First Touch #11: U-M Set for Final Road Trip of Regular Season
MGOBLUE U-M has a 6-1-0 record all-time at Iowa.
MGOBLUE
U-M has a 6-1-0 record all-time at Iowa.
MGOBLUE

Oct. 27, 2009

TAKING TO THE PITCH
Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. CDT -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
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Sunday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m. CST -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.)
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (5-7-5, 0-2-5 Big Ten) seeks to continue giving Big Ten opponents a headache on the final road-swing of the 2009 campaign. The Wolverines will head to Iowa (8-9-0, 0-7-0 Big Ten) on Friday evening (Oct. 30) at 7 p.m. CDT at the Iowa Soccer Complex. After a daylight savings time change, the Maize and Blue will travel to Illinois (6-7-3, 1-4-2 Big Ten) on Sunday (Nov. 1) at 1 p.m. CST at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. Michigan, in search of its first conference win, has lost just once in seven tries at Iowa all-time but has a 2-3-1 record at Illinois.

MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Complete Stats: Through 10/25/09

Name GP G A P
Jackie Carron 17 2 6 10
Holly Hein 17 3 2 8
Amy Klippert 15 3 1 7

 

Name GP-GS W-L-T GAA SV%
Haley Kopmeyer 13-12 3-4-5 0.97 .845
Kristen Keane 5-5 2-3-0 2.10 .500

WOLVERINE BITES
Blank Me? Blank You! -- Sunday's 0-0 tie with Wisconsin was Michigan's third scoreless stalemate of the season, matching a program high. The Wolverines posted 0-0 ties on three occasions during the 2003, 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Records are Made to be Broken -- Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) collected her fifth shutout of the season against Wisconsin on Sunday (Oct. 25), matching Megan Tuura (5, 2003) for the program record in shutouts by a freshman goalkeeper. The pair is also tied for sixth on the U-M single-season list. In addition to establishing a new rookie record, Kopmeyer's next shutout will move her into the top five on the U-M single-season list, matching Carissa Stewart (6, 1999).

Rookie Award -- Haley Kopmeyer was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday (Oct. 26) after allowing one goal in 220 minutes of play. Kopmeyer, who was also tabbed top newcomer on Oct. 12, is the only Wolverine to win the award, which was introduced for the 2009 season.

Ms. 5000 -- Junior Jackie Carron (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) will become the 10th U-M player to log 5,000 minutes, a week after senior Amy Klippert (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) became the sixth player in program history to spend 6,000 minutes on the field. Carron has racked up 4,925 minutes to date and will leapfrog former teammate Skylar Andrews (4,951, 2005-08) into 10th place on the all-time list on Friday (Oct. 30). Katelin Spencer (2003-06) holds the program record for field players with 7,130 minutes to her credit.

Defence II! -- The Michigan backline has been stout over the last nine games, allowing just five goals since Sept. 16. During the span, which has featured three ranked opponents, the Wolverines are 2-2-5 with five shutouts. It is the best nine-game string defensively since the 2001 NCAA Tournament-bound Wolverines gave up five goals in nine games.

What a Rusch -- Senior/junior Alex Jendrusch (Troy, Mich./Athens) became the seventh player in program history to score on a penalty kick when she buried one from the penalty spot on Friday (Oct. 23) against Minnesota. The goal was Michigan's first from the spot since Judy Coffman (2003-06) converted one vs. then-No. 24 ranked Illinois on Oct. 15, 2006. Jendrusch's goal gave her a share of the team lead with three markers this season.

Help Me, Jackie -- Jackie Carron 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.

Untouchable at Home -- Michigan has not lost at home since the season opener with Arkansas (Aug.21), going 4-0-4 since then. The eight-game home unbeaten streak is U-M's longest since a pair of NCAA Tournament-bound Wolverines combined to go 17 straight home games without a loss. The streak, which spanned from Sept. 9, 2001, through Nov. 23, 2002, was the second-longest in program history.

On the Big Ten Radar -- Jackie Carron shares the conference lead 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 second in the conference. Haley Kopmeyer continues to lead the Big Ten in saves per game with 5.46 while remaining second in the Big Ten with a .845 save percentage and fifth with 71 stops. As a team, the Wolverines have allowed the second-fewest goals in conference play. U-M, Indiana and Ohio State, which is at the top of the table, have given up five goals each in the Big Ten. [ Complete Big Ten Statistics ]

Let's Build a Stadium -- Michigan's Oct. 25 game with Wisconsin marked 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 4-1-4 on it this season. U-M went 1-1 on the west practice field to end the 2008 season.

THE WEEK THAT WAS
Michigan recorded a tie in three straight games for the first time in program history after meeting Wisconsin (Oct. 25) and Minnesota (Oct. 23) in deadlocks over the weekend. Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) made five stops in a 0-0 tie with Wisconsin on Sunday. U-M capitalized on a penalty kick in the 47th minute and hung on to tie Minnesota, 1-1, on Friday night. Senior Alex Jendrusch (Troy, Mich./Athens) scored from the penalty spot and Kopmeyer made six saves.

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 MGoBlue.com or subscribe to Michigan Athletics on iTunes.

CAPTAIN'S BLOG
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 ]

TWITTER-TASTIC
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
Iowa -- U-M leads 11-1-1
Illinois -- U-M leads 9-6-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Sun., Nov. 8, Noon -- vs. Penn State (U-M Soccer Complex - West Practice Field)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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