Saturday's Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/29/2012

Courtesy of MAC Home Sports Information Department

Saturday's MAC Men's Soccer Scoreboard

West Virginia 1, Western Michigan 1
Akron 4, Buffalo 0

Akron 4, Buffalo 0
AKRON, OH - The Buffalo men's soccer team (2-8-1, 0-1 MAC) was handed a stiff test to open Mid-American Conference play Saturday night, facing seventh-ranked Akron on the road. The Zips (6-2-1, 2-0 MAC) scored three goals in the first half and cruised to a 4-0 win.

Akron forward Reinaldo Brenes scored a hat trick in the first 37:17 of the game, first striking off a corner kick in the 12th minute before adding goals in the 24th and 38th minute of play. Scott Caldwell added the fourth goal on an unassisted score in the 88th minute.

"I am gutted by the loss, I thought we played well defensively and the score does not represent the game," head coach David Hesch said. "We need to find a way to possess the ball and start scoring more goals. The boys played their hearts out for 90 minutes, there is a reason Akron is ranked so highly in the nation."

The Bulls were unable to generate offense and spent most of the game in the defensive third. Over the course of the game, UB was credited with only two shots, neither of which were put on frame. Akron owned a 28-2 advantage in shots and a 12-0 advantage in corner kicks. Senior goalie Jon Viscosi played admirably in the face of the one of the top offenses in the nation. The Ottawa, Ontario native made eight saves on the night, tying a career high.

The schedule will get no easier now that conference play is in full swing. Next up will be a match against new MAC member West Virginia. The Mountaineers will host the Bulls next Sunday at 1 pm. The meeting will be the fifth all time between the programs, with West Virginia holding a 3-0-1 advantage. The last match came in 2009, a 1-0 win for West Virginia in Morgantown.


West Virginia 1, Western Michigan 1
. – The No. 17 West Virginia University men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Western Michigan in Mid-American Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the WMU Soccer Complex.

With Western Michigan holding a 1-0 after the first half, WVU drew its first corner kick of the game and it resulted in a 53rd minute goal by freshman Ryan Cain to tie the match. Senior Travis Pittman played the ball in from the left side of the pitch and Cain put the loose ball past Western Michigan keeper Sean Lewis by the far post for his second goal of the season.

"An early mistake cost us a goal, but we came back and found numerous opportunities to win it," coach Marlon LeBlanc says. "We'll take the result on the road and we are now unbeaten in our last six."

The overtime sessions featured possession in the midfield with WVU freshman Andy Bevin generating the only chance in the 97th minute. Bevin worked along the Western Michigan goal line and took a shot that Lewis was able to save.

WVU (6-2-2, 1-0-1 MAC) finished with 14 shots to Western Michigan’s (7-2-2, 0-0-1 MAC) 12, while the Broncos held the corner kick advantage at 6-5.

After controlling possession in the first 10 minutes of the match, a defensive breakdown led to Western Michigan taking a 1-0 lead. Shane Lyons notched his fourth goal of the season in the 11th minute as he got by the WVU defenders and put it between the legs of charging WVU senior keeper Pat Eavenson.

Yllson Asani nearly doubled the lead in the 22nd minute as he headed a ball that was on frame, but Eavenson was able to stop the shot.

WVU freshman Majed Osman had the first chance of the match for either team in the ninth minute as he played a volley out of mid-air just wide left of the net.

Senior Uwem Etuk nearly had the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute as he volleyed the ball over a Bronco defender and took a shot from 10 ten yards out on the left side of the field that sailed over the crossbar.

Pittman led WVU with three shots and two shots on goal, while Jason Grant took four shots for Western Michigan. Eavenson made three saves for the Mountaineers in 110 minutes of action.

The Mountaineers return home for a three-game homestand that begins on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a match against non-conference opponent Elon. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.