Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/25/2010
Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Western Michigan 3, Ball State 0
Toledo 4, Northern Illinois 0
Miami 1, Kent State 0
Ohio 0, Eastern Michigan 0 (2OT)
Central Michigan 3, Akron 0
Bowling Green 4, Buffalo 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Western Michigan 3, Ball State 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Friday afternoon as the Cardinals suffered a 3-0 loss to visiting Western Michigan in their Mid-American Conference season opener at the BSU Soccer Field. The loss drops the Cardinals to 6-3-0 on the year and 0-1-0 in league play while the Broncos improve to 5-4-0 overall and 1-0-0 in MAC action.

Ball State controlled play in the first half as it went with the strong southwesterly wind as it held a 4-0 advantage in shots in the opening frame. Senior forward Jacki Eft (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) had a good opportunity in the 13th minute as her shot from 15 yards out was saved by WMU goalkeeper Julia Francy. The Cardinal came within inches of taking the lead in the 39th minute as senior defender Tina Vannatta (Powhatan, Va./Springboro) ripped a free kick from 30 yards out but Francy was just able to push over the cross bar to keep it a scoreless game.

Western Michigan came out in the second half and took advantage of the wind as it controlled the tempo in the early part of the half. The Broncos broke the scoreless contest in the 49th minute off a free kick as Jacki Drees was the beneficiary of assists from Ashley Caliendo and Stephanie Skowneski.

The Broncos broke the game open with a goal in the 54th minute of play as Skowneski found the back of the net after getting behind the BSU defense. The Cardinals had an opportunity to cut into the deficit but Francy made a sprawling save in the 56th minute to stop redshirt sophomore Sarah Orisich (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North) from 12 yards out. WMU sealed the victory in the 88th minute as Skowneski scored her second goal to finish the game with five points.

Francy finished the game with six saves in the victory as BSU out-shot the Broncos 11-5. Sophomore goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler (Waukesha, Wis./UT-Martin) played 67:47 and allowed two goals while freshman Layne Schramm (The Colony, Texas/The Colony) allowed a goal in 22:13.

Ball State returns to the road Sunday afternoon as it travels to DeKalb, Ill., to face the Northern Illinois Huskies at 1 p.m. (CT).

Toledo 4, Northern Illinois 0
DEKALB, Ill.-  The Northern Illinois women's soccer team opened Mid-American Conference play on Friday afternoon, when the Huskies battled Toledo on the road at the Scott Park Soccer Complex in Toledo, Ohio. The Huskies' (4-4-0) two-game winning streak was snapped in the MAC opener after Rockets (5-2-0) claimed a 4-0 win over NIU.

The Huskies opened play strong, battling the Rockets to a scoreless first half. NIU junior Kelsey Passaglia led the Huskies in the half, firing a shot on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr registered two saves in the half to keep the score at 0-0.

"We played well against the wind in the first half," head NIU head coach Carrie Barker said. "In the second half Toledo came out stronger. We gave up a couple of early goals and ran out of gas."

Entering the second half, the Rockets opened scoring in the 46th minute after Rachel MacLeod crossed the ball into the box and Toledo scored on an own goal. MacLeod would go on to be credited with her second goal of the night in the 53rd minute to put the Rockets ahead 2-0.Toledo's Emily Tustin and Anndrea O'Leary would each put points on the board for the Rockets to give UT the 4-0 win.

Northern Illinois freshman Courtney Ksiazek and Samantha Hill tried to even the score for the Huskies as each recorded a shot attempt in the contest.  Carr and junior Meaghan Bennett split time in goal in the second half. Carr recorded one save, before Bennett closed the game earning two saves in the final minutes.

The Huskies will look to bounce back this Sunday, when NIU hosts Ball State in a 1 p.m. contest at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The Huskies game against the Cardinal will be the first in a three-game homestand for NIU.

Miami 1, Kent State 0
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's soccer team scored early and held on late Friday evening at Miami Soccer Field as the RedHawks downed Kent State, 1-0, in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. The 'Hawks (8-2-0, 1-0-0 MAC) have now won five matches in a row, their longest win streak since 2002, and earned their first MAC-opening win since 2006.

Miami struck quickly as freshman Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) headed home her fourth goal of the season less than five minutes into the contest - something that's become a trademark for the 'Hawks in 2010. Junior Sarah Dessfelt (Vellinge, Sweden) picked up her fourth assist of the season on the tally, as she crossed the ball from the right side after a short corner.

The Flashes (1-4-3, 0-1-0 MAC) looked to even the score in the 24th minute, as freshman Jessacca Gironda stormed down the right side and fired a trio of shots, but Miami redshirt freshman keeper Kris Gasparovic (Rochester, Mich.) stopped the first one from close range, Gironda put the rebound off the post and Gasparovic recovered to block her third attempt, keeping the 'Hawks up, 1-0.

Miami appeared to make it 2-0 in the 35th minute, as junior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) poked home a loose ball in the box but it was waived off after the official said KSU's keeper had control of the ball before it was kicked in.

The RedHawks still took their 1-0 lead into the break, however, holding a 12-3 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes, including 7-2 on goal. Miami also had a slight, 3-2, edge in corners in the opening period.

"I thought we came out well and played a good first half. We missed two breakaways, had a goal called back, hit the cross bar there at the end (of the second half) and that's on us," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "We have to do a better job of finishing chances and do a better job of putting teams away when we have the opportunity to do so."

In the second half, the 'Hawks continued to control play, getting behind the Kent State defense several times, but shot after shot was either saved or went just wide. The Flashes started to control possession over the final 15 minutes, putting some pressure on Miami, but the Red and White held strong.

In the 86th minute, sophomore Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) looked to give Miami a two-goal cushion as she had a breakaway down the right side, but her bending shot ricocheted off the crossbar to keep it a one-goal game. With less than 50 seconds to play, Gasparovic was called for holding the ball too long in the box (delay of game), giving KSU an indirect kick inside the penalty box. Kellyn Flanagan's shot however, was kicked into Miami's wall. The Flashes earned a corner out of it but the RedHawks cleared the ball and held on for a 1-0 victory despite the hectic finish.

"I thought we were a little tense there at the end. I would have liked to have seen us play a little bit better toward the end. A little bit more composure would have been good, but maybe that's symptomatic of such a young team," Kramig said. "In that respect I think it's a good win for us. Any win in the conference is a good win. We killed it off successfully. Another feather in the cap for us, a little bit more experience, and we move on to Buffalo."

With the win, Miami avenged last year's loss at Kent State and took the lead in the all-time series, 7-6-1. The 'Hawks also improved to 6-6-2 all-time in MAC openers.

Miami finished with a 26-7 disparity in shots, including 11-3 in shots on goal. KSU keeper Julie Keslar finished with nine saves in net while Gasparovic earned her third shutout in as many starts, making three stops. Miami also had a 6-5 edge in corners at the final horn while the physical contest saw 13 fouls on KSU and nine on Miami.

The RedHawks continue MAC play by hosting Buffalo on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field.

Ohio 0, Eastern Michigan 0 (2OT)
YPSILANTI, Mich. - After 110 minutes of evenly played soccer, the Eastern Michigan University women's team battled Ohio University to a Mid-American Conference opening match, 0-0, draw at Scicluna Field Friday, Sept. 24.

The Bobcats barely outshot the Eagles, 12-11, with EMU tallying seven of shots on goal compared to three for OU. Eastern Michigan garnered a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks, but was unable to convert. With the draw, the Eagles move to 3-5-2 on the season, 0-0-1 in MAC play while the Bobcats move to 3-3-2 (0-0-1 MAC).

Senior Paige Sheridan (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Mercy) led Eastern Michigan in shots, coming off the bench to record three. Freshman Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) was the lon Eagle with more than one shot on goal as she recorded two. The Eagles gained a prime scoring chance late in the second half when Clarke took a free kick from just outside the penalty area following an Ohio foul. With congestion in the box, she passed it to a teammate who couldn't get a decent shot off, squandering one of the few opportunities for EMU on the afternoon.

It marked the second straight scoreless meeting between both squads as they battled to the same result last season in Athens, Ohio Sept. 27, 2009. The Eagles and Bobcats are nearly as even in the all-time series as they were on Friday with EMU claiming the 7-6-4 advantage through 17 meetings.

Senior goalkeeper Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair) made three saves while her counterpart, Mattie Liston, deflected seven shots away. Each posted their third shutouts of the season in the match. For Budani, it was the 19th shutout of her career.

EMU will be back in action this Sunday, Sept. 26, when it takes on Akron at Scicluna Field at 1 p.m. The Zips are coming off a 3-0 defeat to defending MAC Champion Central Michigan from Friday.

Central Michigan 3, Akron 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan women's soccer team dominated in every facet of the game Friday afternoon, defeating Akron 3-0 in a Mid-American Conference opener.

Sophomore Ashley Mejilla would put the Chippewas (3-3-1, 1-0) up 1-0 in the 24th minute after junior Claire Horton sent a cross through the Akron goalkeeper's hands. Mejilla picked up the rebound and fire her shot in the back of the net for her first goal of the season and the CMU lead.

"Our kids came out hard, creating a lot of scoring opportunities," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "I felt very good with how the team played as a whole."

CMU's defense held strong through the first half, allowing only two shots, none of which met starting goalkeeper Shay Mannino. Mannino would earn the victory in the game, improving her record to 2-1 after playing the first 45 minutes of the match.

In the second half, the Chippewas built on their one goal lead when freshman forward Nicole Samuel scored her team leading third goal of the season in the 52nd minute. Valerie Prause and Mejilla each fired shots in the box that were saved by the Akron keeper, only to have Samuel score off another rebound for a 2-0 CMU lead.

The nail in the coffin came in the 81st minute. Senior Jenna Hill found Prause on the right side of the field, where Prause dribbled past the defender and fired a shot from 18-yards out over the goalkeeper's head for her second goal of the season and a 3-0 Chippewa lead. With the goal, Prause moved into a tie for fourth place on CMU's all-time career points list with 24. She also moved into fourth place on CMU's all-time goals scored list with eight.

Sophomore goalkeeper Stefanie Turner and the CMU defense allowed only one Akron shot in the second half, maintaining the shutout, CMU's 16th straight at the CMU Soccer Complex dating back to 2008.

"The players, especially the returners, want to keep the streak alive," Anagnost said. "As a coach, when you shut a team out you're always happy and when you score three goals you're happy. It was a great team performance."

The Chippewas outshot the Zips (2-5, 0-1) 13-3 on the day, putting eight shots on goal. CMU also held the advantage in corner kicks in the game, 2-1.

CMU will be back in action on Sunday when it hosts the Ohio Bobcats at the CMU Soccer Complex at 2 p.m.

Bowling Green 4, Buffalo 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Alyssa Zuccaro and her Bowling Green State University women's soccer teammates were clicking on all cylinders Friday afternoon (Sept. 24).  Zuccaro had a hat trick as the Falcons downed the University at Buffalo, 4-0, in the Mid-American Conference opener at Cochrane Field.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 3-6-1 on the season.  BGSU has won two games in a row and three of the last four.  The Bulls drop to 1-8-0.

Zuccaro, after recording her first collegiate two-goal game in Sunday's (Sept. 19) win at Indiana State, topped that total with her first three-goal outing as a Falcon.  The junior now has six goals on the season, twice as many as any BGSU player scored during all of 2009. Freshman Madeline Wideman, who had the primary assist on Zuccaro's first goal of the day, scored her first collegiate goal on Friday.

The Falcons remain at home for a Sunday (Sept. 26) match vs. Kent State.  That contest, which begins at 2:00 p.m. at Cochrane Field, will be the second half of a doubleheader, as the BGSU men's soccer team takes on Lipscomb in an 11:00 a.m. start.