Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
Congratulations to the Women's Soccer team. Advances to the Elite Eight for only the second time in program history after defeating Notre Dame 1-0 this afternoon. Will play the winner of Virginia-Wake Forest next.
For the second time in program history Michigan will play in the elite eight!
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.
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Title says it all. Big game for the kickers if you need something during commercial breaks of the 7pm games.
On a recent trip to Liverpool to catch a LFC match I read about a certain pub by the name of The Albert which has a vast collection of scarfs from all over the world. After thinking about this I concluded no collection could be complete without a Michigan scarf. So I brought one over to The Albert which is basically on the grounds of Anfield (Liverpool's home stadium). So if anyone is in the area anytime feel free to see if you can spot the Michigan scarf and enjoy a good pint.
SIAP but I didn't see this show up on the board recently. Michigan soccer beat OSU on Sunday 1-0 on an awesome goal by our own James Murphy. I am 100% naive to all things college soccer but this is a nice goal. OSU is apparently bad but who cares. Embed below
Early in December before Michigan faced Akron in the College Cup it was noted that Meram was listed by Ives (Soccer by Ives, popular US Soccer blog), as high as #21 on their Draft board:
21. JUSTIN MERAM, Michigan, Forward
A fearless forward who has shown a great ability to go at and beat defenders, Meram's stock has risen faster in the past month than any player in the nation.
His stock seems to be continuing to rise and that should excite Michigan fans. In their new Mock draft they have him as a great fit for Real Salt Lake, and note he could still move up even higher. Good luck to him in his draft preperations and hope him all the best as he enters into his professional career:
14. Real Salt Lake- JUSTIN MERAM, F, Michigan
After losing Robbie Findley to Europe, RSL headed into the off-season needing a forward. If RSL can land Meram here it will be another positive step in a memorable winter. Meram is a dangerous goalscorer, someone who loves going at defenders and can score from anywhere. A good Combine performance could see Meram go even higher, but RSL would pounce if he's available here.