The University of Michigan women's soccer team (8-3-4, 3-2-2 Big Ten) rounds out the 2010 home schedule with a pair of Big Ten contests. The Wolverines will welcome in Iowa on Friday night (Oct. 29) for a 7 p.m. contest inside the U-M Soccer Stadium. BigTenNetwork.com will stream the game live on the internet. Michigan will then close out the home slate with No. 16-ranked Illinois in a Sunday matinee (Oct. 31) at 3 p.m. The Big Ten Network will air the finale live in high definition with Josh Hakala and Lisa Grubb handling the call.
Prior to Sunday's contest, the Wolverines will honor seniors Amanda Bowery (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), Kristen Keane (Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South), Kylie Neschke (Still River, Mass./Tabor Academy) and Sarah Stanczyk (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South). They have combined to make 260 appearances and 227 starts for the Maize and Blue. Bowery ranks in the top 13 in goals (15), assists (13) and points (43). Carron, one of 17 players in program history to start more than 70 games (72), is ranked fourth all-time in minutes played (6660). Keane, who has battled injuries all season, ranks eighth all-time in saves (25). Neschke, a fifth-year defender, returned from a knee injury during the 2009 season to once again lead the Wolverines backfield. Stanczyk joined the Wolverines for the 2009 season and has been a mainstay in the line-up since donning the block 'M.'
No ties, its the Weekend -- The Wolverines played 217:35 of a possible 220 minutes in a pair of overtime contests with Minnesota (Oct. 22) and Wisconsin (Oct. 24) without picking up a tie. Michigan stunned the No. 23-ranked Gophers on a goal at 109:33 off the foot of freshman Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville). Two days later, the celebration came at the Wolverines' expense as the Badgers scored with 1:55 left in the second overtime frame.
The Young and the Restless -- Ezurike's heroic goal in the final minute at No. 23-ranked Minnesota marked the rookie's eighth goal of the campaign. She moved into a tie for sixth in scoring among Wolverine freshmen, matching Mari Hoff (8, 1996) and Stephanie Chavez (8, 2000). Kacy Beitel set the rookie standard in 1997 when she dented the twine 14 times.
Kopmeyer Savings & Loan -- Junior/sophomore Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) continued her ascent up the U-M career wins list with the 12th victory of her career against No. 23-ranked Minnesota on Friday (Oct. 22). The win, which was also her 10th career shutout, matches Jori Welchans (12, 1994-96) for fifth on the U-M career list.
Razor Thin Margins -- U-M has been playing some hotly contested soccer in the month of October. Michigan, winners of three out of the last four, has been part of four straight one-goal games. Prior to the string of tight contests, the Wolverines opened the month with a pair of ties. The Maize and Blue is 6-1-4 in games decided by one goal or less this season.
On the Big Ten Radar -- Nkem Ezurike remains in a tie for fourth in Big Ten scoring after netting her eighth goal of the season at No. 23 Minnesota on Friday (Oct. 22). She is also tied for seventh with 17 points. Amanda Bowery remained tied for fourth in the conference in assists with five. Haley Kopmeyer boasts the fourth-best goals-against average (0.68) and save percentage (.836) and leads the Big Ten in saves per game (5.67) in conference play.
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Rank and File -- Michigan darted up four spots to a No. 5 ranking in the latest NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll released on Oct. 25. The resurgent Wolverines appeared in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com regional rankings for the first time in a little more than three years when they earned a No. 9 ranking in the Sept. 21 poll. The Maize and Blue had last held a spot on the Great Lakes list on Sept. 11, 2007.
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Quick Hits -- The Wolverines beat a ranked opponent on the road for just the fourth time in program history when they defeated No. 23 Minnesota, 1-0, on Friday (Oct. 22) ... Michigan is 8-3-6 over the last two seasons at the U-M Soccer Complex ... The Big Ten Network will air U-M's away contest with Penn State (Nov. 7, 1 p.m.) live in high definition.
U-M vs. Iowa - 11-2-1
U-M vs. Illinois - 10-6-1
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Sunday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m. -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.)
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Friday, Nov. 12, TBA -- NCAA Tournament First Round (Campus Sites)
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