Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
Sunday's Women's Soccer Scoreboard
Eastern Michigan 4, Akron 1
Central Michigan 1, Ball State 0
Miami 1, Bowling Green 1
Ohio 1, Northern Illinois 2
Toledo 1, Kent State 3
Western Michigan 2, Buffalo 1
Eastern Michigan 4, Akron 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – With three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Eastern Michigan University soccer team powered past the University of Akron Zips, 4-1, in the final regular season home game at Scicluna Field, Oct. 27. On a day where EMU honored five Eagles for Senior Day, the win assured the Green and White of hosting a MAC Tournament quarterfinal contest next Sunday, Nov. 3.
It was the final regular season contest at home for seniors Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario- St. Thomas Aquinas), Cara Cutaia (Burlington, Ontario-Notre Dame Catholic), Allison Kaim (Palos Hills, Ill.-AA Stagg), Emily Kowalzyk (Tinley Park, Ill.-Victor J.) and Megan Pedro (Fort Wayne, Ind.-Canterbury). All five Eagles earned a starting spot in the game before being recognized during an on-field ceremony at halftime.
Junior Angela Vultaggio (Chesterfield, Mich.-L'Anse Creuse North) continued her strong season with a pair of goals to go along with an assist, scoring in both halves. Cutaia also added a goal and an assist in her final regular season match on the home turf. Cutaia's goal in the 54th minute was the 21st of her career as she now sits in a tie with Ashley Rodrigues for fifth in EMU history.
Defender Emily Dzik (Troy, Mich.-Troy) scored her third goal of the season with a header off a corner kick from Clarke. The assist was No. 21 in Clarke's EMU career, moving her up in the EMU career assist list in a third-place tie with Jessica Hupe.
The Eagles (10-6-2, 7-2-1 MAC) took twice as many shots as the Zips (5-10-3, 2-7-1 MAC) attempted, 24-12, including outshooting Akron, 15-4 in the final 45 minutes of the contest. With the majority of the action on the EMU offensive side of the field, EMU goalkeeper Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) did not face many threats from the Zips, stopping two-of three shots on target. Akron was unable to earn a corner kick while Eastern tallied six on the afternoon.
UA leading goal-scorer Lani Smith found the net for the Zips' lone goal of the game. Akron Head Coach Vernon Croft started Alex Luevano-Harden in the first half before switching to Klaire Adee in the second half. Luevano-Harden allowed one goal and stopped a pair of shots while Adee made three saves and gave up three goals in her 45 minutes of play.
Smith put the Zips up first, scoring in the third minute of the game. The early quickness of Akron caught the EMU defense off-guard, and Kelly DeNiro led Smith to the left side of the box. The UA forward found an opening past McCabe to put the Zips up, 1-0.
After finding themselves behind just minutes into the game, the Eastern offense picked up the pace, and Vultaggio tallied the equalizer in the 25th minute. Running up the right side of the field, junior Bianca Rossi (Mississauga, Ontario-St. Marcellinus) found her open classmate in the middle of the box. Being the offensive threat that she has been all season, Vultaggio knew what to do with the good look, rifling a shot past the Akron keeper to knot the contest up at one goal apiece with 20:18 remaining in the first half. Neither team found the net in the final minutes of the half as the game stayed at a 1-1 tie with the Green and White outshooting the gold-clad Zips, 9-8.
Whether it was the Senior Day halftime recognition or a motivational speech from EMU Head Coach Scott Hall, something sparked the Eagles as they came out of the halftime break. With less than two minutes into the start of second half action, the Eagles were awarded a corner kick. Clarke stepped up to take the kick, and the veteran sent a perfect ball into the middle of the box where it connected with Dzik's head before venturing into the net to give EMU the lead, 2-1.
Eight minutes later, the dynamic duo of Cutaia and Vultaggio hooked up on a scoring opportunity. In the middle of the box, Vultaggio passed to her teammate deep in the rectangle, creating a tough, narrow angle for the senior midfielder. Nonetheless, the Burlington, Ontario native saw the small window and sent the ball across the box and into the left corner of the net, increasing the EMU advantage to two goals with 36:14 left in regulation. The two EMU leading scorers would reverse roles in the 60th minute as Cutaia initiated a chance for Vultaggio. The junior forward launched a ball on target where it deflected off Adee and into the goal to complete the scoring barrage for the Green and White.
EMU will now head to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a Halloween contest against Western Michigan University, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. Not only is pride on the line for this in-state rivalry, but the winner will stand atop the MAC West Division along with claiming the MAC Regular Season Championship.
Central Michigan 1, Ball State 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan celebrated Senior Day at the CMU Soccer Complex with a 1-0 double overtime win over Ball State on Sunday afternoon, improving its MAC record to 7-3-0. The victory was the first Chippewa overtime home win since Central Michigan defeated Illinois State 1-0 on Sept. 13, 2009.
“I think that on Senior Day you always want to make sure you have good emotion and energy throughout the game and in overtime we did a really good job of digging a little deeper and finding a way to score a good goal at the end,” said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. “Hats off to Ball State; they certainly made us earn the win today.”
• The game winning goal came in the 103rd minute when freshman midfielder Samantha Maher headed a ball to senior forward Nicole Samuel who found just enough space to chip a shot over the reach of Ball State's Layne Schramm. The offering floated over the Cardinal goalkeeper and dropped just below the crossbar to end the game.
• The goal was the second of the season for Samuel and eighth of her career. Maher‘s assist marked the first of her collegiate career.
• The Chippewa defense played a strong 103 minutes, only allowing one shot on goal, which occurred in the 31st minute. The Cardinal offense set up plenty of quality chances but time after time multiple Chippewa defenders came up with crucial clears to help out Labrecque in net.
• Junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque recorded her sixth shutout of the season, improving her record this season to 7-5-1 this season. Labrecque has tallied 10 shutouts in her career, which ranks third all-time in program history.
• The Chippewa offense was able to create numerous scoring opportunities, recording 17 total shots, including six on goal, and eight corners. CMU outshot Ball State 6-1 in overtime.
• Junior forward Laura Gosse led the Chippewas with four shots on goal while junior midfielder Emily Cooksey recorded three, including two on goal. Redshirt freshman Eliza Van de Kerkhove also made contributions offensively, nearly finding the back of the net in the 62nd minute when Schramm made a critical foot save to keep the game scoreless.
• Central Michigan concludes its 2013 regular season schedule at home on Thursday, Oct. 31 against Bowling Green. The Chippewas will play in the quarterfinals of the 2013 MAC Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 3. The venues and opponents for the postseason event are still to be determined.
Miami 1, Bowling Green 1
Bowling Green State University women's soccer senior Kaitlyn Tobin scored early in the second half, lifting the Falcons to a 1-1 draw with Miami University on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 27). The Mid-American Conference match was held at Cochrane Field.
The result gives the Falcons an overall record of 0-14-2 and a MAC mark of 0-8-2. The RedHawks are now 9-6-3 and 6-1-3, respectively.
Tobin's goal came on Senior Day, as she was one of seven seniors taking part in the final home game of their careers.
Miami entered the match in first place in the MAC's East Division and tied for the league's top overall record. The RedHawks came to Cochrane Field riding a four-match winning streak and an eight-match unbeaten streak.
After a scoreless first half – in which BGSU freshman goalkeeper Jenna DiTusa saved a Miami penalty kick – the RedHawks broke on top early in the second period on a goal by Taylor Jackson. Just over a minute later, however, the Falcons responded.
The BGSU scoring play began when fifth-year senior Jenny Fowler played a ball ahead to junior Sidney Huth, who was on Fowler's right. Huth cut back to her left with a nifty backheel move. As she headed into the box, Huth appeared to be ready to take a shot, but a Miami player's challenged thwarted that effort.
Huth never lost possession of the ball, however, and from the 18-yard line, she played a short diagonal ball into the center of the box. Tobin nodded it past MU goalkeeper Allison Norenberg and into the left side of the net at the 50:18 mark.
The RedHawks had a 25-12 advantage in total shot attempts, and MU put nine shots on goal to just one for the Falcons. DiTusa made eight saves for the home side, including five stops in the scoreless first half.
The Falcons take to the pitch for one last time in 2013, heading to Mount Pleasant, Mich., for a Thursday (Oct. 31) match vs. Central Michigan University. That game will kick off at 3:00 p.m.
Ohio 1, Northern Illinois 2
DeKALB, Ill. - It was Senior Day for women's soccer at the NIU Soccer Complex as the Huskies faced the Ohio Bobcats (7-6-5, 3-4-3 in the MAC) on Sunday afternoon. Huskies Samantha Hill (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) and Sara Spaulding (Milton, Wis./Milton) notched scores in the game, giving the enough firepower to win 2-1. With the victory, the Huskies clinched a spot in the MAC Championship Tournament. The winning effort also moves NIU up to seventh in the MAC as the team is now 4-4-2 in conference play.
The first half of this affair showed the defensive ability of both squads. Scoring opportunities came at a premium, and even when an opportunity arose, it was a difficult shot to make. As such, neither team could get on the scoreboard during the first 45 minutes. The score at the half was 0-0.
The second half was radically different from the first. It started to change around the 60th minute. Both the Huskie and Bobcat offenses found more in-close opportunities. In the 63rd minute, one chance translated to success for the Huskies. Samantha Hill had been struggling to play for much of this season due to a knee injury. The senior forward received the ball very close to the Bobcat goal with opposing goalkeeper Mattie Liston out of position. Hill punched in the goal, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead at the time.
The remainder of the game was exciting on either side. Ohio had some opportunities close to NIU's net, but each time, the ball was cleared out of the box or the play was stopped when Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England) snatched up the ball to help reset the defense.
NIU had its opportunities as well. At the 74th minute, the offense had a three-on-one opportunity in the Bobcat defensive zone go to waste after an errant pass allowed Ohio defenders to get back into the play. The non-scoring couldn't last forever with how the game was going, and the Huskies were able to get another in the 81st minute.
Cori Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) took a corner kick for NIU and hit it hard into group of Huskies and Bobcats near the goal. The ball deflected off of Liston's hands, and Sara Spaulding was there to clean up and score for second goal of the season. The goal gave NIU a 2-0 lead and some much needed insurance. That second goal would prove useful almost immediately.
The Bobcats rushed down the field shortly after Spaulding's goal. They forced the ball close to the Huskie net. After deflections off of multiple players, Carly Manso struck for Ohio, cutting the Huskie lead back to one. However, that would be it for Ohio, and the game ended with NIU leading 2-1.
"We're in the playoffs now," said Head Coach John Ross. "We even moved up a seed. It's nice to get an extra game for these seniors. Now they have more to look forward to than just one last game against Toledo."
The Huskies will host their last game of the regular season, which is set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 31. They'll be facing the Toledo Rockets in that one. Following the conclusion of that and other games around the MAC, the official postseason schedule will be released.
Toledo 1, Kent State 3
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Kent State women's soccer team scored three goals en route to a 3-1 victory over Toledo on Sunday afternoon at Scott Park. The Golden Flashes improved to 11-7 overall (6-4 MAC) while Toledo dropped to 5-12-1 (2-7-1 MAC).
Kent State tallied its the first goal of the game in the 32nd minute when Stephanie Haugh found Jessacca Gironda. Gironda then moved past her defender and found Dutton who one-timed it into the net.
However, just three minutes later, Toledo evened the score when Rachel Macleod cut across the box and nailed one under Kent State's Stephanie Senn as both teams headed into halftime tied, 1-1.
Toledo out-shot Kent State 9-5, and also boasted a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks during the first 45 minutes.
Jessacca Gironda then tallied her 12th goal of the year in the 57th minute after Morgan Mah passed the ball to Madison Helterbran who then got the ball to Gironda to take a 2-1 lead. Kent State tacked on its third goal when Gironda earned a corner kick in the 62nd minute. The ball went to Haugh, who flicked it over to Megan Johnson to head it in.
Senn earned the win in net with four saves in her 90 minutes this afternoon, while Kelsey Borowitz of Toledo was handed the loss. Borowitz tallied one save in 76 minutes to drop to 0-3-0.
Gironda led the offense with four shots, including a goal and an assist, in her 75 minutes, while Dutton, Johnson and Mariah Diswell each added a shot.
Toledo led the game in shots, 19-7, and posted an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Golden Flashes will close out their regular season on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Ohio University. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Western Michigan 2, Buffalo 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Rachel Chaney netted two goals as the Western Michigan women’s soccer team remained undefeated at home this season after a 2-1 win over Buffalo at the WMU Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Both of Chaney’s goals were set up by Aubrey Sudomier in the win . Chaney led all Broncos (9-4-4, 7-1-2 MAC) with two shots on goal and Michelle Watson made two saves in goal. Overall Western Michigan outshot Buffalo 10-7 on the day, landing six of them on goal.
After controlling play in the first portion of the first half Sudomier laid a long cross into the box and Chaney was there to kick it in at the far post for her sixth of the season in the 27th minute.
The two connected again in the 64th minute in similar fashion. Sudomier headed down the right side of the field and lofted a cross to the far post. This time Chaney rose above a Buffalo defender and headed it off the post and into the net to complete her double.
“Aubrey and Rachel were tremendous today and all weekend for us,” said head coach Nate Norman. “I thought for the most part we played a good game today. Buffalo is a tough and physical team and they took us out of our rhythm on a few occasions. We did a good job finishing our chances.”
Buffalo added a goal with just 1:21 remaining in the game off of a corner kick. Sophie Terrien lobbed the ball into the box and it was deflected a few times before Courtney Mann tapped it in from close range to cut the lead to 2-1. The Broncos were able to hold possession in the final minute to secure the win.
Chaney and Sudomier combined for all five goals on the weekend. Sudomier had two goals in WMU’s 3-0 win over Akron on Friday and Chaney also had a tally in the win.
Western Michigan closes out the regular season with a crucial match against Eastern Michigan on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the WMU Soccer Complex. Western Michigan needs to win or tie to secure the MAC West title heading into the MAC Tournament, which the Broncos have already qualified.