Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 8/25/2012

Women's Soccer  Results - Friday 8/24/12
Kent 1, Valparaiso 1 
DePaul 3, Ohio 0 
Northwestern 2, Miami 1
Akron 2, Virginia Commonwealth 1
Central Michigan 2, West Virginia1
Ball State 2, Northern Kentucky 1
Toledo 1, IPFW 0 
Western Michigan 2, College of Charkeston 1 

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Kent State 1, Valparaiso 1 
VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Kent State women's soccer team (2-0-1) remained unbeaten on the year after a 1-1 draw with Valparaiso at Brown Field.
Sophomore Stephanie Haugh (Richmond Hill, Ontario) notched her second goal in as many games, shaking the nets in the 64th minute to give Kent State the first lead of the game.
But Valparaiso (2-0-1) equalized in the 85th minute, forcing the contest into extra time. There, neither team could score a would-be sudden victory goal as the 110-minute contest ended in a draw.
"It was a hard fought game," said Kent State head coach Rob Marinaro. "Give Valpo credit; they are a very good team, and we matched them well. I thought we did enough to win, but I told the team I was very proud of their effort."
Kent State registered a 14-11 shots advantage in the game, including a slight 5-4 lead in shots on goal. The Golden Flashes managed five corner kicks while conceding just two to the Crusaders.
Neither team could break free in the first half, but Kent State out-shot the host squad 6-3 in the opening stanza. Kent State had a pair of free kicks at close range in the first half, but neither set piece resulted in a goal. The Golden Flashes also had a chance on a corner kick late in the first half, but a Valpo defender cleared the ball off the line.
Scoreless in the 64th minute, Kent State broke through for the game's first goal on a team effort. Katherine Lawrence (Ajax, Ontario) found teammate Jaclyn Dutton (Bridgeport, Ohio), who flicked the ball onto Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio). From there, Gironda paired with Haugh, who fired a 20-yard shot out of reach of Valparaiso goalkeeper Kristen Manski. Dutton and Gironda were credited with assists on the play.
"Steph did a great job getting behind defense, and it was a very good finish," said Marinaro.
However, Valparaiso equalized in the 85th minute on a strike by Sarrah Ludwig from 25 yards out. Valpo nearly took the contest in the game's final ticks, but Kent State goalkeeper Stephanie Senn (Grand Island, N.Y.) made a critical save in the final minute of regulation for one of her three saves.
In extra time, Kent State appeared to have scored the game-winner in the 94th minute when Dutton's direct free kick was denied by the crossbar by the slightest of margins. The deflection found the head of Megan Repas (Avon, Ohio), but the Kent State senior was whistled for an offsides infraction.
"Jaclyn hit fantastic free kick, and from our angle, it looked like the original shot went in," Marinaro said of the play.
Kent State's defense was again up to the task, holding its foe to just four shots on goal in 110 minutes of action.
"Defensively, we did a very good job," Marinaro said. "Valparaiso had a good midfield, but our defense helped hold them to few opportunities."
Kent State returns to action next weekend for a two-game series at the UTSA Tournament, hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio Aug. 31 and Sept. 2.
DePaul 3, Ohio 0 
CHICAGO, Ill. - Ohio Soccer completed its longest road trip of the season at DePaul on Friday, losing to the Blue Demons by a final score of 3-0. The Bobcats fired a season high seven shots on goal but were unable to overcome three first-half goals by the hosts.
Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) led the way offensively for the Green and White, firing three total shots, all of which were on target. Paige Howard was not far behind, with both of her shots finding their way on frame as well. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Mattie Liston made nine saves in the loss, surpassing 200 in her career to become No. 4 all-time in the Ohio record book. The junior has now stopped 204 shots in her career.
DePaul (2-1) brought pressure early in the match, registering six total shots and earning two corner kicks in the first 18 minutes. Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) was equal to the first one which found its way on target, stopping Ashleigh Goddard's attempt in the ninth minute of play.
This early pressure paid a dividend in the 21st minute when Natasa Radosavljevic netted her second goal of the season. Radosavljevic's goal was assisted by Amber Paul. After setting up the first goal, Paul scored the second of the match eight minutes later, beating Liston to make it 2-0. The goal was her first of the season and was assisted by Erin Pekovitch and Kelly Blumberg. 
Ohio (0-3) stepped up its offensive pressure in the later stages of the half, firing four shots (two on goal) in the final eight minutes. Gabby Hausfeld (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way with two while Paige Howard (Mentor, Ohio) and Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio) each contributed a shot in the final moments of the half.
Unfortunately for the `Cats, DePaul was able to make it 3-0 just two seconds before the halftime whistle when Kaily Cox headed in a nice free-kick service from teammate Rebekah Roller.
In the 51st minute, Liston made the 200th save of her career on a shot by Radosavljevic. The stop put her in elite company in the Bobcat record books, as only three other Ohio goalkeepers have made 200 or more saves.
Ohio created a few good scoring opportunities in the second frame despite not finding the back of the net. Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) had a shot on target in the 62nd minute; Rogers fired one on target in the 71st and 79th minutes; Howard shot another towards goal in the 73rd minute and Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) had a hard strike blocked by the defense in the 85th minute of play. DePaul's second-half goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez played quite well in the final 45 minutes of the match, making four total saves.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday, Aug. 26 when Marshall comes to town for Ohio's home opener. The match will begin at 1 p.m. and is Thunderstix Giveaway Day at Chessa Field.
Northwestern 2, Miami 1
OXFORD, Ohio – Junior Katy Dolesh scored in the first half to put the Miami University women’s soccer team ahead but Northwestern rallied and tallied the game-winner late to hand the RedHawks a 2-1 defeat Friday evening at Miami Soccer Field. The loss was the first of the year for Miami (2-1-0) while the Wildcats (2-0-0), the first Big Ten team to visit Oxford since 2008, remained unbeaten.
Freshman Haley Walter (Cincinnati, Ohio) nearly put the RedHawks on top very early in the match as she snuck behind the defense down the wing, taking a feed from sophomore Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.), but her blast in the seventh minute caromed hard off the crossbar. Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio) did put Miami ahead in the 21st minute however, as freshman Jess Bronke (Downers Grove, Ill.) split the defense with a pass up the middle. Dolesh collected the ball and turned, beating charging Wildcat goalkeeper Anna Cassell to her right for the 1-0 lead. The assist was the first point of Bronke’s RedHawk career while it was Dolesh’s second goal of the season.
Neither side was able to create any great chances the remainder of the half as the teams went into the break with Miami on top, 1-0. Both teams fired five shots in the first 45 minutes but only three of the 10 were on target. The ‘Hawks did earn all three corner kicks in the period though.
“I think a lot of the difference was just mentality,” head coach Bobby Kramig said of the disparity in the two halves. “Going into halftime with a 1-0 lead, I don’t want to say everybody was happy with it, but we were protecting it too much. The goal of a 1-0 lead isn’t to defend it; the goal is to build upon it. We just took way too defensive a posture and gave all the momentum to them and two goals was the result.”
Just over 10 minutes into the second stanza, Northwestern drew level as Georgia Waddle notched her second score of the campaign on a header at the far post. NU’s Natalie Lagunas sent in a corner kick that was cleared right back out to her, where she again crossed the ball into the box. The ball just got over the fingertips of redshirt sophomore keeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) and Waddle was waiting on the back post to make it 1-1. The score was the first goal the ‘Hawks had allowed all year.
The Wildcats continued to apply pressure and control the tempo for much of the second half as Miami didn’t get its first shot off until 23 minutes into the frame. Cassell made a big stop in the 78th minute as junior Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) one-timed a cross from senior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) but right at the NU netminder. 
Northwestern broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute as Lagunas sent a long throw-in into the box that was rattled around, but not cleared, before reaching the foot of Niki Sebo, who poked it in for the game-winning tally. The RedHawks had one last chance late as Zakrzewski sent in a cross but Cassell made a sprawling stop to break it up, preventing Dolesh from burying the ball in the open net and the Wildcats held on for the 2-1 victory in the first ever meeting between the teams.
“I think it was a fair result. For 30 minutes of the game we were better than they were. For the rest of the time they were a bit better than we were,” Kramig said. “For me, the lesson in this that our kids need to take away is we need to keep doing what we do. When we start getting away from the way that we play and what we’re set up to do, we get into trouble.”
The Wildcats finished with an 11-9 edge in shots, including 4-3 in shots on goal, and also earned five corner kicks over the last 45 minutes compared to Miami’s none. Cassell and Norenberg each finished with two saves.
The RedHawks return to the pitch Sunday as they head north to Wisconsin to face Milwaukee. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. ET, a half hour later than the originally scheduled 1 p.m. start time.
Central Michigan 2, West Virginia 1
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Central Michigan scored early and often in the first half, and held strong against a flurry of West Virginia shots in the second half to claim a 2-0 victory at Penn State’s Jeffrey Field Friday evening.
Senior forward Laura Twidle and sophomore forward Morgan Wilcoxon each scored their first goals of the season in the first half, and senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner made five saves to preserve the win for the Chippewas (2-0-0), the first inprogram history over the Mountaineers (1-2-0). The Mountaineers received 44votes in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tires top 25 rankings.
The shutout is the second in two starts for Turner and the Chippewas this season, and is the sixth of her career.
“We’re really pleased with the result,” head coach Neil Stafford said. “We would have liked to have been a little tidier on the ball and controlled more of the game, but, at the end of the day, we had a great victory here, a big confidence boost and smiles on the players’ faces.”
Twidle put the Chippewas on the board early in the game with a goal in the second minute to the upper left corner over the goalkeeper’s head. Senior defender Katie Slaughter recorded her first assist of the season on the goal.
The Mountaineers controlled possession for much of the rest of the first half and nearly broke onto the scoreboard multiple times, with three shots on goal. Just two minutes after Twidle’s goal, West Virginia’s McCarthy fired a shot off the crossbar. Goalkeeper Stefanie Turner made three saves in the first half.
Wilcoxon added to the CMU lead with a goal off a throw-in during the 44th minute of play. The ball bounced around in the penalty area before Wilcoxon was able to find the back of the net.
The Mountaineers attempted a comeback in the second half, firing 11 total shots, two of which were saved by Turner. Slaughter, fellow senior defender BaileyBrandon and the stout CMU defensive line combined to thwart the West Virginia rally.
“In the second half our players settled down a lot more, and we had a lot more structure,” Stafford said. “Our physical fitness was a huge part of this game, and our composure and technical ability really kicked in, and it was nice to see.”
Seven Chippewas combined for seven shots throughout the game, with four in the first and three in the second. Sophomore Laura Gosse also had a shot on goal
West Virginia took 19 shots, five of which were on goal. Forward Kate Schwindel fired a game-high five shots, two of which were on goal.
The win is a flip of the script from 2010, when the Chippewas last played the Mountaineers. The Chippewas also scored early in that game, with a goal assisted by Twidle in the fifth minute, but the 2010 defense could not hold off two late WVU goals in a 2-1 loss.
The Chippewas look to carry their momentum into Sunday’s matchup against No. 6 Penn State at 2:30 p.m., who took on top-ranked defending national champion Stanford immediately following the Chippewas’ match on Friday.
Akron 2, Virginia Commonwealth 1
Freshman midfielder Hannah Werth scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute as the Akron women's soccer team rallied from an early deficit to defeat Virginia Commonwealth, 2-1, Friday evening at Regal Soccer Stadium in the opening game of the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic.
With the win, the Zips improve to 2-0-0, while VCU falls to 1-1-1 with its loss. The win marks the first time UA has started the season with two straight wins since the 2009 campaign.
 "I think it was a good win for us," said Akron interim head coach Vernon Croft. "For us to go down, come back and get the win - that says a lot about the maturity and growth of this team. That's a good VCU team that will contend in their conference this year. Our players were committed to doing what they do well and that is why we earned the result tonight."
UA started the game on the attack by drawing two corner kicks in the first seven minutes, while sophomore midfielder Brianna Kanz and junior defender Amber Kern each had shots blocked by the Ram defense.
After VCU fired three shots off target, Cristin Granados put one on frame and followed up the ensuing rebound at 18:23 to put VCU ahead, 1-0.
VCU kept the pressure on and forced saves from Zips freshman goalkeeper Klaire Adee in the 26th and 28th minutes. 
However, the Zips equalized at 36:17 when senior forward Ashley Hughes was in on a breakaway down the center of the park and tucked the ball away to the goalkeeper's right.  The goal was Hughes' first of the season. Freshman forward Megan Waskowski supplied the assist – her first of two on the night. 
Just three minutes before halftime, VCU's Aisha Allen hit the crossbar, but Adee was there to turn away the second shot by Jessie Krasko to keep the match level going into the half.
The Zips opened the second half with two corners in the first five minutes. VCU's Breiana White put a header on target in the 61st minute, but it was saved by Adee. Waskowski put UA's second shot on frame with a driven strike in the 65th. 
Then with just over five minutes remaining, three freshmen combined for the winner as Werth netted her first collegiate goal to give the Zips the lead at 2-1. Waskowski was again involved in the build-up as she found classmate Katie George who passed to Werth for the shot, which went in the top right corner off the crossbar.  
Both Waskowski and George were credited with assists. Waskowski leads Akron with three assists in her first two collegiate games. 
In goal, Adee made seven saves while playing all 90 minutes. 
For the match, VCU held the advantage in shots at 15-7, while Akron had the edge in corners, 5-4. 
The Zips will be back in action Sunday at the Lady Vol Classic against 2011 NCAA Tournament team William & Mary. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.
Ball State 2, Northern Kentucky 1
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Skylar Chew’s header off a corner kick sparked a brief scoring spurt midway through the second half Friday as Ball State opened play in its own tournament with a 2-1 victory over Northern Kentucky at Briner Sports Complex.
An own goal just minutes later gave the Cardinals a 2-0 cushion and helped them hold off the visiting Norse to even their record at 1-1-0. Northern Kentucky also now stands at 1-1-0.
Both teams will be back in action Sunday at the Ball State Tournament with NKU battling Western Kentucky at 12 p.m., followed by Ball State’s matchup with Xavier at 2:30 p.m. Western Kentucky defeated Xavier, 3-0, in Friday’s first contest.
“We moved the ball very well today,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “I was really delighted with our possession game. We found our connections really well. I felt like when we got into that attacking third, we took our opportunities when we created them.”
Ball State and Northern Kentucky were scoreless through 65 minutes of play Friday. The Cardinals managed to get 11 shots off in the first half but couldn’t get one to find the net. That all changed in the 66th minute when senior defender Amanda Dreyfus lined up a corner kick opposite the BSU bench.
The ball off Dreyfus’ foot made it all the way through to the back post, where Chew lined it up and headed it past Northern Kentucky goalkeeper Cassie Lingenhoel. It was the first goal of the season and the second career tally for the senior defender from Mason, Ohio.
“There’s not really much that goes through my mind on corners,” Chew said. “You have to get to the ball, and when it’s in the air you just give it everything you have. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn’t. I got on the lucky side of it today.”
Less than three minutes later, Ball State found the scoreboard again. With the Cardinals on the attack, senior forward Paige Stroinski sent a hard pass from the left side of the box. A Northern Kentucky player, trying to clear the ball away from the goal, instead kicked it into the net to give BSU a 2-0 advantage.
That margin stood until the 85th minute when Northern Kentucky’s Megan Frye collected a loose ball in front of the goal and put it into the top left portion of the net. The Norse, which had only three shots in the first half, registered 10 over the final 45 minutes. They continued to pressure the goal after their score but were not able to find the equalizer.
“It’s nice to get our first win of the season,” Roberts said. “I was very pleased with our overall game for pretty much 75 percent of the night. We just need to work on closing out games when we have a lead.”
Ball State goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler made five saves to help the Cardinals to a victory on day one of the first regular-season tournament the program has ever hosted. Lingenhoel managed four saves for 
Northern Kentucky before being relieved by Stephanie Glass late in the game.
Northern Kentucky’s Allison Ponzer led all players with four shots, while Alyssa Ables, Aubrey Hauenstein and Maimee Morris finished with three each for Ball State. 
Toledo 1, IPFW 0 
FORT WAYNE, IN - Sophomore Rio James scored the match's lone goal to lead Toledo to a 1-0 shutout victory over IPFW on Friday under the lights at the Hefner Soccer Complex. With the blanking, the Rockets' collect their first win of the season and improve to 1-2-0.
James received a nice through-pass from senior Jaimie Morsillo over the Mastodons' defense and promptly beat the goalie far post to tally her first tally of the season at 55:47.
"It was a good road win, considering it was IPFW's home opener," Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. "We had some specific objectives coming into the match and for the most part we achieved them. It was also good to have a number of different players contribute, but the result is cautionary. We have much to improve upon in all facets of the game moving forward." 
Each team finished with 11 shots, with James registering a squad-best three shots. The Midnight Blue & Gold also held a slight 5-4 edge in corner kicks to claim its fourth win in five career matchups against the Mastodons (0-2-0). 
Between the posts, sophomore Kelsey Borowitz and freshman Sam Tiongson split time and combined to make eight saves in the shutout. A native of Indianapolis, Tiongson made her collegiate debut in her home state this evening and posted three stops. 
"Tonight was a good match for us," senior tri-captain Natalia Gaitan said. "We came to get a good result, and we did. IPFW is a talented team, and we were able to score and get the shutout. We have a lot of areas to improve on, but this is good for us and for our confidence. We hope to transfer this momentum into Sunday's match and to get another good result on the road."
Added Evans, "Natalia's ability to read the match tonight was fantastic and was a big reason for the clean sheet."
The Rockets return to the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 26 when they travel to Austin, TX to play Big 12 Conference member Texas. The opening whistle is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the Mike A. Myers Stadium & Soccer Field at 1:00 p.m. Sunday's contest against UT will be televised on the Longhorn Network.
Western Michigan 2, College of Charleston 1
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team picked up its first win of the season, beating College of Charleston 2-1 on Friday night.


The game was originally scheduled to be play in Conway, S.C., as a part of the Coastal Carolina Soccer Classic but the game was moved to C of C due to weather and field conditions. 
Rachel Chaney and Kylie Nylen tallied for the Broncos in the win. WMU held the Cougars to zero shots in the first half and just two on goal in the second half with Michelle Watson making one save to earn her first win of the season. 
“The first two games we played well on the field,” said first-year coach Nate Norman, who also earned his first career win. “We have done more than enough to create chances to win and I think it is just a matter of taking advantage of them.”
The first goal for WMU came in the 29th minute. Aubrey Sudomeier beat her marker and crossed it to Chaney, who was unguarded at the back post. Chaney calmly punched the ball into an open net to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
The Brown & Gold extended their lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute off of a set piece. Lindsey Lee played the ball into the box but it was misplayed by a Cougar defender and bounced to Nylen. The freshman midfielder took advantage of the open net for her first goal of her collegiate career.
College of Charleston added a goal in the 88th minute.