#4 Michigan 10 Northwestern 1
Mar. 7, 2009
Ann Arbor, MI -- It didn't take long for Michigan (8-2) to get on the board against Northwestern (1-4) in its fourth and final game of the weekend tournament. Senior Alexis Pavle (Grosse Pointe/Grosse Pointe South) found the net just :14 into the contest sending Michigan on its way to a 10-1 victory as they finished the weekend a perfect 4-0. The Wolverines scored the first seven goals of the contest before the Wildcats could even carry the ball into its offensive zone. Most of the team got into the action as playing time was spread throughout the roster. Rachel Lary (San Diego, CA/Torrey Pines), Erin Conroy (Chicago, IL/Loyola Academy) and Amy Johnson (Washington, D.C./Holton-Arms) all notched two goals in the game.
With Northwestern playing one girl down and quickly out of hand, Michigan used the game to get some of the younger players experience and to work on the things that they usually spend practice time on. Northwestern only managed two shots on goal all game as nearly all of the action was controlled by Michigan in the Wildcat's zone.
After carrying an 8-1 lead at the intermission, the Wolverines spent the second half working on their passing, moving the ball around the perimeter of the Wildcat defense, only scoring twice in the half. Wildcat goalie, Shivanni Banker played well in goal against the barrage of shots fired her direction by the Michigan attackers. Banker, a freshman, played on the Michigan high school state runner-up team last season.
The Wolverines will next be in action on Tuesday, March 10th when they visit Oakland University with the opening draw scheduled for 9 PM.
Game Notes: Johnson kept her multi-goal streak intact as she now has two or more goals in five straight games...Michigan and Michigan State were the only two teams in the tournament to post perfect 4-0 records on the weekend...Michigan is now 6-0 at Oosterbaan this season...Due to technical difficulties, first half audio will not be available...Michigan's next home game will be Sunday, March 22nd at 8 PM against inner-state rival, #14 Michigan State
Senior Defense/Midfielder Micaela Battiste: I think overall it went well, I think that we were trying to incorporate a lot more shots...Amy Johnson went behind the back, some risers, we were trying to have some fun out there.
On going undefeated in the tournament: It feels great, we always come into any tournament, any game thinking we're going to win. We came into this tournament thinking we're going to go 4-0 this weekend and that's exactly what we did.
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