Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Quarterfinal Results

Updated 11/1/2009

MAC Women's Soccer Tournament Central

MAC Women's Soccer Quaterfinal Results

Toledo 3, Ohio 1
Eastern Michigan 3, Kent State 0
Central Michigan 1, Western Michigan 0
Miami 2, Akron 0

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Toledo 3, Ohio 1
ATHENS, OH - Toledo registered a 3-1 victory over No. 4 seed Ohio in the opening round of the 2009 Mid-American Conference Tournament on Sunday at Chessa Field.

With today's triumph, the No. 5 seed Rockets (11-6-3) advance to the league semifinals for the fourth-consecutive season on Friday, Nov. 6. UT will face top-seed Central Michigan after the regular-season champs downed No. 8 seed Western Michigan by a 1-0 margin in Mount Pleasant. Earlier this season, UT and CMU played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw, and is unbeaten in the last eight meetings (3-0-5) between the two schools.

In other MAC Tournament action, No. 2 seed Eastern Michigan blanked No. 7 seed Kent State, 3-0, and No. 6 seed Miami upset No. 3 seed Akron, 2-0.

Eastern Michigan 3, Kent State 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Eastern Michigan women's soccer team advanced to the 2009 Mid-American Conference Semifinals by recording its 10th shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Kent State at Scicluna Field Sunday, Nov. 1.

The second-seeded Eagles (11-3-6) dominated the match from start to finish, getting several opportunities early while denying Kent State the few chances they had in the first half. EMU posted 10 shots in each half and on their final blast of the opening period, Ashley Rodrigues was able to get the home team on the board.

With just two seconds remaining, Rodrigues broke free of her defender and made the most of her clear shot with just the keeper to beat. She snuck it under the out-stretched hand of a diving Kelly Sherwood to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the break. For the senior, it was her league-leading ninth goal of the season to go with another league-best, 19 points.

In the second half, the defense really shined. Kelly Poppaw, Jessica Thomas, Katie Marsh, Julie Kaim and goalkeeper Monique Budani anchored a back line that turned away the Golden Flashes all day. Budani made seven saves for her fifth shutout of the season.

In the 81st minute, Chelsea Detrick took a pass from Paige Sheridan and snuck a shot inside the left post to put the Eagles up 2-0, making a game that wasn't all that close a little more comfortable. For Detrick, it was her fifth goal of the season and first since she scored the game-winner in the Eagles' first meeting with Kent State back on Oct. 4.

Providing the last bit of insurance was Sheridan, who tacked on the third and final goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation. She received a nice lead pass from Carissa Wilson, side-stepped the keeper and scored the empty-netter for her fourth goal of the season.

The Eagles will face No. 6 Miami in the MAC Tournament Semifinals next Friday, Nov. 6 after the Redhawks upset host No. 3 Akron, 2-0, Sunday. The match will be played in Mount Pleasant on the campus of Central Michigan University after the top-seeded Chippewas edged out No. 8 Western Michigan, 1-0, Sunday in other quarterfinal action.

Central Michigan 1, Western Michigan 0
MOUNT PLEASANT - Ashley Mejilla's first collegiate goal in the 69th minute was all the offense the Central Michigan soccer team needed to record a 1-0 victory over Western Michigan in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.

The win gives CMU (15-3-2, 9-0-2 Mid-American) a school-record 15 victories this season and moves the Chippewas to the semifinal round of the MAC Tournament for the second year in a row.

The remainder of the MAC Tournament will be played at the CMU Soccer Complex next weekend. The semifinal matches will be played on Friday while the MAC Tournament championship match will take place on Sunday.

Sunday's match featured several scoring opportunities that went by the board for CMU. Chelsi Abbott nearly put CMU on top in the 15th minute when she brought the ball across the middle in front of the box and fired a shot left side that WMU goalkeeper Sarah Phillips steered aside.

Central threatened again with under five minutes remaining in the first half, Stephanie Martin got behind the Broncos' defense and was one-on-one with Phillips, who came out of the goal aggressively to force Martin to fire the shot wide. The contest remained deadlocked at 0-0 at halftime despite CMU holding a 9-3 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

"I felt we played well overall today," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "We played better than the last time we played Western. However, we need to convert on our scoring opportunities. We did not put a lot of our shots on net and we need to do that if we want to advance."

The Maroon and Gold continued to pressure in the second half as Martin again got a step on the Bronco defense and worked the ball into the attacking box on the left side, but just missed the near post with her shot.

CMU finally got on the board when Mejilla provided the lift mere seconds after coming into the match. The freshman was set up by a pass from Bailey Brandon and won a foot race with Phillips to the loose ball and lofted a shot into the net to put Central on top, 1-0. Mejilla is the 14th different player to score a goal for CMU this season.

Western fired two quick shots a minute after Central's tally, but the Maroon and Gold defense held the Broncos to only one shot the final 20:23 of the contest.

The Chippewas outshot the Broncos, 20-7, in Sunday's match and also held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Shay Mannino turned aside both shots she faced to post her 14th shutout this season and 26th of her career, just one shy of Anne Decker's school record of 27. The shutout was the Chippewas' nation-best 16th this season.

Central will host defending MAC Tournament champion Toledo in the semifinals on Friday.

Miami 2, Akron 0
AKRON, Ohio - A pair of second-half goals pushed the sixth-seeded Miami University women's soccer team into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament with a 2-0 defeat of third-seeded Akron in the quarterfinals Sunday afternoon at Lee Jackson Field. The win sends the RedHawks (11-7-1) to the MAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2006 where they will face the No. 2 seed Eastern Michigan Eagles on Friday.

The victory avenged Miami's 1-0 loss to the Zips (9-7-2) earlier this season and improved the RedHawks' all-time MAC Tournament mark to 14-5-1, including 7-3 in the quarterfinals. Sunday's match was the first-ever meeting between Miami and Akron in the MAC Tournament and gave the 'Hawks their first MAC Tournament win since a 2-1 defeat of Ball State in the 2006 quarterfinals, even though Miami has played in each of the last six conference championships.

Despite the RedHawks dominating the first frame with a 7-3 shot advantage and a 6-1 corner kicks edge, the game went into halftime knotted at zero. Miami wasted little time jumping on top in the second stanza however, as junior Sara Lund (Malmo, Sweden) rocketed a shot past Akron keeper Jeny Wolbert for a 1-0 lead just 43 seconds in the period. It was Lund's team-leading seventh goal of the campaign.

"The first half we played some of the best soccer I've seen us play all year. We came out very strong. We were all over them by halftime and were very unlucky not to get a goal," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "Virtually on the first play (of the second half) we kicked off and went down and scored. Kersta Carlson played a great ball on a throw-in to Sara's feet and she had a beautiful first touch. She took the ball and shot a bullet right by the goalkeeper. It was very well-played goal."

The Zips looked to answer a few minutes later with a pair of shots, but both sailed high. The RedHawks then kept the pressure on over the next 10 minutes, earning three corners while senior Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.) fired three shots but none found the back of the net. In the 73rd minute, senior Stephanie Laser (Hinsdale, Ill.) added a security goal for Miami, heading home a free kick from senior Allison Berkey (Hopkinton, Mass.), who garnered the assist, to make it 2-0.

The RedHawks' defense held strong the remainder of the match, not allowing Akron to get a single shot off over the final 35 minutes of the contest. Senior keeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ont.) recorded her third consecutive shutout with a pair of saves, giving her eight on the season, which breaks Miami's single-season shutouts mark of seven set in 2001 by Katie Karlander.

For the match, Miami outshot the Zips, 14-6 (7-3 in each half), while holding a 9-5 edge in corner kicks. Zwingelberg led the 'Hawks with four shots while Lund and Laser each fired three with all three of Lund's landing on target. Wolbert finished with four saves in net for Akron.

"We're certainly playing good soccer at the moment and producing good results. I think we've got a lot of confidence and we feel real good about the things we're doing out on the field," Kramig said. "We're looking forward to playing Eastern Michigan. They're a fine team and we had a great game the first time around and I'm sure this one will be equally as competitive."

The RedHawks now ride their second three-game winning streak of the season (winning the games by a combined 12-0) into the MAC Tournament semifinals, which will be played at top-seeded Central Michigan. Miami's semifinal match with Eastern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 6 will be the teams' second meeting this year, as the Red & White beat EMU, 1-0, in Ypsilanti on Oct. 9. Game time for Friday's semifinal is set for 2 p.m. ET. Should Miami advance, it would face either fifth-seeded Toledo or No. 1 seed and host CMU in the championship match Sunday, Nov. 8.