Mid-American Conference Women's Soccer Notebook (Sept. 22)

Updated 10/25/1998

Mid-American Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Jill Conover, Bowling Green (Fr., F)
Grand Island, N.Y. (Grand Island)
Conover had three goals and added an assist for Bowling Green last week, guiding the Falcons to a pair of Mid-American Conference wins over Kent and Northern Illinois. Conover assisted on the game-winning goal and scored the clinching goal as BG shut out Kent, 2-0. Against Northern Illinois, Conover scored a pair of goals in the 3-2 road win.

KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE:
Miami improved its unbeaten streak to 10 and nine consecutive victories Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Cincinnati. The RedHawks, who last lost a match October 25, 1998 to Northern Kentucky (5-4), open league play Friday at Central Michigan.

STREAKS, PART TWO:
In addition to Miami's nine straight victories and being unbeaten in its last 10, three other schools are also on winning streaks of three or more. Buffalo is unbeaten in its last seven (6-0-1), while Western Michigan is on a school-record four-game win streak. Of the Bulls' six win this season, five of them have been shutouts. In addition, Bowling Green has won three straight after dropping its previous two contests.

OUTSHOT BUT NOT OUT OF IT:
First-year program Ball State nearly pulled off an upset of unbeaten Illinois State on Sunday, and almost did it by being severely outshot in the process. The Cardinals were on the short side of a 38-2 tally in shots, but Ball State's lone shot in the first half found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Illinois State answered in the 58th minute to tie it, then won the match in the second overtime. It was Ball State's fifth one goal loss of the season.

FRESHMEN PRODUCING FOR CMU:
Central Michigan's first-year players have had a large impact on the Chippewa's 5-2-1 start. The freshmen have accounted for 69 percent of the team's goals, 50 percent of the assists and 64 percent of the total points.

QUICK MAC START FOR BG:
Bowling Green is off to its first-ever 2-0 start in league play after grabbing a 2-0 win over Kent at home and a 3-2 decision versus two-time league champ Northern Illinois. Jill Conover set a school record versus the Huskies by registering the quickest goal in history, tallying it one exactly one minute into the match.

THE YOUNG GUNS OF THE MAC:
Of the top six scorers in the league, four of them are freshman and two are sophomores. Miami rookie Danielle Berkemeier leads the conference, averaging 2.83 points per game (6 goals, five assists), with sophomore teammate Courtney Carey second at 2.33. Right behind Carey in third is BG's first-year player Jill Conover (2.29), followed by Eastern Michigan sophomore Amanda Kulikowski (2.14), Buffalo's Samantha Swerdloff (2.00) and the RedHawks' Andrea Cunningham (2.00), both of whom are freshmen.

LOOKING TO GET ON THE BOARD:
Ohio is currently in a scoring drought and will look to get out of it Wednesday when it hosts Wright State. The Bobcats, who began the year by winning one of their first two matches, have gone scoreless in their last four matches. During that span, Ohio has been outscored 10-0.

MIAMI ON A SCORING MISSION:
In three of its last four home matches, Miami has scored a whopping 24 goals. Prior to their win against Cincinnati, the RedHawks had a player tally a hat trick in each of the previous three home games. The latest was a four-goal outburst by sophomore Courtney Carey, who set a school-record with four goals versus Youngstown State. Miami also set a school mark with eight markers in the triumph over the Penguins.

BACK FROM THE SIDELINES:
Northern Illinois received some good news last week as senior goalie Stefanie Maurer was give the green light to play after what was thought to be a season-ending injury. Maurer, who missed the first six matches with a stress fracture to her left femur, had an MRI earlier in the week and returned to the lineup against Bowling Green.

MAC PLAY KICKS IN HIGH GEAR:
While last week officially kicked off the conference portion of the schedule, only four teams saw action. This weekend, however, the schedule kicks into high gear as 11 of the 12 schools will play league matches. The lone school not to face any MAC competition is Kent, which travels to participate in the St. Mary's Classic in Moraga, Calif. Bowling Green and Toledo will play only one conference match each this weekend but will face one another next Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Bowling Green.