Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/6/2010

Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Bowling Green 2, Davidson 2
Washington 1, Northern Illinois 0
Western Michigan 2, Dayton 1
Ohio State 2, Buffalo 0
Akron 2, Wake Forest 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Bowling Green 2, Davidson 2
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team twice rallied from one-goal deficits, posting a 2-2, double-overtime tie at Davidson College Sunday afternoon (Sept. 5).  The match, the Falcons' final contest in the Davidson adidas Classic, was held at Alumni Stadium.

The Falcons are now 0-0-2 on the year, while the Wildcats are 1-0-1.

Three BGSU newcomers -- true freshman Zach Schewee, redshirt freshman Brandon Silva and redshirt junior Miguel Rosales -- were named to the all-tournament team.

BGSU got goals from Schewee and redshirt junior Max Weston in the match.  Schewee's goal, the Falcons' first of the season, was his first collegiate score.

Alex Caskey broke a scoreless tie late in the first half, giving the host team a 1-0 lead that the Wildcats took into the intermission.

Less than five minutes into the second half, however, the Falcons equalized.  Weston's corner kick was headed out of the penalty box by a Wildcat defender, but Schewee blasted home a shot from 25-to-30 yards out.

George Ramsey put the hosts back in front at the 62:36 mark after intercepting a BG clearing attempt, but a long shot from Weston evened the match with under 10 minutes left in regulation.

The Falcons had a narrow 16-15 advantage in shot attempts, while DC had eight shots on goal to BGSU's seven.  Rosales made six saves in his complete-match effort, while Davidson 'keeper Chip Sanders had five stops.

The Brown and Orange enjoyed a decisive 9-2 margin in corner kicks, including a 7-1 edge after halftime.

"Davidson has a great team with some very good players," said BGSU head coach Eric Nichols.  "They have an extremely potent attack, as they showed in their six-goal performance on Friday night.  We knew we would have our hands full, but we were organized and we kept them in check, for the most part.

"We showed a tremendous amount of character to come back twice, and then we really pushed (for a go-ahead goal) toward the end.  There certainly is a lot to build upon, as we saw some very good character traits from our guys -- a lot of resilience, fight, energy and spirit.

"We played well enough defensively to win, but we are just not quite potent enough in our attack just yet.  We will get back to work, though, and will start preparing for next weekend."
Sunday's match pitted Nichols' current team against his former club.  He spent the 2008 season as an assistant coach on the DC staff prior to coming to BGSU in February of 2009.

Davidson won the tournament, with a win and a tie on the weekend.  Appalachian State finished the tourney with a win and a tie as well, but DC won the title based on goal differential.  ASU defeated the fourth school in the classic, Marist, by a 3-1 count in Sunday's second match.

The Falcons now return home to prepare for next weekend's match against the number-one team in the country, the University of Akron.  The Mid-American Conference opener is scheduled for Saturday afternoon (Sept. 11) at 1:00 p.m. at Cochrane Field.

Washington 1, Northern Illinois 0
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Northern Illinois men's soccer team allowed a goal in the 73rd minute, dropping a 1-0 decision to Washington at the Nike Invitational.

NIU fell to 0-1-1 in the early season. Washington improved to 1-1-0.

"It was not the energy that is typical of one of our teams," head coach Eric Luzzi said. "We had a number of our normally consistent, good players not have a good game individually."

The match's only score came off a deflected throw from Washington's Brent Richards. The toss lofted over the head of NIU keeper Jordan Godsey, who reached high to snatch the ball, but instead deflected it into his own net. By rule, Richards is credited with scoring the goal.

"There was a little bit of response to the goal, but not with the urgency we would expect of an NIU team," Luzzi said.

Luzzi's group narrowly outshot UW, 11-10, but Washington put more chances on goal with four to Northern Illinois' two.

"Mentally we didn't bring the same battle mentality that we normally do to all of our games," Luzzi said. "We're going to have to have a long conversation with our staff and our guys to figure out why were so flat and not sharp."

NIU opened the season at the tournament, Friday, tying 19th-ranked Portland, 0-0. UW is the first of back-to-back opponents from the Pac-10 Conference. Northern Illinois opens its home schedule Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. against Oregon State in the NIU adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational.

Western Michigan 2, Dayton 1
DAYTON, Ohio- Sophomore Kai Mendes and freshman Oliver Mayer each scored, lifting Western Michigan to a 2-1 victory over 2009 Atlantic-10 champion Dayton at the at the University of Dayton Courtyard by Marriott Classic. Mendes, as well as classmates Luis Lemus and Darren Jones were named all-tournament team. WMU took second in the four-team classic.

Western Michigan rebounded well from it's Friday loss to Wright State, as the Broncos improved to 2-1-0 on the young season.

"This was more like the Bronco team I knew we had," WMU head coach Stu Riddle said." It was the most gutsy, passionate and committed display we have had in my 18 months in charge. To play against the Atlantic-10 champs who held an 18-1 at home record going into this match and get a result like this is fantastic for the program.

"The positive thing is I felt we fully deserved the victory against an excellent Dayton side."

Western Michigan enjoyed a 2-0 lead against Dayton, which finished last year's regular season ranked No. 21 in the country and boasted a No. 1 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Ranking.

All three goals were scored in the second half. WMU took a 1-0 advantage at 49:36 after Shane Lyons flicked on a long throw from Doug Raak to Mendes. Mendes volleyed the ball home to the back post for his second goal of the season.

Mayer netted his third collegiate goal in the 80th minute, after freshman Lito Esquivel cut through the Flyer defense with some superb dribbling and played a long ball through. Mayer finished low past the out rushed keeper on a one-on-one for a 2-0 Bronco lead.

Evan McCreary came up with an unassisted goal for the Dayton side, sneaking a goal past WMU freshman keeper Mike Sweers in the in the 81st minute. Despite allowing the score, Sweers recorded his first career win, making seven saves.

"I'll let the lads enjoy the bus ride home and then we will be back to work this week to prepare for two more very big matches this weekend," Riddle said.

"Its virtually impossible to single anyone out but Jones and Lemus were magnificent in the middle of midfield."

Western Michigan returns home for two matches next weekend, hosting Niagara Friday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. and IPFW Sunday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.

Dayton (1-2-0), IPFW, Western Michigan and Wright State participated in this year's UD Classic.

Ohio State 2, Buffalo 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A pair of penalty kicks turned out to be the difference as the University at Buffalo men's soccer team fought 18th-ranked Ohio State tough but fell to the Buckeyes, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon as the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic came to a conclusion at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. 

The Bulls (0-2) held their own against their second consecutive Big Ten opponent to start the season holding the Buckeyes off the scoreboard until late in the second half. Konrad Warzycha scored both OSU goals on penalty kicks in the 74th and 86th minutes.

UB was outshot by Ohio State 15-7 with three of the Bulls' shots on goal. Mike Unwin, an All-MAC Second Team selection in 2009, led the Bulls with four shots on the day, including two on goal. Trailing 2-0 in the final five mintues, the Bulls were stopped twice on point-blank shots, one by Rich Wilson in the 87th minute and one by Unwin in the 90th minute.

Junior goalkeeper Nick Fetterman played all 90 minutes in net for the Bulls making two saves.

UB placed two on the All-Tournament team as defender Kieron Gradwell and midfielder Jordan Brouk were cited for their stellar play in the pair of weekend matches.

The Bulls return to Western New York to face local rival Canisius on Friday at 4:00 pm. UB opens the home schedule on Sunday, September 12 against Robert Morris.

Akron 2, Wake Forest 0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a dominating 2-0 victory at No. 3 Wake Forest Sunday night at Spry Stadium.

With the win, the Zips completed their two-game sweep of the Atlantic Coast Conference before 4,583 fans; representing the largest regular-season crowd in the history of Spry Stadium. UA shut out No. 4 North Carolina, 3-0, in the season opener Friday night.

The Zips received goals from true freshman Darren Mattocks and junior Hermann Trophy candidate Darlington Nagbe and the defense took care of the rest with a suffocating performance of one of the nation's premiere programs.

Nagbe hooked up with Mattocks to give the Zips a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Mattocks, who had slipped behind the Wake Forest back line, received a well-struck chip pass from Nagbe, raced down the field on the left wing and fired just inside the near post for his first collegiate goal.

The Zips pinned the Demon Deacons in their territory for much of the game's first 45 minutes and posted advantages in shots (4-1) and corner kicks (7-0) during that time. In fact, Wake Forest was held without a shot until a header by Kyle Emerson went wide in the game's 40th minute.

In contrast, the Zips attack was sharp with four different players attempting shots in a fluid first half that kept the pressure on the Wake Forest defense from start to finish.

Michael Nanchoff nearly made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute but the junior's direct free kick from 30 yards banged off the cross bar. Nanchoff was involved in another opportunity before the half when he momentarily found himself one-on-one with the keeper in the box after receiving a pass from Nagbe. But the Demon Deacons' defense responded quickly and Nanchoff was unable to get off a shot.

The Zips maintained their focus in the second half.

Nagbe made it 2-0 lead in 53rd minute with his second goal in as many games this season. After taking a cross from Kofi Sarkodie, Nagbe put a beautiful touch on the ball, lofting it into the far corner of the net from 16 yards out.

The Zips will next travel to Bowling Green Saturday to start Mid-American Conference play. UA and BGSU will kick off at 1 p.m. ET.