Friday?s MAC Women?s Soccer Results

Updated 10/3/2009

Friday’s MAC Women’s Soccer Results

Eastern Michigan 2, Buffalo 0

Central Michigan 3, Kent State 0

Western Michigan 2, Akron 0

Miami 1, Toledo 0

Ball State 1, Bowling Green 0

Ohio 2, Northern Illinois 0


Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments


Eastern Michigan 2, Buffalo 0

YPSILANTI, Mich. ( ? The Eastern Michigan University women’s soccer team snapped its streak of tied games by defeating the University at Buffalo Friday afternoon, 2-0, at Scicluna Field in the Eagles’ MAC home opener.


The Green and White had tied in three straight matches before Friday, but they got two goals in the second half from Chelsea Detrick and Amanda Marsh while holding the Bulls scoreless to earn their first MAC win of the year.


The Bulls held possession early in the game and got a few chances on Eagle goalkeeper Maggie Manville. In the 18th minute, Buffalo’s Stephanie Velez got free in the box to put one past Manville which would have given her team a 1-0 lead, but it was negated after the Bulls were called offside.


Both teams went into halftime in a scoreless tie. In the second half, Eastern Michigan held control, gaining several scoring chances before Detrick was able to get her head on a beautiful cross by Carissa Wilson in the 54th minute. Stephanie Janssens also teamed up on the play for her first assist of the season. For Detrick, it was her third goal of the season.


In the 75th minute, Marsh saw an opening and put a boot on a shot from 25 yards out, blowing it past Buffalo keeper, Amy Coron, into the upper right corner of the goal for her second score of the season. It was the highest scoring output for Eastern Michigan since they scored five goals in a win over Loyola College (Md.) back on Sept. 13.


It was also the sixth shutout for the Green and White and, for Manville, her fourth of the season and 15th of her career. She made five saves in the win.


The Eagles remain unbeaten all-time in MAC home openers with an 11-0-2 record and they’ve outscored Buffalo 21-3 since 1996. EMU will go for a weekend home sweep when it takes on Kent State at Scicluna Field at 1 p.m. Sunday.


During halftime of Sunday’s match, Eastern Michigan will pay tribute to the 1999 MAC regular season and tournament championship team who is celebrating its 10th anniversary of that historic season.


Central Michigan 3, Kent State 0

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. ? The Kent State women’s soccer team (6-4-0, 2-1-0 MAC) was defeated Friday afternoon by an upstart Central Michigan team, 3-0, in a battle of previously unbeaten teams in the Mid-American Conference.


The Chippewas, ranked 10th in the Great Lakes Region to start the week, improve to 8-3-0 on the year and are the lone team with a perfect 3-0-0 record in MAC play. Central Michigan has now won six straight contests, all shutouts.


“Against a team like Central Michigan, you can’t have a ?tale of two halves’ because they will beat you,” said head coach Rob Marinaro. “They took it to us in the first half, and that’s all they needed.”


Central Michigan got on the board in the 37th minute when Stephanie Martin scored on a free kick following a Kent State infraction. The 1-0 score stood at the halftime break, with CMU owning a 7-1 shots advantage.


Kent State tried to turn the tables in the second half to knot the match, but Central Michigan was first to tally in the stanza with a goal in the 51st minute by team leading scorer Laura Twidle.


Although the Golden Flashes out-shot the host Chippewas 8-3 in the second half, Central Michigan was able to add a final insurance goal in the 81st minute while Kent State was pressing forward players in hopes of scoring. Both teams battled close throughout the contest, as Central Michigan edged Kent State by a slim 10-9 margin in shots.


“We tried to get out of it in the second half with some good pressure, but Central Michigan put their chances away.”


Of Kent State’s three shots on goal, two were by junior Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) while Annie Messer (Dayton, Ohio) also fired an attempt on frame.


Kent State goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) made one save on the day, while Central Michigan’s Shay Mannino made three saves for the shutout.


Next up for the Golden Flashes is Sunday’s contest at Eastern Michigan. Kickoff for the contest is slated for 1 p.m. in Ypsilanti, Mich.


Western Michigan 2, Akron 0

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team battled the cold and strong winds and defeated Akron 2-0 on Friday afternoon at the WMU Soccer Complex.


The Broncos (5-4-1, 2-1-0 MAC) took a very earl 1-0 lead on a header by Kelsey Carmichael in the 6th minute. Senior outside-backer Emily Peterson took the ball outside and left of the penalty area and crossed the ball into the middle of the box. Carmichael jumped and headed the ball in to the far right corner of the net for her first goal of the season.


“It was a great service by Emily,” said interim head coach Suzie Grech. “She put it in a good place and Kelsey did a great job finishing.”


Western Michigan dominated possession in the first 25 minutes of the first half, not letting the ball in to the penalty area till the 28th minute. The Zips picked up their play and were able to pressure WMU for the remaining time in the first half and for the first 25 minutes of the second half.


“They switched to a diamond formation in the midfield with four midfielders,” commented Grech. “It took us longer to adjust to it since we only play three midfielders. We had to have our outside forwards come down to pinch on defense and it slowed our attack.”


Akron was pressed for time and switched its formation to a 4-3-3 and that opened up the midfield and allowed WMU to strike.


In the 78th minute Nicole Dulyea fired a shot from 21-yards out but it bounced off the crossbar and down, just falling short of the goal-line. The ball bounced away from Akron’s goalkeeper but Nikollete Rivera shot in to head the ball in to the net for her second goal of the season. The goal pushed WMU’s lead to 2-0 and sealed the victory. Dulea picked up her  team-leading fourth assist and fourth in three games on the goal.


Getting her second victory of the season in her second start was WMU goalkeeper Sarah Phillips. Phillips mad seven saves on the game to earn the first clean sheet of her career.


WMU continues MAC play hosting Ohio on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the WMU Soccer Complex


Miami 1, Toledo 0

OXFORD, Ohio ? For the first time since 2005, the Miami University women’s soccer team defeated the Toledo Rockets, 1-0, behind senior Stephanie Laser’s second-half goal Friday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. With the victory, the RedHawks (5-4-1, 1-1-1 Mid-American Conference) picked up their first league win of the season and knocked off the Rockets (5-4-2, 1-1-1 MAC) for the first time in six tries.


Senior keeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ont.) made a season-high nine saves to record her third shutout of 2009 and break Miami’s career shutouts record with her 11th clean sheet. She was tied with Katie Karlander (2001-02) entering Friday’s match.


Toledo controlled much of the first half, firing nine shots, including five on goal, but Pace was up to the challenge making stops on all five. Miami’s top scoring chance came in the final minute of the period when junior Sara Lund (Malmo, Sweden) weaved through traffic and ripped a shot at Toledo sophomore goalkeeper Vicki Traven, who made the diving save but left a juicy rebound. Senior Kersta Carlson (Plymouth, Minn.) was unable to set herself, however, and sent the point-blank rebound wide left.


Miami totaled four shots in the opening half, forcing Traven to make a pair of saves. Toledo held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks in the first 45 minutes, as well.


The second half seemed like a whole new game for the ’Hawks, who created more opportunities and pushed the ball into Toledo’s end using the right flank to create space. Senior forward Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.) sent a cross into the box from the right side in the 38th minute that Carlson volleyed out of mid-air, but the shot went high and wide left.


“We needed to open the game up a little bit in the second half,” Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. “In the first half, I think the wind affected the game a little bit but we were also trying to do too many things with the ball. We were making things more complicated than they needed to be. With the wind behind us in the second half, we wanted to open things up and run Toledo. The right side was open all day long and that put them back on their heels and changed the game completely.”


In the 58th minute, Miami again went on the attack as Lund dribbled down the right side, avoided a Rocket defender and centered the ball in the box to Laser (Hinsdale, Ill.), who beamed the ball past a diving Traven, despite grazing a Toledo player, to give Miami the lead. The goal was Laser’s first of the campaign and just the second of her career, while Lund garnered her second helper of 2009.


The Rockets applied some pressure in the final 10 minutes, earning a corner and taking four shots, but none threatened Miami’s cushion, as Pace calmly stopped two while the other shots were not on target. The RedHawks’ back line of Brooke Livingston (Lisle, Ill.), Haley Clark (London, Ont.), Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) and Rachel Byron (Plymouth, Minn.) helped keep the ball out of Miami’s end down the stretch to secure the victory.


 “It doesn’t matter who the first (league) win comes against?a MAC win is a MAC win?certainly it’s satisfying to beat a good team and there’s no question Toledo is one, but the MAC season is marathon and we can’t get too up and can’t get too down,” Kramig said. “We’ll enjoy this one tonight but we’re all about Bowling Green tomorrow.”


For the match, Toledo out-shot the ’Hawks 17-9, despite the loss, and earned eight corners to Miami’s three. Senior Molly Cornwell paced UT with four shots (two on goal) while Traven finished with three saves in net.


The RedHawks complete their weekend home stand Sunday when they welcome the Bowling Green Falcons. First touch is set for 1 p.m. ET at Miami Soccer Field.


Ball State 1, Bowling Green 0

MUNCIE, Ind. ? The Ball State soccer team picked up its second straight Mid-American Conference victory Friday afternoon as the Cardinals turned in an inspired effort with a 1-0 victory over rival Bowling Green at the BSU Soccer Field. Junior forward Jacki Eft (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scored the game’s only goal in the 25th minute of action for the victory.


 “This week we came together as a family,” head coach Michael Lovett said. “We talked about families sticking together and picking each other up any time that we needed it. We turned in an inspired effort today throughout the team and I couldn’t be more proud of our team this afternoon. We showed a lot of heart and passion today for each other. Today was a true team effort and that is great to see.”


Ball State, which was short-handed and started six true freshmen, improves to 2-1-0 in MAC play with the hard-fought victory. The Cardinals played against the 30-mile per hour wind in the first half and Bowling Green took advantage as it registered nine first half corner kicks. The Cardinals’ defense stood tall though, as it only allowed four shots in the opening frame.


Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Wood (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) was strong in the opening frame as she controlled her territory efficiently. Wood came up big in the 14th minute of play as Bowling Green was threatening with multiple corner kicks. The Falcons had a great chance for a goal after the initial corner kick as Alyssa Zucaro found herself alone behind the BSU defense one-on-one with Wood. Wood was able to make a sprawling save to thwart the close-range shot and keep the Falcons off of the board.


The Cardinals adjusted to the windy conditions and scored on a counter-attack as freshman forward Paige Stroinski (Granger, Ind./Penn) broke down the right side and beat a BGSU defender. Stroinski’s hard work paid off as she sent a cross into the box where it found an on-charging Eft around three Falcon defenders.


Eft was able to one-touch the cross towards the goal where BGSU goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault got a hand on the shot, but it wrung off of the cross bar and into the back of the net for the game’s lone goal. The goal was Eft’s first of the season and her sixth point overall as she leads the team with four assists.


The two teams closed out the opening frame with an evenly-played 20 minutes of soccer. The teams re-grouped at halftime and the Cardinals came back playing with the wind. Bowling Green had another chance on an early corner kick in the 49th minute as the ball caromed around the six-yard box before Wood was able to pounce on the loose ball in front of a Falcon attacker.


Ball State came just inches from taking a two-goal lead in the 55th minute of action as junior forward Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall Univ.) ripped a shot from 25-yards out that sailed just over the cross bar after getting past Arsenault.


Bowling Green (4-7-1, 0-2-1 MAC) made a late push to tie the game but the Cardinals’ defense stood tall. Wood made a strong save on Megan Amann in the 85th minute and freshman defender Brigit Reder (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) cleared a Zucaro shot off of the line in the 87th minute of play to preserve the victory.


Wood finished the game with five saves as she recorded her second straight career shutout. Arsenault tallied four saves in the loss as the Cardinals improve to 7-3-2 all-time against the Falcons.


Ball State will wrap up its home MAC weekend Sunday afternoon as it hosts three-time defending MAC Tournament champion Toledo at 1 p.m. at the BSU Soccer Field. The Cardinals will be supporting the fight against breast cancer Sunday as part of the Think Pink initiative. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support.


Ohio 2, Northern Illinois 0

DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team registered 12 shots in Friday's Mid-American Conference game against Ohio, but was unable to find the net as the Huskies fell 2-0 to the Bobcats at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.


The Huskies (4-5-2, 0-1-2 MAC) controlled the ball for the first half of play, outshooting the Bobcats 10-3, while recording three cornerkicks to Ohio's one. The Huskies also recorded four shots on goal to the Bobcats two, but were unable to capitalize on any of their opportunities.


The first goal of the game came in the 24th minute of play, when Ohio's Amy Lower headed the ball into the Huskies goal. After recording a shot on goal, an attempt that was prevented by NIU's Kelly Mullany (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley), Lower was able to recover the ball and score against the Huskies to give the Bobcats a 1-0 advantage.


In the 70th minute of play, Ohio's Kim Nordtveit scored the second goal of the game when she was able to find the net off a cornerkick from Kelsey Pichel. Goalkeeper Lindsey Cuurnock (Batvia, Ill./Batavia) battled the ball out of the net off the cornerkick, however Nordtveit was able to gain control of the ball to hit the right corner of the net.


"I am disappointed in how we played tonight," head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker said. "I am just not happy with our overall performance in today's game."


Christen Schuler (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) led the Huskies with three shots on goal in the contest, while Kelsey Passaglia (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) and Mullany also recorded shots-on-goal for Northern Illinois. The Huskies recorded four cornerkicks to Ohio's three, while outshooting the Bobcats 12-6 in the contest.


NIU will continue conference play at home when the Huskies host Akron for a 1 p.m. contest Sunday.