Aug. 29, 2007
Turning to a potent mix of veteran returnees and a large class of incoming freshmen, the 2007 Wolverines look to make their 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament in 11 years. Graduate-senior Lindsey Cottrell, a 2006 All-Big Ten second-team member, and senior Sarah Banco return to captain the Wolverines for the second-straight season. Senior Melissa Dobbyn will continue lead the offense offense, carrying 25 career goals into the 2007 campaign.
Nine new players will find their way to Ann Arbor for the 2007 season. Brittany Boeckel, Amanda Bowery, Jackie Carron, Stephanie Crawford, Lyndsay DeCarolis, Jill Ferree, Allison Herbert, Kristen Keane, Sarah Morgan and Caroline Zambricki make up the latest group to don the block `M'. The incoming class was tabbed No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region and third-best in the Big Ten Conference.
Head Coach Debbie Rademacher begins her 14th season at the helm of the U-M women's soccer program. The lone head coach in program history, she has posted a 157-99-31 record in 13 seasons at Michigan, including a 63-40-16 record in Big Ten play with two Big Ten Championships. Assistant Coach Dan Dalzochio, entering his sixth season, will be joined by former Wolverine standout Abby Crumpton on Rademacher's staff.
With the departure of several midfielders including Kaitlin Spencer, Michigan will have a retooled midfield for 2007. Junior Danelle Underwood returns from a season-ending knee injury and will look to get back to her first-year form when scored five times and was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2005. Junior Kristin Thomas was voted the team's Most Improved Player in 2006 and worked her way into the starting lineup for the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Kylie Neschke was in the Wolverine lineup down the stretch and can provide a punch from midfield. Redshirt freshman Niki Moran and Feree, a true freshman, have an opportunity to establish a spot in the lineup heading into the season.