First Touch #9: U-M Faces No. 18 Purdue Before Hosting No. 22 IU on BTN

Oct. 13, 2009


Thursday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m. -- at No. 18 Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Live Stats | Live Blog |
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m. --
vs. No. 22 Indiana (U-M Soccer Complex - Competition Field)
Live Stats | | Big Ten Network (TV tape delay: 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18)

UPDATE: Sunday's (Oct. 18) game against Indiana will be played on the main competition field. Due to preparations for construction of the new U-M Soccer Stadium, there will be no bleachers for the contest, so fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc., for their convenience.

The University of Michigan women's soccer team (5-6-2, 0-1-2 Big Ten) has a tough docket this week as it seeks its first victory of the conference season. The Wolverines will travel to No. 18-ranked Purdue (7-3-3, 2-1-2 Big Ten) on Thursday (Oct. 15) at 4 p.m. at the Varsity Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. Three days later, the Maize and Blue will be in the national spotlight as it welcomes No. 22-ranked Indiana (9-3-1, 1-2-1 Big Ten) for a 2 p.m. contest that will air on the Big Ten Network at 4 p.m. later on Sunday (Oct. 18).

The Wolverines and Hoosiers will square off on the Big Ten Network for the second time in three years. Bernie Guenther will handle the play-by-play duties, while Lisa Grubb provides color analysis. With a national audience watching on television during the 2007 season, Michigan battled from behind to tie Indiana, 1-1, in Ann Arbor.

Thursday's Live Blog
Keep posted on the game play-by-play, ask questions and offer comments with Michigan women's soccer SID Ryan Sosin's live blog. Using CoveritLive, you will get a more indepth and interactive experience to supplement CBS College Sports Network Gametracker. [ U-M at Purdue Live Blog ]

With the Big Ten Network in town, there will be a Go Blue! t-shirt giveaway at Sunday's game against Indiana.

Complete Stats: Through 10/11/09

Name GP G A P
Jackie Carron 13 2 6 10
Holly Hein 12 3 2 8
Amy Klippert 12 3 1 7


Haley Kopmeyer 9-8 3-3-2 1.27 .825
Kristen Keane 5-5 2-3-0 2.10 .500

A Number Next to Your Name -- F acing a ranked Purdue team is not a new experience for the Maize and Blue. The Boilermakers, ranked No. 18, have held the distinction four times when taking on Michigan since 1998. Each team has claimed a victory, U-M in 2006 and Purdue in 2002, and has played to draws in 2003 and 2007. An unranked Michigan team has twice knocked off a ranked Indiana, currently ranked No. 22. The Maize and Blue knocked off then-No. 23 IU, 4-2, at their 2001 meeting in Ann Arbor and clipped the then-No. 22-ranked Hoosiers, 2-0, in 2000 in Bloomington, Ind. The Wolverines are 18-35-10 against ranked opponents since 1998.

Getting Back on Schedule -- The Maize and Blue owns a 10-4-4 all-time mark when playing Indiana and Purdue in the same weekend. Last season was the first time since 1998 that the Wolverines faced the two on separate weekends, tying Purdue, 1-1, on Oct. 4 and falling to Indiana, 1-0, on Oct. 26. U-M claimed a weekend sweep from 1999 to 2001 and again in 2004. The Wolverines are 5-2-2 against each squad in weekends when they play both teams.

Rookie Hardware -- Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week on the back of a seven-save shutout of Michigan State this past Sunday (Oct. 11). Kopmeyer is the first Wolverine to earn the conference Freshman of the Week award, which was introduced for the 2009 campaign.

Zero G and I Feel Fine II -- Haley Kopmeyer picked up her first conference shutout of the season with a seven-save performance at Michigan State (Oct. 11). The Spartan blanking gives her three shutouts on the season, matching the third-most by a U-M freshman. She joined Suzie Grech (3, 2000) behind Carissa Stewart (4, 1997) and Megan Tuura (5, 2003) on the rookie list.

Help Me, Jackie -- Junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) needs to add one assist to her six helpers this season to jump on the U-M single-season leaderboard. 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. Amber Berendowsky (1996-99) owns the program record with 17 helpers during the 1997 season.

Television Star -- Michigan has been on television four times in the last three seasons, giving the viewers 110 minutes of action in all but one game. Michigan is 0-1-3 under the lights on the silver screen since 2007.

On the Big Ten Radar -- Jackie Carron continues to lead the conference in assists with six this season. Freshman Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) is one of seven Big Ten players to tally three game-winning goals this season, giving her a share of the league lead. Haley Kopmeyer is third in the conference with a .825 save percentage and fifth with 52 stops. [ Complete Big Ten Statistics ]

Let's Build a Stadium -- Michigan's Oct. 4 game with Northwestern marked the 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.

For the third consecutive season, neither team emerged victorious in the battle for state supremacy as Michigan and Michigan State battled to a 0-0 tie on Sunday (Oct. 11). Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lasher) made seven saves for her third shutout of the season. Junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) made several key defensive plays to maintain the shutout and senior Alex Jendrusch (Troy, Mich./Athens) was a headache for MSU all afternoon in the attacking third.

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 or subscribe to Michigan Athletics on iTunes.

Every Wednesday, one of the Michigan soccer captains -- Jackie Carron, Alex Jendrusch, Amy Klippert and Kylie Neschke -- will give 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.

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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

Purdue -- U-M leads 5-2-3
Indiana -- U-M leads 10-4-2

Fri., Oct. 23, 3 p.m. -- vs. Minnesota (U-M Soccer Complex - West Practice Field)
Sun., Oct. 25, 2 p.m. -- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Complex - West Practice Field)
Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. CDT -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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