Women's Soccer Begins Conference Play

Updated 9/27/2013
EAST- Team Conf. Wins Conf. Losses Conf. Draws Conf. Pct. Overall Wins Overall Losses Overall Draws Overall Pct.
Kent State 0 0 0 .000 5 3 0 .625
Ohio 0 0 0 .000 4 2 2 .625
Buffalo 0 0 0 .000 3 2 2 .571
Akron 0 0 0 .000 3 3 2 .500
Miami 0 0 0 .000 3 5 0 .375
Bowling Green 0 0 0 .000 0 6 0 .000

 

WEST - Team Conf. Wins Conf. Losses Conf. Draws Conf. Pct. Overall Wins Overall Losses Overall Draws Overall Pct.
Ball State 0 0 0 .000 5 2 1 .687
EMU 0 0 0 .000 3 4 1 .437
WMU 0 0 0 .000 2 3 2 .428
Toledo 0 0 0 .000 3 5 0 .375
NIU 0 0 0 .000 2 5 1 .312
CMU 0 0 0 .000 0 7 1 .062

 

Conference play begins Friday, September 27.  Click HERE for complete schedule.

 

Conference Play Preview:

Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments

AKRON

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's soccer team begins their Mid-American Conference schedule this weekend at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. UA will open MAC play against Miami (Ohio) on Friday at 7 p.m., and will cap off the weekend with a match vs. Ball State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Coming into the weekend, UA has totaled 13 goals and 12 assists on offense. Sivic, a freshman, leads the squad in both categories with four goals and four assists in 2013.  Sivic's four goals are tied for fourth in the MAC, while her four assists rank tied for second in the conference.
 
Sivic is tied for second in the MAC in points with 12 and in points per game with an average of 1.50.  Over her past four games, she has registered two goals and two assists, while racking up eight shots. She is also ranked 63rd in the nation in total assists. 
 
Smith and Waskowski are tied for second on the team with three goals each. Overall, the Zips rank tied for third in the MAC in goals, and are fourth in the conference with 12 assists. 
 
DeNiro's goal on Sunday vs. Cleveland State puts her tied for sixth all-time in Akron women's soccer with nine career goals.  Earlier this season, DeNiro recorded her 13th career assist to put her atop the Akron women's soccer books for assists.
 
Sophomore Klaire Adee has accrued a 3-3-2 record in goal this season. She has tallied 28 saves this season, which is good for sixth in the MAC. 
 
Akron and Ball State last matched up in the 2012 season in Muncie, Ind., which ended in a 2-1 loss for UA. Akron holds a 2-7-3 all-time record against Ball State.
 
The Zips and RedHawks matched up in the 2012 season, which resulted in a 4-1 loss for UA in Oxford, Ohio. The Zips all-time series record with the RedHawks stands at 4-8-2.
 

BALL STATE

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Through its eight non-conference games this season, the Ball State soccer team put together the best record in the Mid-American Conference.

 
Ball State has out-scored its opponents by a margin of 12-5, posted four shutouts and managed the best goals-against average in the conference at 0.59. The Cardinals have allowed more than one goal in only one game.
 
They hope those types of performances will carry over to league play, which begins this weekend on the road. Ball State will take its 5-2-1 record to Buffalo for a 7:30 p.m. matchup Friday at UB Stadium and then head to Akron for a 1 p.m. contest Sunday at First Energy Stadium.
 
The trip to face a pair of MAC East Division teams will conclude a stretch of five straight road games for Ball State, which has not played at home since Sept. 8.
 
The Cardinals have been off since last Friday’s 1-1 draw on a soggy evening at IUPUI. Kelsey Shapiro scored the Ball State goal, becoming the eighth Cardinal to find the find the back of the net this season.
 
A total of 13 Cardinals have recorded either a goal or an assist, led by Kelsey Wendlandt with three goals. Defensively, Shapiro has played every minute to anchor a stout back line, while goalkeepers Layne Schramm and Brooke Dennis each ranked among the top three in the MAC in goals against average.
 
Ball State will look to continue a trend of improvement in MAC play. The team finished 5-5-3 in conference games last season for its best league mark since the 2007 team won the regular-season title at 9-1-1.
 
Last year’s MAC record included 2-1 home victories against both of this weekend’s opponents. The Cardinals prevailed in the final 10 minutes of both games, topping Buffalo on a penalty kick by Pavla Benyrova and Akron on a late goal from Cailey Starck.
 
Ball State is 7-5-2 all-time against Buffalo, but the Bulls own a 4-2-1 advantage on their home field. The Cardinals are 6-2-3 against Akron, including a 2-2-2 mark when playing the Zips on the road.
 
Buffalo enters conference play at 3-2-2, coming off at 2-1 loss to Niagara. Before that, the Bulls strung together three straight shutouts, one resulting in a victory and two in draws. Buffalo has played low-scoring games this year, tallying just five goals but allowing only five all season. Goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon owns a goals against average of 0.65 and a save percentage of .848.
 
Akron is 3-3-2 and will play Friday against Miami University before Ball State visits. Freshman Sarah Sivic leads the Zips in both goals (four) and assists (four), ranking among the top five in the MAC in both categories. Akron has scored the third-most goals in the league with 13 through eight games.
 
Fans can follow the action this weekend through streaming video for both games at mac-sports.com. Live stats will also be available for Friday’s game at buffalobulls.com and for Sunday’s contest at gozips.com.

 

BOWLING GREEN

The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team begins the Mid-American Conference portion of the 2013 schedule with a pair of road matches this weekend. The Falcons of first-year head coach Lindsay Basalyga will head to Athens for a Friday (Sept. 27) match vs. Ohio University. The MAC opener is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Bobcats' Chessa Field.

Then, on Sunday (Sept. 29), BGSU will venture to Northeast Ohio to face Kent State University. Sunday's match begins at 1:00 p.m. at Zoeller Field.
 
MAC DEBUTS
Friday's match at Ohio marks the Mid-American Conference debut not only for Falcon head coach Lindsay Basalyga, but for the coach on the other bench as well. Basalyga is in her first year at BGSU after eight years as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University. Ohio head coach Aaron Rodgers is in his first season as a collegiate head coach. He spent the previous four years as an assistant at the University of Kentucky.
 
The Falcons are 0-6-0 on the young season, having dropped four of those six matches by one goal apiece. Basalyga and her staff returned 11 letterwinners, including eight starters, from a year ago. The 2012 club finished with an overall record of 1-17-1 and a Mid-American Conference mark of 0-10-1. Ten of the Falcons' losses last fall, including six in conference play, came by a single goal.
 
Four of BGSU's first six matches this year have come on the road, against Cleveland State (Aug. 25), IUPUI (Sept. 8), Michigan State (Sept. 13) and Detroit (Sept. 17). BG's two home matches both were 2-1 overtime setbacks, vs. Butler (Aug. 31) and Evansville (Sept. 22).
 
Senior Madeline Wideman leads the Falcons in scoring, with four points on the young season. Wideman is one of four players with a goal, joining fellow senior Kaitlyn Tobin, junior Ashley Garr and freshman Haley Malaczewski on that list. Malaczewski came off the bench to score her first collegiate goal in her first collegiate match, at CSU. Garr scored the first goal of her BGSU career vs. Butler, while Tobin found the back of the net at Michigan State.
 
Wideman's goal came after a long individual run in the first half against Evansville on Sunday. She also has a team-leading two assists on the season, while classmate Alyssa Carmack has one assist this fall.
 
In goal, redshirt freshman Lauren Cadel has played all 549-plus minutes to date. She has 52 saves, a saves percentage of .800 and a goals-against average of 2.13.
 
BGSU's list of returning starters includes the team's two 2013 co-captains, Carmack and Jenny Fowler. Carmack was one of just two players to start all 19 matches last fall, playing at a center-back position. Fowler, a fifth-year Falcon, made 17 starts in 2012.
 
Other returning letterwinners include seniors Tobin, Wideman and Ivi Casagrande, redshirt junior Kylie Briem, true juniors Garr, Kaylee Draper and Sidney Huth and sophomores Emma Norris and Haley Parkinson. Huth led the Brown and Orange in scoring with three goals and seven points a year ago, while Wideman had a pair of goals and five total points in '12.
 
Cadel, the lone returnee among the goalkeepers, is in her first playing season with the Falcons, having sat out the 2012 season as a redshirt. The goalkeeping corps also includes true freshmen Michelle Denley and Jenna DiTusa.
 
Cadel is one of three Falcons on the current roster who did not see action last fall. Fourth-year Falcon Kailey Paszko and redshirt freshman Lexie Schmidt both missed the 2012 campaign due to injury.
 
Denley and DiTusa are two of the nine true freshmen on the roster this season. That list also includes Malaczewski, Paige Amodio, Taylor Bucaro, Sabrina Cisneros, Jessica Creech, Taylor Dackin and Melissa Needham.
 

BUFFALO

coming soon

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

coming soon

EASTERN MICHIGAN

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team will look to keep the momentum going from the end of non-conference play into the Mid-American Conference season as the Eagles host two conference foes at Scicluna Field this weekend. EMU opens with a contest against Northern Illinois University, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m., before hosting the University of Toledo, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m.

 
After a weekend where the Eagles won their final two non-conference games by four goals each, EMU has climbed the MAC charts. The Green and White lead the conference in points (54) and assists (20), while sitting second in goals (17) and saves (45). The 20 assists not only ranks at the top of the MAC, but it also marks as the 19th best in the nation. The Eagles also place 57th nationally in scoring offense.
 
Team co-captain Cara Cutaia leads the offensive charge with 12 points on the season, including five goals. Cutaia's points and goal totals are second best in the MAC. Following closely behind is junior Angela Vultaggio, the team's leader in assists (3), who has found the net four times, including three goals in the last two contests.
 
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan McCabe holds down the defensive side of the pitch, stopping 44 shots in eight games between the posts, the second most saves among all MAC goalies as well as 54th nationally. Making 5.50 saves per game, she holds the 47th best mark in the nation.
 
EMU and NIU last met on the pitch just over one year ago, Sept. 21, 2012, when the Eagles left Dekalb, Ill. with a 1-0 conference road victory. Bianca Rossi's successful penalty kick midway through the second half proved to be the deciding factor. EMU's high-pressure attack finally paid off in the 64th minute, when NIU made an illegal play inside the 18-yard box to send Rossi to the penalty kick dot. Rossi deposited her kick past goalkeeper Amy Carr to score her fourth goal of the season and second game-winner of 2012. EMU goalkeeper Jenna O'Dell recorded her third shutout of the season and stopped a trio of NIU shots on goal.
 
With nearly everyone returning from last year's squad, it's safe to say that revenge may be on the mind of many EMU soccer players. Following an 8-3 record against conference opponents, including a 3-0 victory over the Rockets, Sept. 23, 2012, the Eagles were bounced from the MAC Tournament by Toledo, Oct. 28. After 110 minutes of play, the game stood at a 1-1 tie, forcing the decision via penalty kicks. In the shootout, the No. 6-ranked Rockets found the net twice compared to only once for the No. 3-ranked Eagles, eliminating Eastern's chance at a MAC Championship.
 
Nothing will come easily for the Green and White this season as Coach Scott Hall hopes a grueling non-conference schedule will prepare the Eagles for MAC play. So far, the Eagles have faced two nationally-ranked teams in Ohio State and Michigan, taking both teams to overtime before falling by a 2-1 decision in back-to-back contests taking place away from the friendly confines of Scicluna Field. The Green and White have also faced Big Ten foes in Indiana and Michigan State, who are a combined 15-1-3. The teams on Eastern's non-conference schedule currently post a combined record of 43-19-9. With a .669 winning percentage, the Eagles' road to MAC play is a difficult one to travel.

 

KENT STATE

KENT, Ohio- The Kent State University women's soccer team begins Mid-American Conference play this weekend with a pair of games at Zoeller Field.  The Golden Flashes will challenge Central Michigan at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, followed by a 1 p.m. game vs. Bowling Green on Sunday. Sept. 29.   Live stats will be available for both games.

The Golden Flashes improved their overall record to 5-3-0 with a 3-0 victory over Youngstown State last Friday afternoon.   Freshman Jenna Hellstrom scored the game-winner just six minutes into the game, followed with goals by seniors Jessacca Gironda and Morgan Mah.  
 
Gironda leads Kent State in scoring with seven points on three goals and an assist.  Sophomore Madison Helterbran is second with six points on two goals and two assists.   Hellstrom, who is tied for second with three goals, ranks first in the Mid-American Conference in game-winning goals (2), and second in both goals per game (0.75) and points per game (1.50).
 
The Golden Flashes will hit the road for the next two weeks.   Kent State will take on Ball State at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, followed by a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, Oct. 6 vs. Miami.

 

MIAMI

OXFORD, Ohio – Looking to shake off four-straight one-goal losses to close out the non-conference schedule, Miami women’s soccer turns its attention toward defending its 2012 Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament championships with a road trip to Akron and Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 29, respectively.

 
The RedHawks won three of their first four games to open the season but have fallen to 3-5-0 after dropping hard-fought matches by just one goal apiece to Louisville, Milwaukee, Purdue and Marshall over the last three weeks with the losses to Louisville and Purdue both coming in overtime.
 
Miami looks to right the ship after as the team turns to MAC play after suffering a 1-0 loss to Marshall last weekend, the team’s first shutout loss in over a year. Last season the RedHawks were unbeaten in league play, finishing with a 10-0-1 record, and this season returned 10 starters from the team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last November.
 
This year the Red and White, picked by the coaches in the preseason repeat as league champions, has maintained a high-powered offense, averaging a MAC-best 2.38 goals per game. Miami is led by seniors Katy Dolesh and Kayla Zakrzewski with 11 points apiece. Dolesh leads the team with five goals while Zakrzewski has tallied a team-high five assists. Junior Kelsey Dinges is third on the team in points with 10 on three goals and four assists. Senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg has started seven of the RedHawks’ eight games, allowing 2.09 goals per game with two shutouts.
 
Miami’s first opponent of the weekend, Akron, is 3-3-2 on the season and will be playing its first league game as well. The Zips lost 2-1 to Cleveland State their last time out on Sunday. They average 1.62 goals per game, tied for third in the MAC, and have surrendered 1.75 goals per game, good for eighth in the conference, to their opponents. Freshman forward Sarah Sivic leads the team in all offensive categories with four goals and four assists for 12 points. Sophomore keeper Klaire Adee has started all eight games for Akron and has allowed 1.67 goals per game with a .683 save percentage. The RedHawks are 8-4-2 all-time against the Zips and have won the last two meetings, including a 4-1 win last year.
 
Sunday’s opponent, Buffalo, is 3-2-2 this year and also suffered a defeat in its last match, a 2-1 decision to Niagara. The Bulls are a defensive-minded team, averaging 0.71 goals per game on offense (10th in the MAC) and allowing 0.65 goals per game defensively (second in the league). The team has tallied five goals this season, all by different scorers. Goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon has started all of the team’s games, making 28 saves for a 0.65 goals against average and a .848 save percentage with four shutouts. Miami has a dominant 13-2-2 historical record and a 2-1-1 advantage in the last four years against the Bulls. The RedHawks took a 2-0 victory a season ago. Buffalo will host Ball State on Friday in its first conference game of the season.
 

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

NIU has struggled in the past against both of these teams. Against the EMU Eagles, the Huskies hold a 3-13-2 overall record, losing last year's match 1-0. Against the WMU Broncos, the Huskies have a 5-9-2 record. Last year's game against the team ended in a scoreless tie.
 
LAST TIME ON HUSKIES WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Huskies had just one game last weekend to conclude non-conference play. It was against Loyola Chicago, and NIU left the windy city after a 1-0 defeat. NIU is now 2-5-1 on the season.
COMMENCE CONFERENCE PLAY
The game against the Eagles will be the first MAC game of the year for the Huskies. The team's non-conference record ended up being fifth among MAC teams, ending a touch behind Toledo's 3-5 record. Last year, NIU went 4-5-2 in MAC play.
 
FRANKENBERG'S SCORING IS A PLUS
In the last six matches that Cori Frankenberg has scored in, the Huskies have not recorded a loss. Dating back to last season, NIU is 5-0-1 in such affairs. In those games, the Appleton, Wis. native has five game-winning goals to her credit in addition to one equalizer. Frankenberg currently has two goals on the season and leads the team in shots fired at 13.
 
UNSELFISH HUSKIES 
The Huskies have scored nine goals so far this season. Those nine goals are spread among seven different players, including Frankenberg, Nicole Gobbo, Jess Wooldridge, Lauren Noonan, Sara Spaulding, Alex Elias, and Frances Boukidis. Not only are the scores spread around, the opportunities are as well. 17 different Huskies have attempted shot so far this season.
 
FOCUS ON DEFENSE
The Huskies have been tough to score on lately. They've strung together three games in which the opposition has only scored one goal. NIU's defense has been lead by the play of Lauren Noonan this season, as she has consistently made plays to stop scoring threats this season.
 
NEXT TIME FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
To begin play in October, the Huskies will have two home games the weekend following these games. This will be the first time all season that NIU will play two games at home on same weekend. On Friday, October 4, the Huskies will face Akron at 4 p.m. On Sunday, October 6, they get Buffalo in a game at 1 p.m. 
 

OHIO

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University soccer team (4-2-2) begins its 2013 MAC slate with two home contests this weekend at Chessa Field.

After playing four of its last six matches of the year on the road, Ohio returns home to host Bowling Green (0-6-0) on Friday at 4 p.m. before wrapping up the homestand against Central Michigan (0-7-1) Sunday at 1 p.m.
 
Last time out, Ohio's unbeaten streak reached a season-high five games (4-0-1) after the `Cats played to a 0-0 draw Sept. 20 at Cleveland State. The Bobcats held significant advantages in shots (24-9), shots on goal (11-3) and corners (16-2), but Ohio could not find the back of the net during the contest. Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) recorded her second-straight shutout in the contest.
 
The Bobcats are currently in the midst of an impressive defensive streak, as Ohio has not allowed a goal in more than 281 minutes of action. The last score posted by an opponent came less than 10 minutes into the Sept. 8 contest vs. Morehead State.
 
The Bobcats have allowed just three goals during their five-match unbeaten streak, including two-consecutive shutouts. Ohio is now tied for third in the conference with 1.0 goals allowed per game.
 
OHIO/BOWLING GREEN SERIES HISTORY
The Bobcats and Falcons will meet on the soccer pitch for the 17th time Friday. Ohio holds a 10-2-4 edge in the all-time series, including a 5-0-2 mark at home. Ohio won last year's matchup at BG, 1-0.
 
OHIO/CENTRAL MICHIGAN SERIES HISTORY
The Bobcats and Chippewas match up for the 18th time in the history of the programs Sunday. CMU holds a 11-5-1 edge in the all-time series, including a 2-0 victory last season in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
 

TOLEDO

TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (3-5-0) will begin its journey to secure a record fourth Mid-American Conference regular-season crown on Friday, Sept. 27 against Western Michigan (2-3-2). The opening whistle is slated for 4:00 p.m. from Scott Park. UT is 8-7-1 all-time in MAC openers, including 7-4-1 under 13th-year head coach Brad Evans.

 
Friday’s league opener has been tabbed as "Kick It In Pink" from the corner of Hill Ave. and Parkside Blvd. A total of 100 "Kick It In Pink" T-shirts and 100 Kroger Rally Towels will be handed out prior to the match. Groups of at least 10 people can also purchase tickets at $1.00 each. Groups are advised to buy tickets all together or else the group promotion will not apply and are based on availability.
 
Following the Broncos’ contest, the four-time MAC Tournament champion Rockets will travel to Eastern Michigan (3-4-1) on Sunday, Sept. 29. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. from Scicluna Field.
 
The Midnight Blue & Gold has been picked to capture the MAC West Division crown according to the coaches’ preseason poll, while WMU and EMU are tabbed to finish fifth and second in the division, respectively.
 
Last weekend, Toledo wrapped up its grueling non-league schedule by splitting a pair of home contests. UT claimed a 5-2 triumph against Missouri Valley Conference member Indiana State on Friday, followed by a 4-0 loss to Atlantic 10 power Dayton on Sunday.
 
In the victory over the Sycamores, four Rockets found the back of the net as they scored their most goals since tallying eight versus Ohio in the quarterfinals the 2011 MAC Tournament. Senior Rachel MacLeod fueled the offensive explosion with two goals and one assist, while freshman Kiersten Johnson had one score with one helper and freshman Shelby Antonacci and sophomore Megan Connor also tickled the twine in the win.
 
MacLeod continues to top Toledo’s scoring charts with 15 points (seven goals, one assist), followed by Johnson (two goals, one assist), junior Kirsten Catloth (one goal, one assist) and freshman Brooke Maletic (one goal, one assist) with five and three points, respectively. The 2011 MAC Offensive Player of the Year is currently pacing the league in goals and total points, as well as ranking tied for first in match-winning scores (2).
 
As a team, UT is tied for third in the conference in goals (13), fifth in total points (37) and helpers (11) and 11th in shots (70).
 
In the middle of the pitch, the Rockets continue to improve with each passing day enabling them to better dictate the pace of play. Sparking the play in the midfield has been senior Ashley Ross, junior Meghan Topolewski, junior Alexis Tice, sophomore Geri Siudzinski, sophomore Kika Hernandez and Connor. Siudzinski and Hernandez are currently tied for the team lead with two assists each, 10th-most in the MAC.
 
On defense, Toledo has the skill set to become one of the premier groups in the league. The backline is finally getting healthy and that will be key as MAC play begins. The group of senior Becky Rhodes, junior Rio James, junior Brooke Lawler, freshman Chelsea Thompson and Catloth have the ability to cover a lot of space in a short amount of time and limit good looks for the opposition at the goal from close range.
 
On the backline, sophomore Sam Tiongson (3-4-0 record) is blossoming into one of the top shot stoppers in the conference. Tiongson has seen action in 630:00 minutes, allowing 13 goals (1.86 GAA) while making 31 saves. She is currently fifth in the MAC in stops and tied for eighth in shutouts (1).
 
Western Michigan enters Friday’s league opener with a 2-3-2 overall mark and is coming off a 4-0 victory against Western Illinois on Sunday. Megan Moss leads their attack with five points (two goals, one assist), followed by Aubrey Sudomier (one goal, one assist), Kylie Nylen (one goal, one assist), Nicole Hatcliffe (one goal, one assist) and Ali Russo (three assists) with three points each. Russo is currently tied for fifth in the MAC in helpers. Between the posts, Michelle Watson has played all but eight-plus minutes and has registered 29 saves, a 1.09 GAA and three shutouts. Watson currently sits tied for second in the MAC in blankings, sixth in GAA and saves and seventh in save percentage (.784).
 
The all-time series between the division rivals is tied at 8-8-2, with Toledo winning four of the last six matchups (4-1-1 record). Last fall, the teams played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw in Kalamazoo. UT and WMU will be squaring off against one another in the MAC opener for a seventh time, with Toledo holding a 3-2-1 mark in the previous contests.
 
As a team, WMU is tied for first in the conference in shutouts (4), second in shots (122), tied for third in goals allowed (8), fifth in GAA (1.07), eighth in total points (25) and assists (9) and ninth in goals (8).
 
Eastern Michigan begins the MAC slate with a 3-4-1 overall ledger and most recently claimed a 5-1 victory against Stetson on Friday and a 4-0 triumph vs. Indiana State on Sunday. Angela Vultaggio and goalkeeper Megan McCabe sparked the dominating wins over the weekend and the duo was acknowledged as the MAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Vultaggio totaled three goals and one assist in the two matches, while McCabe allowed just one goal in 173 minutes of play. Overall this fall, Cara Cutaia (five goals, two assists) and Vultaggio (four goals, three assists) pace the squad with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Cutaia sits tied for second in the MAC in goals and total points, tied for fifth in shots (23) and tied for 10th in assists, while Vultaggio is third in shots (26) and tied for fourth in goals and total points. In net, McCabe has played all but six-plus minutes and has been credited with 44 stops and a 1.44 GAA. She currently ranks second in the league in saves, sixth in save percentage (.786) and seventh in GAA.
 
UT leads the all-time series against its divisional foe, 12-9-1, with the Rockets having won six of the last nine matchups (6-2-1 record). Last fall, EMU claimed a 3-0 victory at Scott Park during the regular season. The teams then squared off in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament with Toledo outlasting the Eagles, 2-1, on penalty kicks in Ypsilanti. The Rockets and EMU battled to a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes of play, before settling matters through PKs. Eastern Michigan hosts Northern Illinois on Friday before entertaining Toledo two days later.
 
As a team, Eastern Michigan is first in the conference in total points (54) and assists (20), second in goals (17), third in shots (121), sixth in goals allowed (12) and GAA (1.42) and tied for seventh in shutouts (1).
 
Following this weekend’s action, Toledo will host Buffalo on Friday, Oct. 4 and Akron on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Rockets’ match against the Bulls will start at 4:00 p.m., while the contest versus the Zips will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Scott Park.

WESTERN MICHIGAN

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team opens up Mid-American Conference play on Friday at Toledo and hosting Northern Illinois on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 
Riding high after a 4-0 drubbing of Western Illinois, WMU (2-3-2) opens conference play with a tough task in the Rockets (3-5-0). Toledo is 2-2-0 at home but boasts a win over No. 22 Pepperdine. To stop UT the Broncos will have to focus on the MAC’s leading scorer Rachel MacLeod. MacLeod, a senior, has seven goals in eight games this season and has scored on 41-percent of her shots. The rest of the Rockets have a combined six goals. Toledo has held opponents to 1.62 goals per game with Sam Tiongson appearing in seven of the eight games this season between the sticks.
 
The Huskies (2-5-1) have struggled scoring at times, scoring just three goals in their last five games. NIU has scored nine total goals on the season but spread out between seven different players. With options all over the field, Nicole Gobbo and Cori Frankenberg are tied with the team-lead with two goals each. Frankenberg leads the team with 12 shots, landing seven on goal so far this season.
 
The last three season WMU has posted an 8-4-2 record at the WMU Soccer Complex in MAC play and 15-5-3 overall. This season the Broncos are 2-0-0 and have yet to give up a goal in Kalamazoo.