First Touch #7: U-M to Venture to Iowa, Nebraska for Big Ten Road Trip
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Sept. 26, 2011

THIS WEEK
Friday, Sept. 30 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 7 p.m. CDT
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Sunday, Oct. 2 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 1 p.m. CDT
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (6-3-2, 1-1-1 Big Ten) will look to get back into the win column this weekend, venturing out for its second Big Ten road trip of the season. The Wolverines will first face unbeaten Iowa (9-0-2, 1-0-2 Big Ten), which is listed as the first team outside the NSCAA top 25, on Friday (Sept. 30) at 7 p.m. CDT at the Iowa Soccer Complex in Iowa City, Iowa, and new Big Ten member Nebraska (5-4-1, 2-1-0 Big Ten) on Sunday (Oct. 2) at 1 p.m. CDT at Nebraska Soccer Field in Lincoln, Neb.

Both games are scheduled to be streamed online through BTN.com. They can be seen in the All-Access player on MGoBlue.com for a fee.

WOLVERINE BITES

All-time vs. Nebraska ... U-M is 1-1-1 all-time against its new conference partner Nebraska. The two teams tied in the most-recent meeting, 1-1 on Sept. 12, 2003. U-M blanked Nebraska, 2-0, in Michigan's inaugural season in 1994, before Nebraska exacted revenge in the first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament, handing Michigan a 5-1 loss.

All-time vs. Iowa ... Michigan is 12-2-1 against Iowa all-time, with the Maize and Blue prevailing in the last meeting, 2-1, last season. However, after winning the first 11 meetings, U-M is 1-2-1 against Iowa in the past four matchups.

Weekend Recap ... The Wolverines welcomed Minnesota and Wisconsin to the U-M Soccer Stadium this past weekend in a pair of physical matchups. Clare Stachel and Nkem Ezurike scored goals against Minnesota on Friday (Sept. 23), but the Golden Gophers rallied for the go-ahead goal with 58 seconds left to shock the Wolverines with a 3-2 win. Michigan and Wisconsin battled to a scoreless draw on Sunday (Sept. 25). [ Recaps: Minnesota | Wisconsin | Michigan Daily ]
[ Video Highlights: Minnesota ]

New Addition ... Michigan added Ann Arbor native Emily Jaffe to its roster prior to last Friday's game against Minnesota. Jaffe played eight games for Iowa in 2009 but transferred back to Michigan after one semester. She played club soccer last year and subsequently earned a tryout with the team. Jaffe, a junior, started both games last weekend for Michigan in the midfield. [ Meet Emily Jaffe | Michigan Daily Feature ]

Among The Big Ten's Best ... TopDrawerSoccer.com released its Big Ten Mid-Season Top 20 list on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Two U-M players dot the rankings -- Nkem Ezurike at No. 10, and Haley Kopmeyer at No. 19. [ Complete List ]

Severe Penalties ... Senior/junior Clare Stachel converted a penalty kick against Minnesota, giving her five goals on the season, with two of them coming on PKs. Stachel has scored the same amount of goals this season (five) as she had in her first three years combined.

Balanced Attack ... This season, nine different Michigan players have scored at least one goal, and 11 different players have recorded at least one point. In addition, all 25 players on the roster has seen game action this year.

Introducing the Captains ... Four U-M student-athletes rep the yellow armband this season -- seniors Kristen Goncalves, Courtney Mercier, and redshirt juniors Haley Kopmeyer and Clare Stachel. All four players were part of the first freshman class to play under Ryan.

Youth Movement ... The Wolverines are tied with Purdue for the second-most underclassmen in the Big Ten (18, includes freshmen and sophomores, athletic eligibility only). Indiana is the youngest with 20. Also, Michigan has only three seniors, the lowest number of any team in the conference.

Quick Hits ... Freshman defender Jen Pace saw action in the midfield against Wisconsin. It was the third game she played in this season, and first since Aug. 26 against Duquesne ... Michigan has played in two overtime games this season (Central Michigan, Wisconsin). Both have ended in draws ... Iowa was picked to finish last in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches poll but has yet to lose a game (9-0-2). They are the first team outside the NSCAA Top 25 Coaches Poll this week to receive votes (40) ... Nebraska forward Morgan Marlborough leads the Big Ten in goals (15), points (34), and shots (54) ... Michigan's last win at Iowa was Oct. 16, 2005 (won 4-1) ... Michigan's last meeting with Nebraska was Sept. 12, 2003 (1-1 draw) ... senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer needs seven saves to pass Suzie Grech (2000-03) for third all-time in career saves ... sophomore defender Shelina Zadorsky has been on the field for all but 11 minutes this season (1,019 of 1,030).

NUMBERS GAME
U-M vs. Iowa -- 12-2-1
U-M vs. Nebraska -- 1-1-1

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 8 -- vs. Northwestern (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.

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