First Touch #12: U-M Closes Out Regular Season at Penn State on BTN

Nov. 1, 2010

Michigan at Penn State
Jeffrey Field • State College, Pa.

Sunday, Nov. 7: U-M at Penn State, 1 p.m. • TV: Big Ten Network (live) | Live Stats

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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (10-3-4, 5-2-2 Big Ten) concludes the 2010 regular season with a road contest at Penn State (9-8-1, 7-2-0 Big Ten) on Sunday (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m. on Jeffrey Field in State College, Pa. The contest will be aired live on the Big Ten Network with Steve Jones and Kyndra de St Aubin handling the call.

The Wolverines will then await their NCAA Tournament fate on Monday (Nov. 8). ESPNU will broadcast the selection of the 64-team field at approximately 4:30 p.m. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament will be held at campus sites on Friday (Nov. 12) and Sunday (Nov. 14), culminating in the 2010 College Cup on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 in Cary, N.C.

Festifall -- The Wolverines concluded the month of October with a 5-1-2 record and a .688 winning percentage, joining the most successful Michigan squad in program history in terms of excellence in the 10th month of the year. The 2010 squad became the first U-M team to win five games in the month since the 2002 team went 5-2-1 en route to an NCAA Quarterfinals appearance.

Et la but! -- Freshman Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) scored her team-leading ninth goal, the game-winner, against No. 16-ranked Illinois (Oct. 31) to move into a tie for fourth in U-M rookie scoring all-time. She matched Melissa Dobbyn (9, 2004) and Amber Wilson (9, 2000) and inched within one of the top three Therese Heaton (10, 2002), Abby Crumpton (11, 2002) and Kacy Beitel (14, 1997).

First is the Best -- Four different Wolverines earned career firsts during the weekend sweep of Iowa (Oct. 29) and No. 16 Illinois (Oct. 31). Freshman Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and senior Sarah Stanczyk (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) both netted the first goals of their careers this weekend. Toohey scored the game-winner against the Hawkeyes and tallied again against the Illini, joining Stanczyk in the scoring column on Senior Day. Freshman Shelby Chambers-Garcia (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) earned her first collegiate start in the game against Iowa and junior Meaghan Hennessy (Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat) chipped in her first career assist the same night.

On the Big Ten Radar -- Nkem Ezurike moved into a tie for third in Big Ten scoring after scoring her ninth goal of the season against No. 16-ranked Illinois on Sunday (Oct. 31), moving into a tie for fifth with 19 points. Amanda Bowery remained tied for fourth in the conference in assists after picking up her sixth helper of the season in the match with Iowa (Oct. 29). Junior/sophomore Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) boasts the fourth-best save percentage (.822) and the fifth-lowest goals-against average (0.78). [ Complete Big Ten Statistics ]

Rank and File -- Michigan maintained a No. 5 ranking in the latest NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll released on Nov. 2. The resurgent Wolverines appeared in the NSCAA/ 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. [ Complete Rankings ]

Quick Hits -- Michigan is ranked 48th in the latest Tournament 64 Ranking. The poll is intended to be an indicator of the expected NCAA Tournament field ... The Maize and Blue is 8-1-4 in games decided by one goal or less this season ... Each of the Wolverines last six games has been decided by one goal (5-1-0) ... Michigan reached the 10-win plateau for the first time since 2004 when it went 11-9-2 ... The Wolverines' five Big Ten victories this season are also the most since 2004 ... Michigan is 3-1-1 on the Big Ten Network and during the Greg Ryan era.

U-M vs. Penn State - 4-15-4

Career Saves, 9 -- Haley Kopmeyer needs nine saves to match Jori Welchans (175, 1994-96) for fifth on the U-M career stops list.

Wins, 1 -- Kopmeyer needs one win to move into a tie for third on single-season wins with Suzie Grech (12, 2001)

• Assists, 2 -- Amanda Bowery needs two assists to match Mari Hoff (16, 1996-99) for 10th on the U-M career list.

The Ryan:90 -- Episode 11 [ Link ]
The Yellow Armband -- Weekend Rating = 10.5 Biscuits
Three's Company -- Sarah Stanczyk
Big Ten Network -- Highlights vs. #16 Illinois

Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14, TBA -- NCAA Tournament First Round (Campus Sites)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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