Friday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Western Michigan 2, Bowling Green 0
Akron 3, Florida Atlantic 0
Niagara 3, Buffalo 2Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments
Western Michigan 2, Bowling Green 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Visiting Western Michigan University scored twice in a four-minute span in the second half Friday afternoon (Oct. 1), en route to a 2-0 victory over the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team. The Mid-American Conference match was held at Cochrane Field.
With the win, the Broncos improve to 6-2-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the MAC. The Falcons drop to 2-4-2 and 0-2-0, respectively.
Darren Jones and Pat Schiffer scored for the Broncos, with Jones finding the net in the 59th minute and Schiffer scoring in the 63rd minute of play.
The teams each had a total of 12 shot attempts in the match, with the visitors holding a narrow 7-6 edge in the opening half, and BG outshooting the Broncos, 6-5, in the second period.
The Falcons had several shots in the early going, but neither team could put a shot on goal until WMU's Kai Mendes hit a right-side offering that was easily stopped by Falcon junior Miguel Rosales with 17 minutes gone.
The hosts had had a chance just two minutes prior, as sophomore Zach Lemke and freshman Sam Galloway built the attack and headed into the WMU end of the field. Galloway worked a give-and-go play with senior Dusko Topolic, but a Western defender was able to knock the ball away from Galloway just before he could get a shot off in the penalty box.
Midway through the half, senior Thomas McLean's long free kick sailed into the box, where it was deflected to Lemke. The sophomore ripped a shot just high of the target.
Western threatened just over a minute later, as Shane Lyons headed a shot just over the bar off of a Bronco corner-kick play. After a BGSU foul only two minutes after Lyons' shot, some WMU trickery on the ensuing free kick gave Mendes an opening for a 20-yard shot, but Rosales made the stop.
The Broncos' Oliver Mayer had two dangerous chances with 15 minutes left before halftime. Mayer hit a volley off a teammate's pass, but that shot was blocked. The ball came back to Mayer, who fired again, but the follow-up try was high.
Freshman Brandon Silva found classmate Ryan Snashall with a pass with 12 minutes remaining in the opening period, but Snashall's shot from the left side of the 18-yard box went wide of the mark.
With 10 minutes left in the period, the Falcons had one of their best chances of the day. Junior Max Weston received a pass from Snashall and hit a soft arcing shot that was too high for the leaping effort of WMU 'keeper Sean Lewis. Weston's shot hit the crossbar and fell to the ground just shy of the goal line. As several players from each team battled for the rebound, however, the assistant referee's flag signalled the end of the play and gave the ball to the Broncos.
Six-and-a-half minutes remained when Weston's corner kick found the head of Silva. Silva struck his shot well, but the ball whizzed over the crossbar.
The Falcons had the first two shots of the second half, with both going on goal. Lewis saved a shot by sophomore Joey D'Agostino with seven minutes gone in the period. Then, two minutes later, freshman Ryan Comiskey took a Topolic pass and uncorked a shot. Lewis blocked the shot, giving up a long rebound, but was able to scramble after the ball and arrive there first.
At the 58:35 mark, the Broncos got on the scoreboard, as Jones played a long right-to-left diagonal ball into the box. Lyons, WMU's leading scorer, looked to run onto it, but could not get his head on the ball. Rosales, however, was expecting a deflection from the onrushing Lyons, and Jones' effort bounced once, glanced off the far (left) goalpost and went in.
The visitors doubled the lead just four minutes later. After Jones and Mendes worked a short corner kick, Jones played a right-side cross into the box. The ball deflected off of a player in the crowded mass of bodies, and bounced up in the air where Schiffer headed it home. Jones drew the assist on the goal, which came at 62:48.
With just under 15 minutes left, the Falcons nearly scored a goal similar to Western's first. Weston played a diagonal ball into the box. It appeared as if Lewis lost the ball in the sun for an instant, but at any rate, the ball bounced once, hit Lewis and bounced away.
The Falcons had several corner kicks over the final 15 minutes, but could muster just one more shot attempt, and the Broncos held on for the win. Lewis made three saves to earn the shutout for the visitors.
For the Brown and Orange, Rosales played all 90 minutes in net, making three stops at the other end of the pitch.
The Falcons will be back in action on Wednesday (Oct. 6), heading to Fort Wayne to take on IPFW. BGSU's next home action comes next Saturday, Oct. 9, when the Falcons host Buffalo at 1:00 p.m at Cochrane Field.Akron 3, Florida Atlantic 0
AKRON, Ohio -Kofi Sarkodie scored two goals and Michael Nanchoff recorded three assists as the No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team cruised to a 3-0 victory over Florida Atlantic Friday in front of 3,232 fans at Lee Jackson Field.
Although the Zips (7-0-1, 2-0-0 Mid-American Conference) saw their consecutive game shutout streak come to a close Wednesday night at No. 19 Ohio State, they extended two more impressive runs with their victory over the Owls Friday.
UA extended its home unbeaten streak to 30 games (29-0-1), which matches the fourth longest in NCAA history. Additionally, Akron is now unbeaten in its last 25 MAC contests (23-0-2), including postseason play, which matches the sixth-longest run in college soccer history.
It was a dominating performance for the Zips overall as UA owned large advantages for shots (16-2), shots on goal (7-0) and corner kicks (6-1). UA held possession for the majority of the game and held the Owls (2-4-1, 0-1) without a shot until midway through the second half.
Akron wasted little time finding the net with a pair of goals coming off a set pieces early in the game.
Akron took a 1-0 lead just nine minutes in when Darlington Nagbe was fouled near the top of the box to set up a 24-yard free kick by Nanchoff. Nanchoff's kick deflected off a wall of defenders and to the right side of the box where Sarkodie crossed it into the net from five yards out.
Then, in the 11th minute Nanchoff served a corner kick into the box where it found Perry Kitchen, who buried it into the net with a header from close range to make it 2-0.
Nanchoff and Sarkodie teamed up once again for the game's final goal in the 53rd minute. After receiving a through ball from Nanchoff in the middle of the box, Sarkodie chipped a shot over the keeper's head to provide the game's final margin.
The Zips will next head to Oakland Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. kick off against the Golden Grizzlies.Niagara 3, Buffalo 2
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY - After leading at halftime, the University at Buffalo men's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision at Niagara Friday night as two second half goals by the Purple Eagles proved to be the margin.
The Bulls (4-5) jumped out early as Jordan Brouk scored his first goal of the season in the 19th
minute with a long shot that slipped past the left side of Niagara goalkeeper Christopher Skelton for the 1-0 UB lead.
Niagara (2-6-1) quickly tied the match two minutes later as Michael Malone scored on an indirect free kick.
UB regained the lead just before halftime. Senior forward Juha Kaartoluoma, inserted into the lineup as a substitute in the 40th
minute, scored his second goal off the season to tie for the team lead. Kaartoluoma followed up Mike Unwin's blocked attempt to give the Bulls a 2-1 edge with 1:45 remaining in the first half.
Carl Haworth scored both of Niagara's second half goals in the 57th
minutes. The game clincher was scored as Haworth headed the ball to the left of UB goalkeeper Nick Fetterman. Fetterman collected three saves, all in the first half.
Niagara outshot the Bulls, 13-12, however UB won the corner kick battle, 6-2. Unwin had four of UB's shots while Andy Tiedt had three.
The Bulls host Duquesne on Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium at 1:00 pm.