Wednesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 10/28/2010
MAC Men's Soccer Results
Northern Illinois 2, Western Michigan 0
Michigan 5, Bowling Green 1
Akron 1, Creighton 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Northern Illinois 2, Western Michigan 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Northern Illinois scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and a stingy Huskie defense kept Western Michigan's offense in check, as the Bronco men's soccer team lost, 2-0 Wednesday. The Brown & Gold returns to the WMU Soccer Complex Saturday to host Hartwick at 1 p.m.

Although late the October temperature was 62 degrees and sunny, winds whipping through the Midwest had its effect on today's game. Wind speeds were measured at 21 miles per hour at the start of the contest and were over 30 mph by the end. Gusts registered as high as 47 mph.

"You have to give NIU full credit out there today," WMU head coach Stu Riddle said. "They wanted to win more than we did and were able to deal with the conditions a lot better than we were. I don't know why we started so poorly, you put a plan in place, the players know what's at stake and then we come out disinterested in playing.

"The poor start along with terrible decision making in the final third cost us the match. We must do a lot better against Hartwick on Saturday in what is now a must win match."

With two conference games left in the regular season, Western Michigan (7-7-2, 2-2-0 MAC) is fighting for one of three remaining spots in the upcoming MAC Tournament. Akron has already secured its bid in the four-team tournament.

Brad Horton notched the first goal for NIU just three minutes into the game, striking from the right side and finishing far back post. Juan Hoyos gave NIU a 2-0 advantage at 13:30 when he volleyed a bouncing ball through the hands of WMU keeper Sean Lewis.

Lewis made one save in goal for WMU, which was outshot, 13-7. Ko Yamamoto, Oliver Mayer and Joel Del Toro each put one shot on goal.

The win was the first in conference play for the Huskies (7-6-2, 1-4-0 MAC), who's first four MAC losses were all one-goal margins. It was their sixth shutout of the season.

WMU will honor its two seniors, Yamamoto (Portage Central) and C.J. Brown, prior to Saturday's kickoff with Hartwick.

Michigan 5, Bowling Green 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Soony Saad and Justin Meram scored two goals apiece as the University of Michigan downed the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team, 5-1, Wednesday night (Oct. 27).  The non-conference match was held at the U-M Soccer Stadium.

With the win, the Wolverines improve to 9-4-3 on the season, while dropping the Falcons to 5-7-2.

The home team took a 1-0 lead just seconds after BGSU had nearly scored at the other end of the pitch, and things snowballed from there.

Freshman Ryan Comiskey scored the Falcons' lone goal, blasting home a pass from classmate Brandon Silva with 9:55 left in the second half.

The Falcons had the first four shot attempts of the match, with the latter two coming just seconds apart.

The Falcons take to the road again this weekend, returning to Mid-American Conference action with a Saturday (Oct. 30) contest at Northern Illinois University.

With just over 13 minutes gone, senior tri-captain Thomas McLean took a free kick from the center circle.  McLean played a long ball into the penalty box, where junior and fellow tri-captain Tanner Fink was stationed.  Fink, facing away from the goal, headed the ball backward, and U-M goalkeeper Chris Blais made the save.  The rebound came to freshman Sam Galloway, who fired another shot on goal, but Blais stopped that shot as well.

Just 24 seconds after Galloway's shot, Soony Saad fired a shot from his own side of midfield, catching Falcon 'keeper Rosales by surprise.  The shot, fired from approximately 67 yards away, sailed over the outstretched fingertips of the BG goalie and into the net  with 13:27 gone in the match.

Less than four minutes later, Meram scored on a shot from the top of the box, with Soony Saad assisting.  Rosales made a stop on a long shot by Soony Saad midway through the half to keep the score 2-0.

Then, with 18 minutes left before halftime, the Wolverines were called for a foul.  A U-M defender, deep in his own end of the field and with Galloway pressuring, played the ball back to Blais, who grabbed the ball.  The hosts were whistled for a foul, as the player had not headed the ball to his 'keeper, and BGSU was awarded a free kick inside the penalty area.

Junior Chris Jurtovski slid the ball to senior tri-captain Dusko Topolic, who fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box.  Blais made a kick save, and a follow-up shot by sophomore Joey D'Agostino sailed high.

Michigan put the game away with a pair of goals in the final six minutes of the half.  Alex Wood scored on a shot from the top of the box with 5:31 remaining, then Meram split the BG defense and fired a shot into the left side of the goal with just 34 seconds left in the period.

Early in the second period, another McLean free kick nearly found the head of Fink in the box, but the two just missed connections.  Almost immediately, Soony Saad struck again.

Saad, one of the nation's leading scorers, took a pass from his brother, Hamoody Saad, and converted a shot for his 14th goal of the season and the Wolverines' fifth goal of the night.

BGSU kept battling, and Topolic fired a shot from distance that sailed just left of the goal with 38 minutes on the clock.  Midway through the period, Topolic uncorked another long shot that U-M backup 'keeper Tim Bergsma poked just wide.  The shot was headed toward the upper-right corner of the frame, but Bergsma made a diving effort to deflect the ball out of bounds.

Freshman Marco Ilao, making his collegiate debut, headed a Jurtovski corner kick just wide of net with 13 minutes left.  Soon after, Comiskey got the visitors on the scoreboard.

Galloway crossed the ball into the penalty area from the right side of the field, where Silva played a header back to the onrushing Comiskey.  Comiskey released the Kraken, blasting a volley into the upper half of the net for his first collegiate goal, with 9:55 on the clock.

Comiskey's shot was the final one for either team on the night.  For the game, each team had 13 shot attempts, with the Wolverines putting seven on goal to the Falcons' five.  Both teams had four corner kicks in the match.

Blais worked a scoreless first half, making three saves.  Bergsma played the final 45 minutes, allowing BGSU's goal and making one save.

Rosales played 60-plus minutes for the Falcons, making a pair of stops.  Freshman Michael Wiest made his collegiate debut, playing the last 29-plus minutes of the match.  Wiest was not called upon to make a save.

The Falcons take to the road again this weekend, returning to Mid-American Conference action with a Saturday (Oct. 30) contest at Northern Illinois University.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. Eastern) at the Huskie Soccer/Track Complex in DeKalb, Ill.

Akron 1, Creighton 0
AKRON, Ohio - A goal by Darlington Nagbe in the 63rd minute proved to be the difference as The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Creighton Wednesday night at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field.

The match had a tournament-type feel as the two top-10 programs went toe-to-toe in front of 3,856 fans and a regionally televised audience on SportsTime Ohio. The game will be re-broadcast Thursday at Noon on STO. 

With the win, the Zips (14-0-1) padded their RPI standing while extending their home unbeaten streak to 34 games, which is the fourth-longest run in NCAA history. Akron has also now won 23 straight matches at home dating back to the 2008 season, which matches the fourth-longest run of its kind in NCAA history.

For Creighton, which fell to 11-3-0 on the season, the loss was the Bluejays' first regular-season road defeat since 2006 and marked the first time they had been shut out this fall.

The Jays came right at Akron from the get-go and forced an early save by Zips goalkeeper David Meves in the third minute. The Zips countered with a scoring opportunity of their own in the 12th minute when Darren Mattocks drew CU goalkeeper Bryan Hoie out of position but his shot deflected off the cross bar. It was the first of two Akron strikes that hit the cross bar on the night as Ben Speas nearly netted a goal late in the second half.

After being pushed to the limit at times in the first half, the Zips had a renewed focus after the break. Ampaipitakwong nearly broke the deadlock in the 50th minute with a mid-range strike from the middle of the box but Hoie was there to make the stop.

Akron began building momentum however and finally broke through on Nagbe's sixth goal of the season. Ampaipitakwong initiated the play with a well-struck through ball that hit Nagbe in stride amid a cluster of defenders. Nagbe fired through the pack and uncorked a blast into the corner of the net.

It was a tight match throughout with UA earning slight edges for shots, 8-6, and shots on goal, 3-2.

The Zips will next make the short trip to Cleveland State Saturday for a 2 p.m. kick off.