First Touch #7: U-M Hosts Northwestern for Weekend's Lone Contest
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TAKING TO THE PITCH
Sunday, Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. -- vs. Northwestern (U-M Soccer Complex)
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (5-6-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) will seek to expand upon its four-game home winning streak when Northwestern (4-5-1, 1-0-0 Big Ten) comes to town on Sunday (Oct. 4) for a 3:30 p.m. game. Michigan has not been a gracious host to the Wildcats, owning a 4-1-2 record against them on the U-M Soccer Field. Northwestern took last season's meeting, 1-0, on a windy October afternoon in Evanston, Ill.

Promotions
Celebrate Mid-Season Madness at the U-M Soccer Complex. As part of the women's soccer doubleheader with men's soccer (vs. Wisconsin, 1 p.m.), Michigan will be holding a Youth Day with inflatables and other fun activities.

Michigan Soccer Passback (FINAL WEEKEND) -- 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 ]

MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Complete Stats: Through 9/27/09

Name GP G A P
Jackie Carron 11 2 6 10
Holly Hein 11 3 2 8
Name GP-GS W-L-T GAA SV%
Kristen Keane 5-5 2-3-0 2.10 .500
Haley Kopmeyer 7-6 3-3-0 1.45 .812

WOLVERINE BITES
Let's Build a Stadium -- Sunday's (Oct. 4) game with Northwestern will be U-M's last on the central competition field this season. The team will move back to the west practice field for the remainder of the season to allow construction of the new U-M Soccer Stadium to get underway. The competition field has proved a home-field advantage for the Wolverines, who are 4-1-0 on it this season. U-M went 1-1 on the west practice field to end the 2008 season.

Home Cooking -- The Wolverines have not lost a Big Ten home opener since 2000, going 6-0-2 during the span. When hosting a Big Ten team for the first time in a season, the Wolverines boast a 9-3-3 record all-time. Northwestern has helped the Wolverines kick off the home campaign three times, with U-M winning the previous two meetings in 2001 and 2004 and NU claiming the 1995 meeting.

On the Big Ten Radar -- Junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) remained the conference leader in assists with six this season and is still tied for eighth in points with 10. Freshman Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) is one of four Big Ten players to tally three game-winning goals this season, giving her a share of the league lead. Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) is third in the conference with a .812 save percentage and fifth with 39 stops. [ Complete Big Ten Statistics ]

THE WEEK THAT WAS
Michigan hung with the No. 21-ranked Buckeyes to open the Big Ten schedule but fell by a 1-0 score after a deflection on own goal in the 19th minute. The goal was the only OSU shot on goal in the game, but it proved to be enough to claim victory.

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
Northwestern -- U-M leads 10-4-3

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Sun., Oct. 11, 1 p.m. -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.)
Thurs., Oct. 15, 4 p.m. -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Sun., Oct. 18, 2 p.m. -- vs. Indiana (U-M Soccer Complex - West Practice Field)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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