Oct. 15, 2013
Friday, Oct. 18 -- vs. Indiana (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m.
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Sunday, Oct. 20 -- vs. Purdue (U-M Soccer Stadium), 3 p.m.
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With five Big Ten matches to play, the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team (10-2-1, 4-1-1 Big Ten) returns to U-M Soccer Stadium for the first time in three weeks, hosting Indiana (10-3-1, 3-3-0 Big Ten) on Friday (Oct. 18) at 7 p.m. and Purdue (8-5-1, 3-3-0 Big Ten) on Sunday (Oct. 20) at 3 p.m. Sunday's match will be streamed online via the Big Ten Digital Network.
Sunday is Michigan's annual pink match, as the team will don various pink attire in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, all ticket holders for the match can come early and watch, for free, men's soccer take on Wisconsin starting at noon; players will be available for postgame autographs as well.
Sunday's match against Purdue is the team's annual Pink Game, designed to increase breast cancer awareness. The team will wear pink shorts in the contest. The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a pink rally towel. The M-Den will also be on hand to sell pink merchandise.
Additionally, the match will follow the men's soccer match vs. Wisconsin, which is slated to begin at noon. General admission tickets bought for the women's match will be valid for the men's match. Players will be available for postgame autographs as well
The first 500 fans in attendance to Friday's game receive Michigan Soccer Thundersticks.
Michigan is second in the Big Ten (4-1-1, 13 points), trailing only Nebraska (5-1-0, 15 points). Last Sunday's win over Penn State vaulted the Wolverines ahead of the Nittany Lions in the standings, as Penn State currently sits in third (4-2-0, 12 points). Michigan's five remaining Big Ten matches are against Indiana (3-3-0), Purdue (3-3-0), Illinois (2-3-1), Northwestern (1-5-0) and Ohio State (2-2-2).
Michigan jumped seven spots up to No. 12 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings, released on Tuesday (Oct. 15). The Wolverines are also ranked No. 10 in the fourth edition of the RPI, released on Monday. [ Rankings | RPI ]
The Wolverines rank first in the Big Ten in goals allowed (eight) and goals-against average (0.60), tied for third in shutouts (five) and last in saves (39). Of the 321 teams in the national ranks, the Wolverines are 18th in won-loss-tied percentage (.808), 23rd in goals-against average and 57th in save percentage.
A trio of players earned weekly honors for their efforts in helping Michigan defeat Penn State last Sunday. Freshman Taylor Bucklin was named Big Ten Defensive Player & Co-Freshman of the Week, senior Tori McCombs was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Women's Team of the Week and senior/junior Keyana Thompson-Shaw was named to CS360.com's Primetime Performers of the Week Honor Roll. [ Releases: Bucklin | McCombs | Thompson-Shaw ]
The Wolverines have beaten four ranked teams in the same season for the first time in program history (4-0-1: San Diego State, Pepperdine, Nebraska, Penn State). Last Sunday's victory over No. 11 Penn State was the program's first victory over a team ranked No. 11 or higher since Sept. 19, 2004, against No. 11 Illinois.
Since losing its first road match of the season on Sept. 15 at Butler, U-M has won four consecutive road matches, all against Big Ten opponents (Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State). The last time U-M won its first four conference road matches was 2004.
Nkem Ezurike needs three goals to become the all-time scoring leader, currently held by Kacy Beitel (44, 1997-00). Ezurike is also the fourth member of the 100-point club at Michigan and is fourth all-time in career points (101), a record currently held by Abby Crumpton (116, 1999-02).
1. Abby Crumpton (1999-02) -- 116 (43 G, 30 A)
2. Kacy Beitel (1997-00) -- 114 (44 G, 26 A)
3. Amber Berendowsky (1996-99) -- 113 (40 G, 33 A)
4. Nkem Ezurike (2010-Present) -- 101 (42 G, 17 A)
Twelve different players have recorded at least one goal this season (last: Tori McCombs at Penn State) and 16 different players -- more than half the roster -- have recorded at least one point.
The Wolverines are 5-2 in matches decided by one goal this season. Last Sunday's win over Penn State was the team's first 1-0 victory this season. Michigan had scored more than one goal in each of its nine other victories. On the defensive side, U-M has not allowed more than one goal in any match this season.
Senior/junior Keyana Thompson-Shaw made her first start of the season (and second appearance) in last Sunday's win at Penn State, playing the full 90 minutes on defense. She has played in 11 career matches and made five starts, three of those coming against Penn State.
Seniors Nkem Ezurike and Shelina Zadorsky have had success against the Hoosiers and Boilermakers. Ezurike has scored six total goals against both opponents (four against Purdue, two against Indiana), while Zadorsky has two career goals against Indiana, scoring one in each of the last two meetings. In 2011 against Purdue, Ezurike recorded the seventh hat trick in program history.
The Hoosiers are 10-3-1 on the season and 3-3-0 in the Big Ten. Indiana comes into Friday's match having lost to Iowa, 2-1, at home last Saturday (Oct. 12). The Hoosiers are 2-2-1 on the road this season but are 0-2-1 in their last three matches away from Bloomington. Four players have recorded double-digit points for Indiana, which is led by senior Lisa Nouanesengsy, who tops the team in goals (eight) and points (19). Other offensive weapons include Kayleigh Steigerwalt (4 G, 5 A), Abby Smith (4 G, 4 A) and Rebecca Candler (3 G, 6 A). Goalkeeper Shannon Flower has recorded seven shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.97. The Hoosiers are coached by Amy Berbary, who is in her first season.
Series: Michigan is 13-4-3 all-time against Indiana and owns a four-match unbeaten streak (3-0-1) against the Hoosiers. Indiana's last victory in the series came in 2008 (1-0 in Bloomington). The Wolverines have not conceded a goal to the Hoosiers since 2010, a 2-1 victory in Bloomington. The two teams met in Ann Arbor last season, with Michigan winning, 3-0.
The Boilermakers are 8-5-1 on the season and 3-3-0 in the Big Ten. Purdue comes into Sunday's match having won three of its last four matches (all by a 1-0 margin over Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern) but losing its most-recent match, 4-0, to Nebraska, last Friday (Oct. 11). The Boilermakers play at Michigan State on Friday before traveling to Ann Arbor. Purdue has scored 31 goals on the season (tied for third best in the Big Ten) but has also given up 30 goals (worst in the Big Ten). Offensively, the Boilermakers have one of the conference's top freshmen in Maddy Williams, who leads in the team in goals (nine), assists (six) and points (24). Alex Hairston (6 G, 8 A), Hadley Stuart (5 G, 9 A) and Jordan Pawlik (3 G, 5 A) also have double-digit point totals. Purdue has shuffled goalkeepers, but Clara Kridler has seen most of the action, posting 38 saves and recording a goals-against average of 2.15.
Series: Michigan is 8-3-3 all-time against Purdue and has won three straight in the series. Purdue's last win in the series came in 2009 (1-0 in West Lafayette, Ind.).
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines made history last Sunday (Oct. 13), downing No. 11 Penn State, 1-0, for the program's first-ever win in State College. It was also Michigan's first victory over Penn State since 2002. Senior Tori McCombs scored the match's lone goal, in the 67th minute, and Taylor Bucklin made seven saves in the shutout. [ Recap ]
Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 7 p.m. CDT
Sunday, Oct. 27 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 1 p.m. CDT
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