Sunday’s MAC Women’s Soccer Results
UC Irvine 2, Bowling Green 0
Ohio State 2, Toledo 0
Miami 4, Cleveland State 0
Eastern Michigan 1, Michigan State 1 (2ot)
Northern Illinois 2, Liberty 1
Ohio 3, IPFW 2
Cincinnati 2, Akron 1
Canisius 3, Buffalo 1
Marquette 2, Western Michigan 0
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
UC Irvine 2, Bowling Green 0
UC Irvine fired a total of 23 shots, scoring once in each half, en route to a 2-0 win over the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team Sunday (Sept. 20). The game, the Falcons' final contest in the UC Riverside Tournament, was held at the UCR Soccer Stadium.
With the win, the Anteaters improve to 7-1-1 on the season, while the Falcons fall to 4-5-0 overall.
Ohio State 2, Toledo 0
COLUMBUS, OH - Toledo wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 2-0 setback against nationally ranked Ohio State on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 4-3-1 on the season. In a physical first half where defense was the story, both teams had limited scoring opportunities.
The best chance for the Buckeyes (7-1-1) came in the seventh minute when a shot by Courtney Jenkins was deflected over the crossbar by Toledo sophomore netminder Vicki Traven. The Rockets responded less than two minutes later when senior Ali Leak slipped behind the OSU defense, but her shot from just inside the 18-yard box slid wide right. Leak and classmate Molly Cornwell, who both attended Pickerington North High School on the outskirts of Columbus, led the Midnight Blue and Gold with two shots each.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, it would not take long for the 25th-ranked Buckeyes to get on the scoreboard after the intermission, as Jenkins drilled a free kick from 40 yards out over Traven's outstretched arms and into the back of the net at 49:18.
The home team would keep the pressure on with six shots in the opening 15 minutes of the second stanza and would have increased the margin had it not been for three excellent saves by Traven. The 2008 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year finished the match with six stops.
With just under 18 minutes left to play, though, Ohio State would tack on an insurance goal as Karin Sendel scored her first career goal after a give-and-go with Ashley Bowyer.
The Rockets were outshot in the match, 23-4, and trailed in corner kicks, 11-0.
The three-time defending MAC tourney champions will now turn its attention to the league slate and open at Western Michigan on Friday, Sept. 25. The opening whistle from the WMU Soccer Complex is slated for 4:00 p.m.
"We played very well in the first half and that's encouraging heading into MAC play," said Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans, whose squad in now 0-6-1 all time against ranked competition.
Miami 4, Cleveland State 0
OXFORD, Ohio - Senior goalkeeper Krista Pace pitched her 10th career shutout to tie Miami’s all-time record and the RedHawks (4-3-0) scored a season-high four goals en route to a 4-0 victory over Cleveland State (1-7-0) Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field on Senior Day. Rainy and dreary skies didn’t dampen Miami’s victory in the first-ever meeting with the Vikings, which also came on Miami soccer’s alumni weekend and was the Red and White’s final non-conference game of the regular season.
Pace (Toronto, Ont.) needed to make just three saves, two in the first half, to tie the record held by Katie Karlander (2001-02). She is already the school’s career saves leader with 308, which is 150 more stops than Leigh Terry (2002-05), who sits second on the list, made in her career.
“It’s always nice to get the shutout and certainly a nice tribute to Krista Pace for the all the hard work she’s done and the great career she’s had the last four years,” Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. “Our defense is slowly coming together. This was a difficult team to play against because they have a chaotic style that makes it difficult to organize against them. I thought our ladies in the back did a great job with Brooke Livingston being the leader in the back.”
The two teams played even for the first 30 minutes of the match with the best scoring chance on either side coming from Cleveland State. In the 29th minute, freshman Valerie Stahl ripped a shot from outside the box that Pace blocked but junior Sylvia Olsby fired two shots close-in off of rebounds, the first of which Pace stopped and the second of which sophomore Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) cleared off the goal line to keep the contest scoreless.
After CSU nearly took the lead, the RedHawks settled down and maintained possession, using short passes to control the flow of the game. Miami then broke the deadlock in the 34th minute, taking advantage of a miscue by Viking goalie Kelly Zinkiewich. Junior Julie Thompson (Glenview, Ill.) sent the ball toward goal from just in front of midfield, but Zinkiewich mishandled the routine stop as the ball squirted free and senior Allison Berkey (Hopkinton, Mass.) was on the spot to push the ball into the wide-open goal for her third score of the season.
With just over 30 seconds remaining in the half, the ’Hawks made it 2-0 when Thompson registered her third goal of 2009 after a give-and-go inside the penalty box with senior Kersta Carlson (Plymouth, Minn.) left Thompson with an open shot that she blasted past Zinkiewich. Miami would take the two-goal advantage into the half, despite holding just a 6-5 edge in shots.
The RedHawks wasted no time adding to their lead in the second stanza, taking possession off the whistle and earning a corner kick less than three minutes into the half. Carlson connected with junior Brooke Livingston (Lisle, Ill.) off the corner, who headed the ball in for her second-career goal and first of the campaign. Carlson earned her second assist of the day on the score and has a team-high five on the season already, including two two-assist games.
Miami then capped its scoring two minutes later in the 50th minute when freshman Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) put home a rebound off a shot from senior Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.). The assist was Zwingelberg’s third of the year, while Kodiak scored her second goal in as many games. The four goals were the most the ’Hawks had scored since a 4-0 win over Western Michigan in 2007, while the margin of victory was their largest since that same game.
Zinkiewich matched Pace with three saves, all in the final 45 minutes, while Miami out-shot Cleveland State 15-8, including 9-3 in the final period. Berkey led Miami with four shots, while Kodiak took three. The RedHawks also earned six corners in the match to CSU’s none.
Prior to the match, Berkey, Carlson, Pace, Zwingelberg, senior Stephanie Laser (Hinsdale, Ill.) and junior Eva Candia (Malmo, Sweden), who is in her final year of eligibility, were honored as part of the Senior Day festivities while soccer alumni were recognized at halftime.
The RedHawks return to the pitch Friday, Sept. 25, when they begin Mid-American Conference play at Buffalo. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at UB Stadium.
Eastern Michigan 1, Michigan State 1 (2 ot)
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) ? Eastern Michigan University faced a daunting opponent in unbeaten Michigan State Sunday afternoon and lived up to the task. The Eagles scored an early goal and weathered an onslaught of offensive pressure by the Spartans to walk away with a 1-1 draw at Scicluna Field.
It was arguably the best defensive performance by the Eagles (4-2-2) all season to date. The Spartans dominated with a 33-12 shot advantage with their only goal coming in the 70th minute by Laura Heyboer, her sixth of the season. Heyboer led MSU in goals scored a season ago with 21 and was named to this year’s Hermann Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s top women’s soccer player.
Paige Sheridan gave the Eagles an early lead in the 12th minute when she was spotted streaking down the middle of the field by teammate Julie Kaim. Kaim delivered a pass that broke Sheridan free, breaking away from the stingy MSU defense. She made one move to beat goalkeeper, Jill Flietstra, and went to the far right post for her second goal of the season.
In the second overtime, Sheridan had a chance to put away the game winner as she received the ball in another one-on-one opportunity with the keeper. Standing less than ten yards to the goal she decided to try and sneak it inside the left near side post rather than going far side. Her shot went wide and she put her arms over her head in disbelief. The junior led the team with four shots, three of which challenged Fleitstra.
For the Michigan State defense, it was only their third goal allowed all season. The other two coming in a 3-1 win over Detroit and a 1-1 tie to UC-Santa Barbara. Tension built from that point on as the Spartans continued to apply pressure before finally getting the equalizer with 20 minutes remaining in regulation. Monique Budani had one of her best games of the year, making nine saves in preserving the tie in 110 minutes in goal.
This game concluded the Eagles’ non-conference portion to their schedule. They will begin MAC play next Friday, Sept. 25, traveling to Ohio to take on Akron in the first of three straight league games on the road. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois 2, Liberty 1
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team grabbed its second straight win Sunday, when goals from Micaela Damas and Nici Newquist lifted the Huskies to a 2-1 victory over Liberty (1-6-0) at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
The Huskies recorded their first goal of the game when Damas (Overland Park, KS/Blue Valley North) crossed the ball through defenders to Newquist (DeKalb, Ill./Sycamore), setting her up for the goal. Newquist cleared the ball over Liberty's goalkeeper, Karen Blocker, to hit the center of the net with 8:51 left in the first half.
In the 39th minute of play, the Huskies added to their lead when Shelbi Johnson (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley) crossed the ball to Damas, who hit the right corner of the net to record her first career goal.
"We had opportunities to score and we were able to finish all of them," head coach Carrie Barker said. "The players contributed all around the field, and it truly was a great team effort all around today."
The Huskies held the Flames to a scoreless first half, but after 67 minutes of play Liberty's Silvia Betancourt cleared the ball over NIU defenders to score the Flames lone goal of the afternoon.
The contest remained fairly even with Liberty recording nine shots to the Huskies eight, and NIU earning four saves to Liberty's three. The Huskies held a 2-0 advantage in cornerkicks in the match.
"We played great today," said Barker. "Our game is exactly where we want to be at this point and it is great to go into conference play the way we are playing."
The Huskies will enter Mid-American Conference schedule next weekend with a 4-4-0 record and 2-1-0 home mark. MAC play will begin when the Huskies host Bowling Green Friday, at 4 p.m., and will continue at home as NIU takes on Toledo in a 1 p.m. match-up Sunday.
Ohio 3, IPFW 0
ATHENS, Ohio ? An action-packed, wet second half was decided by another well-timed Erin Schwenke goal as Ohio slipped past a feisty IPFW squad 3-2 amidst rainy conditions Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field. Senior Jasmine Merith scored two second half goals to help the Bobcats to their second-straight win heading into Mid-American Conference play.
Merith’s (Richmond Hill, Ontario) two goals marked her first scores of the season and the fifth and sixth goals of her career, respectively. Kelsey Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.), who assisted on both of Merith’s scores, tallied the first two-assist game of her career. She now has three assists on the season. Schwenke (Solon, Ohio) recorded her team-leading third goal and her second-straight game winner. Amy Lower (West Chester, Ohio) picked up her first assist of the season.
“It was nice to get a couple wins (this weekend) and to know that the things we have been improving on are helping us,” Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. “The speed with the grass being wet today was a bit of an adjustment in the first half. We had plenty of chances, and we need to continue to execute and finish.”
Mother Nature did what she could to make her presence felt with slippery conditions that threw off play for both sides to start the contest. Despite that, Ohio controlled the majority of the possessions early and had opportunities to score early. The Mastodons’ defense responded with clutch deflections and a couple big saves from their keeper to keep the Green and White off the board. The ?Cats defense was equally as strong, if not more so, as it turned IPFW away multiple times to give its offensive counterparts more opportunities. Despite outshooting the Mastodons 8-1, the count remained at zero at the half.
Both sides adjusted to start the second half as the action was back-and-forth early on. Both defenses were strong, however, and managed to keep the other out the net through the first several minutes. Ohio finally broke through early in the 61st minute when it got an advantage on the Mastodon defense. Pichel sent a rocket in from 20 yards out that Merith deflected into the right corner of the net to put the ?Cats on top. Ohio scored again just 40 seconds later with Merith’s second goal as she knocked a deflected Pichel attempt past the IPFW keeper and into the corner of the goal.
The Mastodons were far from being done however, as they fought back with a goal of their own just over seven minutes later. Justine LeBlanc headed in a corner kick from teammate Kateri Till to cut the Green and White lead to 2-1. IPFW kept some pressure on Ohio over the next few minutes and took advantage of a hands call inside the box to set up a penalty kick late in the 74th minute. Lisa Underwood managed to knock it just past the outstretched hands of the Ohio keeper and into the net.
Ohio responded with a fury and took back the possession over the next several minutes. With the action deep in IPFW territory, Lower sent a crossing shot a few yards out on the right corner that deflected off the left post to a waiting Schwenke, who tapped it into the back of the net. The ?Cats defense would host strong over the last couple minutes to seal the Green and White victory.
The ?Cats outshot IPFW 14-6 on the day, with six of those shots coming on goal. Pichel and Lower each tallied a team-high three shots, while Merith tallied two, both of which were goals. Jess MacLean (Loveland, Ohio) picked up two saves and recorded the win in the net.
Ohio will be back in action Friday, Sept. 25, when it opens up MAC play by welcoming Central Michigan to town. First touch is set for 4 p.m. ET at Chessa Field.
Cincinnati 2, Akron 1
CINCINNATI ? In its final tune up for Mid-American Conference play, the University of Akron women's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati on a rainy Sunday at Gettler Stadium.
Akron (2-3-1) jumped out to an early lead when senior Britni Back navigated her way to the center of the penalty box and put a low grounder into the right side of the net at the 15:20 mark. Cincinnati (6-3-1) evened the score at 24:40, when Emily Hebbeler sent a high-arcing shot into the top-right corner of the net, following a corner kick.
Eric MacDonald scored the game-winning goal for UC in the 72nd minute.
"I am very proud of our team today," Akron head coach Chris Pfau said. "We did everything we could to win the game. We competed, we played and we created some great scoring opportunities against a very tough team. If we do that every time we play we will win 9 out of 10 times."
The Zips outshot the Bearcats 14-13, including a 10-5 advantage in the second half, and also took seven corner kicks compared to UC's two. UA's seven corner kicks and nine shots on goal were both season highs.
"In the first half, I thought we played a little tentative and played in spurts," Pfau sad. "The second half we played like we wanted to win and that gave us some great looks at goal. We now have to have the same drive as we go into conference play. If we can continue this progression, we will win more games than we will lose."
With her goal, Back has taken over as the squad's leading scorer this season, with six points (two goals, two assists). Both of Back's shots against Cincinnati were on goal, giving her a team-best nine in that category for the year.
Sophomore Rachel Phillip was responsible for seven of the Zips' 14 shots and four of their nine shots on goal versus the Bearcats. She now leads the team in shots, with 17, and has eight shots on goal to her credit this season.
Akron sophomore goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert had four saves in 90 minutes, while Cincinnati ?keeper Andrea Kaminski had eight saves.
Sunday's match was the last of five straight on the road for UA. The Zips begins league play next weekend, playing host to Eastern Michigan on Sept. 25 and Central Michigan on Sept. 27.
"This has been a very tough three weekends for us," Pfau said. "Not only have we played great teams but we have done it on the road. We have grown, worked on our weaknesses and improved going into conference. Now the real season begins for us."
Canisius 3, Buffalo 1
BUFFALO, NY ? The University at Buffalo women’s soccer team took on cross-town rival Canisius this afternoon at Demske Sports Complex, falling to the Griffs, 3-1. Senior Sara Hilliard (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) scored her first career goal and the Bulls’ only goal of the game off a pass from Natasha Arana (Island Park, NY/West Hempstead) at the 82:33 mark to put the Bulls on the board.
Canisius took an early lead, scoring the first goal of the game in the 16th minute of play. The Griffs snuck another one by UB goalkeeper Amy Coron (Farmington, NY/Victor) less than 10 minutes later to put the Griffs up by two. The Bulls had their chances to score, as Julie Dale (Cary, NC/Raleigh Charter) and Stephanie Velez (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck) each had two shots in the first half.
In the 71st minute of play, the Buffalo defense deflected the ball into their own goal to give Canisius the 3-0 lead, but Hilliard put the Bulls on the board in the 82nd minute. The Bulls capitalized on a Canisius foul, as Arana sent the ball to Hilliard on a long free kick pass and Hilliard headed it to the back of the net for the score. The Bulls could not score again, as Coron ended the game with seven saves in net.
The Bulls look to bounce back as they open MAC play at home next weekend with games against Miami (OH) on Friday, September 25 and Ball State on Sunday, September 27. The games are set for 7:00 pm and 12:00 pm, respectively, and will take place at UB Stadium.
Marquette 2, Western Michigan 0
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team fell to Marquette, 2-0, in their home opener on Sunday in front of 202 fans at the WMU Soccer Complex.
The Broncos wore pink jerseys that were auctioned off during the game and sold pink soccer t-shirts to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. The team raised over $1,400 for cancer research.
WMU and Marquette battled to a scoreless tie in the first half with the Broncos on their heels for most of it. Marquette fired off 11 shots, landing four on goal but were unable to get past WMU goalkeeper Julia Francy.
The Golden Eagles finally opened the game up on a service from the corner by Ashley Bars. She placed the box in the box and Becky Ryan dove to head it to the far post and in to the net to give Marquette a 1-0 lead.
Marquette’s second goal came off a free-kick for near mid-field. The ball to an odd bounce and went passed Francy for Lauren Thut’s first goal of the season.
“We struggled to settle ourselves down in the beginning,” said interim head coach Suzie Grech. “Marquette has a great blend of physical and technical play that gave us problems at time.”
Western Michigan opens up Mid-American Conference play on Friday when they host Toledo at 4 p.m. at the WMU Soccer Complex. The Broncos then welcome Bowling Green on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. as part of a men’s and women’s soccer double-header.