Sunday’s MAC Women’s Soccer Results
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Central Michigan 1, Akron 0 (2ot)
AKRON, Ohio ? Playing in its second overtime match in three days, the University of Akron women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Central Michigan in a Mid-American Conference contest on Sunday at Lee Jackson Field.
After having a goal called off in the eighth minute of play, Akron (2-4-2, 0-1-1) kept an aggressive Central Michigan (7-3-0, 2-0-0) offense off the board until giving up an own goal one minute into the second overtime session.
CMU, which topped league foe Ohio 4-0 on Friday, was held without a shot in overtime, after taking 22 during regulation. UA sophomore goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert protected the net for all 101 minutes and had five saves, several in dramatic fashion. The Chippewas had multiple shots hit either the post or crossbar.
"Playing two overtime games in a weekend takes a lot out of you," second-year Akron head coach Chris Pfau said. "After Friday's tie, it would have been really nice to get a win under our belt today at home. Last year we would have likely lost a game like this 3-0, but we stuck with it and fought and that says a lot about the direction the program is headed."
The game-deciding score came off a CMU throw-in that was flicked by a Chippewa player before bouncing off an Akron player.
The Zips had a goal waved off in the eighth minute. Following a stoppage due to an injury to a CMU player, UA junior Alysia Virkler finished a ball served off a free kick by junior Jordan Clark, but it was called back due to a rules technicality.
Akron played Eastern Michigan to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Friday.
The Zips will take to the road each of the next two weekends ? playing at Western Michigan (Oct. 2), Northern Illinois (Oct. 4), Toledo (Oct. 9) and Bowling Green (Oct. 11). UA's next home contest comes on Oct. 16 versus Miami (Ohio).
Kent State 1, Miami 0
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State women's soccer team (6-3-0) started off strong and then played tenacious team defense in the second half to beat Miami (Ohio) 1-0 Sunday afternoon at the KSU Soccer Field. The Golden Flashes improved to 2-0-0 in Mid-American Conference action with the win.
"It's encouraging seeing the team play with as much heart and desire as they did this weekend," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "I am extremely proud of them and how they played."
Junior Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) scored her third goal of the season in the sixth minute of play, and her goal continued her streak of game-winning scores. All three of her efforts have gone on to be game-winning strikes for the Flashes.
Then, facing a stiff wind in the second half, the Kent State defense shown brightly, holding the RedHawks to just one shot on goal for the game in posting the team's third shutout in four games and fourth of the season.
"We defended extremely well today," said Marinaro. "We played fantastic team defense; it goes beyond just our goalkeeper and back four."
Flanagan got the Flashes on the board in the sixth minute. After winning a ball in the midfield, Flanagan sent a through ball from the center of the field to the right side, finding senior L.A. Thoma (Alliance, Ohio) in stride. Thoma's first service into the box was blocked, but the feisty midfielder persisted and returned to Flanagan, who one-touched a shot from the near side of the goal from eight yards away.
Kent State missed getting on the board in the waning minutes of the second half, when Catharine Marosszeky (Aurora, Ontario) stepped up and fired a cracker from 40 yards away only to have the ball sail high.
Miami (4-4-1, 0-1-1 MAC) gained the assistance of the wind in the second half and pressed the Kent State defense throughout the final 45 minutes. Despite the pressure and the wind, KSU's defense held tough, thwarting many attacks before they could develop into shots.
Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) made one save in the game, but had a key defensive play in the 54th minute when she slid out to clear a dangerous ball in the box.
With Miami pressing forward, Kent State tried to relieve pressure with counter attacks. Twice Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) found Flanagan breaking through Miami's defense, and twice Flanagan had opportunities to get in for another score, but her try in the 78th minute was just wide of the far post and her 25-yard shot in the 81st minute skipped just over the crossbar.
Again Miami attacked, and with a great chance in the 87th minute with players filling the penalty box, freshman Sara Henderson (Strongsville, Ohio) was able to clear the ball from danger at the far post before the RedHawks could pounce.
For the game, both teams tallied eight shots, while Miami had a 7-4 corner kick advantage, including a 5-1 margin in the second half.
Marinaro was pleased with the strong start to the conference season for the Flashes, but also knows there are plenty of games left in the MAC season.
"We know it's just one weekend," said Marinaro. "We need to continue and move forward and keep working hard."
Kent State continues the MAC slate next weekend when the Flashes face Central Michigan Friday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Eastern Michigan 0, Ohio 0 (2ot)
ATHENS, Ohio - Battling soggy conditions and physical play, Ohio soccer scratched and clawed with Eastern Michigan through regulation and two overtimes before coming away with a scoreless tie Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field.
The Eagles (4-2-4, 0-0-2 MAC) entered the weekend as the second-best team in the Mid-American Conference and featured a strong offensive attack. The `Cats (3-5-1, 0-1-1 MAC) defense, anchored by Sarah Brown (North Royalton, Ohio), Remi Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) and Jess (MacLean (Loveland, Ohio) in goal, was strong and turned EMU away on several occasions. For MacLean, the shutout was her first of the season and the fourth of her career, tying her for fourth on Ohio's career shutouts list with Anita Alexander (1999-02).
Ohio's offense also turned out a good showing for itself, outshooting the Eagles 12-11 on the day and matching them with five shots on goal. Rachael Goulding (Toronto, Ontario) paced the Green and White with four shots, including two on goal, on the day. Amy Lower (West Chester, Ohio) also picked up two shots on goal to go with her three shots overall.
"We did a better job all the way around today," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "The communication was very good defensively. I thought we played very composed with the physical play too. You have to expect that type of play in the MAC."
Neither side managed to get much going through the first few minutes of play as both defenses managed to keep the ball from getting too deep in the other's territory. An early yellow card issued to the Eagles in the 13th minute set the tone for the physical battle that would take place the rest of the way. Both sides had promising opportunities to get on the board toward the end of the first half, but the defenses turned the other away.
The back-and-forth battle resumed to start the second half. Ohio came awfully close on two occasions at the start as Lower and Goulding each fired shots that were headed for the strings. The EMU keeper made nice saves on both attempts, however, and kept the score where it was. The Eagles came close to putting a score up early in the 74th minute, but the attempt hit off the crossbar and was cleared out by the `Cats defense. The physical play picked up over the last nine minutes as both sides fought hard to get on the scoreboard. Regulation finally came to an end with the score knotted at zero.
Overtime one commenced with the physical play from the end of regulation carrying over. Ohio had a promising opportunity just over midway into the period, but a Paige Howard (Mentor, Ohio) shot was blocked away. The `Cats defense kept up its strong play throughout the rest of the action and forced the scoreless tie.
Ohio returns to MAC play on the road next weekend as it takes on Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.
Ball State 1, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, NY ? The University at Buffalo women’s soccer team fell to Ball State this afternoon in an aggressive conference match up at UB Stadium, with the Cardinals topping the Bulls, 1-0.
The first half was scoreless for both teams, as Ball State took the advantage in shots-on goal 4-2. Defender Jennifer Mihok had both shots-on goal for Buffalo in the first half. Ball State had a breakaway and a chance to go one up on the Bulls, but UB goalkeeper Amy Coron came out of the net to challenge the shooter and ultimately make a big save for Buffalo late in the first half.
Ball State scored the only goal of the game 11 minutes into the second half, capitalizing on a UB foul, to score the game winning goal off a free kick pass to the front of the net. Buffalo had trouble getting past the Ball State defense, only getting off two shots in the second half.
“We came out and we played really well for two-thirds of the field, but we have to be a lot more precise and more dynamic in the final third if we’re going to find ways to win games,” said head coach Michael Thomas.
Both teams were aggressive, as the game saw three yellow cards and one red card in the final 15 minutes of play. The Cardinals outshot the Bulls 14-5, with the backline of Nina Connell, Kristen Bailey, Angela Nicholas and Mihok working to slow down the Ball State offense for a complete 90 minutes. Coron finished the match with four saves in net.
The Bulls will hit the road next weekend for a pair of conference games in Michigan. The Bulls will take on Eastern Michigan on Friday, October 2 at 3pm and then travel on to Central Michigan for a 1 pm match on Sunday, October 4.
Western Michigan 3, Bowling Green 2
KALAMAZOO -- Sophomore Stephanie Skowneski picked a good time to net her first goal of the season as she scored the game-winning goal with 57 seconds remaining to give the Western Michigan women's soccer a win over Bowling Green, 3-2, at the WMU Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
With the game deadlocked 2-2 and the clock winding down to the final minute, Western Michigan (4-4-1, 1-1-0 MAC) junior midfielder Nicole Dulyea found Skowneski in the middle of the box. Skowneski settled the ball and jostled with her defender to position herself before turning and firing the ball past Bowling Green goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault for the game-winning goal. It was the second assist for Dulyea on the day and on the season and the first goal of the season for Skowneski, who led the team with five scores last year.
"It definitely took some pressure of her back," said interim head coach Suzie Grech on Skowneski's first goal. "We know that teams try to focus more on her but for her to score the goal at a time we really needed it is a testament to her continued work."
Dulyea had a hand in every goal for the Broncos, picking up an assist on a long strike by freshman forward Anina Cicerone in the 23rd minute and scored on a long goal herself in the 55th minute. The goal came from straight on the net and just outside the 18-yard box. Dulyea got recieved a pass from fellow midfielder Patrice Impelido and settled the ball before bending it in to the right corner of the net. It was a shot that many Bronco forwards had rushed in the past and sailed them over the net.
"Nicole brings a sense of calmness and composure to the midfield," said Suzie Grech. "When we get the ball on her feet it makes the game easier for us and allows us to play to our strenghts.
The win was the first Mid-American Conference win of the season for the Broncos as well as the first of Grech's career. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Phillips got her first win of the season in her first start since 2006.
WMU continues conference play at home on Friday against Akron at 4 p.m. and then again at home on Sunday against Ohio at 1 p.m.
Toledo 0, Northern Illinois 0 (2 ot)
DEKALB, Ill. - Lindsey Curnock broke the Mid-American Conference career shutout record Sunday, when she lead the Northern Illinois women's soccer team to a 0-0 draw against defending MAC champions Toledo at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. Sunday's shutout marked Curnock's 28th career shutout , a notch that places her as the MAC career shutout record holder.
In Sunday's contest Curnock (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) recorded five saves for the Huskies, marking her third shutout of the season. The 0-0 score allowed Curnock to get the MAC record for career shutouts, with 28.
"It's a really big honor to break the record," Curnock said. "The record has my name on it, but I think I have the record because of our defense. All four years I have been here our defense has been solid and I think that is has allowed me to be able to get such an honor."
Head coach Carrie Barker feels the record is a great accomplishment for Curnock.
"Lindsey always shows great leadership," Barker said. "She came up huge today. She played great defense today, she had some key saves for us, and I think they way she played today shows why she was able to get the record."
Allowing only seven goals this season, Curnock has a .67 goals-against-average. Curnock has recorded 40 saves this season, bringing her career total to 249.
"During the season I treat every game the same," said Curnock. "I don't think about records or anything like that. I like to take each game one at a time, and I think that is what has helped me get such an accomplishment."
The Huskies and Rockets battled to a scoreless finish, Sunday, as each team recorded eight shots but were unable to score on any of its opportunities. The Huskies held a 7-2 advantage in cornerkicks in the contest, while the Rockets recorded five shots-on-goal (SOG) to the NIU's one. Kelsey Passaglia (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) recorded the Huskies lone SOG in the contest.
"We all knew that when you face a great team like Toledo you have to come out and play your best," said Barker. "When you have opportunities to score against a good team you have to put them away, and we did not do that today."
In a physical battle between NIU and Toledo, NIU racked up 16 fouls, while Toledo recorded 14 fouls in the match-up. Passaglia and Nici Newquist (DeKalb, Ill./Sycamore) each received yellow cards in the contest.
The Huskies now have a 4-4-2 record, with a 0-0-2 record in MAC play. NIU will continue conference play at home next weekend when they host Ohio Friday at 4 p.m. before taking on Akron Oct. 4 in a 1 p.m. contest.