First Touch #6: U-M Begins Big Ten Season with Ranked Buckeyes
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MGOBLUE Kylie Neschke
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Kylie Neschke
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Sept. 22, 2009

TAKING TO THE PITCH
Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. -- at No. 21 Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio)
Live Stats | ohiostatebuckeyes.com

The University of Michigan women's soccer team (5-5-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) will open the 2009 Big Ten schedule at No. 21 Ohio State. The two squads will square off on Sunday (Sept. 27) at 1 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Wolverines beat the Buckeyes (7-1-1, 0-0-0 Big Ten) by a 2-0 count on Oct. 12, 2008, to close out the home portion of the 2008 campaign.

MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Complete Stats: Through 9/20/09

 

Name GP G A P
Jackie Carron 10 2 6 10
Holly Hein 10 3 2 8

 

Name GP-GS W-L-T GAA SV%
Kristen Keane 5-5 2-3-0 2.10 .500
Haley Kopmeyer 6-5 3-2-0 2.10 .830

WOLVERINE BITES
Ohhh, For the Longest Time -- If Carron picks up a helper this weekend at Ohio State (Sept. 27), she will match the program record for consecutive contests with an assist at four games. Carron is the sixth Wolverine to tally an assist in three straight games and trails Kacy Beitel's (1997-2000) four-game span during the 2000 season.

I Like to Think I Have a Little Grace ... Not as Much as Jackie -- Junior Jackie Carron collected two more helpers last week, giving her six assists on the season. Her total is the most by a Wolverine since Melissa Dobbyn (2004-07) notched six to lead the Maize and Blue during the 2006 season. Carron is in the midst of a career-best, three-game assist streak. She heads into the Big Ten slate on a roll, tallying each of her 10 points this season over the last six games.

Well, I Think That we can all Totally Agree That Holly is Fantastic -- Freshman Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) tallied both gamewinners last week, punching home the deciding goal against Oakland (Sept. 16) and Miami (Fla.) (Sept. 20). Hein now has three goals on the season, each of the game-winning variety, making her the 10th Wolverine to tally at least three gamewinners in her rookie campaign. She is seeking to join Therese Heaton (5, 2002) and Katie Kramer (4, 2003) as the only U-M freshmen to score the deciding goal in more than three contests.

Tag Team, Back Again -- Behind every one of Hein's goals this season is Carron. The junior captain has assisted on all three of Hein's goals. This upperclassmen-underclassmen combo is nothing new for the Maize and Blue. Carron's classmate, junior Amanda Bowery (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), got together with then-senior Katie Bohard (2004-07) three times during the 2007 season.

Zero G and I Feel Fine -- Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) did not set any career highs for saves last week, she instead posted the first two shutouts of her career. Kopmeyer made seven stops against Oakland (Sept. 16) and eight versus Miami (Fla.) (Sept. 20). Kopmeyer has not allowed a goal in 188:15, dating back to the 82nd minute against USC (Sept. 13).

Getting Better All The Time -- The Wolverines carry a 5-5-0 record into Big Ten play this weekend. The Michigan victory over Miami (Fla.) (Sept. 20) propelled the Wolverines past their win total of a season ago when U-M was 4-10-5. Michigan has already score 15 goals this season, five shy of its total from a year ago, and has a .170 shooting percentage, two-tenths of a percent off the program record set by the 1997 team.

On the Big Ten Radar -- Carron remained the conference leader in assists after collecting her fifth and sixth over the last week. She also sits tied for eighth in points with 10. Hein is one of three Big Ten players to tally three game-winning goals this season, giving her a share of the league lead. Kopmeyer leads the Big Ten in saves with 39 and is third in the conference with a .830 save percentage. [ Complete Big Ten Statistics ]

THE WEEK THAT WAS
Michigan continued to roll at home, improving to 4-1-0 at the U-M Soccer Complex this season with a 3-0 victory over Oakland on Wednesday (Sept. 16) and a 1-0 win against Miami (Fla.) on Sunday (Sept. 20). Freshman Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) was in on all four U-M goals over the weekend, tallying two goals -- both gamewinners -- and two assists. Junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) extended her point streak to four games, assisting on both of Hein's goals. Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) was perfect in 180 minutes between the pipes, combining for 15 saves in the first two shutouts of her career.

THE RYAN:90 PODCAST
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 MGoBlue.com or subscribe to Michigan Athletics on iTunes.

CAPTAIN'S BLOG
Every Wednesday, one of the Michigan soccer captains -- Jackie Carron, Alex Jendrusch, Amy Klippert and Kylie Neschke -- will give MGoBlue.com 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.

TWITTER-TASTIC
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.

2009 YEARBOOK & RECORD BOOK
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 U-M SOCCER COMPLEX STADIUM
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 MGoBlue.com.

ALL-TIME VS. THE OPPONENTS
Ohio State -- U-M leads 12-6-2

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.)
Thurs., Oct. 15, 4 p.m. -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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