Nov. 3, 2009
TAKING TO THE PITCH
Sunday, Nov. 8, Noon -- vs. No. 22 Penn State (U-M Soccer Complex -- West Practice Field)
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The University of Michigan women's soccer team (6-8-5, 1-3-5 Big Ten) will celebrate the three-member senior class prior to the regular-season finale with No. 22 Penn State (11-5-2, 7-1-1 Big Ten) on Sunday (Nov. 8) at noon on the West Practice Field of the U-M Soccer Complex. Seniors Alex Jendrusch (Troy, Mich./Athens), Amy Klippert (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and Kylie Neschke (Still River, Mass./Tabor Academy) have led the Wolverines through a transitional period, each serving as captain for the 2009 season. The Nittany Lions are one of just two teams to come to the U-M Soccer Complex and emerge victorious, winning last season's complex opener on Oct. 10, 2008, by a 4-0 margin. Since then, the Wolverines have gone 5-1-4 in their new home, including an active eight game unbeaten streak.
Come celebrate with us as we honor the senior class and recognize the support of our parents with donuts and cider.
MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Complete Stats: Through 11/1/09
Special Seniors -- Michigan will honor seniors Alex Jendrusch (Troy, Mich./Athens), Amy Klippert (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and Kylie Neschke (Still River, Mass./Tabor Academy) prior to Sunday's game. During their tenure, the Wolverines have gone 21-34-22, including an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. They have combined to make 161 appearances and 124 starts. Jendrusch is one of seven Wolverines to ever net a penalty kick and leads the team in scoring this season. Klippert holds the program record for yellow cards with 24 and is one of six U-M players to amass 6,000-plus minutes of playing time. Neschke, who had her season cut short three games into the 2009 campaign, is one of 16 players to post 4,000-plus minutes on the field for the Maize and Blue.
Untouchable at Home -- Michigan has not lost at home since the season opener with Arkansas on 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.
Mark it Zero -- Sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) became the program's rookie leader in shutouts when she blanked Illinois for her sixth of the season on Nov. 1. She passed Megan Tuura (5, 2003) for the program record and jumped into the top five amongst all U-M goalkeepers on the single-season list, matching Carissa Stewart (6, 1999). Tuura had a pair of seven-shuout seasons -- 2004 and 2006 -- that Kopmeyer can match with a shutout of Penn State (Nov. 8).
It is a League Game, Mark it Zero! -- The Michigan defense has brought its game to a new level with the start of conference play, allowing just seven goals in nine Big Ten games. Heading into the final contest of the season, U-M boasts the second-lowest goals-against average in Big Ten play in program history at 0.69. The 2003 duo of Megan Tuura (2003-06) and Suzie Grech (2000-03) combined for a staggering 0.55 goals-against average on six goals allowed. One goal allowed in a regulation against Penn State (Nov. 8) would tie the current team with the 2006 quad's 0.72 goal-against average. Should U-M produce its sixth shutout of the Big Ten season on Sunday, it would match the 2003 and 2004 teams for second most and trail the 2001 program record of six shutouts.
Who Says Seniors Can Not Score? -- Alex Jendrusch has a vantage that seniors in Ann Arbor rarely see, a view from the top of the team's goals list. Since the program's inception in 1994, a senior has led the Wolverines in goals just four times. Judy Coffman (5, 2006), Abby Crumpton (11, 2002) and Kacy Beitel (10, 2000) each capped off their careers by leading U-M in scoring, while Stephanie Chavez (6, 2003) shared the lead with an underclassmen. Senior Amy Klippert, along with a pair of underclassmen, trails Jendrusch for the lead by one goal.
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.
On the Big Ten Radar -- Haley Kopmeyer continues to lead the Big Ten in saves per game with 5.87 and moved to the top of the list with a .854 save percentage and 88 saves. As a team, the Wolverines have allowed the second-fewest goals in conference play, trailing only Big Ten leader Ohio State's five goals allowed by two. Jackie Carron is tied for fourth in conference assists with six this season. Holly Hein is one of six Big Ten players to tally three game-winning goals this season, giving her a share of fourth in the conference. [ 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 earned a split in its final road weekend of the season, clipping Illinois on Sunday (Nov. 1) after falling to Iowa, 2-1, on Friday (Oct. 30). Sophomore Kristen Goncalves (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard Catholic) erased an early U-M deficit in the 15th minute against Iowa, but it was not enough as the Wolverines fell to the Hawkeyes. On Sunday, senior Alex Jendrusch (Troy, Mich./Athens) tallied the deciding goal in the 74th minute and sophomore/freshman Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) made it stand up with a career-high 11 saves in for the Wolverines' first conference win of the season.
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.
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
Penn State -- U-M trails 4-14-4
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423