Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Miami 1, Eastern Michigan 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Steady rain and sloppy field conditions played a major role as the Eagles fell to Miami University, 1-0, in Mid-American Conference play at Scicluna Field Friday, Oct. 9.
Both squads played as even as any two teams could play, except for Miami's goal in the 30th minute. Joe Zwingelberg took the ball on the left edge and was able to take advantage of the slippery conditions. In crossing over towards the center of the field, two Eagle defenders slipped and fell in trying to reverse their course and it left Zwingelberg with a wide open opportunity.
Her shot to the far right post left EMU goalkeeper, Monique Budani, little chance to make a play. It was Zwingelberg's first goal of the season. Despite out-shooting the Redhawks 20-18, nine of which landed on goal for the Eagles, none were able to find the back of the net. A lot of credit went to Miami keeper, Krista Pace, who answered the call each time, making nine saves for her fourth shutout of the season.
Eastern's Carissa Wilson led the team in shots with six while Paige Sheridan recorded four. The Eagles missed several opportunities late as heavy legs from playing on the muddy turf took a toll.
The Eagles' record drops to 6-3-4 overall, 2-1-2 in the MAC while Miami, with its third straight win, pushes its record to 7-4-1, 3-1-1 in league play. Eastern Michigan will host Ball State (4-8-0, 2-3-0 MAC) Sunday, Oct. 11. The Cardinals are coming off a 3-0 loss to Central Michigan. Kickoff between the Eagles and Cardinals is slated for 1 p.m.
Toledo 1, Akron 0
TOLEDO, OH - Junior Sarah Blake scored the match's lone goal in the 54th minute to lead Toledo to a 1-0 shutout victory over Akron on Friday at soggy and cold Scott Park. With today's win, the Rockets improve to 7-4-2 overall, 3-1-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
"I thought we played well and moved the ball effectively despite the poor conditions," Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. "We put the ball in some dangerous situations for Akron and it took a restart to get the goal. We'll take the win and the three points. I also thought Akron played well. They are very dangerous upfront and a hard-working team."
UT's Blake did a great job of maneuvering herself in between a couple of Zips' defenders on a corner kick by freshman Rachael Kravitz and used her heel to direct the ball into the back of the net. The match-winning goal was her first of the season at 53:25 of the second half.
"Rachel played a perfect cross, and I was in the right place at the right time to finish the play," said Blake, who also scored the match's only goal in Toledo's 1-0 home triumph against Akron two years ago. "It just feels so good to be back playing with the team and contributing (Blake missed seven matches with an injury earlier this season).
Added Evans, "At the highest level of soccer, restarts are high percentage of a team's goals, and today we were fortunate enough to poke one home on a corner kick."
The Zips (3-6-2, 1-3-1 MAC) started quickly and were presented with a golden opportunity to jump on the scoreboard first on a shot by Rachel Phillip at 2:05. Teammate Jordan Baranowski looped a pass over the last line of UT defenders to a racing Phillips, who was one-on-one with Toledo sophomore netminder Vicki Traven. Fortunately for the three-time defending MAC tourney champs, Traven did a good job cutting down Phillips' angle and forced her shot wide.
For the next 12-plus minutes, neither squad generated much of an attack with the inclement weather picking up, until UA's Britni Back had a quality scoring chance at 14:07. Back beat both a UT defender and the goalie down the left, but her present position with the ball would not allow her a good look at the goal. She took a couple dribbles toward the middle and fired a shot, but the UT defense quickly recovered and cleared her shot off the line.
As the first half progressed, Toledo had its first substantial scoring strike off the foot of senior two-time MAC Player of the Year Molly Cornwell at the 17:22 mark. UT's all-time leader point scorer received a pass in space on the left side and swiftly pulled the trigger with a left-footed shot, but Akron goalie Jeny Wolbert made a nice diving save to keep the match scoreless.
The Rockets rode the momentum from Cornwell's near goal and a header by senior Ali Leak came within inches of giving the home team the advantage at 26:10. Cornwell played a beautiful cross into the middle of the UA goalbox to Leak, who headed the ball on goal. Much to the dismay of the Rockets, Leak's shot ricocheted off the crossbar and out of play.
The rain started and stopped on numerous occasions in the match and made the footing for both teams tough at times. In the waning moments of the period, UA had one last scoring chance by Katie Wise at 34:46. Wise beat a couple of defenders down the left side and blasted a shot towards the top-left corner of the net, but UT's Traven came out of nowhere to punch it over the bar and out of danger.
To start the second half, Toledo was determined to jump on the scoreboard first and came inches away from doing just that at 45:36. UT's Cornwell pulled the string a shot that looked unstoppable, but another Wolbert diving save denied the home team.
UT stayed the aggressor and it paid huge dividends on the match's eventual winning score off Blake's heel and kept the Midnight Blue and Gold undefeated in five all-time home matches against the Zips.
"I'm so happy for Sarah," Evans said. "She has worked hard to get herself back in playing shape and it's good to see her score a goal. She is starting to find her rhythm after missing the last month-and-a-half."
With darkness settling in and the rain coming down pretty hard, neither team generated much offense until the very end when UA made one final push for the equalizer. The Zips' Phillip crossed the ball to Jordan Clark, who was alone at the top of the UT goalbox on the leftside at 86:41. Her low shot sailed just wide of the target to preserve the victory for the Rockets.
"I thought both teams handled the playing conditions very well," Evans said. "I don't think the weather had too, too much of an affect on each team's play."
Offensively, Cornwell paced UT's attack with a conference season-high seven shots. Between the posts, Traven was strong once again and finished with six saves to tally the Rockets' sixth shutout in 2009.
Ohio 1, Bowling Green 1 (2 ot)
The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team took a first-half lead, but visiting Ohio University got a second-half equalizer en route to a 1-1 tie Friday afternoon/evening (Oct. 9). The Mid-American Conference match was held at a soggy Cochrane Field.
The result leaves the Falcons with an overall record of 4-8-2 and a MAC mark of 0-3-2. The Bobcats are now 5-5-2 and 2-1-2, respectively.
Sophomore Katelyn Turner scored the Falcons' goal, and very nearly ended the match in the second overtime, blasting a shot that hit the goalpost. Amy Lower had the Bobcats' goal.
The Falcons will continue a four-match homestand on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 11), hosting the University of Akron in a 1:00 p.m. start at Cochrane. That game has been designated as the team's annual PINK OUT game in support of breast cancer awareness, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
Kent State 2, Northern Illinois 1 (ot)
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State soccer team (7-5-0, 3-2-0 MAC) posted a 2-1 win over Northern Illinois Friday afternoon in heart-pounding style, as the Flashes came from behind to score the game-tying goal with less than a minute to go in regulation before scoring the game-winning goal in the 104th minute to defeat their MAC challenger.
"This was a tremendous effort; to work this hard for over 100 minutes makes this result well worth it," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "We kept pressuring their defense and going at them. It was a great team effort today."
On a saturated field and with intermittent rain falling throughout the game, senior Beth Diederich (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored the game-tying goal at the 89:21 mark for her second goal of the season while Kent State teammate Vanessa Salerno (Etobicoke, Ontario) posted her second game-winner of the year and fourth of the season in the 104th minute.
Despite a dominating effort statistically through the first 89 minutes against Northern Illinois, Kent State trailed 1-0 heading into the game's final ticks of regulation. Following a Northern Illinois foul near the left corner of Kent State's attacking end, junior Annie Messer (Dayton, Ohio) served in a cross that found Diederich's head, where the senior defender flicked the ball to the far post's side netting.
In overtime, Kent State made good on its attack in the 104th minute. Moments earlier the Flashes generated a corner kick from the right side that was unable to be cleared by Northern Illinois. On the ensuing corner kick from the left side, Messer found the head of Catharine Marosszeky (Aurora, Ontario), who nodded the ball down in the box. Salerno took it from there, flicking the ball back to the left for the game-winner.
Northern Illinois (4-7-2, 0-3-2 MAC) took the lead in the first half when Kelsey Passaglia broke through the Kent State defense on a pass from Nici Newquist. Passaglia headed toward onrushing KSU goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) and beat her low to the far post.
For the game, Kent State out-shot Northern Illinois 22-8 while having a 12-4 shots on goal advantage. Messer led the Flashes with eight shots and four shots on goal on the night.
Among Kent State's chances that kept the Homecoming crowd on its feet was Messer's 23-yard blast in the 29th minute that forced a diving save by NIU's Lindsey Curnock, and a blistering shot by Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) that forced a punching save over the crossbar by Curnock in the 47th minute.
Freshman Megan Repas (Avon, Ohio) just missed in the 88th minute on a sliding shot off a cross from L.A. Thoma (Alliance, Ohio), bringing gasps as her try sailed high.
Curnock finished with 10 saves for Northern Illinois, while KSU's Sherwood tallied three saves in the win.
Kent State will host Western Michigan Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. at the KSU Soccer Field to conclude the weekend-long two-game home stand.
Central Michigan 3, Ball State 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Ball State soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Mid-American Conference leader and regionally ranked Central Michigan Friday afternoon at the CMU Soccer Complex. The loss drops the Cardinals to 4-8-0 on the season and 2-3-0 in MAC play while Central Michigan improves to 10-3-0 and 5-0-0 in league action.
The two teams battled back-and-forth for most of the first half with freshman defender Brigit Reder (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) posting two shots in the first 25 minutes of play. Central Michigan tallied the first goal in the 43rd minute of action as Amanda Waugh beat BSU freshman goalkeeper Nicole Wood (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville).The Chippewas ended the first half with a 12-3 advantage in shots, with Stephanie Martin leading the way with five.
Central Michigan came close to adding its second goal in the 64th minute off of a corner kick but Wood stood tall. Brielle Heitman had the initial shot that Wood was able to save and Laura Twidle was thwarted by Wood to keep the Cardinals within one goal.
The Cardinals fell behind 2-0 in the 69th minute of play as the Chippewas were awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Claire Horton stepped up to the set piece and ripped a shot off of the cross bar. Valerie Prause was able to jump on the rebound and poke it past Wood for the CMU goal.
Ball State kept battling and junior forward Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall Univ.) had a strong chance in the 72nd minute as she ripped a shot that CMU goalkeeper Shay Mannino had to make a diving save on to keep the Cardinals off of the board. Ball State kept the pressure on and junior midfielder Cortney Coombs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) had a shot go just wide in the 77th minute.
The Chippewas added their third goal in the 79th minute of play as Bethany Allport found the back of the net. CMU finished the game with a 28-5 advantage in shots while Ball State falls to 2-10-1 all-time against the Chippewas and 0-6-0 all-time in Mount Pleasant. With the shutout, Central Michigan has now posted a school-record eight straight shutouts as the Chippewas have posted 752:09 minutes without allowing a goal.
The Cardinals wrap up the MAC road weekend Sunday afternoon as they take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles at 1 p.m.
Buffalo 2, Western Michigan 1
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's soccer team captured their first Mid-American Conference victory of the season by defeating Western Michigan, 2-1 on Friday night at UB Stadium. On a rain-soaked field, the Bulls attacked early by scoring two goals in the first fifteen minutes of play to preserve their victory.
With the rain falling, the Bulls struck first in the fourth minute. Freshman Katie Kerr (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) stormed down the left side with the ball, finding fellow freshman Stephanie Velez (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck) in front of her. Kerr slid the ball between two Broncos' defenders off a feed pass to Velez. As Velez sped down the left wing, Western Michigan goalkeeper Sarah Phillips came out to challenge the shot. Velez ripped the shot from 25 yards out to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead.
In the 15th minute, the Bulls extended their lead to 2-0 off a Western Michigan foul. Facing a wall of Broncos, junior Lindsey Bailey (Burlington, Ontario/Assumption) scored her first goal of the season on a 23-yard blast.
In the 59th minute, the Broncos cut the Bulls' lead to 2-1. Forward Stephanie Skowneski put the Broncos on the board by burying a 25-yard shot just under the crossbar off a pass by Megan Matula.
Senior Amy Coron (Farmington, NY/Victor) captured her second victory of the season, recording ten saves in the contest with eight in the second half. Following tonight's performance, Coron (398) moves closer to breaking the all-time UB career record for most saves (414).
"Our players deserved this win. They fought hard through the entire contest by finishing their opportunities," said head coach Michael Thomas. "In the second half, the Broncos attacked our end but we stood strong".
The Bulls (2-10-1, 1-3-1 MAC) will remain at home as they face MAC opponent Northern Illinois on Sunday, October 11 at 12:00 pm.