Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/12/2010
Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Florida Atlantic 2, Wisconsin 1
Buffalo 3, Robert Morris 2
Northeastern 3, Hartwick 0
Northern Illinois 2, Cleveland State 0
Western Michigan 4, IPFW 2

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Florida Atlantic 2, Wisconsin 1
BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lukas Simons capped off an outstanding weekend with a game-winning goal as the Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team upended Wisconsin 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at the FAU Soccer Stadium.

"We were thinking about moving him from defender to forward all preseason long," said head coach Kos Donev.  "We moved him there on Friday night and he scored on his first chance and he put in a big goal for us today."

The true freshman's second goal in as many games proved to be enough as the Owls (1-2-1) were able to kill the final five minutes of the game to earn their first victory of the 2010 season. 

Sunday's winner for the versatile Simons came after Wisconsin goalkeeper Ryan Vint bobbled a cross and allowed the ball to squirt free in front of the net.  The freshman pounded home the winner in the 86th minute to give FAU the lead for good. 

FAU jumped out to an initial lead earlier in the second half when Darnell King beat Vint off a breakaway inside the right post to put the Owls ahead 1-0 in the 55th minute.   

The Badgers (1-3-0) responded 17 minutes later when Kyle McCrudden headed one past FAU goalkeeper James McCormick off a corner kick to even things at 1-1. 

McCormick, who started his second straight game, made one save and recorded his first career victory in net. 

"This was a big win for us because we are progressing one game at a time," Donev said.  

The Owls will have 10 days to rest before returning to action next Wed., Sept. 22 to take on North Florida.

Buffalo 3, Robert Morris 2
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo men's soccer team hung on for a 3-2 victory over visiting Robert Morris on Sunday afternoon in the Bulls' home opener at UB Stadium. The win evens UB's record at 2-2 while the Colonials fall to 0-4.

UB jumped on top in the first half in the 20th minute. Juha Kaartoluoma scored the opening goal as he took a throw in from Casey Derkacz, controlling the ball in front of the goal and scoring from 10 yards.

The Bulls increased the lead to 3-0 with two second half goals midway through the period. In the 63rd minute, Mike Unwin scored following a rebound in front of the net. In the 79th minute, Andy Tiedt scored on a breakaway, taking a pass from Maksym Kowal to put UB ahead 3-0.

Robert Morris then quickly scored on a pair of penalty kicks late in the contest to narrow the margin to 3-2. UB then applied pressure on the defensive end as two RMU shots sailed wide in the final five minutes.

Ryan Aubrey made two saves for the Bulls while Robert Morris keeper Toba Bolaji stopped eight UB shots. The Bulls had a 19-11 edge in shots and had seven corner kicks to one for the Colonials.

The Bulls host St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:30 pm at UB Stadium in their next action.

Northeastern 3, Hartwick 0
ONEONTA, NY - Visiting Northeastern scored in the 27th minute and tacked on two late goals in a 3-0 win over Hartwick in the final game of the 35th Annual Oneonta Mayor's Cup. With the setback, the Hawks slip to 0-3-1 on the year.
              
Ryan Burnham opened the scoring at the 26:49 mark of the first half. Ricardo McDonald headed down a service into the box and Burnham finished 12 yards out leaving Hartwick keeper Jake Wright (Los Angeles, CA/Cal State Northridge) no chance on the play.
               
In the second half, Hartwick faced an uphill battle as an ejection forced the Blue and White to play the final 40 minutes of the game with 10 players. Despite being down a man, the Hawks were still able to get forward as they finished tied with the Huskies in shots in the stanza 7-7. Unfortunately, nothing made it past Husky goalkeeper Oliver Blum, who made eight saves in the game.
               
The Huskies added to their lead in the 85th minute as Michael Kennedy scored on a free kick from 20 yards out at the corner of the 18-yard box. Less than a minute later, Burnham collected his second goal of the day as he one-timed a shot from the top of the box to Wright's right for Northeastern's third and final tally.
               
Hartwick out-shot the Huskies 13-12 in the game. Wright ended the contest with four saves.
               
In the first match of the day, Columbia's Henning Sauerbier and Bayo Adafin scored goals as the Lions defeated Syracuse 2-0 to capture the Mayor's Cup crown. Nick Scott, who scored the game-tying goal against Hartwick on Friday, was named the Jim Lennox Offensive Most Valuable Player. Lion goalkeeper Alex Aurrichio was the Garth Stam Defensive Most Valuable Player after posting a shutout of the Orange today.
               
'Wick's Steven Amaya (Oakland Gardens, NY/MLK) and Michael Cunningham (Dunedin, New Zealand/John McGlasham) were selected to the all-tournament team. The duo was joined on the team by former Hawk players Nick Roydhouse and Jakob Karlgren of Syracuse.
               
The Hawks are back in action on Wednesday at Niagara University at 7 p.m.

Northern Illinois 2, Cleveland State 0
DeKALB, Ill. - Senior Luis Mojica scored the first two goals of his career as the Northern Illinois men's soccer team secured its first win of 2010 with a 2-0 shutout victory over Cleveland State, Sunday, in the final match of the NIU adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational.

Junior Nate DuBois made his first career start, recording two saves while whitewashing the Vikings. His performance in goal helped the Huskies improve to 1-2-1 on the year. Cleveland State fell to 1-3-0.

Mojica put Northern Illinois on the board early as he single-handedly dribbled through the defense and took a shot from the right side. The ball deflected off a CSU defender and into the goal, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the match.

"Luis was our best player all spring, so it makes sense that he would be one of our best players now," said head coach Eric Luzzi, who played 18 players.

"Our strength is in our depth," he said. "To be honest, none of the guys that played looked out of place, so our depth is the strong point of our team."

In addition to DuBois freshman Danny Sassano made his first career start.

"We have really hard decisions every time we pick a starting 11," Luzzi said.

Despite pelting CSU keeper Brad Stuver with 10 shots in the first period, the Huskies held only a one goal lead heading into halftime. NIU also accumulated six first half corner kicks to Cleveland State's one.

In the second half, it would again be Mojica with the golden touch. DuBois lofted a goal kick deep into Cleveland State territory, where a missed header gave Mojica a clear shot at the goal. Mojica took advantage for the first multi-goal game for NIU since Juan Hoyos put in two against Bowling Green in a 3-0 victory on Halloween of 2009. It was the first keeper assist at NIU since Joe Zimka assisted a Brad Horton goal in 2008.

For the match, NIU outshot Cleveland State 15-9 with a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. The Huskies totaled eight corner kicks to the Vikings' two.

Mojica and junior Finn Jor, who started both matches at defensive midfielder, were named to the all-tournament team.

Northern Illinois returns to action Friday at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. The Huskies face Holy Cross at 2:30 p.m. NIU will also take on Gonzaga in the tournament, Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Western Michigan 4, IPFW 2
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Two goals by senior C.J. Brown, including the game-winner, helped WMU hand IPFW a 4-2 defeat Sunday. Its second game of the weekend and third win in a row, Western Michigan (4-1-0) is off to its best start since the 2003 MAC Championship season. Only five other times in school history has WMU won four of its first five games.

"I am delighted for the players to be in the position that they have created for themselves," WMU head coach Stu Riddle said. "It's been a very good start to the season but we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg for this team."

Western Michigan took an early 2-0 lead Sunday, but a resilient IPFW battled back to even the score at two apiece. The Broncos led 2-1 at halftime.

"We battled well against a good side in extremely difficult conditions," Riddle said. "The strong wind really made it a lottery out there at times and I thought IPFW showed a lot of character to fight back from two down,"

Shane Lyons found the back of the net in the 20th minute to give Western Michigan a 1-0 lead. Joseph Beshara accepted a pass over the top and left the ball off for Lyons in the final third. Lyons held off a Mastodon defender and buried the ball in the far left corner for his second goal of the season.

Moments after substituting into the game, Brown registered his first goal to push WMU's lead to 2-0. Remi Sanderford served Oliver Mayer in the middle of the field, who flipped the ball with his foot around a Mastodon defender. Brown ran on and finished right side past the rushing keeper.

IPFW's Chris Moreno cut the score to 2-1 in the 36th minute, striking from the middle of the box. Getting right back in the thick of things, the Mastodons managed to tie the score just eight minutes in to the second half. While the Bronco defense was organizing, Jorge Ramirez quickly slotted a free kick to Max Touloute on the right and Touloute beat WMU keeper Mike Sweers one-on-one.

Brown gave WMU the lift it needed with a goal in the 69th minute after again coming off the bench in the second half. Kai Mendes lined up a free kick on the right and chipped a ball over the wall. Standing at 5-7, Brown jumped up in the crowd and knocked in a header for a 3-2 Bronco lead.

Also checking into the game, Joel Del Toro made the most of his minutes, giving Western Michigan an insurance goal in the 88th minute. Del Toro pressed left side and finished on an assist from Darren Jones.

A very attack-minded team, Western Michigan had two goals negated just minutes apart late in the first half because of offsides. Midway through the second half two other shots rang off the post.

Brown's two goals Sunday gave him a total of three for the weekend, having also scored in WMU's 5-2 triumph over Niagara Friday.

"C.J. had a superb weekend, just the type of performances we have come to expect out of him," said Riddle. "If we can stop switching off at crucial times of the game and conceding needless goals will be on the right track because we are scoring plenty at the moment."

Sweers made five saves in goal for the Broncos, including an out-stretched diving effort on a breakaway in the first half.

On the road the next two weekends, Western Michigan is away for its next four games. The Brown & Gold travels to the Green Bay Fall Classic next weekend for games against Robert Morris and host Green Bay. WMU finishes out the road trip with a game at Eastern Illinois and its Mid-American Conference opener at Bowling Green.

"Once again we now turn our focus to next weekend and the chance to play another two excellent opponents," Riddle added.