Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Result
Western Michigan 1, Western Illinois 1 (2OT)Game story courtesy of Western Michigan Media Relations Department
Western Michigan 1, Western Illinois 1 (2OT)
MACOMB, Ill.- Western Michigan (7-4-2) played two men down in double overtime and held on for a 1-1 tie on the road at reigning Summit League champion Western Illinois Sunday. Sophomore Shane Lyons scored his team-leading seventh goal on an assist by Joel Del Toro.
"I am very proud of the lads after that display today," said Bronco head coach Stu Riddle. "We passed the ball well and created numerous goal-scoring opportunities throughout the match. Two games in a row now we have had to face real challenges due to rulings on the field. To battle the way we did with nine men against 11 and to come out with a tie is very encouraging."
Lyons finished the rebound of a shot by Del Toro in the 30th minute to give WMU a 1-0 lead at the half.
Cosimo Patano tied the game for Western Illinois at 70:01, collecting a loose ball at the top of the 18 and firing it into the side of the netting.
Western Michigan had it's first player sent off in the first overtime with two yellow cards and then had a second player sent off with the same infraction in the second overtime. It was the second straight game WMU has been forced to play down.
Western Michigan attempted 11 shots, including three in the first overtime. All four of Western Illinois' saves were made in the first half. The Leathernecks' record slips to 3-6-5.
Freshman Sean Lewis had another brilliant showing in goal for the Broncos, making nine saves. It was his second highest save total of the season.
"It's a big two and a half weeks ahead of us especially with conference play resuming next Saturday and this game again gave us a taste of what its like to play a good team on the road," Riddle said. "We are going to see another good team on the road Wednesday and that will provide us the chance to look at some of our players that haven't seen as much time as they would have liked in another tough environment."
Western Michigan travels to Valparaiso Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest and then heads to Akron Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with the No. 1 team in the nation.