First Touch #8: Michigan Takes on Michigan State
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Oct. 6, 2009

 

TAKING TO THE PITCH
Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. -- at No. 20 Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.)
Live Stats | msuspartans.com

The University of Michigan women's soccer team (5-6-1, 0-1-1 Big Ten) will take a quick trip up I-96 to take on Michigan State (7-1-3, 1-1-1 Big Ten) on Sunday (Oct. 11) at 1 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. It has been three seasons since one team emerged victorious in the rivalry with the teams reaching a stalemate in 2007 and 2008.

MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Complete Stats: Through 10/4/09

Name GP G A P
Jackie Carron 12 2 6 10
Holly Hein 12 3 2 8
Amy Klippert 11 3 1 7

 

Name GP-GS W-L-T GAA SV%
Haley Kopmeyer 8-7 3-3-1 1.48 .804
Kristen Keane 5-5 2-3-0 2.10 .500

WOLVERINE BITES
Spartans Come Early This Year -- This season marks the first time since 2004 that the Wolverines and Spartans will not face each other in the last game of the regular season. Three of the four meetings during the span resulted in ties with MSU claiming the lone victory, a 1-0 contest, to wrap up the 2006 season.

Bowery Gives Green Trouble -- Since 2005, neither team in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry has netted more than one goal in a game, producing a Spartan win and four ties in that time. Junior Amanda Bowery (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) has accounted for both the U-M scores during that span, posting a goal in each of her first two contests against MSU. More than 425 minutes have been played since someone not named Bowery has scored for the Maize and Blue -- when Laura Tanchon (2001-04) hit the back of the net in the 85th minute on Oct. 22, 2004.

House Rules -- Since 1999, the home team in the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry is undefeated, going 6-0-4. MSU is 3-0-2 during that span on its home turf. The Maize and Blue does has two victories in East Lansing, drubbing the Spartans 4-0 in 1998 and 5-1 in 1996.

State of Michigan Dominance -- The Wolverines have dominated the state of Michigan since Greg Ryan's arrival, owning a 4-0-3 record against intrastate foes, including wins this season over Central Michigan on Sept. 3, Eastern Michigan on Sept. 6 and Oakland on Sept. 16. The Wolverines battled the Spartans to a 1-1 tie in East Lansing to wrap up the 2008 campaign.

Written in Pen -- Junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) will make her 50th appearance in the Michigan starting lineup on Sunday (Oct. 11) in East Lansing. Carron, who has not missed a start in her U-M career, will become the 33rd player in program history to reach the milestone. Sunday's game will also mark the 68th career start for Klippert, matching her with Erika Kleinholz (2000-03) for 17th all-time.

First Things First IV -- Both Michigan goals against Northwestern on Sunday (Oct. 4) represented a first for all players involved. Senior Amy Klippert (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) netted the Wolverines' first goal, giving her a marker against a team from outside the state of Michigan for the first time in her career. Sophomore Courtney Mercier (Erie, Pa./McDowell) picked up the first assist of her career on Klippert's fifth career marker. The second U-M goal was the first of sophomore Meaghan Hennessy's (Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat) career and Klippert's assist was the first of her career.

On the Big Ten Radar -- Junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) continues to lead the conference in assists with six this season. Freshman Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) is one of five 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 fourth in the conference with a .802 save percentage and sixth with 45 stops. [ Complete Big Ten Statistics ]

Let's Build a Stadium -- Sunday's (Oct. 4) game with Northwestern was 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 went 4-1-1 on it this season. U-M went 1-1 on the west practice field to end the 2008 season.

RYAN FEATURED ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK WOMEN'S SHOW

THE WEEK THAT WAS
Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second half but had to settle for a 2-2 with Northwestern on Sunday (Oct. 4). Senior Amy Klippert (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) tallied a goal and an assist in the effort. She was joined by sophomore Meaghan Hennessy (Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat) in the scoring column. Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) made six saves, including two in extra time.

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
Michigan State -- U-M leads 8-4-5

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Thu., 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) -- Big Ten Network
Fri., Oct. 23, 3 p.m. -- vs. Minnesota (U-M Soccer Complex - West Practice Field)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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