Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/20/2010
Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Northern Illinois 1, Gonzaga 0
UC Santa Barbara 4, Buffalo 0
Akron 1, Cincinnati 0
Western Michigan 3, UW-Green Bay 3 (2OT)
Valparaiso 2, Bowling Green 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Northern Illinois 1, Gonzaga 0
EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Juan Hoyos scored in the 81st minute to lift the Northern Illinois men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga, and give the Huskies the Northwestern Lakeside Classic tournament championship, Sunday.

"It's always good to get the result, especially against atough team like Gonzaga," NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said. "They made it difficult on us at times, and our guys did well to keep a level of intensity and work rate throughout the match."

Hoyos lofted a header over Gonzaga keeper Ryan Caballeroafter receiving a long pass from Francis Otira. Caballerro, who made six saves in the match, came off his line in an attempt to stop the attack. Hoyos' header floated over the keeper and took one bounce into the net.

"It was good to see Juan get back on track with the goal,"Luzzi said. "Francis was our top player all weekend, and a lot of credit for our success this weekend goes to him."

Otira's effort, which included the game-winning goal against the Crusaders, earned him tournament most valuable player honors. Hoyos, freshman James Stevenson and senior Kyle Knotek garnered recognition on the all-tournament team.

The Huskies won their third consecutive match and improved to 3-2-1, now one-third of the way through the regular season. NIU swept their matches at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic, including a 2-1 win versus Holy Cross, Friday.

"The guys played well, and it feels good to get a bit of our 'get it done' personality back," Luzzi said. "Credit to Gonzaga, we were on the doorstep all day and it took 80-plus minutes to score."

Northern Illinois pelted Caballero with 15 shots, including four on target from Stevenson. Midfielder Gael Rivera, also a freshman, accounted for the other two attempts on target. Gonzaga totaled only six shots in the match.

The shot margin was most lopsided in the first half, when the Huskies took eight chances to Gonzaga's one. The Bulldogs, who fell to2-3-0, managed five shots in the second period, but failed to force NIU keeper Jordan Godsey to make a save.

The Huskies return to action Friday, September 24 at Bradley.

UC Santa Barbara 4, Buffalo 0
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The University at Buffalo men's soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to UC Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon as the University of New Mexico's Lobo Classic came to a conclusion.

The Bulls (3-4) were outshot in the match, 14-6, as UCSB (2-2-2) scored two goals in each half.

UCSB, previously ranked in the nation's Top 25 poll, but after starting 0-2-2 fell out of the poll, netted the opening goal in the eighth minute as Tim Pontius scored following a corner kick beating UB goalkeeper Nick Fetterman. David Opoku added a goal in the 27th minute on a shot from the left side of the box.

The Gauchos took a 3-0 lead in the 66th minute on a goal by Sam Garza causing Fettterman to be relieved in net by freshman Jeremy Figler. Fetterman finished with two saves in 69 minutes of play. Christian Ramirez scored the final goal in the 87th minute.

Five Bulls were credited with shots on goal. Feras Samin, Sam Craven and Richard Craven were all turned away by UCSB keeper Sam Hayden in the first half. Ian Storan and Andy Tiedt had UB's second half shots on goal. UB also had two corner kicks in the contest while UCSB took three.

The Bulls are off for the next 10 days before they open Mid-American Conference play at Hartwick on September 28.

Akron 1, Cincinnati 0
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron men's soccer team used an early goal to put away Cincinnati, 1-0, and win The University of Akron Tournament Sunday at newly renovated Lee Jackson Field.

With the victory, the Zips (5-0-0) also stretched their consecutive scoreless streak to 10 games, dating back to last season. It is the third-longest in NCAA history and just one shy of matching the record of 11, held by Virginia and (2009) and Furman (2002). UA also extended its consecutive home unbeaten streak to 28 games (27-0-1), which is the 10th-longest run in NCAA history.

Akron out-shot Cincinnati (2-2-2), 12-4, for the game, including a 5-1 advantage on goal. Illinois-Chicago defeated Cal State Northridge, 2-1, in the first game of the day to finish 2-0 for the weekend but was edged out by the Zips for tournament champion due to the goal differential tie-breaker.

Following Sunday's game, Zarek Valentin, Chad Barson, Perry Kitchen and Anthony Ampaipitakwong represented Akron on the All-Tournament Team. Darlington Nagbe was named Offensive MVP, David Meves was named Defensive MVP and Michael Nanchoff was presented the Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by this weekend's officials.

Much like in Friday night's game, the Zips wasted little time jumping on top with a goal in the 13th minute.

After Nanchoff was brought down during a run near the visitor's bench on the far side of the field, Ampaipitakwong wrapped a direct free kick around a cluster of defenders and into the net far post from about 40 yards to give UA an early 1-0 lead.

The Bearcats strung together a pair of scoring opportunities early in the second half following two UA fouls just outside the box, but Nick Weightman's first direct free kick was wide and his second was high.The Zips threatened to score again midway through the second half by locking the Bearcats in their final third. UA recorded four corner kicks in a three-minute stretch and nearly converted one in a flurry of action when that saw a shot by Thomas Schmitt rejected by the goalkeeper and the subsequent header by Scott Caldwell bang off the cross bar. Nagbe followed with another shot that was deflected out of play by UC.

UA kept the pressure on and nearly broke through again in the 74th minute when Nachoff's corner kick found the foot of Darren Mattocks. Mattocks fired a shot for an empty corner of the net only to see a Cincinnati defender kick it away.

Akron will next host No. 3 Tulsa Friday night before a national-televised audience on Fox Soccer Channel. The Zips and the Golden Hurricane will kick off at 8 p.m. (ET)

Western Michigan 3, UW-Green Bay 3 (2OT)
GREEN BAY, Wis.- Western Michigan trailed three different times in the game but always managed an equalizer, drawing a 3-3 tie with defending Horizon League champion Green Bay Sunday in Wisconsin. Sophomore Shane Lyons led WMU with six shots and two goals while freshman Lito Esquivel tallied his first collegiate goal, as the Brown & Gold improved to 4-2-1 on the season.

Following a frustrating 2-0 loss to Robert Morris Friday, Sunday's response was promising for the Broncos. It was also a stark contrast to last year's final, when Green Bay easily topped Western Michigan 5-1 in Kalamazoo.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of the boys after that performance today," WMU head coach Stu Riddle said. "It was an incredibly gutsy showing and every single player played with their hearts on their sleeve. I wanted a response after a sluggish display on Friday night and we certainly got it.

"To come here and get this result against a team that won the Horizon League last year is just fantastic. It shows how far the program has come after they beat us a year ago. Every one of the players deserves a mention, but I was delighted for Shane to get his two well-taken goals and for Lito to open his account for the Broncos."

Poor marking allowed Green Bay to take a 1-0 advantage with a header in the ninth minute. Lyons evened the score in the 25th, converting a penalty kick after a hand ball was whistled on Oliver Mayer's cross into the box. The score stood at 1-1 through the remainder of the first half.

Both teams went on to score two more goals in a pulsating second half. The Phoenix took the lead again in the 49th minute, but Esquivel quickly retaliated 48 seconds later with his first goal of the season. Esquivel expertly pulled down Joel Del Toro's cross, at the same time eliminating the defender, and smashed an unstoppable volley past the outrushing keeper.

Green Bay (3-2-1) took the lead one last time in the 61st minute when the Bronco defense failed to clear a long throw. Lyons ultimately forced overtime, knocking in a header in the 87th minute. Joseph Beshara lofted a cross into the box and Lyons towered above his defender for the finish.

Western Michigan withstood six shots from Green Bay in the two overtime periods to come away with its first tie of the season. Another notable individual performance was that of WMU freshman goalkeeper Sean Lewis. In his first career appearance and start, Lewis played all 120 minutes and made a team season-high 11 saves.

Continuing its four-game road stretch, Western Michigan travels to Eastern Illinois Sept. 26 and then to Bowling Green for its Mid-American Conference opener on Oct. 1.

Valparaiso 2, Bowling Green 0
VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Host Valparaiso University scored once in each half, picking up a 2-0 win over the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team Sunday night (Sept. 19).  The non-conference match was held at Brown Field.

With the win, Valpo improves to 5-0-1 on the season.  The Crusaders are off to the best start in school history.  The Falcons fall to 1-2-2.  

Wei Ming Wong headed home a corner kick at the 13:06 mark to give the hosts a lead they would not relinquish.  Jake Freisinger gave Valparaiso some insurance with an unassisted goal in the 73rd minutes.  Freisinger's goal came after a long run, and ended with a shot that he was just able to sneak inside the right post.  

The Crusaders had a 16-14 advantage in shot attempts, but BGSU had seven shots on goal to VU's five.  Most of the Falcons' shots, however, were from distance.  

Perhaps BGSU's best scoring chance came in the 82nd minute, as senior tri-captain Thomas McLean sent a shot toward the left post from just inside the 18-yard box.  VU goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz had to dive to get a hand on the ball, pushing it just wide.  

Schwarz was credited with seven saves in his complete-game shutout effort.  BGSU junior Miguel Rosales made three stops at the other end, including a spectacular lunging save on Adrian Ortiz in the 59th minute.  

BGSU's starting lineup included four freshman.  Two of those frosh, Matt Griesinger and Jacob Eganhouse, were in the starting 11 for the first time in their collegiate careers.  

The Falcons, after playing four of the season's first five matches away from home, now return to Cochrane for four of the next five games.  BGSU begins a three-game homestand Wednesday (Sept. 22), taking on Wright State University.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.