MAC Women's Soccer Championship First Round Results

Updated 10/31/2010

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No. 1 Toledo 1, No. 8 Ohio 0
No. 2 Miami 2, No. 7 Akron 0
No. 3 Central Michigan 2, No. 6 Northern Illinois 1
No. 4 Eastern Michigan 0, No. 5 Western Michigan 0 (WMU wins on PK's 4-2)

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No. 1 Toledo 1
, No. 8 Ohio 0
TOLEDO, OH - Freshman Nicole Gyurgyik scored the match's lone goal to lead top seed Toledo to a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 8 seed Ohio in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Sunday at Scott Park.

With today's win, the Rockets (15-3-2) will host the semifinals and championship match next weekend on its homefield. The three-time conference tourney champs will host No. 5 seed Western Michigan on Friday, Nov. 5 after the Broncos downed No. 4 seed Eastern Michigan in penalty kicks.

In other MAC Tournament action, No. 2 seed Miami blanked No. 7 seed Akron, 2-0, and No. 3 seed Central Michigan edged out No. 6 seed Northern Illinois, 2-1. The RedHawks will tangle with the Chipppewas in the other semifinal contest on Friday.

The lone goal was scored as a result of a strong defensive effort by Gyurgyik as well as a miscue by the Ohio goalie Mattie Liston. A Bobcats' defender played the ball back to Liston in front of their own goal to help set up the eventual score. Liston did not immediately clear the ball out of danger but instead took her time as Gyurgyik closed fast on the play. With the Rockets' forward charging at full speed, the Ohio netminder's clear attempt struck Gyurgyik on the foot and the ball bounced into the back of the net from approximately five-yards out at 76:21. The unassisted tally was the third of the season for Gyurgyik.

UT finished the match with a 19-11 edge in shots and a sizable 10-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior netminder Vicki Traven was credited with four saves in the match and tallied her school-record 10th shutout of the season. Liston made six stops in her complete-match effort.

No. 2 Miami 2, No. 7 Akron 0
OXFORD, Ohio - For the second straight year the Miami University women's soccer team will be headed to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals as the second-seeded and MAC East champion RedHawks topped No. 7 seed Akron, 2-0, Sunday afternoon in a MAC quarterfinal match at Miami Soccer Field. With the win, Miami (13-6-1, 5-4-2 MAC) avenged its overtime loss to Akron (7-11-1, 5-5-1 MAC) during the regular season and also knocked the Zips out of the MAC Tournament in the quarterfinals for the second straight season.

The RedHawks will now play third-seeded Central Michigan on Friday, Nov. 5 in Toledo in one semifinal match-up while the host and top-seeded Rockets will play No. 5 seed Western Michigan in the other semifinal. Miami's win snapped Akron's four-game win streak and ended UA's 2010 campaign.

The 'Hawks jumped on the Zips from the start, creating chances off the opening whistle. Miami earned four corner kicks and fired four shots in the opening 20 minutes but Akron keeper Michelle Smith handled several of the corners and made a pair of strong saves to keep the game scoreless.

Miami finally broke through in the 29th minute as the Swedish connection delivered for the RedHawks. After a corner gave Miami possession deep in the Akron zone, senior Sara Lund (Malmo, Sweden) was able to dribble through UA defenders into the penalty box where she found junior Sarah Dessfelt (Vellinge, Sweden) open at the top of the box. Dessfelt blasted the ball high and just inside the right post to beat Smith, giving Miami a 1-0 lead. It was her fifth score of 2010 and first career game-winning goal.

"We talked to our kids the last few days, after we knew we were in the quarterfinal, about the difference between playing to win and playing not to lose. I felt like we were a little tentative our last few games, playing not to lose and at this stage of the season you've just got to for it because you have nothing to lose," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "We're a much better attacking team anyway, so why not play to your strength."

Neither team would create another chance the remainder of the half, as the Red and White took its lead into the break, holding a 6-4 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Both keepers made a pair of saves in the opening 45 minutes.

Miami continued to keep the pressure on out of halftime, as Smith had to make three saves in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza. The RedHawks then upped their lead to 2-0 58:01 into the contest as freshman Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) played a perfect through ball that split two Akron defenders and reached the foot of Lund in stride as she was making a run into the box. Lund then waited for Smith to come out and beat her high, drilling the back of the net for her third tally of the year. Zakrzewski picked up her eighth helper of the year on the goal, which ties her for the team lead.

"Sara's (Lund) always been a big-game player for us. She now has three goals in her last three games (after none until that point), which is absolutely remarkable," Kramig said. "She's stepping it up but so is the whole team. I feel like we're peaking at the right time and we're playing some of the best soccer we've played all year."

The Zips would manage to get just two shots on target the rest of the contest with Miami freshman goalkeeper Madison Ryan (Marietta, Ga.) having no issues making the saves while the rest of the 'Hawks wore down Akron and continued to fire at will, totaling 12 shots in the period. Although Miami wouldn't find the onionbag again, the RedHawks closed out the 2-0 victory convincingly.

For the match, Miami doubled up Akron in shots, 18-9, including 11-4 on goal, while also holding a 6-3 edge in corners. Smith finished with nine saves while Ryan totaled four stops to record her third win of 2010 and first career shutout.

The RedHawks return to the pitch Friday, Nov. 5 when they take on third-seeded Central Michigan at Toledo's Scott Park in one of two MAC semifinals. CMU beat Miami, 2-0, earlier this year in Oxford. Times are yet to be announced for either semifinal. Check back with for information regarding Miami's semifinal match-up.

"We'll spend some time watching video of that game (against CMU earlier this year) this week," Kramig said. "Central Michigan's a good team. They're one of those teams that don't have any obvious weak spots and we're going to have to play a very good game to beat them but we're playing well right now and our kids are confident and feeling good. We're going to go right at them and see what happens."

No. 3 Central Michigan 2, No. 6 Northern Illinois 1
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Sophomore Laura Twidle picked up right where she left off from the regular season in Central Michigan's 2-1 win over Northern Illinois in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Sunday.

The Chippewas improved to 14-4-1 on the season, while ending the Huskies season at 9-9-1.

CMU put pressure on NIU and freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr early in the game, firing five shots in the first 10 minutes of play with Carr making two saves.

Junior defender Claire Horton notched the first goal of the day, and her first of the season, in the 33rd minute to give the Chippewas a 1-0 lead. After a shot by junior Liesel Toth was blocked in the box, Horton fired a shot in the right-back corner of the net off the rebound.

A Central Michigan foul set up a free kick by Northern Illinois' Shelbi Johnson just one minute later, but senior goalkeeper Shay Mannino made one of her two saves on the day to keep the score at 1-0.

The Maroon and Gold maintained control of the first 45 minutes, outshooting the Huskies, 17-3, while holding a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. Mannino earned her 11th win of the season while playing the first 45 minutes.

Twidle extended the Chippewa lead in the 59th minute of the match, recording her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Toth fired a pass to Twidle in the middle of the box before the sophomore turned and flipped the ball over Carr's sliding attempt at a save.

The goal turned out to be the game-winner for the Chippewas as the Huskies scored exactly one minute later on a free kick by Lauren Eberts. Ebert's kick was headed by a CMU defender before Shannon Renner headed a shot inside the left post for NIU's only goal.

With the 2-1 win, seniors Jenna Hill, Shay Mannino and Valerie Prause earned their 51st career victory as Chippewas. The three seniors are now 51-23-7 overall (.672 winning percentage) in their prestigious careers.

The Chippewas will be back in action when they take on No. 2 seed Miami at Toledo on Friday, Nov. 5.

No. 4 Eastern Michigan 0, No. 5 Western Michigan 0 (WMU wins on PK's 4-2) 

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- After 110 minutes of play went by without a goal scored, the Western Michigan women's soccer team defeated Eastern Michigan, 4-2, in penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

Eastern Michigan's Stephanie Clarke took the first penalty kick, beating WMU keeper Julia Francy to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five contest. Senior midfielder Nicole Dulyea followed with a goal of her own to tying the session at 1-1. EMU's Paige Sheridan and Stephanie Skowneski traded makes to keep the shootout tied at 2-2.

Chelsea Detrick stepped up to the penalty spot for the Eagles, attempting to give EMU a 3-2 lead but Francy came up with a save for the first falter of the shootout. Sophomore centerback Kelsey Baskins stepped up to the spot and buried her attempt to give the Broncos a 3-2 lead.

Francy came up big once again, saving an attempt by Stephanie Janssens. EMU needed to make a save to stay alive in the shootout but Anina Cicerone beat Eagle goalkeeper Monique Budani to hand the Broncos the win.

"Eastern Michigan is a tough team," said head coach Suzie Grech. "Our last two games have been ties and it has really developed into quite the rivalry. A lot of these girls have played each other in high school and in club soccer. It was a hard fought, physical game."

Although the Broncos were outshot 7-4 in the first half, WMU controlled the game and landed all four if its first-half shots on net, forcing four saves. The second half is where the Brown & Gold really took over, outshooting the Eagles 12-1. The Broncos were kept out of the net but continued to pressure, adding two more shots during the overtime periods.

"I think we really dominated them at times but it is tough to keep missing chances and go confidently into penalty kicks but they did a great job," added Grech. "We practiced PKs during the week and had a set order for our first five shoots and I think it really paid off with their confidence."

Francy made six saves on the day to earn her 18th career shutout, but she had a lot of help from the back line and the midfield.

"I thought we played very well defensively as a team," said Grech. "Eastern has some speed and we did a good job of covering for each other. The back line played very well and has been playing well the past few games despite losing our captain Ashley Caliendo to injury, but I couldn't be more confident about Julia in net and her confidence in herself is really high."

Western Michigan advances to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament and will play top-seeded Toledo, in Toledo, on Friday. The game time has yet to be determined but will either be 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.