Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/4/2010
Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Butler 5, Miami 2
Michigan State 4, Eastern Michigan 0
Buffalo 3, St. Bonaventure 2
Kent State 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1
Louisville 4, Toledo 1
Bowling Green 0, Niagara 0
Akron 3, Canisius 0
SIU-Edwardsville 2, Ball State 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Butler 5, Miami 2
INDIANAPOLIS - An early deficit was too much for the Miami University women's soccer team to overcome, as host Butler handed the RedHawks a 5-2 defeat, their first loss of 2010, Friday evening at the Butler Bowl. Miami (3-1-0) was off to its best start since 1999 with three wins to open the season while the Bulldogs (1-4-0) picked up their first victory of 2010.

Butler's Katie Griswold spurred the Bulldogs to victory with a hat trick, as she notched her first goal just 5:30 into the match. Miami junior defender Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) stumbled while marking Griswold, allowing her to beat senior keeper Rachelle Boff (Naples, Fla.) uncontested for a 1-0 Butler lead.

"What bothered me more than anything about giving up the early goal was that we gave up a very similar goal last Friday against Chattanooga," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "We talked about it and ways to correct it and we turn around and do it again so it's annoying to see that happen again."

Less than seven minutes later, Griswold struck again as she took a feed from Rachael Melendez and went opposite corner to put Butler up 2-0. Jackie Hafele also picked up an assist on the goal. In the 28th minute, the Bulldogs upped their advantage to three as Melendez drilled a free kick from just outside the penalty box on a perfect laser into the net.

Despite being down 3-0 at the half, Miami had opportunities in the opening period, firing five shots with two on goal, but Butler's Julie Burton stopped both attempts. Several other shots were blocked by the Bulldog defense. The 'Hawks also earned two corner kicks, including one in the first four minutes of the match, to Butler's one, but Miami was unable to convert on either chance.

"After being down 3-0 at halftime we're having to make adjustments to get back in the game that we don't really want to make and they took the game away from us and forced us to do things we didn't want to do," Kramig said. "The more you send players forward to get back in the game, the more you're exposed at the back. We got two goals back in the second half, which I felt good about, but we gave up two in the process, so these are the things that happen when you get down early and get taken out of your game."

Just over five minutes out of the break, Griswold completed her hat trick, firing a shot into the upper right corner of the goal to make it a 4-0 contest. Hafele picked up her second helper of the match while Cara Burchett also earned an assist. The RedHawks responded quickly, however, and got on the board in the 54th minute when senior Rachel Byron (Elkhart, Ind.) buried a penalty kick after fellow senior Sara Lund (Malmo, Sweden) was taken down just inside the box. The goal was Byron's first since her freshman campaign.

Melendez capped a five-point night in the 80th minute, as she scored her second tally of the match after receiving a pass over the middle from Anna Ventimiglia to put Butler back up four at 5-1. Four minutes later, sophomore Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.)  made a strong cross from the wing to junior Sarah Dessfelt (Vellinge, Sweden), who placed the ball in the lower corner of the cage for her team-leading fourth goal of the season, cutting the gap to 5-2, but neither side would fire another shot, as Miami suffered its first loss.

"It was an interesting game. It was far more evenly played than the score would indicate but at the same time they scored on five of seven shots on goal," Kramig said. "First and foremost, Butler put on an absolute shooting clinic. They nailed everything - free kicks, breakaways. They couldn't miss, but all credit to them for taking advantage of their chances."

Even with the lopsided score, shots were even at 11 apiece after the RedHawks outshot Butler 6-3 in the final period. The Bulldogs had a slight, 7-6, advantage in shots on goal, but converted on five of them while Burton ended with four saves in net for Butler. The Red and White finished with a 5-2 edge in corner kicks despite the loss. Miami had not given up five goals in a game since a 5-0 defeat to Eastern Michigan on Sept. 26, 2008. The 'Hawks did not allow more than two goals in any match a year ago.

"It was disappointing but I think the mistakes we're making defensively are very fixable and it was kind of one of those bad days," Kramig said. "We'll move past it and we'll be ready to go on Sunday."

Miami looks to rebound on Sunday when they continue westward to take on BIG EAST foe DePaul at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT) at Wish Field.

Michigan State 4, Eastern Michigan 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team dropped its first match of the season in a 4-0 decision to Michigan State University on the road at DeMartin Stadium Friday evening, Sept. 3.

Two-time All-American Laura Heyboer led a potent MSU attack as she added a goal and an assist in leading the Spartans to the win. It was a constant battle offensively for EMU as it was out-shot 30-6 in the match. With the loss, EMU drops to 2-1-1 on the season while MSU moves to 3-1 this year.

Of the six shots issued by the Eagles, just three applied pressure to MSU goalkeeper Jill Flietstra. Maggie Christiensen (Orland Park, Ill.-AA Stagg), Cara Cutaia (Burlington, Ontario-Notre Dame Catholic) and Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) each found opportunities, but neither of them could convert.

In the 61st minute, the two-time All-American, Heyboer, seemingly put the match out of reach for the Eagles, adding her second goal of the season and second in as many games. She used a nice through-ball into the box that was started off a steal near midfield. Heyboer then used her left boot to place the ball into the left upper-90 out of the reach of EMU goalie Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair Secondary). Mikki Dennis and Kelsey Kassab would add goals thereafter to put the game even further out of hand.

The Spartans took a 1-0 lead into halftime after a two-on-two breakaway led to Olivia Stander's second goal of the season in the 29th minute. Heyboer added her second assist of the year as her pass allowed Stander a clear view of the goal with a 10-yard chip shot.

Budani made a career-high 17 saves on the night, but MSU's first half goal ended her consecutive scoreless minutes streak at 253 minutes and denied her the chance at a third straight shutout. It was the first goal allowed by the Eagles since their game at Michigan on Aug. 22.

She will look to begin a new streak as the Eagles host their long-awaited home opener against Detroit-Mercy Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Scicluna Field. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

Buffalo 3, St. Bonaventure 2
BUFFALO, NY - Freshman forward Megan Abman scored her first career goal in heroic fashion as her goal led the Bulls to its first win of the season, a 3-2 triumph over St. Bonaventure at UB Stadium. Lindsey Bailey and Natasha Arana also scored as the team snapped out of its scoring slump in a big way.

The resourceful Bulls scored all three goals off of St. Bonaventure defensive miscues.

After a quick goal from the Bonnies in the 5th minute of play from Anna Cunningham, Bailey earned a free kick after a St. Bonaventure foul at the top of the goalie box in the 27th minute. The Burlington, Ontario native curled the kick around a wall of five Bonnies defenders and buried it into the bottom right corner of the net to break the team's scoring drought of nearly two and a half games.

Cunningham broke the 1-1 tie in the 43rd minute, beating freshman goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon with a shot to the top right corner to put Bonaventure back up, 2-1. That would be all for the visitors, though, as the Bulls went on the offensive, the defense clamped down on Cunningham and Wheldon rallied to make numerous clutch saves.

"I think we did a lot better job defensively in the midfield," head coach Michael Thomas said, "which didn't allow her (Cunningham) to get the service through."

The Bulls evened the match at two with another free kick strike, this time from sophomore Natasha Arana with just over 16 minutes left in the second half. It was her second goal of the season, moving her back into the team lead. The Bulls defense kept the game tied through the second half, especially Wheldon, who made six saves in the second half alone, including a snag on a point-blank strike.

"I think it was just a little bit more focus that the kids came out with," Thomas said about the team's second half performance. "Every little thing was a little bit better; the passes were a little crisper and they were moving a little bit more. Everybody just took a deep breath and did every little thing better and that made the difference."

With the game seemingly heading to overtime, Abman stole the ball from a Bonaventure defender trying to clear it away, then juking out the goalie and sliding a clear shot into the back of the net to give Buffalo its first lead of the season with a little over two minutes remaining.

"We started a really young team today. Eight of our eleven starters were either freshmen or sophomores, said Thomas. "Megan (Abman) is just a tireless worker and Karen (McMahon) worked hard to draw the foul that led to our second goal. I think it's hard to watch this game and not be excited for the future of this program."

Kent State 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Kent State women's soccer team (1-1-1) posted its first victory of the 2010 campaign Friday night as the Golden Flashes rallied in the second half for a 2-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the first day of the 2010 Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic, hosted by FGCU. 

Freshman Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) scored her team-leading third goal of the season in the 77th minute, while senior Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) notched her first score of the year and her fourth career game-winner. 

"Our team intensity was excellent at the start of the second half," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "We've done a great job of learning from our other games and were able to have a strong team defensive effort." 

In the 17th minute, Kent State kept the sheet clean when Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) tipped away a dangerous cross, which was then cleared out of harm's way by Megan Johnson (Erie, Pa.). 

But in the 23rd minute, FGCU Jenci Villaverde broke through the Kent State defense on the right side, battled through a challenge and beat Sherwood high as the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first half. FGSU out-shot Kent State 4-1 in the first 45 minutes. 

Kent State missed getting on the bard with a corner kick in the 49th minute, when Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) looped in a kick from the right side, creating a header opportunity for Vanessa Salerno (Etobicoke, Ontario), which wasn't able to find the frame. Gironda was there to close the back door, but her shot on goal was blocked by the FGCU defense. 

The Golden Flashes used that spark to pick up their offensive pace, as Kent State had five shots in the first 15 minutes of the second half. 

Gironda continued her torrid pace to the start of her collegiate career, scoring her third goal in as many games in the 77th minute. FGCU failed to clear a ball efficiently, and freshman defender Katherine Lawrence chipped the ball back over the Eagles' defense. Gironda gathered the ball on the left and buried her shot at the far post.

Just over two minutes later, Kent State's Flanagan put the Golden Flashes ahead in the 79th minute when she gathered a loose ball, beat a pair of defenders and cracked a shot from the right from 25 yards. Her blast snipped the inside of the right post for her first score of the season.  

FGCU continued to press, and with less than three minutes left the Eagles had an opportunity on the right, but Sherwood gathered in the cross. Then, with a minute left, KSU was whistled for a foul near the intersection of the penalty box and the right byline, but again Sherwood gobbled up the service. 

Sherwood finished with one save, while her FGCU counterpart Stephanie Powers made three stops.

Kent State concludes the 2010 Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic Sunday, Sept. 5 against Miami. First touch is slated for 11 a.m.

Louisville 4, Toledo 1
LOUISVILLE, KY - Toledo saw its two-match win streak come to an end with a 4-1 setback to Louisville on Friday under the lights at Cardinal Park. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 3-2-0 on the season.

UT jumped on the scoreboard first when senior Erin Flynn tickled the twine at 19:25. The two-time captain received a pass down the right side from sophomore Rachael Kravitz and promptly blasted a shot into the lower right corner of the goal for her second tally of the fall campaign. The goal was only the third of the season allowed by the Cardinals.

Unfortunately for the Midnight Blue & Gold, they would be unable to find the back of the net for the remainder of the match, while the host Cardinals (4-0-0) scored four-unanswered goals to remain unbeaten on the season.

The home team tallied the equalizer on a goal by Lou Rehder at 26:37. She scored from four yards out on a rebound following her own shot.

Louisville then scored the eventual match winner in the opening period on the first of two tallies by Lou Exeter at the 32:41 mark. She was on a breakaway and chipped a shot over UT junior netminder Vicki Traven from 16 yards out for her second goal of the season.

The score remained the same until Louisville's Angelika Uremovich converted a penalty kick at 66:29.

The Cardinals' Exeter then finished off the scoring with less than two minutes left in regulation, striking home a breakaway from 15 yards out at 88:32.

The Rockets return to action next Friday, Sept. 10 when they host Big Ten member Michigan. The opening whistle from Scott Park is slated for 5:00 p.m.

Bowling Green 0, Niagara 0 (2OT)
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team withstood Niagara University's offensive pressure, coming away with a 0-0 tie in Friday action (Sept. 3).  The non-conference match was held under the lights at Niagara Field.

The draw leaves the Falcons with a record of 0-3-1 on the year, while the Purple Eagles are now 2-0-1.

NU had a 19-5 advantage in shot attempts, including a 10-1 margin in the second half.  After registering two shot attempts in the game's first five minutes, the Brown and Orange did not get another shot until nearly 64 minutes had elapsed.

But, the BG defense was up to the task, holding NU off the scoreboard.  Sophomore Laura Arnold and fifth-year senior Alexa Arsenault combined for the shutout in goal.  Arnold played the first half, making one save.  Arsenault was in net for the second half and the two overtime periods, and had a total of six stops.

The Purple Eagles had a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal.  Ashleigh Bowers made two saves for the home team.

Akron 3, Canisius 0
AKRON, Ohio - An excellent team showing, highlighted by senior Leigh Cullen's hat trick, sent the University of Akron women's soccer team to a 3-0 senior night win over Canisius on Friday night at Lee Jackson Field.

UA took control of the match from the opening kick, possessing the ball through the midfield and offensive front for much of the contest. The possession led to the Zips' first goal has they found the back of the net in the 14th minute. Cullen made a run to the back post to connect with a Rachel Phillip cross from the right touch line and volley the ball past Griffin keeper Caroline Robert. It was the first goal of the season for Cullen and the first point of the season for Phillip.

Cullen was far from down however as she produced a masterful strike to net her second tally of the match in the 33rd minute. Cullen took a pass straight away from goal about 30 yards out and after taking a few dribbles, launched a spectacular shot that curled off the post in the upper right 90 and into the back of the net. The goal sent a rabid AK-Rowdies student section into a frenzy and put the outcome of the game in little doubt.

The Zips (2-1-0) continue to attack throughout the half and into the second stanza and were eventually awarded in the 63rd minute when Jordan Clark was taken down inside the front edge of the penalty area. There was no question who would take the penalty kick as Cullen stepped up and calmly knocked the spot shot into the right side of the net to complete the hat trick.

UA's defense also showed up to play on Friday night, limiting Canisius (1-2-0) to just four shots on goal and recording the second Zip blank sheet of the year. Goalkeepers Jeny Wolbert and Michelle Smith teamed up to record the shutout in net, with Smith making one save and Wolbert tallying three stops.

"Tonight was a good win," said coach Chris Pfau. "Canisius is a tough team. I couldn't be happier for Leigh. That was a great way for her to celebrate her senior night."

Eight UA seniors playing in their final season in an Akron uniform were honored before kickoff. Jordan Baranowski, Jodi Campo, Leigh Cullen, Katelyn Hausfeld, Andrea Schweisthal, Liz Haney, Kyra Petrole, and Michelle Smith were all honored for their contributions to UA soccer.

"Anytime a player enters a program they want to leave it in a better place than where it was when they started," said Pfau. "These girls have certainly done that and more for Akron women's soccer."

Next up for the Zips is a trip to Columbus on Sunday to face Ohio State. That game kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

SIU-Edwardsville 2, Ball State 0
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The Ball State soccer team suffered its second straight loss Friday night as the Cardinals dropped a 2-0 decision at SIU-Edwardsville despite out-shooting the Cougars by a 15-14 margin. The loss drops the Cardinals to 3-2-0 on the season while SIUE improves to 3-0-0 on the year.

SIUE opened the scoring in the 24th minute of action as Hope Jones ripped a shot form 15-yards out that freshman goalkeeper Layne Schramm (The Colony, Texas/The Colony) made an initial save on. The rebound bounced out in front to Sarah Doggendorf who found Kaci Harkey for the tap in and the early 1-0 SIUE goal.

Ball State put pressure on the Cougars as sophomore forward Paige Stroinski (Granger, Ind./Penn) was aggressive with a game-high five shots. SIU-Edwardsville goalkeeper Claire Lovercheck posted eight saves in the victory as she recorded her third straight shutout to open the year. The Cougars capped the scoring in the 60th minute of action as Doggendorf scored on a scramble inside the six-yard box for the 2-0 lead.

Schramm played all 90 minutes for the first time in her Ball State career and posted a career-high eight saves. The loss evens the BSU-SIUE all-time series at one game apiece after the Cardinals defeated the Cougars 3-2 last year in Muncie.

Ball State returns to action Sunday afternoon as it heads to Southeast Missouri. Game time is set for 1 p.m. (CT) for the non-conference contest.