Wednesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/23/2010
Wednesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Bowling Green 3, Wright State 0
Florida Atlantic 2, North Florida 1
Marist 3, Hartwick 2

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Department

Bowling Green 3, Wright State 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio  -- The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team struck early, scoring in the third minute of the match, en route to a 3-0 win over Wright State University Wednesday afternoon.  The non-conference contest was held at Cochrane Field on the BGSU campus.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 2-2-2 on the season, while dropping the Raiders to 4-3-0.  BGSU also wins the I-75 Cup, a trophy that will go to the winner of the BGSU-WSU match each year.  Wednesday's meeting was the first since BGSU head coach Eric Nichols and his counterpart, WSU coach Bryan Davis, came up with the idea for the travelling trophy.

Falcon senior Dusko Topolic scored with just 2:37 gone in the match to give the Brown and Orange the lead, and juniors Colin Armstrong and Max Weston scored less than four minutes apart in the second half to seal the victory.  Weston had three points on the day, assisting on Topolic's goal.

Another junior, Miguel Rosales, made two saves in net to earn his third shutout in six games this season to date.

The Falcons continue a three-game homestand on Sunday, hosting Lipscomb University in an 11:00 a.m. start at Cochrane Field.  The game is the first half of a doubleheader, with the BGSU women's team hosting Kent State at 2:00 p.m.

Florida Atlantic 2, North Florida 1
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to three on Wednesday afternoon with a 2-1 win over North Florida at the FAU Soccer Stadium.  The Owls have not lost a decision since Sept. 6 against UCF. 

"It was important to get that first goal and take the early lead," said head coach Kos Donev.  "It helped us throughout the rest of the match to stay on point."

Redshirt freshman Benny Barshai gave the Owls (2-2-1) the early 1-0 lead after he buried a pass from teammate Darnell King past keeper Tyler Willets in the 17th minute. 

The Ospreys (1-4-0) tied the game in the 31st minute off a corner kick from Calin Lowe.  Ricky Lawrence picked up his team-leading second goal of the season and headed one past keeper Jeremy Crumpton to level the game at 1-1. 

Crumpton saw his first action in net since Sept. 6 and recorded two saves in the match.    

Andre McCreath tallied his first goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 50th minute to give FAU the lead once again at 2-1.  Darnell King drew the foul after he was pulled down streaking towards goal to force the penalty kick. 

In the second half, FAU had several opportunities to pull away late and outshot the Ospreys 8-2 in the final period and 17-6 for the match.  The Owls aggressive and relentless offensive attack also forced UNF to commit 12 fouls in the match.

FAU will continue their non-conference schedule this Friday when they travel to DeLand to take on Stetson.  The conference schedule begins next weekend with a road trip to Akron and Western Michigan.

Marist 3, Hartwick 2
ONEONTA, NY - Visiting Marist College (4-3) scored twice in the first half of play and held on late for a 3-2 road victory over Hartwick College on Wednesday night at Elmore Field. Hartwick battled back from a 3-1 deficit with 15 minutes left but could not find the tying goal despite several late chances.

The Hawks, who trailed 3-1 after a Marist goal in the 58th minute, pulled to within one goal as senior Michael Cunningham (Dunedin, New Zealand/John McGlasham) registered his second tally of the year at the 76:19 mark. Cunningham blasted a one-timer from 16 yards out following a Steven Amaya (Oakland Gardens, NY/MLK) end line cross. 

Hartwick pressed for the tying goal in the late stages as they out-shot the Red Foxes 7-0 over the final 15 minutes. Cunningham and senior Evan Doan (Garland, TX/N. Garland) both had shots saved by Marist goalie Joe Pilla and forward Dan Summers (Banstead, England/Sutton Grammar) had one shot blocked and another off the target in the 83rd and 84th minute, respectively.

Two minutes later, Summers rocketed a shot from outside the 18-yard box right at Pilla who deflected the ball up and over the crossbar to force a corner kick. Defender Owen Botting (Billingshurst, England/Heidelberg College) swung the corner into the box and Summers got his head to the ball but it ricocheted off the post for the Hawks' closest chance at evening the score. Doan had one last shot blocked in the 89th minute and the Foxes escaped with the victory.

Marist took the lead in the 16th minute as Stephan Brossard's hard low shot forced a diving save from 'Wick goalkeeper Jake Wright (Los Angeles, CA/Cal State Northridge) and James Curley cleaned up the rebound from eight yards out. The Red Foxes got some breathing room in the 32nd minute as Krystian Witkowski one-timed a cross from Fred Osbourne for a 2-0 lead.

Four minutes later, Jason Keefe (Springfield, MA/Springfield) picked up a poor Marist clearance in the box and slipped the ball to Amaya, who buried his shot from 12 yards out to the far post to cut the Hartwick deficit in half. It marked Keefe's first point as a Hawk.

In the second half, Marist added to their lead at the 57:59 mark as Brossard's low, hard cross from the right side of goal found Mike McGowan in front for a 3-1 edge.

The Red Foxes ended the match with a 17-15 advantage in shots. The Hawks held a 10-8 edge in the second half. The Hawks also took six corners to Marist's two. Wright finished the game with three saves. Pilla made five in the Marist goal.

The Hawks are back on Elmore on Saturday as they host Hartford at 7 p.m.