at least it's not just us?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) of the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team became the program's career leader in points and was one of three goal-scorers, helping the Wolverines reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second straight season in a 3-0 victory over Illinois State in the second round on Friday (Nov. 22) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Freshman Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) and fifth-year senior Holly Hein(Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) also scored goals, while freshman Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) made three saves for her 11th shutout of the season, tying a single-season record.
Like last week, U-M started strong, getting a goal within the first three minutes of the match. Sophomore Christina Ordonez(Elmhurst, Ill./York) took the ball to the end line and crossed the ball to the far post to Lewis, who put a head on the ball to the near post, over the head of Illinois State goalkeeper Aryn Newsom and into the side netting to give U-M the 1-0 lead. The Wolverines peppered Illinois State with six shots on goal during the opening frame, leading in shots by a 13-4 margin.
Ezurike added to Michigan's lead less than five minutes into the second half, scoring an improbable goal close to the end line. She received a through ball from senior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and took it toward the far post. A few feet from the end line, Ezurike stopped, turned to her right towards the goal and launched a left-footed strike on a difficult angle into the upper netting to give Michigan the 2-0 lead.
Thirteen minutes later, Hein added an insurance goal off a corner kick. Senior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) took the corner on the near side and placed perfect service into the box. The ball might have gone into the net anyway, but Hein got a header on it for good measure, putting U-M up 3-0 with less than 30 minutes to play. The defense kept the pressure off Bucklin the remainder of the second half, limiting the Redbirds to shots from distance.
The Wolverines return to U-M Soccer Stadium for the third round on Sunday (Nov. 24) against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish beat Western Michigan, 1-0, earlier in the day to advance. Sunday's match will begin at 1 p.m.
U-M is 2-12-1 all-time against Notre Dame. The two teams have not faced each other since Aug. 22, 2008, a 7-0 loss in South Bend, Ind., in what was Greg Ryan's first match as Michigan head coach. They have played three times in the NCAA Tournament, with Michigan going 1-2 in those matches. The last time they met in the NCAA Tournament was 2002 (second round), with Michigan winning, 1-0, in South Bend.
For a full recap, click here: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-soccer/recaps/112213aaa.html
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Is this supposed to be the replacement for Weidenbach Hall? Edit: never mind
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved today (Thursday, Nov. 21) the construction of the new Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Operations Center. The approval came during the Regents monthly meeting held at the Michigan Union.
"Centralizing all of our maintenance and operational functions into one facility will create better efficiency and service across our athletic department," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "We have been in need of a home for these areas and to finally have them all under one roof will be a major benefit. This building will help support all of the current facilities and future development initiatives on the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus."
The Athletic Operations Center will house the department’s maintenance shops and offices, laundry, shipping and receiving and equipment storage into one building. By combining all these operations in one central location, the department will increase overall organization, productivity and effectiveness. Currently, these procedures are taking place in various facilities across the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus.
The new facility, which will be located to the south of Stadium Boulevard on State Street, will be approximately 18,000-gross square feet. This project is estimated to cost $6 million, and funds will be provided by the Michigan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The regents also authorized the commissioning of Niagarea Murano, whose architectural firm will be designing the project. The design stage of the project is scheduled to begin immediately, and the construction schedule is soon to come.
I felt it was necessary to give a shout out to Gibbons, my favorite primate.
How many other primates can leap up to 8 meters from tree to tree and walk bipedely.
Not many dammit.
They are the fastest and most agile of all tree-dwelling, non-flying mammals.
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Michigan was selected to host one of the eight NCAA "regionals" (the NCAA unfortunately calls them "second and third rounds" instead of regionals) in women's soccer this weekend.
Friday, 4pm: #23 Notre Dame (12-7-1) v Western Michigan (12-5-5)
Friday, 7pm: #11 Michigan (16-3-1) v Illinois State (14-6-1)
Sunday, 1pm: Regional final
The winner of the regional meets the winner of the Charlottesville regional (#1 Virginia, #20 Georgetown, #24 Penn State, Wake Forest) in the NCAA Quarterfinals next Friday or Saturday.
The top 8 seeds in the NCAA tournament were Virginia, Marquette, North Carolina, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Nebraska. Fortunately for Michigan, Marquette was the one team that didn't survive its first round game (losing to Western Michigan), so Michigan, the second-best seed in the group, is able to host.
Tickets are available, according to mgoblue.com.
The fourth and last recruit in this class is Amanda Vargas. Amanda Hails from Rancho Santa Margarita, California. She plays her high school ball at Tesoro High School.