Oct. 23, 2013
Every week throughout the 2013 season, captains Nkem Ezurike, Holly Hein, Meghan Toohey and Shelina Zadorsky will give the public an inside look at the University of Michigan women's soccer team through this blog, The Yellow Armband. This week, Zadorsky recaps last weekend's pair of victories, including a record-setting performance by teammate (and fellow Canadian teammate) Ezurike.
Hello Michigan Fans,
Wow! What an incredible weekend for Michigan athletics! On behalf of our whole team, thank you to those of you who made it to U-M Soccer Stadium. With such great crowds, our home atmosphere has proved to be one of the best in the country. Join us again next Saturday (Nov. 2) at 6 p.m. as we take on rivals Ohio State for Senior Day.
Last weekend, records were broken all over campus, ranging from soccer to football to field hockey. For us, senior forward Nkem Ezurike was the hero of the weekend, scoring three goals in our wins over Indiana and Purdue, making her the program's all-time leading scorer! I speak for the entire team when I say that everyone is extremely proud of Nkem. Celebrating our two wins from the weekend was all the more special as Nkem gained such an amazing accolade.
Friday's match against Indiana was a hard-fought battle, one we knew was coming. The Hoosiers have a new head coach this year and they played hard the entire match. Nkem's goal in the last 15 minutes of play held up as the game-winner and coupled with another solid performance from our freshman goalkeeper, we secured the victory. On Sunday against Purdue, we were able to come back from a one-goal deficit to win, 3-1. Numerous players had outstanding performances and I think we had some of our best passing of the year.
Up next, we head to Illinois facing the Fighting Illini on Friday (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. and then Northwestern on Sunday (Oct. 27) at 1 p.m. Both matches are crucial in our chase for the Big Ten championship. We are taking every match one at a time knowing how critical every result will be. One of our main goals this season is to win a Big Ten championship and we will do everything we can to complete this goal as a team. With three matches left in league play, we know every second on the field counts.
Thank you again for your support as a Michigan soccer supporter. We hope you can follow our games this weekend! In addition, head over to U-M Soccer Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 26) to support our men's team against defending NCAA champion Indiana at 7 p.m.
Until next time,