Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/18/2010

Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Niagara 1, Buffalo 0
Miami 2, Eastern Illinois 0
Central Michigan 0, Detroit 0 (2OT)
Michigan State 2, Bowling Green 0
Northern Illinois 1, SIU-Edwardsville 0
IPFW 1, Ohio 0
Toledo 2, Wright State 1 (2OT)
Kent State 1, Indiana 1 (2OT)
UC Davis 2, Akron 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Niagara 1, Buffalo 0
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - The Bulls defense played a solid game, but a second half deflection led to the game's only goal in a 1-0 loss against Niagara at the PUMA/Big Four Tournament, hosted by St. Bonaventure University.

The team continued its inspired play against local rivals, holding the Purple Eagles - who entered the game with a 4-1-1 record - scoreless in the first half and most of the second. The only goal in the game came in the 69th minute of play, as a free kick was deflected past freshman goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon. The Waterloo, Ontario native made four saves in the game and currently sits in the top five in the Mid-American Conference in saves and in the top five in saves per game.

The offense put eight shots on goal, but were unable to take advantage of the looks they created. Senior Lindsey Bailey led the team with two shots on goal, while six other players took one shot on goal apiece.

Buffalo will look to post a winning season against the Big Four with a win Sunday against Canisius. The Bulls won earlier in the season against St. Bonaventure. The game against the Golden Griffs will be held at noon Sunday with the team hoping to avoid a four- game losing streak.

Miami 2, Eastern Illinois 0
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's soccer team opened a six-game home stand by limiting Eastern Illinois to just one shot Friday afternoon while a pair of freshmen registered second-half goals to lead the RedHawks to a 2-0 victory at Miami Soccer Field on soccer's Alumni Weekend. The win was Miami's third straight while the 'Hawks (6-2-0) defeated the Panthers (3-5-1) for the second year in a row.

After a slow start to the contest, Miami began to generate some offense and put pressure on Eastern Illinois, but several of the RedHawks' shots sailed high of the target. Freshman Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) had the lone shot on goal for Miami in the opening period but EIU's Kaylin Lorbert was there for the stop.

The two sides went into halftime deadlocked at zero, despite the 'Hawks outshooting the Panthers, 7-0, over the first 45 minutes and earning the lone corner kick.

"When we first came out to start the game I thought 'Okay, this is good, we're playing better,' and then the steam just kind of went out of the game a little bit. The game became a little sleepy," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "I was very concerned when we came out of the second half, I thought 'If we don't pick this up a little bit they're going to sneak one in and then we have a problem.' I barked at them a little bit at halftime trying to wake them up and certainly in the second half things were better, so I was pleased with that."

Miami didn't waste time grabbing the lead in the second half, as freshman Sam Whitmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) gathered a loose ball just outside the 18-yard box, turned and fired a low, line drive that snuck past Lorbert against the right post for a 1-0 RedHawk lead less than five minutes into the frame. The goal was Whitmore's fourth of the year but first since her hat trick in the season opener.

After a barrage of shots over the next 20 minutes failed to up the Miami lead, Zakrzewski finally gave the Red and White some breathing room as she poked the ball between Lorbert's legs from her knees in the 80th minute. The score was her third of the year while fellow freshman Dani Fraelick (Glenview, Ill.) set up the scoring opportunity with a feed through the defense.

"It was outstanding," Kramig said of the freshmen scorers. "We'd had Jess Kodiak and Katy Dolesh on an absolute tear the last three games and it was nice to see Kayla and Sam Whitmore step up today. Being able to balance our scoring and our attack is very important. It's nice to know we have a number of players that can step up and get it done for us when we need it."

Two minutes later, Ashley Eck fired the lone shot of the afternoon for the Panthers but it sailed left of the goal as Miami cruised to the 2-0 victory. The RedHawks finished with 18 shots, 11 coming in the second half, while putting nine on target. Lorbert finished with seven saves for EIU while redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kris Gasparovic (Rochester, Mich.) earned her second shutout in as many starts. Miami finished with a 5-0 edge in corners, as well. The one shot allowed was a season low for an opponent.

The RedHawks continue their home stand Sunday as they welcome Evansville to Miami Soccer Field for Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. while Miami's six seniors will be honored prior to the start of the match.

Central Michigan 0, Detroit 0 (2OT)
DETROIT - After nearly two weeks away from competition, the CMU women's soccer team played to a 0-0 tie versus Detroit on Friday.

"We were looking forward to playing today, however we are disappointed in the result," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "I'd like to give credit to the University of Detroit. They are a much improved team from the last couple of years."

The first half was dominated by defenses on both sides of the field, as each team only fired two shots during the first 45 minutes.

CMU (3-2-1) had their best scoring chance of the first half in the 37th minute when junior Chelsi Abbot stole the ball at midfield and broke away from the defense for a one-on-one with the UDM goalie.

Nearly two minutes later, freshman Nicole Samuel crossed the ball to fellow freshman Tory Kinniard, but Kinniard's header attempt went high and the scored remained 0-0 at the half.

Amidst an array of fouls by both teams during the match, CMU was able to fire five shots on goal during the second half, but was unable to come up with a score.

Junior Liesel Toth, who played all 110 minutes of the match, gave the Chippewas their best scoring chance of the second half when she fired a shot from just outside the 18-yard box, but UDM goalie, Nora Abolins, once again came up with the save and the two teams went to overtime.

During the first overtime, sophomore Ashley Mejilla would fire the only shot attempt by either team in extra time.

The Maroon and Gold were able to hold the advantage in corner kicks, 6-3, and shots, 8-3 in the match.

Sophomore Stefanie Turner started her first career game in net for the Chippewas, stopping two shots in the first half before being spelled by senior Shay Mannino. Mannio stopped both shots she faced in the final 65 minutes of the match.

The Chippewas will conclude their season-long five-game road trip when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday where they will take on the Hoosiers at 1 p.m.

Michigan State 2, Bowling Green 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Visiting Michigan State University's top-two scorers each found the net, and the result was a 2-0 win over the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team Friday afternoon (Sept. 17).  The non-conference match was held at Cochrane Field on the BGSU campus.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 5-2-1 on the season, while the Falcons fall to 1-6-1.

Two-time All-American Laura Heyboer got the scoring started in the 16th minute, expertly heading home a cross.  Hannah Peterson centered the ball from the right side of the pitch, and Heyboer's header curved just out of the outstretched arms of BGSU senior goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault.  The ball nestled into the side netting, and the Spartans had a 1-0 lead.

Early in the second half, the visitors doubled the lead on a goal by Olivia Stander.  As the Falcons worked to clear the ball out of their own penalty area, an MSU player got a foot on it.  The ball popped up in the air to the Spartans' Annie Steinlage.  Steinlage quickly slid a pass to her left, where Stander was unmarked.  Stander had time to settle the ball and pick her corner.  There was little Arsenault could do as Stander fired into the lower right-hand corner of the net.

Both Heyboer and Stander now have five goals on the season.

The Spartans enjoyed a 19-4 advantage in total shot attempts, putting eight shots on goal to the Falcons' two.  Arsenault made six saves in her complete-match effort, while MSU's Jill Flietstra had two stops at the other end.

The Falcons hit the road to conclude the non-league portion of the schedule.  BGSU plays a Sunday (Sept. 19) match at Indiana State University, with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Northern Illinois 1, SIU-Edwardsville 0
DEKALB, Ill.- Northern Illinois sophomore Shelbi Johnson's scored a goal in the 66th minute of play, propelling the Huskies (3-3-0) to a 1-0 victory over the previously undefeated Southern Illinois Edwardsville (5-1-1) on Friday afternoon at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

NIU opened scoring when sophomore Shelbi Johnson fired a shot past Cougars' goalkeeper Claire Lovercheck to find the back left of the net in the 66th minute of play.  The play started off on an SIUE handball that set up a freekick for the Huskies that was taken by freshman Courtney Ksiazek. Ksiazek ripped the ball across the field and into the box to set up the goal for Johnson, who recorded her first collegiate goal.

Leading up to the goal, the Huskies applied steady offensive pressure at the start of the first half to give NIU a 5-1 advantage in shot attempts. Kayra Thompson and Kelsey Passaglia each fired shots on goal, and Courtney Ksiazek and Lauren Eberts registered shots attempts before Johnson was able to find the net and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish.

SIUE tried to bounce back from the NIU goal, but a strong Huskie defense would not let the Cougars score on any of their three shot attempts that followed the NIU goal. NIU concluded the half with a six to four advantage in shots, edging out the Cougars three to zero in shots on goal. The Huskies also earned two cornerkicks to their opponents zero in the half.

In an even-matched opening half, the Huskies registered five shot attempts to the Cougars' seven, while earning one cornerkick to their opponents zero. NIU freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr was credited with three saves in the half to bring her season and career total to 17.

With the win, Carr recorded her second shutout of the season. The Cougars' Lovercheck finished the game with four saves, allowing just one goal to pass bay.

Reflecting on the game, Barker was impressed with the result of the second-half goal.

"It was a hard-fought game," said NIU head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker. "I thought we played better in the second half against the wind. This was one of our best goals this season off a set-piece"

NIU will return to the field on Sunday when the Huskies take on Green Bay at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The Huskies will celebrate 2010 Senior Day prior to the 1 p.m. whistle.

IPFW 1, Ohio 0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Ohio soccer peppered the IPFW goalkeeper throughout the second half, but it was the Mastodons that took advantage of a score late in the first half and handed the Bobcats a close 1-0 defeat on the road Friday night.

The Green and White (2-3-1) outshot IPFW (3-5) 8-4 in the second stanza, including landing four attempts on goal. The Mastodons held a slight edge in shots overall at 12-11 with Ohio claiming a 5-3 edge in shots on goal. Action was physical throughout the contest as three yellow cards were handed out and 28 total fouls were called on the evening.

"We elevated our play in the second half and created more chances," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "We just couldn't convert. I give them (IPFW) a lot of credit. They are a hard-working and disrupting team, and they disrupted our style of play. We need to elevate our play some and play with more urgency throughout on Sunday."

Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio) led the way for the 'Cats, tallying three shots on the game, including two on goal. Rachael Philpot (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jackie Hanson (LaGrange, Ill.) each recorded two shots with one on goal, while Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) recorded two saves in goal for Ohio.

The 'Cats came out ready in the early going as Schwenke and Philpot both picked up close shots through the first eight minutes of play, including Philpot's attempt that was just saved by the Mastodon keeper. IPFW came back and controlled the action over the next few minutes of play. The Mastodons came close to getting on the board midway through the 23rd minute when a shot from Arianne Mason ricocheted off the crossbar.

Ohio's defense played well through the middle of the first half as it kept IPFW's attack at bay and off the scoreboard. The Mastodons scored the first tally of the contest late in the 42nd minute as they managed to get on a quick break and send a pair of quick passes into the box before Felicia Jones managed to sneak a quick shot just beyond the keeper's reach and into the back of the net. The first half ended with the 'Cats down 1-0.

The Green and White came out strong to open the second period and controlled the action early. Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) and Kelsey Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) each had shots in the first 12 minutes of the frame, but unfortunately for Ohio, neither was able to find the mark. The 'Cats continued to battle strong and had a promising opportunity early in the 68th minute when they managed to get possession deep in Mastodon territory. Sara Seitz (Englewood, Ohio) had a quick shot deflected away, before Schwenke fired a promising try right at the net, only to see the IPFW keeper make a nice save.

Schwenke came close yet again late in the 72nd minute, only to see the Mastodon keeper thwart her attempt. Ohio continued to battle and picked up another scoring opportunity in the 83rd minute when a shot from Hanson looked to be right on target and was stopped again by the keeper. The 'Cats kept up the battle and had two more opportunities on shots from Hanson and Cathryn Rogers (Toronto, Ontario) late in the 85th and early in the 86th minutes, but they were still not able to get on the board. IPW's defense managed to withstand the attack the rest of the way to sneak away with the 1-0 win.

Ohio will continue its road swing when it returns to action Sunday at Morehead State. First touch with the Eagles is set for 1 p.m.

Toledo 2, Wright State 1 (2OT)
DAYTON, OH - Freshman Nicole Gyurgyik's golden goal in the 101st minute lifted Toledo to a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Wright State on Friday under the lights at Alumni Field. With the extra-period win, the Rockets improve to 4-2-2 on the season.

"Tonight was an interesting match, and I'm extremely proud of my team," Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. "We shrugged off a slow start and asserted ourselves as the match wore on. I also thought we created quite a few quality offensive chances. This was exciting to get a win against a good team."

Gyurgyik, who celebrated her 18th birthday on Thursday, scored her first collegiate goal on a shot that bounced off the left post and trickled into the back of the net for the match winner at 100:32. Junior Kristen Lynn helped set up the match winner and was awarded with her second assist on the season. Lynn now leads the team with 10 points (four goals, two assists). 

"Nicole's goal was an exciting way to end the non-conference portion of our schedule," Evans said.

After spotting the Raiders (3-4-0) a 1-0 lead in their home opener, the Midnight Blue & Gold notched the equalizer on sophomore Megan Blake's first collegiate goal at the 23:08 mark. Classmate Rachael Kravitz was credited with her team-best fourth helper of the season on the play. 

Between the posts, junior Vicki Traven was credited with six stops in a complete-match effort to record her third triumph of the fall campaign.

UT finished tonight's action with a decisive 24-9 edge in shots and a sizable 12-1 edge in corner kicks to bounce back from last season's 2-0 shutout loss to WSU at home. The Rockets' 12 corner kicks are a season high and their 24 shots are the second-most in a match this fall, trailing only 28 shots vs. Youngstown State (Aug. 29). Ten different players had a shot in the come-from-behind victory, including a match-best six off the foot of Lynn.

The Rockets return to action on Friday, Sept. 24 when they open Mid-American Conference action vs. Northern Illinois. The opening whistle is slated for 4:00 p.m. at Scott Park.

Kent State 1, Indiana 1 (2OT)
Bloomington, Ind. - Although Kent State women's soccer coach Rob Marinaro has said time and again this season he would prefer his team not fall behind early, the Golden Flashes once again found themselves trailing 1-0 in a contest Friday night against the Indiana Hoosiers.

In every game this season, Kent State has allowed its opponent to score first, and it was no different Hoosiers' home field. Less than two minutes into the game, KSU trailed its foe, 1-0.

In all but one of those games, however, the tenacious Golden Flashes have battled back to either tie the match or take the lead. Friday against the Hoosiers, it was senior Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) that converted on Kent State's lone shot on goal to earn the Golden Flashes their second straight tie on the road in a 1-1 draw against the Hoosiers.

Kent State got behind the eight-ball just 1:46 into the game when Indiana's Orianica Velasquez scored her fourth goal of the season to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 advantage. IU continued its offensive pressure in the first stanza, out-shooting Kent State 8-1, forcing three first-half saves by KSU goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio).

But the Golden Flashes showed their resiliency, and the team got all the chance it needed at the start of the 56th minute. Junior Vanessa Salerno (Etobicoke, Ontario) connected with Heaton on a through ball from the center of midfield, where Heaton beat Indiana goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth.

Sherwood finished with seven saves for Kent State, while Indiana counterpart Hollandsworth was not credited with a save. While Indiana out-shot the Golden Flashes 17-6 on the night, Kent State did post a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Kent State continues its swing through Indiana Sunday, Sept. 19 when the Golden Flashes take on IUPUI at 1 p.m.

UC Davis 2, Akron 0
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The University of Akron women's soccer team was defeated 2-0 by UC Davis Friday night in the opener of the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas.

Lisa Kemp grabbed the lead in the 18th minute for UC Davis, putting home a rebound to claim the game's opening tally. The Aggies would hold that 1-0 lead into halftime.

The Zips came out in the second half and matched UC Davis shot-for-shot as both sides made eight attempts at goal in the period, but a converted penalty kick by Samantha Faber in the 64th minute gave the Aggies an important insurance goal.

"One of the things we are learning over the last couple of weeks is that we are playing very good teams on the road and you need to come out ready to play," said coach Chris Pfau. "We have moments of some nice things but we tend to turn off at times and when we do we get punished."

Freshman striker Kelly DeNiro fired five shots in the contest, including three on target to lead the Zips, while Jeny Wolbert made eight saves in the contest.

"We are better than we were last season, but we are playing better teams now," continued Pfau.

The Zips round out their Las Vegas trip when they take on Long Beach State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

"We have another very tough game on Sunday and we need to learn from this, not only for Sunday's game but for our conference season."