will be dedicated and we will recognize those who helped make our beautiful new home possible. To help commemorate the event, we have a double header with the men's team. Hopefully we'll draw in a big crowd for the game. I heard that athletic director Dave Brandon and university president May Sue Coleman will be in attendance. That will be pretty cool! Hopefully you can make it out for the games and cheer the Maize and Blue on!

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