Oct. 20, 2009
TAKING TO THE PITCH
Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. -- vs. Minnesota (U-M Soccer Complex - Competition Field)
• Live Stats | gophersports.com
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m. -- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Complex - Competition Field)
• Live Stats | uwbadgers.com
UPDATE: This weekend's games against Minnesota (Oct. 23) and Wisconsin (Oct. 25) will be played on the main competition field. The game with the Golden Gophers on Friday has also been moved to a 7 p.m. start time. 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 (5-7-3, 0-2-3 Big Ten) will take to the pitch at the U-M Soccer Complex, hosting a pair of games on the competition field. The Wolverines will host Minnesota (10-4-2, 3-2-1 Big Ten) on Friday afternoon (Oct. 23) at 7 p.m. The Maize and Blue will close out the weekend with Wisconsin (7-5-4, 3-1-3 Big Ten) on Sunday (Oct. 25) at 2 p.m.
This Friday night is Intramural Victory lap. The event will mark the conclusion of IM soccer postseason and will serve as a celebratory "victory lap" for the fall IM soccer championship teams. All IM soccer teams will be invited for pizza and beverages, and IM champions will be recognized at halftime with a special announcement.
MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Complete Stats: Through 10/18/09
Ms. 6000 -- Just before halftime against Minnesota, senior Amy Klippert (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) will become the sixth player in program history to spend 6,000 minutes on the field. Katelin Spencer (2003-06) holds the program record for field players with 7,130 minutes to her credit. Klippert, who has started all 70 games in her career, needs two more starts to match Therese Heaton (72, 2002-05) for 15th place on the all-time starts list.
Defence! -- The Michigan backline has been stout over the last seven games, allowing just four goals since Sept. 16. During the span, which has featured three ranked opponents, the Wolverines are 2-2-3 with four shutouts. It is the best seven-game string defensively since the 2006 NCAA Tournament-bound Wolverines started the season allowing four goals in eight games. The Maize and Blue has faced five of the top 10 scorers in the conference and held each of them out of the goal column. Michigan's next target, Minnesota's Katie Bethke, leads the Big Ten with 11 goals this season.
Zero G and I Feel Fine III -- Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) recorded her fourth shutout of the season against then-No. 22-ranked Indiana (Oct. 18), matching Carissa Stewart (4, 1997) for second on the U-M rookies list. Kopmeyer needs to post one more zero to tie Megan Tuura (5, 2003) for the program record in shutouts by a freshman goalkeeper. Her shutout total is also tied for seventh place on the U-M single-season list.
Home Cooking -- Goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer is undefeated at home this season, going 3-0-2 with a 0.92 goals-against average. Nine of junior Jackie Carron's (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) team-leading 10 points have come at the U-M Soccer Complex. Freshman Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and Amy Klippert share the team lead with three goals each, all of which have come in the friendly confines. Additionally, Michigan has outscored opponents 14-8 at home this season.
Welcoming an Old Friend to the New House -- Head coach Greg Ryan and associate head coach Dean Duerst will look to exact revenge on the Badgers after their return to Madison was spoiled last season with a 3-1 U-M loss on Oct. 17, 2008. Ryan coached the Badgers to a 108-32-7 record from 1986-93 and reached the NCAA Finals in 1991. Duerst, the UW program leader with 151 wins, succeeded Ryan as head coach from 1994-2006. Ryan is 1-2-0 when facing Wisconsin as an opposing head coach.
Break The Habit -- Michigan is currently embattled in the longest scoring drought of the Greg Ryan era. The Wolverines have not scored in 371:19, dating back to sophomore Meaghan Hennessy's (Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat) second-half goal against Northwestern (Oct. 4). There may be light at the end of the tunnel, however. During the 2007 season, U-M went 469:40, between Sept. 30 and Oct. 20, without a goal before Sarah Banco (2004-07) broke the scoreless streak against Wisconsin in a 2-1 U-M victory.
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. Four players have tallied seven assists in a season; Amy Sullivant (2001), Jessica Limauro (1998), Mari Hoff (1997) and Debbie Flaherty (1997). Carron's 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.
On the Big Ten Radar -- Jackie Carron continues to lead the conference in assists with six this season. Holly Hein 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 continued to lead the Big Ten in saves-per-game with 5.45 while jumping up to second in the Big Ten with a .833 save percentage and remained in fifth with 60 stops. [ Complete Big Ten Statistics ]
Let's Build a Stadium -- Michigan's game with Wisconsin will mark the last on the central competition field this season. The team will move back to the west practice field for the final game 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 4-1-2 on it this season. U-M went 1-1 on the west practice field to end the 2008 season.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Michigan's defense starred as the Wolverines gave up one goal against a pair of ranked opponents last weekend. The Wolverines hammered out a 0-0 tie with No. 22-ranked Indiana on Sunday (Oct. 18) in front of a national television audience on the Big Ten Network. Haley Kopmeyer made five saves in her fourth shutout of the season. Michigan moved the ball well against No. 18-ranked Purdue but fell, 1-0, on Thursday (Oct. 15). Kopmeyer made three saves in the loss.
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 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 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 ]
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
Minnesota -- U-M trails 5-10-1
Wisconsin -- U-M trails 8-11-2
Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. CDT -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
Sun., Nov. 1, 1 p.m. CST -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.)
Sun., Nov. 8, Noon -- vs. Penn State (U-M Soccer Complex)
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423