First Touch #5: U-M Looks to Rebound in Big Ten Opener at Iowa
Shelby Chambers-Garcia

Sept. 17, 2013

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Sunday, Sept. 22
-- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), Noon CDT
TV: Big Ten Network | Live Stats

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The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team (6-1-0) begins Big Ten play on Sunday (Sept. 22) when it faces Iowa (7-0-0) in Iowa City. The match will begin at noon CDT and be broadcast live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. Dan Kelly (play-by-play) and Kate Markgraf (analyst) will call the action.


• Michigan is 8-8-3 all-time in Big Ten openers and is 2-2-0 in those matches under head coach Greg Ryan. That includes two wins against Indiana (2011-12), two losses against Ohio State (2009-10) and one draw against Iowa (2008). The Wolverines have opened up Big Ten play on the road 12 times in their history, going 4-7-1 in those contests.

• Eleven Big Ten teams enter conference play this week with winning records in the non-conference, led by Iowa (7-0-0) and Minnesota (7-1-0). The only team with a losing record in non-conference play is Northwestern (2-4-2). Due to having 11 other teams in the conference, the Wolverines will play six conference matches on the road (Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Illinois, Northwestern) and five at U-M Soccer Stadium (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State). The other Big Ten matches this week include Michigan State at Nebraska (Thursday), Illinois at Ohio State (Friday), Northwestern at Penn State (Friday), Minnesota at Indiana (Saturday) and Purdue at Wisconsin (Sunday).

• After going 1-1 last week, the Wolverines dropped four spots to No. 15 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Rankings, released on Tuesday (Sept. 17). [ Rankings ]

• Michigan's 2-0 victory over Detroit last Thursday (Sept. 12) set a new program record for most wins to start a season (six). The previous record was five, set in both 1997 and 2002.

• Senior forward Nkem Ezurike needs five goals to become the all-time scoring leader, currently held by Kacy Beitel (44, 1997-00). Ezurike moved into a tie for third on the list with Amber Berendowsky (1996-99) after scoring a goal against Detroit last Thursday (Sept. 12). Ezurike is also fourth all-time in career points (95), a record currently held by Abby Crumpton (116, 1999-02).

1. Abby Crumpton (1999-02) -- 116 (43 G, 30 A)
2. Kacy Beitel (1997-00) -- 14 (44 G, 26 A)
3. Amber Berendowsky (1996-99) -- 113 (40 G, 33 A)
4. NKEM EZURIKE (2010-Present) -- 95 (40 G, 15 A)

1. Kacy Beitel (1997-00) -- 44
2. Abby Crumpton (1999-02) -- 43
3. Amber Berendowsky (1996-99) -- 40
    NKEM EZURIKE (2010-Present) -- 40

• Junior Christina Murillo (assist) and senior Shelina Zadorsky (goal) combined for the game-winning goal against Detroit last Thursday (Sept. 12), giving Michigan nine different players that have scored at least one goal and 14 different players that have recorded at least one point.

• Seven matches into the season, defender Shelina Zadorsky has already recorded a single-season high in points (six). Her previous season high was five, set in 2012.

• Michigan's loss to Butler last Sunday (Sept. 15) snapped several streaks. It was the team's first loss since Nov. 2, 2012, a 2-1 loss to Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament (nine matches). It was also the team's first non-conference loss since Sept. 2, 2012, a 2-1 loss at Long Beach State (10 non-conference matches, including postseason) and its first match without scoring a goal since Sept. 28, 2012, against Iowa (18 matches).

• Three of Michigan's next four matches will be televised on the Big Ten Network: Sunday, Sept. 22 (at Iowa), Sunday, Sept. 29 (vs. Minnesota) and Thursday, Oct. 3 (at Michigan State).


The Last Meeting
September 28, 2012
U-M Soccer Stadium
Wolverines Extend Shutout Streak in Draw with Iowa
Goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer nabbed her seventh individual shutout of the season as the 22nd-ranled Wolverines battled to a scoreless draw with Iowa, extending their shutout streak to 560:53.

The Hawkeyes are 7-0-0 on the season and play Northern Iowa on Tuesday night in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are one of the best defensive teams in the Big Ten so far with a +11 goal differential (14 G, 3 GA). They have not allowed a goal in the first half of any match this season. Iowa is led offensively by forward Cloe Lacasse, an NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team pick last season, who has 27 career goals (two this season). Melanie Pickert, a native of Canton, Mich., leads the Hawkeyes in scoring (3 G, 2 A). Goalkeeper Hannah Clark has played every minute in net, making 17 saves while allowing only three goals. Five of Iowa's seven wins have been shutouts.

Series: Michigan is 13-2-2 all-time against Iowa. The Wolverines have not lost to Iowa since 2009, a 2-1 loss in Iowa City. The two teams played to a scoreless draw last season in Ann Arbor. In 2011, Michigan won, 1-0, on a goal by Nkem Ezurike.

The Wolverines went 1-1 last week, defeating Detroit at home, 2-0, last Thursday (Sept. 12) before losing, 1-0, at Butler on Sunday (Sept. 15). [ Detroit: Recap | Highlights video icon :: Butler: Recap :: Michigan Daily: Detroit | Sidebar | Butler ]

Friday, Sept. 27
-- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29 -- vs. Minnesota (U-M Soccer Stadium), 1 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

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