WMU News

Women's soccer team remains unbeaten

Sept. 3, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- WMU's women's soccer team (2-0, 0-0 MAC) survived another non-conference match at the WMU Soccer Complex, tallying the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in a 3-2 victory over Detroit (1-3) Sunday afternoon (Sept. 3).

On Friday, the Broncos defeated Valparaiso, also by a 3-2 score, to open their 2000 season.

The Broncos continue their homestand Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 6) against Michigan State. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at the WMU Soccer Complex on Parkview Avenue near Drake Road. Admission is free.

"Detroit gave us a lot of problems with their overall team speed," head coach Mike Haines said. "I was happy with the way the team battled back and claimed the win."

The Broncos found themselves down 1-0 less than two minutes into the contest after a defensive lapse gave Detroit's Gwen Kilfoy an open look in the box. The Broncos responded eight minutes later when freshman defender Abi Morrell's free kick bounced past Titan keeper Erika Rust. Morrell's ball cleared the UD wall and dove down and away from the goalie just inside the near post.

Classmate Megan Urbats tallied her second goal in as many matches, controlling a failed clearance as she stood unmarked in the box. Urbats finished the weekend with a pair of scoring plays as well as two assists.

Detroit notched the equalizer at the 55:13 mark when Shannon Beal fired a strike into the upper right corner of the goal, beating a helpless Megan Ramey. With the goal, WMU found itself in a situation similar to Friday afternoon, tied at 2-2 late in the match.

For the second-straight time Western Michigan was able to secure a win. Morrell converted on her second free kick of the day, this time from 30 yards out. Detroit's 21st foul gave Morrell the opportunity and she placed the ball perfectly into the upper right corner of the net.

"Abi really came through for us today," Haines said. "She has played well every since training began and she continued that trend against Detroit."

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Media contact: Scott Kuykendall; 616 387-4138; scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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