Sunday's Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/11/2013

Women's Soccer Scoreboard

Akron 0, Kent State 2
Central Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 0
Miami 1, Eastern Michigan 0
Ohio 1, Buffalo 0
Toledo 2, Bowling Green 0
Western Michigan 2, Ball State 1



Akron 0, Kent State 2

KENT, Ohio – Senior Jessacca Gironda scored two goals to lead the Kent State women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Akron Zips (4-7-3, 1-4-1) on Sunday afternoon at Zoeller Field.  The win, improved Kent State to 9-5-0 overall with a 4-2-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play, and also earns a point for the Golden Flashes in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge. 
Gironda, who currently ranks third in both goals scored and points earned in a career in the Kent State record book, tallied her ninth and 10th goal of the season en route to a KSU victory.
A strong defensive effort for both squads was displayed throughout the first 45 minutes as the teams battled to a scoreless tie at the intermission.  Kent State out-shot the Zips 12-2 in the first 45 minutes, as the Akron keeper made five saves to keep the Golden Flashes off the scoreboard.
After the half, it only took Kent State 10 minutes to get its offense going.   In the 56th minute, Brianna Bartolone took a free kick that Jaclyn Dutton was able to get a foot on and flick to Gironda.  Gironda put the ball into the high and over the goalkeeper to give Kent State an early 1-0 advantage.
Gironda tallied her second goal of the day in the 85th minute when Gironda put in a ball from rookie Abbie Lawson. 
Kent State ended the game with a 20-3 advantage in shots, including an 8-1 lead in the second half.  The Golden Flashes also edged Akron in corner kicks, 6-5.
Gironda had a game-high six shots, including four on goal in her 73 minutes of play, while Dutton posted five shots, including one on goal.   Goalkeeper Stephanie Senn tallied one save in her 90 minutes of action to earn her sixth shutout of the season and improve to 9-5-0 on the year.
Akron's Luevano-Harden was handed the loss in today's game after posting seven saves in net to fall to 1-4-0 in the 2013 campaign. 
The Golden Flashes will now host Western Michigan at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, followed by a 1 p.m. game vs, Eastern Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 20. 

Central Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 0

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan improved its MAC record to 4-2-0 after scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes en route to a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois. Sunday's contest was also highlighted by Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the CMU Soccer Complex. 
“To have the women come out and play with such passion, energy and enthusiasm was very good in terms of honoring 'kicking for a cure',” said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. “I thought our start for the first half was very good and we did a great job of managing the tempo of the game as NIU rolled players in and out. It was a very good performance to close out a good home stand this weekend.”
• The “Pink Out” at the CMU Soccer Complex included a pink game ball, pink lines on the field, a breast cancer ribbon as the midfield logo along with coaches and players sporting various pink accessories.
• The Chippewas wasted no time after the opening whistle, as senior forward Nicole Samuel sprinted through Husky defenders finding a one-on0one situation with Northern Illinois senior goalkeeper Amy Carr. Carr blocked Samuels shot, but junior forward Laura Gosse kicked in the rebound from point blank range to give the CMU a 1-0 lead in the first minute.
• Just four minutes later, Gosse found the back of the net again when she delivered a header past the goalkeeper. Senior defender Estee Outcalt set up the score with a cross from the far left side, finding her teammate in front of the goal. Sunday marked Gosse’s first career multi-goal game.
• Gosse leads CMU this season in goals with three and has the most career goals among current players with 11.
• CMU’s offense carried its 2-0 early momentum into another score as redshirt freshman midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove crossed the ball from the left corner and found Nicole Samuel, who volleyed the ball to give Central a 3-0 lead in the 8th minute. The goal marked Samuel’s first of the season and seventh of her career. Van de Kerhove’s assist was the first point of her collegiate career.
• Freshman midfielder Samantha Maher, senior midfielder Tory Kinniard and freshman forward Emma Dwenger also made offensive contributions, supplying shots on goal.
• Junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque recorded her second consecutive shutout and third of the season after not allowing a goal two days earlier against Toledo. She finished the day with seven saves, making crucial stops throughout the match. Labrecque ranks seventh all-time in program history with eight career shutouts.
• Nicole Gobbo led Northern Illinois on the offensive side recording two shots, both being on goal. NIU tallied seven shots on goal on 11 total shots.
• Central Michigan begins a three-game road stint when the Chippewas travel to Akron on Friday, Oct. 18 for a 7 p.m. contest.

Miami 1, Eastern Michigan 0

YPSILANTI, Mich.—It appeared that Miami University’s soccer team would play to its third overtime draw in four matches, but a dramatic finish catapulted the RedHawks to a 1-0 double-overtime win at Eastern Michigan University on Sunday afternoon.
With just 1:18 to go in the second overtime, junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges sent a ball across the box from the end line to senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski, who collected the game-winner for the RedHawks (6-6-2; 3-1-2 Mid-American Conference) as she sent the ball past the Eastern Michigan goalkeeper to the back of the net for the lone goal of the game at 108:42.
It was the 10th career game-winning goal for Zakrzewski and her third of the season.
"To come up here and get a draw (against Western Michigan on Friday) and a win against (Eastern Michigan), the two top teams in the MAC, says a lot about our team’s character,” said head coach Bobby Kramig. “We've had our share of struggles this year, but our team is resilient and we just keep on working and trying to get a little bit better every day.
"Hats off to our defense who has produced shutouts in three consecutive games,” added Kramig. “To go from allowing nearly three goals per game to shutouts in four of six MAC games is a tribute to our defense and Coach (Hugh) Seyfarth."
Senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg posted her 18th career shutout, after breaking the Miami career shutout record on Friday in a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Western Michigan. Norenberg had six saves against a pesky EMU offense that tallied 20 total shots for the game. The Eagles dropped to 7-6-1 overall and 4-2-0 in MAC play.
"Eastern Michigan is a fine team and outplayed us for long periods of the second half,” said Kramig. “While I thought we were dangerous on counters, I would have liked to have seen us do a better job keeping the ball."
Miami had four shots on goal for the game, two each from Zakrzewski and senior forward Katy Dolesh. After matching the Eagles with seven shots in the opening period, Miami mustered just one shot in the second period and also in the first overtime. Zakrzewski took both of the RedHawks’ shots in the second overtime and both were on-goal with the latter resulting in the goal that ended the deadlock.
Miami returns to Oxford for a three-match homestand beginning with a 4 p.m. match against Northern Illinois on Friday, Oct. 18. The RedHawks then host Toledo at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 and Central Michigan at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Ohio 1, Buffalo 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ohio University soccer team (6-4-4, 2-2-2 MAC) earned an important league victory after knocking off Buffalo (4-7-2, 1-5-0 MAC) by the score of 1-0 Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, the Bobcats got on the board just a minute into the second half when junior Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio) notched her third goal of the season (and her second game winner) to give the ‘Cats the lead they would not relinquish.
“To get four points on the road this weekend - including a win after a long extra time effort Thursday - it was a great effort for our team,” head coach Aaron Rodgers said. “Buffalo came out and had a good game plan and put us under pressure. But we did well defensively in the back four and overall with all 11 players like we talk about.”
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) notched her third shutout of the season and 19th of her career Sunday while making eight saves in a full 90 minutes in the cage. She has now made 356 saves in her career and her 19 shutouts are tied for first in program history.
Junior Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) played well for Ohio offensively with a team-high three shots, including two on goal. Freshman Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) added two shots for the ‘Cats.
After only a couple shot opportunities in the match’s opening minutes, Buffalo had the first strong chance for either team in the 15th minute, but Liston saved the shot attempt from Karen McMahon. Liston made another stellar save in the 17th minute and Ohio began to take control of possession after that.
The Bobcats had an excellent opportunity in the 35th minute, when freshman Carly Manso (Libertyville, Ill.) broke free and rifled a shot at the Buffalo goal that hit the post. Then, in the 43rd minute, junior Annie Beard fired another shot on goal that was saved by Buffalo goaltender Ainsley Wheldon.
The Bobcats and Bulls entered the break in a scoreless tie. The teams were even in corners in the first half (1-1), while Buffalo held a 7-5 edge in shots for the period.
Ohio came out in the second half aggressively and it paid off, as the ‘Cats struck first in the 46th minute, when junior Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio) took a pass from Manso and buried in the back of the net. The goal gave Ohio a 1-0 lead. It marked Manso's team-leading 11th point of the season. 
Buffalo answered back in the 49th minute with a shot on goal, but Liston rejected the attempt to preserve the Bobcat lead. After 20 minutes in which Buffalo controlled possession, Liston again rejected a Buffalo attempt in the 74th minute to keep Ohio in front. Then, the Ohio turned away a number of Bulls corner and shot opportunities in the final minutes to preserve the victory.
With the victory, Ohio improves to 4-1-2 on the road this season.
“We’ve got two tough games at home this week and we’re happy to be back,” Rodgers said. “We have to get some training in this week and work on creating a rhythm, possessing the ball and creating more chances. If we match the fight and energy we had today and combine it with a good attacking rhythm, we’ll come out with some great results.”
Ohio returns to action next weekend with a pair of home matches at Chessa Field. Ohio hosts West Division foes Eastern Michigan (Friday, 4 p.m.) and Western Michigan (Sunday, 1 p.m.).

Toledo 2, Bowling Green 0

BOWLING GREEN, OH – Toledo returned to its winning ways with a 2-0 triumph over arch-rival Bowling Green on Sunday in Mid-American Conference action at Cochrane Field. The victory was the Rockets’ second in their last three matches and improves the Midnight Blue & Gold to 5-9-0 overall, 2-4-0 in the league.
UT took advantage of a pair of second-half goals within a span of 32 seconds to extend its unbeaten streak to eight-consecutive matches (6-0-2 ledger) against the Falcons (0-11-1, 0-5-1 MAC), dating back to 2007. The four-time MAC Tournament champion Rockets also blanked their arch rivals for a fourth time during this umblemished stretch.  
Senior Rachel MacLeod and freshman Kiersten Johnson registered scores at the 71:52 and 72:24 marks in the second stanza, respectively.
"I'm proud of the team for the grit they showed today," Head Coach Brad Evans said. "We kept with the game plan and saw some players make the important plays we've been talking about. Sam (Tiongson) made a big save off a deflection in the first half proved to be pivotal and scoring two goals only 32 seconds apart was tremendous. Rachel and KJs finishes were well taken and Brooke's (Maletic) assist on KJ's goal was outstanding."
MacLeod tallied the eventual match-winning score when she made a long run down the pitch and cut across the BGSU goalbox before firing a shot just inside the far post for her team-high 10th goal of the season. The 2011 MAC Offensive Player of the Year has now registered a marker in seven of the 14 matches in 2013.
Toledo then doubled its lead 32 seconds later when Johnson found the back of the net for her third marker of the year. The Cincinnati, OH native received a nice pass from classmate Brooke Maletic and found herself all alone behind the BGSU defense. Johnson gained compsoure over the ball and hit a shot into the lower left corner of the frame to set the final difference at 2-0.
The Falcons' best chance to score came with just over two minutes remaining in the first stanza. After a foul on the Rockets near midfield, BGSU's Paige Amodio took the ensuing free kick and fired a long ball toward goal. The ball skimmed off the top of the head of a leaping UT player in the penalty area, and sophomore goalie Sam Tiongson was forced to tip the shot off the crossbar. After hitting the bar, the ball caromed up into the air and Tiongson was able to make the catch when it came down.
UT finished with a 14-4 advantage in shots and 5-2 edge in corner kicks. MacLeod paced the attack with a contest-best five shots, while junior Kirsten Catloth, sophomore Megan Connor and sophomore Geri Siudzinski fired off two shots each. No player for BGSU had more than one shot in the MAC cross-division showdown.
Between the posts, Tiongson was called upon to make two stops en route to earning her third shutout in 2013.   
The Rockets return to action on Friday, Oct. 18 when they travel to MAC West Division leader Ball State. The opening whistle against the Cardinals is slated for 4:00 p.m. at the Briner Sports Complex.

Western Michigan 2, Ball State 1

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Ali Russo netted two goals as the Western Michigan women’s soccer team remained undefeated in Mid-American Conference play after beating Ball State, 2-1, at the WMU Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Russo netted the game’s opening goal in the fifth minute when Gina Maddi lobbed a pass over the BSU back line and WMU’s sophomore forward beat a defender to the ball and slotted it into the lower corner at the far right post for her first collegiate goal. 
“It was a great ball by Gina and it curled perfectly,” said Russo. “I knew I couldn’t mess it up but I didn’t have much of an angle and I just shot it and it went in.”
Ball State tied the game with 32 seconds remaining in the first half after a shot from distance was unintentionally deflected into the Bronco net by one of WMU’s defenders.
Early on the second half the Broncos (7-3-3, 5-0-1 MAC) had a great chance to take a 2-1 lead when Maddi blasted a shot on net from just outside the box but BSU goalkeeper Brooke Dennis stretched out to tip the ball over the crossbar.
Russo knocked in the game-winner in the 80th minute after Lauren Fearday served a ball to her at the top of the box. The Kalamazoo native held the ball, spun and kicked it into the net for her second of the day. 
I think overall we wanted to keep the ball and stay organized defensively,” said head coach Nate Norman. “Ali was fantastic today and has been fantastic all season. She was a bit unlucky with some chances early on in the season. I was really proud of her effort today.”
The Broncos now remain the lone undefeated team in the MAC but face tough road tests at Kent State on Friday and at Ohio on Sunday.