Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Ohio 2, Buffalo 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Erin Schwenke and Remi Famodu each scored goals and Kelsey Pichel assisted in both scores to help lead Ohio soccer to a 2-1 win over Buffalo on the road Sunday afternoon. With the win, Ohio completed the weekend sweep and ensured itself a ticket to the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
The victory helped the `Cats continue their impressive string of games from the past few weeks. Ohio (9-6-2, 6-2-2 MAC) has now been beaten just once in its last nine games.
"We struggled some the first half adjusting to the wind and turf," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "We settled in more the second half. That created our chances, which we were able to convert on a couple. Both goals were great individual efforts."
The Green and White's win did not come easily as it faced an early 1-0 deficit from the Bulls (3-14-1, 2-7-1 MAC), who scored early in the 27th minute on a goal from Stephanie Velez. Ohio showed its resiliency and continued to battle. That paid off nearly eight minutes later. The `Cats got a break and got behind the Buffalo defense. Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) fed Schwenke (Solon, Ohio) in the middle, who took a nice touch past a defender and fired a shot from about eight yards out into the back of the net to tie the score. The action went back and forth over the remainder of the half and the tally remained even.
It did not take long for the `Cats to put their second goal on the board. Just 1:11 into the second stanza, Ohio took advantage of a free kick. Pichel launched a well placed kick from about 25 yards out into the box. Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) timed it just right and knocked a well-placed header beyond the reach of the Buffalo keeper and into the back of the net to give the Green and White the 2-1 lead. It was the first goal of Famodu's career.
The Bulls had a chance to tie the score early in the 70th minute, but Jess MacLean (Loveland, Ohio) made a nice to keep Buffalo out of the net. The `Cats' defense took care of the rest and shut down the Bulls the rest of the way to give the Green and White the win.
Ohio outshot Buffalo 11-10 on the day, with each side putting five shots on goal. Schwenke's goal was her team-leading fourth of the season, while Famodu picked up the first of her career. With her two assists on the day, Pichel now has seven on the season. Kim Nordtveit (Newtown, Pa.) led the `Cats with three shots on the day, including one on goal. Pichel and Schwenke each recorded two shots, with both of Schwenke's going on goal.
Ohio will wrap up the regular season Thursday on the road when it heads to Akron to battle the Zips. First touch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Miami 2, Northern Illinois 0
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's soccer team is headed to its sixth-straight Mid-American Conference Tournament in 2009 after a pair of second-half goals gave the RedHawks a 2-0 win over Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field and locked up a berth in the eight-team championship. Miami (9-7-1, 5-4-1 MAC) donned pink jerseys in the match as the game was the RedHawks' Breast Cancer Awareness Game.
"We were hoping to lock up a berth on Friday but it didn't work out for us," Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. "I'm very pleased with the way the team rebounded today and responded to being in a bit of a pressure situation. We had to win today and this was a hard game. We were very disappointed on Friday with how that turned out (a 1-0 loss to Western Michigan) but we were patient today. We kept working at it, never got discouraged and ended up scoring two very good goals."
Miami's defense led the way, limiting the Huskies (5-11-2, 1-7-2 MAC) to just seven shots for the match, which tied for the fewest a MAC foe has taken against the 'Hawks in 2009, including only one shot on goal, which is a season low for any Miami opponent this year. Senior keeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ont.) made the only stop she needed to earn her sixth clean sheet of the season, which ties for second on Miami's single-season shutouts list (Katie Karlander holds the record of seven in 2001). Pace already is the all-time shutouts leader at Miami with 14, including today's.
Neither side was able to create much attack in the first 45 minutes with the 'Hawks holding a 6-2 edge in shots in the opening half while also earning the only two corners of the period. NIU was unable to get its first shot off until the 32nd minute and took its only shot on goal of the match five minutes later. Senior Stephanie Laser (Hinsdale, Ill.) had a header off a corner kick sail high in the 18th minute while sophomore Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) had both of her first-half shots blocked despite dribbling the ball through Huskie defenders to find space.
Miami wasted no time jumping in front in the second half as sophomore Krysti Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) earned the RedHawks' second penalty kick of the season when she was pulled down in the box less than three minutes into the period. Senior Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.) chipped the ball over the NIU defense to an open Clarke, who was dragged down before she could get the shot off. Senior Kersta Carlson (Plymouth, Minn.) took the penalty kick for Miami and put the 'Hawks ahead 1-0 as the Huskies' junior keeper Lindsey Curnock dove to the correct side but was only able to deflect the ball, as it had enough power to still cross the goal line. The penalty kick was Miami's first successful penalty kick of the season and Carlson's second tally of 2009.
Northern Illinois earned a pair of corners in the 75th and 76th minutes but was unable to put any shots on target. The RedHawks finally opened up the NIU defense over the final 15 minutes, finding space down both sides of the field. Miami then padded its lead in the 79th minute when senior Allison Berkey (Hopkinton, Mass.) ripped a shot past Curnock to make it a 2-0 game. Zwingelberg garnered her fifth assist of the campaign, a career high, on the score as she fed a perfect cross into the box that Berkey one-timed out of mid-air for her fifth goal of 2009, which ties for the team lead.
"The game finally opened up and we were able to break their pressure a little bit," Kramig said. "Once the game opened up we felt pretty good about it. Krysti Clarke worked very hard to earn that penalty kick and it was deserved. And it was a classic cross and finish from Jodi to Allison Berkey. It was very well struck by Allison."
The RedHawks finished with 13 shots in the match, including seven in the second stanza, and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Five different 'Hawks took two shots while Carlson put both of hers on goal.
Miami has now won three straight over the Huskies by a combined 7-1 and leads the all-time series 9-3-1.
The RedHawks conclude their three-game home stand and the regular season Thursday, Oct. 29, when the Ball State Cardinals invade Miami Soccer Field. Miami will look to improve its seeding for the MAC Tournament against Ball State and will also aim to earn its first 10-win season and first winning season since 2002. First touch is set for 3 p.m. ET.
Akron 1, Kent State 0
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State soccer team (7-8-2, 3-5-2 MAC) once again had a game decided in the waning minutes at KSU Soccer Field Sunday afternoon, but for the second straight outing the Golden Flashes were on the short end of a 1-0 contest. Visiting Akron (8-6-2, 6-3-1 MAC) scored the game's only goal in the 87th minute to upend the Flashes.
"I think both teams brought high intensity today, but Akron was able to capitalize and took points home with them," said Kent State head coach Rob Marinaro.
Akron forward Jordan Clark's 24-yard free kick with less than three minutes to play marked the third straight one-goal setback for Kent State. All but three of Kent State's games this season have been decided by one goal or less.
Kent State had its fair share of chances, but the Flashes were held at bay for the second straight contest. KSU out-shot Akron 14-11 thanks to a 10-7 margin in the second half, but Akron had a 5-2 lead in shots on goal.
In the first half, Kent State's Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) had a nifty back-heel try that was heading for the upper corner, but missed just wide in the game's 38th minute. Less than a minute later Akron's Britni Back shot wide from close range.
Late in the first half, KSU's Gabi Ingram (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a free kick on the left side near the end line that was driven low into the goal box, but the Kent State attackers were unable to get a poke as the game remained scoreless at intermission.
In the second half, Akron was dangerous in the 52nd minute when Back crossed a ball into Jordan Baranowski, but Kent State's Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) made a point-blank save to keep the sheet clean.
In the 61st minute it was Kent State's turn to try and break the deadlock with a free kick by Sara Henderson (Strongsville, Ohio). Henderson sent the ball in from the right, which was then flicked with a header by Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) to Heaton, but her sliding shot from eight yards sailed just high.
Akron then had a pair of breakaway attempts stymied by the Kent State defense. In the 67th minute Akron's Back was denied with a last-moment challenge by Jenni Stapleton (New Albany, Ohio). Then, in the 71st minute Back again was through, but a charging Sherwood forced Back's shot wide left.
Sherwood was again up to the task in the 79th minute, making two back-to-back saves from eight yards out amongst a plethora of players. Sherwood finished with four saves.
With just seven minutes left, Kent State missed connecting on one of their six corner kicks of the day. Heaton served in a corner kick from the right side that found the head of Vanessa Salerno (Etobicoke, Ontario), but her flick to the far post was unable to find the frame.
That set up the late heroics by Akron's Clark. Clark found space around Kent State's wall to the far post on the right, where Sherwood was able to get a fist on the ball, but the shot was struck well enough to get in at the far post.
Akron's Jeny Wolbert made two saves for the shutout.
Prior to the game, Kent State honored its six-player senior class of Jackie Barath (Strongsville, Ohio), Beth Diederich (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Lauren Evans (North Ridgeville, Ohio), Megan Hill (Verona, Pa.), Catharine Marosszeky (Aurora, Ontario) and L.A. Thoma (Alliance, Ohio). All six players have earned academic honors from the Mid-American conference and have combined for a 3.63 grade point average.
Kent State will conclude the 2009 regular season on the road Thursday when the Flashes take on Buffalo in a 3 p.m. contest. The Flashes are in a battle for the seventh seed in the upcoming MAC Championship, which begins Sunday, Nov. 1 with the top four seeds hosting quarterfinal action.
Toledo 0, Central Michigan 0
MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan soccer team took another step closer to history in a scoreless tie against Toledo at the CMU Soccer Complex on Sunday.
The Chippewas (14-3-1, 9-0-1 Mid-American) posted their 13th consecutive shutout, tied for the second longest streak of consecutive shutouts in NCAA history. CMU has not allowed a goal in 1227:26.
Neither team put a great deal of offense together in the first half. UT possessed the ball in CMU's end more in the first 45 minutes, but the Chippewas had the best scoring opportunity of the opening frame. Stephanie Martin nearly put Central on the board in the 33rd minute when she blasted a shot from just in front of the attacking box, but Toledo keeper Vicki Traven sprawled to her left to make the save, keeping the match scoreless at halftime.
The Maroon and Gold controlled play for most of the second half, outshooting the Rockets, 6-0, in the final regulation frame. Despite a pair of giveaways by Traven, Central was unable to find the back of the net.
"More of our kids imposed themselves in the second half," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "I give Toledo a lot of credit though, they made things difficult for us."
Neither team fired a shot in the first overtime period, but Toledo created some quality opportunities in the second overtime. The Rockets fired three shots, all on goal, but Shay Mannino was equal to the task and kept UT off the board.
"On the positive side, we did not allow a goal," Anagnost said. "However, I'm not pleased with how we played. Up top and at the center of the field we can be a little better. Hopefully we get a little hungrier, because that's what it will take to beat a team like we faced today."
The Chippewas outshot the Rockets, 10-5, on Sunday afternoon, but Toledo owned a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Mannino turned aside all four shots she faced to post her 13th shutout this season and the 25th of her career, only two behind Anne Decker's school record. The Grosse Ile, Mich., native is riding a personal shutout streak of 1123:39, the third-longest streak for any goalkeeper in NCAA history.
Central concludes its regular season when it faces rival Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti on Thursday.
Western Michigan 1, Ball State 1
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ball State soccer team suffered a hard fought 1-0 loss to Mid-American Conference foe Ohio Friday afternoon at Chessa Field. The loss drops the Cardinals to 4-10-0 overall on the year and 2-5-0 in league action while the Bobcats improve to 7-5-2 overall and 4-1-2 in MAC play.
"We played a lot better today, especially in the second half," head coach Michael Lovett said. "In the first half, we were non-existent in the offensive end but Nicole (Wood) kept us in the game with some phenomenal saves, including a few one-on-one breakaway saves. We were much better in the second half as we were aggressive, winning balls and had a dangerous attack. We just could not get anything on target to test the goalkeeper today."
The Cardinals battled the Bobcats toe-to-toe in the tightly contested affair. Ball State had an early chance on goal in the 25th minute as junior forward Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall Univ.) ripped a shot from 10 yards out that Ohio goalkeeper Jess Maclean was able to stop.
Ohio turned the pressure up on the Cardinals in the ensuing minutes as the Bobcats recorded four shots and three corner kicks in the final 20 minutes of the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Wood (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) came up big during the span as she tallied four saves, including stopping Ohio defender Remi Famodu on a header from close range and a stop of Laura Dieter on a breakaway.
Ball State regrouped at halftime and put early pressure on the Bobcats to open the half. Ohio weathered the quick start and finally found a way to beat Wood in the 71st minute of action. Dieter was in the right place at the right time after Wood made the initial save on Jackie Hanson's shot but the rebound deflected off of the cross bar and back into play where Dieter was able to poke it into the back of the net.
The Cardinals had a couple of chances late as junior forward Jacki Eft (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) sent a shot high in the 73rd minute and Gordon sailed a shot just over the cross bar in the 88th minute of play.
Wood finished the game with four saves in the loss for the Cardinals who were out-shot by a 15-5 margin. With the loss, Ball State trails the all-time series against Ohio 4-8-1 and had a four game unbeaten streak against the Bobcats snapped.
The Cardinals will conclude their four-game road swing Sunday afternoon as they travel to Akron to face the Zips at 1 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 2, Bowling Green 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - On Senior Day, Ashley Rodrigues delivered with her eighth goal of the season and fifth game-winner, helping the Eagles to a 2-0 shutout over Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green at Scicluna Field Sunday, Oct. 25.
The senior Rodrigues took a perfect through ball from fellow senior Carissa Wilson on a breakaway and with one touch, fired a shot over the outstretched hand of Bowling Green goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault. The score came just 11 minutes into the game and the Eagles never looked back.
EMU controlled possession for the majority of the match despite getting out-shot 16-11. The Falcons (5-11-3, 1-6-3 MAC) lead the league in corner kicks gained and they garnered an impressive nine on Sunday. Fortunately for the Eagles, none were converted.
Amanda Marsh provided some insurance with her third goal of the season in the 51st minute. From inside the 20-yard box, Chelsea Detrick used a back pass to setup Marsh and it worked to perfection, giving her a wide open lane to the net to beat the keeper.
The Green and White reached the double-digit win plateau for the second straight season, moving its record to 10-3-5 overall, 6-1-3 in the MAC. The victory marked the Eagles ninth shutout of the season as well. Monique Budani made 10 saves en route to her fourth win, all of which coming by virtue of the shutout.
EMU will host the regular season finale against Central Michigan this Thursday, Oct. 29 at Scicluna Field. The Eagles cling to the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament, which begins Nov. 1, while the Chippewas (14-3-1, 9-0-1 MAC) have already clinched the top seed.