Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 8/20/2010

Friday's MAC Results
Ball State 2, Xavier 1
Toledo 1, Purdue 0
Central Michigan 1, Wright State 0
Western Michigan 3, Indiana State 2
Pittsburgh 4, Buffalo 1
Akron 3, Illinois State 0
Alabama A&M at Miami, ppd. until Saturday at 5 p.m.

Game stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Ball State 2, Xavier 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team opened the 2010 season Friday afternoon with a hard fought 2-1 victory over visiting Xavier at the BSU Soccer Field. The victory was the first for the Cardinals under the guidance of first-year head coach Craig Roberts and improved BSU to 8-4 all-time in season-opening games.

"We are delighted with winning the home opener," Roberts said. "Xavier came in and gave us a strong game today. There are areas we still need to improve on and we are going to build on today's outcome to make ourselves stronger in the games ahead. It is definitely a positive move for us today with the win; we just need to consistently improve our game each and every time on the field."

Ball State (1-0-0) came out of the gate quickly and attacked Xavier as it held a 10-4 advantage in shots in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Abby Milillo (Fairfield, Ohio/Badin) had one the Cardinals' early chances as she ripped a shot from 15-yards out in the 27th minute, but Xavier goalkeeper Jennifer Perri was there to make the save.

The Cardinals got a huge save in the 38th minute of action from sophomore netminder Aubrey Buehler (Waukesha, Wis./Tennessee-Martin). The Musketeers broke into the 18-yard box for one of the only times in the first half as Carly Wenzel was alone from 12 yards out. Wenzel ripped a shot towards the upper corner but Buehler made a diving stop as she pushed the shot over the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.

Ball State cashed in on the momentum from the defensive stop in the ensuing minutes to take a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute of play. Senior defender Kristina Anderson (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin) sent a long ball in the 18-yard box where a Xavier defender misplayed the ball. Senior forward Jacki Eft (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) pounced on the opportunity and ripped a shot from 15 yards out into the upper left-hand corner past Perri for the first goal of the season.

Xavier (0-1-0) came out of the halftime break and held the run of play for the first 20 minutes of the half. The Musketeers took advantage of their early pressure and worked a corner kick in the 57th minute of action. Leslie Boersma sent the corner kick towards the near post where Mariah Whitaker was there to flick the ball to the top of the six-yard box. Lauren Heap volleyed the ball into the back of the net for the game-tying goal.

Ball State regrouped and titled the field back towards its side of play. The Cardinals' hard work was rewarded in the 69th minute of play. Sophomore Amanda Dreyfus (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) got in behind the defense and ripped a shot that Perri was able to save but she allowed a rebound to squirt out down the end line.

Sophomore Sarah Orisich (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North) corralled the loose ball and sent it back across the six-yard box. Junior Christine Concannon (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph's) was able to get a piece of the ball to poke it to sophomore Paige Stroinski (Granger, Ind./Penn) who blasted it into the back of the net to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

Ball State held off the Musketeers down the stretch as it held a 9-3 advantage in shots in the second half and a 19-7 edge in the victory. Stroinski led all players with five shots while senior Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall) added four shots.

Buehler picked up her first career victory as a Cardinal as she made two saves in 90 minutes of play. Perri was charged with the loss as she allowed two goals but made 12 saves for the Musketeers.

Ball State returns to action Sunday afternoon as it hosts instate rival Indiana State. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the BSU Soccer Field and admission is FREE.

Toledo 1, Purdue 0
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - Junior Kristen Lynn's goal in the 94th minute lifted Toledo to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Purdue in Friday's season opener at the Varsity Soccer Complex. With the extra-period win, UT improves to 11-3-2 all-time in season-opening matches, including an impressive 7-1-2 under 10th-year Head Coach Brad Evans.

"This game was a lot of fun to watch," Evans said. "The team played hard and everybody on the roster contributed."

Lynn converted a penalty kick at 93:29 to give UT (1-0-0) its second all-time victory against a Big Ten opponent and first since the 1996 season. The Rockets' only other triumph over a Big Ten foe occurred on Sept. 13, 1996 when they blanked Ohio State at home, 1-0. 

"I thought the penalty kick was earned, and Kristen did a good job of finishing," said Evans, whose squad played Purdue to a 1-1 double-overtime draw back on Sept. 17, 2006 in the only other meeting between the schools. 

The Midnight Blue & Gold was outshot 16-9 by the Boilermakers (0-1-0), but junior netminder Vicki Traven was credited with eight saves to preserve the shutout. With today's effort, Traven passes former Rocket goalkeeper Jen Whipple (2003-03) for first place in school history with 17 career shutouts.

"Vicki looked extremely sharp today," Evans said. "She made some key saves."

Added Evans, "I thought we showed great improvement from our scrimmage to this match. Purdue is a good team and they put us under a lot of pressure at different points, but I thought we held up well."

The Rockets return to the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 22 when they travel to Dayton to battle the Flyers. The opening whistle from Baujan Field is slated for 1:00 p.m. 

Central Michigan 1, Wright State 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Chelsi Abbott scored in the 58th minute and the Central Michigan defense did the rest in a 1-0 season opening win over Wright State at the CMU Soccer Complex on Friday.
 
The Chippewas (1-0-0) won their season-opener for the fifth-consecutive year in front of a program-record 1,062 fans.
 
After trading shots in the first 10 minutes, CMU established its stout defense and held WSU to only two shots in a scoreless opening frame.
 
The Maroon and Gold flexed their muscles at the start of the second half and nearly got on the board in the 49th minute when Kaely Schlosser fired a shot off the post and Nicole Samuel blasted the rebound high, one of Samuel's match-high eight shots.
 
CMU got on the board when Schlosser played a long through ball up the middle that freed Abbott behind the defense. After winning a foot race to the ball, the junior forward worked around Wright State keeper Brooke McCurdy and put the ball into a wide open net from just inside the box.
 
Abbott's tally was all the offense the Chippewas needed as their defense bore down and did not allow a single shot on goal in the second half.
 
"We had several chances with different forwards getting behind the defense," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "Kaely made a great play on the pass and Chelsi was very composed with the keeper out of the net."
 
Central dominated Wright State statistically, holding a 17-5 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
 
Shay Mannino and Stefanie Turner split time in goal for CMU with Mannino making one save in the first half and Turner earning her second-career victory with a scoreless second half.
 
The Chippewas return to the pitch on Sunday when they host IPFW. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

Western Michigan 3, Indiana State 2
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Western Michigan women's soccer team opened up the 2010 regular season with a 3-2 win over Indiana State in front of 218 fans at ISU's Memorial Field on Friday evening.

The Broncos went on the attack often and early to open up the game. Nicole Dulyea had an early shot from distance go high in the second minute. Sophomore forward Brittney Pavlica had a break away minutes later and saw her shot deflected up and over the bar by Indiana State goalkeeper Brianna Supulski. On the ensuing corner kick by Caitlin Henderson, Anina Cicerone directed the ball into the net for her first of the season to give WMU a 1-0 lead in just the fifth minute.

Pavlica converted a chance in the 19th minute after she received the ball deep inside the 18-yard box. She flicked the ball up and over Supulski for her first of the year to give WMU a 2-0 lead.

"We want to put teams under pressure during the early parts of the game," said head coach Suzie Grech. "We are a team that wants to apply pressure all over the field and we did a good job of making Indiana State chase us and dominating possession in the first half."

Indiana State's Autumn Jacobs cut WMU's lead back to one after she redirected a Sycamore corner kick past WMU freshman goalkeeper Michelle Watson in the 38th minute. Western Michigan responded quickly in the 40th minute when Ali Jacobs took the ball down the right side of the field before crossing it into the box. Stephanie Skowneski positioned herself in the box and directed the cross into the net for her first goal of the season to put WMU up 3-1 just before the end of the first half.

After the Broncos dominated possession in the first half, Indiana State ramped up the offensive pressure. WMU was able to curtail it by only holding them to only five shots but ISU's Ashley Collins was able to cut the lead, 3-2, in the 69th minute. Collins made a run down the right side of the field and just inside the right corner of the 18-yard box before firing a shot past Watson.

"There was no stopping the shot by Collins," added Grech. "It was a great goal but everything leading up to that was a little disappointing. We struggled with some clearances at times and needed to be stronger on the ball."

WMU held on for the remaining 21 minutes to secure the win. Watson made two saves in her collegiate debut, while ISU's Supulski saved six of the Bronco nine shots on goal. The three goal outburst was the first time the Broncos have netted three since their 3-0 win over Wyoming to open the 2008 season.

Western Michigan hosts Oakland University for its home opener on Friday at 4 p.m. at the WMU Soccer Complex.

Pittsburgh 4, Buffalo 1
PITTSBURGH, PA - The University at Buffalo women's soccer team opened its season Friday evening at Big East power Pittsburgh. A second-half goal from sophomore Natasha Arana provided the Bulls offense with its only goal as it fell 4-1 on opening day.

Pitt scored in the sixth minute to put the pressure on the Bulls early. After two quick goals in the 50 and 52 minute for the Panthers, Arana cashed in on a cross from sophomore Katie Kerr to bring the score to 3-1. Kerr was credited for her second career assist on the play.

The Bulls offense took five shots on the night, put three shots on goal and was ultimately outshot 22-5. Three new members of the team - Shannon Algoe, Karen McMahon and Courtney Gross - got the start with Natalie Jurisevic and Lauren Coviello also logging minutes in their first collegiate appearances. McMahon put a shot on goal in her debut and her classmate, freshman goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon, made three saves in her 55 minutes of play.

The team will have a week to rest up and prepare before a two-game trip west to take on Wyoming Friday Aug. 27 at 6:00 pm and Denver Sunday Aug. 29 at 11:30 am. Both matches will be the first ever with those opponents, with Coach Michael Thomas returning to play the team he formerly coached in Denver.

Akron 3, Illinois State 0
AKRON, Ohio - Katie Wise put a fine opening touch on the inaugural game at the newly renovated Lee Jackson Field Friday night, as she collected a hat trick to lead the University of Akron to a 3-0 win over Illinois State.

Wise's three goals came in a span of just over three minutes has the Zips turned a scoreless struggle into a rout in front of a huge Friday night crowd.

The game was scoreless through the first 80 minutes of play as UA withstood constant pressure from the Redbirds. ISU had taken control of the game midway through the first half, forcing the Zips to play defensively for most of the match. The Zips back line stood firm however, and turned back multiple scoring attempts.

"I thought our kids came out a little nervous," said coach Chris Pfau. "but I'm proud of the way our defense stood up and stayed organized."

Junior goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert came up huge on multiple occasions, including a spectacular save in the 65th minute. As the ball bounced around in the penalty area, a shot came looping towards the net. Wolbert sprang into action to tip the shot over the crossbar and keep the game scoreless. It was one of five saves on the night for Wolbert.

UA finally broke down the Redbird defense in the 81st minute when Leigh Cullen played a long ball forward to Freshman Kelly DeNiro. DeNiro calmly chested the ball down to Wise who took one touch and deposited the first goal in the new stadium in the back of the net in front of a raucous AK-Rowdies student section.

With the flood gates now open and feeling the energy of a crowd that numbered almost 1,000, the Zips took full advantage as just over a minute later Cullen again played a long ball over the top of the ISU defense to an onside Wise. Wise calmly dribbled in on and around ISU goalkeeper Mara Kremenovic to score for the second time in the game.

Just two minutes later Wise was at it again as she once again collected a long pass over the Redbird defense, this time from freshman Paige Foughty, and flipped a shot over a charging Kremenovic to complete the hat trick.

UA will now have over a week to rest until their next match; a home tilt at Lee Jackson Field against Morehead State on Aug. 29