Courtest of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Akron 2, Rutgers 1
West Virginia 5, Indiana 4
Saint Louis 1, Northern Illinois 0
Milwaukee 2, Bowling Green 0
Siena 1, Buffalo 0
UIC 4, Western Michigan 2
Cornell 2, Hartwick 1
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – A penalty kick by Reinaldo Brenes in the 105th minute lifted the No. 5 University of Akron men's soccer team to a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory in double overtime at Rutgers on Sunday at Yurcak Field.
Just five minutes into the second overtime period, Matt Foldesy split a pair of Scarlet Knight defenders with a great through ball that found Saad Abdul-Salaam, who was tackled from behind before he could get a shot off.
It was a remarkably similar situation to Friday night's double-overtime defeat at No. 23 St. John's. Only this time, a foul was called when Abdul-Salaam went down and Brenes made Rutgers pay with his second game-winner in three matches.
UA (3-1-0) had to play from behind for the first time this season when Rutgers' Kene Eze headed a cross from the left side of the field into the right corner of the net in the 54th minute.
The Zips nearly got it right back, however, when a long pass from beyond midfield sprung Brenes, who found himself all alone with the keeper from the near right flank, but his liner bounced across the goal and banged off the far post and out.
With the clock running out on the Zips, Ismail Seremba, who entered the match after RU's goal, then found the equalizer in the 85th minute. The true freshman from London, England, took a quick pass from Eric Stevenson and buried it into the left corner of the net from the top of the box.
Seremba has been a big factor in each of the Zips' last three matches – all as a reserve. He assisted on the game-winning goal against Furman last weekend and aided in another score Friday night at St. John's prior to today's heroics.
From the 87th minute on, Rutgers (1-2-1) was forced to play a man down. Drew Morgan received a red card after tackling Brenes on a breakaway. Morgan was yellow carded in the eighth minute.
After a slow first half, the Zips responded quickly after Rutgers' goal and outshot the Scarlet Knights 28-8 for the match, while earning a 15-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Seremba was one of a handful of reserves that provided a big boost Sunday. Adam Najem, who had five shots (three on frame), Louis Cross and Brett Gravatt each played meaningful minutes off the bench.
After opening the first four matches on the road, the Zips will return to FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field next weekend for the annual University of Akron Tournament. UA will host VCU on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. ET and San Diego State on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.
Zips Notebook: The Zips improved to 6-0-1 following a loss during the regular season since 2008 ... Akron, which has lost just 13 contests in the past seven seasons, has not been beaten in consecutive matches since 2007.
West Virginia 5, Indiana 4
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A goal by sophomore Ryan Cain in the 103rd minute gave the West Virginia University men’s soccer team a 5-4 double-overtime victory over No. 8 Indiana on Sunday evening at Armstrong Stadium.
Cain ripped a left footed shot into the upper 90 of the net from 25 yards away. Sophomore Majed Osman played the pass to Cain, who received it on the left side of the pitch, took two touches and beamed a shot on frame.
The victory improves WVU’s record against Top 10 opponents to 8-13 since coach Marlon LeBlanc took the helm in 2006. The five goals scored against Indiana were the most scored by a Hoosier opponent since Sept. 3, 2006, when Indiana fell 5-4 to Notre Dame in overtime.
“It was a fantastic performance by the guys tonight with the difficult road trip,” LeBlanc says. “I’m proud of my team; we played very well, resilient. We had them pinned back in different stages of the game and then the momentum shifted a bit. It’s a good win against a good Indiana team that's going to win a lot of games this year.”
The Mountaineers relinquished the lead on three different occasions, but battled back for the victory, totaling 17 shots. Cain, Osman and senior Jay Williams all had one goal apiece, while junior Andy Bevin finished with two goals. Sophomore Jamie Merriam added two assists.
The goal came after a number of Indiana chances in the overtime periods. Freshman Kyle Richards recorded a team save along the goal line for the Mountaineers in the 102nd minute following a shot by Indiana’s Nikita Kotlov. On the ensuing corner kick by Dylan Mares, an Indiana player slotted the ball in the net, but he hit it with his hand and was called for the foul.
Junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston picked up six saves in the victory, while Hoosier keeper Colin Webb recorded five saves in his first career start.
West Virginia took the first five shots of the match, with the final one resulting in a goal by Osman. Freshman Alex Ochoa laid a ball off to Osman on the left side at the top of the box. Osman settled the ball and whipped a shot that was deflected and went past a diving Webb for a 1-0 lead.
Indiana quickly took control of the match and had two shots on goal saved by Johnston before tying the match at 1-1 in the 33rd minute. Following a WVU foul, Harrison Petts played a free kick from outside of the box to the head of Jacob Bushue, who was able to redirect the ball and send a shot that rainbow’ed over the head of Johnston.
WVU quickly responded as Bevin netted his second goal of the season in the 35th minute to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead. Bevin received a pass from sophomore Jamie Merriam and worked his way through the Hoosier defense before ripping a left-footed shot near post for the goal.
Merriam picked up his second assist of match when Williams made it 3-1 in the 55th minute. Merriam worked his way into the box and lined a shot that was deflected by Williams for his first goal of the season.
Indiana cut the lead to 3-2 in the 59th minute when Tommy Thompson held the ball along goal line on the left side of the pitch. Thompson sent a pass into the middle of the field where Petts one-touched it by Johnston to the far post.
Tanner Thompson slotted a ball past Johnston to tie the game at 3-3 in the 72nd minute for the Hoosiers after taking a pass from Mares.
Bevin scored his second of the match in the 74th minute giving the Mountaineers a 4-3 lead. Freshman Griffin Libhart, who had just come on as a substitution, brought the ball down the right side of the field to the goal line. Libhart sent a ball to an unmanned Bevin, who easily trapped the ball and scored from point-blank range.
Indiana tied the game again at 4-4 in the 83rd minute on a nearly identical goal as the Hoosiers’ third. Bushue played a low pass along the goal line to the center of the field and Kotlov one-touched a shot by Johnston.
Merriam and Osman each took four shots, while Petts and Tommy Thompson led Indiana with five shots apiece.
West Virginia returns to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium for a match against Wright State on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Despite playing down a man for nearly 60 minutes, the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team held off No. 14 Saint Louis until the 105th minute when Kingsley Bryce scored a double overtime game-winner for the Billikens in the Cincinnati Bearcat Soccer Classic. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser (Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla/Oregon State) made six saves in goal for the Huskies.
“I don’t want this to sound like sour grapes and I don’t want to take anything away from Saint Louis because they are a fantastic team, a legitimate top-10 team. But the referee affected the game in a negative manner that potentially had a hand in the final result of the game,” said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi. “The red card should not have been a red card, so we were left with 10 guys for almost 60 minutes. The guys that played were absolute warriors and I have not been prouder of a group since I have been at NIU.”
Junior Andrew Palumbo (Ft. Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/Darton College) had the first attempt of the contest, firing a shot high of goal in the 19th minute. The Huskies had a flurry of chances following Palumbo’s first shot of the game as junior Isaac Kannah (Plymouth, Minn./Prairie Seeds Academy) saw his effort blocked and junior Shawn Vroom (Kohler, Wis./Kohler) shot wide in the 21st minute.
Glaeser was called upon for the first time in the 27th minute with a save off a header from Bryce. The stop was the only one required by either goalkeeper in the first half as the teams split eight shots evenly in the opening 45 minutes, with just one on target.
Just over two minutes into the second half the Billikens nearly opened the scoring as Robert Kristo hit the post.
The game changed in the 53rd minute when the Huskies went down to 10 men as senior James Stevenson (Falkirk, Scotland/St. Mungo’s) was sent off for a red card.
Glaeser was forced to make a save off a shot from Raymond Kee in the 65th minute. Five minutes later, senior Sean Totsch (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) had a chance on the other end with a header, but his effort was saved by Billiken goalkeeper Nick Shackelford.
Freshman Chris Bernard (Langley, England/Chalfonts) fired a shot high in the 74th minute and Kannah had an effort blocked in the 89th as the game headed to overtime.
Sophomore Kyle Crichton (Ajax, Ontario, Canada/Pickering) had the first chance of the extra session as he fired over the bar in the 93rd minute. Saint Louis had one chance in the first overtime as well as Alex Sweetin’s 96th minute attempt went wide.
In the second overtime, Saint Louis came close to getting the winner as Tyler David hit the post with a header in the 103rd minute. The pressure kept coming from Saint Louis and the Billikens finally got the breakthrough in the 105th minute on Kingsley’s goal, assisted by Sweetin and Kristo.
Glaeser and freshman Cody Witkowski (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) were named to the Cincinnati Bearcat Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team.
Northern Illinois will return to action next weekend as it hosts the NIU adidas Invitational. The Huskies will face Butler in the home opener on Friday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., at the NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex. Northwestern and UW Green Bay will meet in the tournament’s first game at 2 p.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Goals by Rami Younes and Laurie Bell lifted nationally-ranked University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to a 2-0 win over the Bowling Green State Universitiy men's soccer team Sunday afternoon (Sept. 8). The match, part of the Panther Invitational, was held at UWM's Engelmann Stadium.
With the victory, the host Panthers, ranked No. 24 in the nation in this week's Soccer America poll, improve to 2-0-1 on the young season. The Falcons drop to 1-2-1 on the year.
"We came to Milwaukee to play two nationally-ranked teams this weekend," said BGSU head coach Eric Nichols. "We knew that playing these two very good teams would give us a good opportunity to test ourselves and see where we stand. We got our answer. We are not there yet, and we've got a lot of work ahead of us.
"I'm confident, though, that we will learn our lessons from this trip, and we will build from it."
Milwaukee scored what would prove to be the winning goal on a counterattack in the 34th minute of play. A long ball was played ahead to Younes on the left side of the pitch. He headed downfield, then cut back across the penalty area and sailed a shot past BGSU senior Michael Wiest.
BG had several chances in the opening half, with senior Anthony Grant putting a pair of shots on target. With nearly 21 minutes gone, Grant ripped a shot that UWM 'keeper Liam Anderson, roughly 10 yards off of his end line, was able to block. The ball sailed high into the air, but Anderson turned and made an over-the-shoulder catch of the shot to prevent a rebound.
Six minutes later, the Falcons were able to string together a few passes, with Grant again involved. A BG pass was deflected by a UWM defender, but the ball went directly to Grant as he entered the penalty area. The senior fired a shot, but Anderson was equal to the task, making a diving save to keep the match scoreless at that point. Younes gave the hosts the lead seven minutes later.
The Panthers maintained that 1-0 lead until the 60th minute, when Bell fed Robbie Boyd on a pass into the penalty area. Boyd was brought down in the box, and a penalty kick was awarded. Bell converted that PK for what would prove to be the final goal of the match.
Bell also had made a PK in last year's BGSU-UWM meeting, at Cochrane Field. That match was won by the Falcons, 2-1, on a Danny Baraldi PK in overtime.
Arguably BG's best chance of the second half had come in the early going, when senior Matt Griesinger played a right-side cross into the box. The inswinger found the head of senior Ryan Snashall, but Snashall's shot was stopped by Anderson.
Wiest had five saves on the afternoon, including four in the second half. The senior made a diving stop of a Beau Laufer effort in the 63rd minute, and tipped another hard shot by Laufer over the bar 20 minutes later.
The Falcons' final scoring chance came with under three minutes remaining, when Grant got the ball and headed down the center of the pitch with a UWM defender on his heels. Grant got tangled up with that defender, Isaias Juarez, as they neared the 18-yard box, and the ball rolled to Anderson.
Anderson had three saves in the match for the Panthers.
A pair of Falcon seniors, Brandon Silva and Zach Schewee, were named to the Panther Invitational All-Tournament Team.
The Falcons have faced three nationally-ranked opponents in a row, and the schedule gets no easier for the Brown and Orange. BGSU returns home to prepare for a Friday (Sept. 13) match vs. Ohio State. Kickoff for that contest is set for 7:00 p.m., and admission is free.
Following the OSU match, the Falcons will hit the road for five consecutive games, beginning with trips to Michigan State (Sept. 18) and Akron (Sept. 21).
LOUNDONVILLE, NY – The host Siena Saints broke a scoreless tie in the 86th minute as they defeated the University at Buffalo men's soccer team, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the Siena Turf Field. The loss drops UB to 0-3-1 on the year.
Siena outshot the Bulls, 14-4, and UB's best chance in the match came in the 34th minute as Nicolai Berry ripped a shot on goal, which was stopped by the Siena goalkeeper. UB's net minder Waleed Cassis had two saves on the afternoon, one in each half.
Siena's goal came late in the second half as a ball was headed into the box and then shot into the back of the net in traffic by James Beeston.
The Bulls will return home this week for just the second time all season as they host Big Four rival Canisius on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.
CHICAGO- The Western Michigan men’s soccer team suffered a 4-2 setback at Horizon League opponent UIC Sunday. Senior Oliver Mayer netted both goals for WMU, scoring one in each half.
“It was another disappointing result, although we continue to show signs of moving forward as a program we have yet to play a complete game,” said Bronco head coach Chad Wiseman. “Our decisions on and off the ball were very poor today. We have no choice but to continue to train hard and prepare for our next opponent.”
Western Michigan and UIC were tied 1-1 at the half. Slobodan Aleksov had an unassisted strike for UIC in the 15th minute and Mayer knotted the score in the 22nd minute, finishing from the six on a ball by Marco Lobo.
The Flames opened the second half with a goal by Jesus Torres in the 52nd minute. Torres received a pass from the left by Jorge Alvarez and punched it in from five yards out. Torres and Alvarez hooked up again in the 63rd minute, as UIC extended its lead to 3-1. This time it was Alvarez with the goal, heading in a cross from Torres.
Western Michigan was awarded a penalty kick after UIC goalkeeper Andrew Putna was issued a yellow card in the 82nd minute. Mayer made good on the shot, pulling the Broncos within one, 3-2.
Aleksov responded for UIC a little less than two minutes later, dribbling into the box and firing for his second goal of the game.
Mayer took three of Western Michigan’s four shots of the day. UIC (1-2-0) totaled 15 shots all together, Aleksov taking six.
Sophomore goalkeeper Chase Rau made a season-high six saves for Western Michigan. He was replaced in the 84th minute by junior Adriano Deabreu. Deabreu made one save.
Western Michigan (0-4-0) heads to Eastern Illinois for two matches this upcoming weekend, facing Northern Kentucky and EIU. The Broncos return to Kalamazoo for their first home game Friday, Sept. 20, against Canisius.
ONEONTA, NY – Hartwick was less than 10 minutes away from claiming its first Mayor's Cup crown since 2007 but a late Cornell tally in regulation and another deep into the second overtime handed the Big Red the title instead.
Garth Stam Defensive Most Valuable Player Patrick Slogic's header with 9:16 remaining in the second half tied the match for Cornell after the Hawks had held the lead for more than 70 minutes. Conor Goepel, who was selected as the Jim Lennox Offensive Most Valuable Player, scored the game-winner with 3:47 left in the second extra session to seal the comeback for the Big Red.
Hartwick head coach John Scott praised his team after the match for a resounding effort. "I felt we deserved better today, no question. This is a great bunch to work with and they definitely deserved more on the weekend."
David Styles (Bognor Regis, England/St. Phillip Howard) gave Hartwick the lead in the ninth minute off a pass from Jaime O'Grady (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk). O'Grady sent a ball through the Cornell defense springing Styles on a breakaway. He calmly finished to the far post with a shot that eluded Cornell keeper Zach Zagorski for the 1-0 lead.
For the remainder of the first half, the Hawks held Cornell in check, not allowing the Big Red any decent scoring chances. The half ended with 'Wick holding the lead and both teams registering just two shots.
Early in the second half, Will Broomfield (Brighton, England/Cloud Community College) had a chance to add to Hartwick's lead. After a Cornell clearance, O'Grady played the ball back into the mix to Broomfield at the top of the box. He took a touch and fired but the ball went high of the target.
The Big Red had its best chance of the match in the 59th minute. A short cross from the left side was knocked down by Hartwick keeper Mateo Munarriz (Manizales, Colombia/Colegio Granadino) and the ball sat perfectly for Atticus DeProspo who was running onto the ball. He hammered a shot but Munarriz recovered to deny him with a save from in close.
Just under five minutes later, Marc Russell (Glasgow, Scotland/Woodfarm) and Max Walcott (London, England/West Herts College) each had shots from in close right on top of one another. Zagorski, however, stuffed both of them to keep it a one-goal game.
Hartwick kept Cornell off the scoreboard until Stephen Reisert beat a defender down the right flank and got to the end line. He floated a cross to the far post for Slogic who headed it in to the near post to tie the game.
With under five minutes left in regulation, 'Wick came close to retaking the lead. Russell possessed the ball 40 yards from goal and sent a ball through to Chris Walters (Amherst, NY/Nichols School) to run onto. He broke in alone with Zagorski but his shot was stopped by the on-rushing goalkeeper.
Both teams had corners in the first overtime and put balls into the danger areas but neither team converted.
Zagorski started the game-winning play for the Big Red off a punt. His kick traveled roughly 80 yards to Sebastian Scales up front. Scales' glancing header traveled to the corner of the Hartwick box and both Goepel and Munarriz went for the 50-50 ball. Goepel just beat Munarriz to the ball, pushing it past him while being knocked off his feet. He recovered and had time to tuck the ball into an open net before any Hartwick defenders could get to it to put the game away.
The Big Red would hold an 11-7 edge in shots for the match and a 6-5 advantage in corners. Both Munarriz and Zagorski would make four saves on the day.
Despite the result, Scott was pleased with the play of the Hawks and the outlook for the squad moving forward. "We have guys who care and are hurting after today's game but I'm 100% certain they will respond and get better before we play again next weekend. We're making progress and working hard but we need to work even harder and show strong character for what's ahead."
Broomfield and Styles were selected to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts. Zagorski, Reisert, Jake Rinow and Ben Williams joined them from Cornell. Robert Morris' Neco Brett, Devon Williams and Miro Cabrera as well as Detroit's Nathan Steinwascher and Adam Bedell received All-Tournament honors.
The Hawks travel to the Southern Methodist Tournament next weekend in Dallas, TX.