Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/26/2010
Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Miami 4, Buffalo 3
Eastern Michigan 4, Akron 1
Northern Illinois 1, Ball State 0 (OT)
Central Michigan 3, Ohio 1
Bowling Green 1, Kent State 0
Toledo 2, Western Michigan 1

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Miami 4, Buffalo 3
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's soccer team fell behind early but freshman Katy Dolesh notched a pair of goals to help propel the RedHawks to their sixth straight win, a 4-3 victory over Buffalo Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. Miami (9-2, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) is now riding its longest winning streak since a seven-game spurt in 2002 while improving its all-time record against the Bulls (1-9, 0-2 MAC) to 12-1-2.

The first half was a back and forth affair as the Bulls struck first when Megan Abman gathered a pass from Lindsey Bailey just outside the box, turned and fired the ball over Miami senior keeper Rachelle Boff's (Naples, Fla.) head for a 1-0 lead just 4:16 into the match. The RedHawks answered quickly however, as Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) buried a cross from fellow freshman Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) just inside the post in the 10th minute to even the match at 1-1.

Miami had two chances to make it 2-1 minutes later but UB's Ainsley Wheldon swallowed a rebound on the goal line before junior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) could poke it in and in the 19th minute junior Sarah Dessfelt's (Vellinge, Sweden) rocket nailed the crossbar. Mangal did give the 'Hawks a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute, however, as she chested in a cross from sophomore Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) for her third score of the season. Kodiak now has a team-best eight assists on the year, one shy of tying Miami's single-season mark.

"I think that's the second time this year we've gotten down early and came back and got back in the game," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "I think this is a team of good, strong character, although I'm not sure it entirely showed today, but they don't panic, they don't get nervous, they stick to the plan and I was pleased to see us get the goal back and then take the lead. But that's when we need to put our foot on the accelerator and not flip on cruise control like we did."

The Bulls pulled even just over two minutes later when Taylor Thompson put in a rebound for her first goal of 2010. Boff made her lone save of the match on Buffalo's initial shot from distance but the rebound skied in the air, fell in front of the goal and Thompson was able to punch it in, knotting the contest at 2-2. The RedHawks answered again with less than a minute left in the opening half, as senior Julie Thompson (Glenview, Ill.) blasted home a ball in the box to again put Miami on top with her second tally of the season. Zakrzewski picked up her second helper of the match on the go-ahead goal as she crossed the ball into the box and it deflected off a Buffalo defender, setting up the easy shot for Thompson.

The RedHawks took their 3-2 lead into halftime despite dominating shots, 15-3, and corners, 6-1. Wheldon made five saves in the first 45 minutes to keep the Bulls within one.

Dolesh struck again for Miami in the 61st minute as she soared into the box and headed home a corner kick off the foot of Dessfelt to up the Red and White's advantage to two. Dolesh, who has three goals in her last two games, now has a team-best six goals on the year while recording her first multi-goal game. Dessfelt nabbed her fifth assist of the year on the play.

"Katy Dolesh has just been on fire. She's a tremendous athlete - great speed, very strong in the air, great jumper - and she's just deadly in front of the goal," Kramig said. "She's been outstanding and I'm very proud of her."

Buffalo would attempt to rally late as Shannon Algoe headed in a corner kick from Natasha Arana in the 89th minute to close the gap to one, but Dolesh's second goal proved to be the game-winner as the 'Hawks held on for the 4-3 win.

Miami outshot UB, 21-5, for the match, including 13-4 in shots on goal, and had a 10-2 edge in corners. Wheldon finished with nine saves for the Bulls while Boff had just one.

"We're all about our standards and doing the things we want to do and it doesn't matter who you're playing out there. We have things we go into the game looking to do and trying to accomplish and we need to stick to those things and not play down to our competition," Kramig said. "I was very disappointed with that today."

The RedHawks look to keep their win streak going when they wrap up their six-game home stand next weekend by hosting defending MAC champion Central Michigan on Friday, Oct. 1 before welcoming Eastern Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Eastern Michigan 4, Akron 1
YPSILANTI, Mich.  - A season-high four-goal outburst highlighted by Stephanie Clarke's (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) first two career goals helped the Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team to a, 4-1, Mid-American Conference victory over the Akron Zips at Scicluna Field Sunday, Sept. 26.

The Eagles scored twice in each half and Clarke tallied two goals and an assist as the EMU remained unbeaten in conference play. With the win, Eastern Michigan moves to 4-5-1 overall, 1-0-1 in the MAC while Akron falls to 2-7 (0-2 MAC).

The Eagles struck first on Maggie Christensen's (Orland Park, Ill.-AA Stagg) third goal of the season, taking a well-struck through ball from Chelsea Detrick (Grosse Pointe, Mich.-North) and putting it past Akron goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert in the match's fourth minute.

The Zips followed up 10 minutes later with the equalizer as Rachel Phillip blasted one into the upper left corner of the goal, her first goal of the season. From then on, EMU keeper Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair) was impenetrable as she made seven saves en route to the win.

The Eagles next best scoring chance came just before halftime when freshman Julie Maheu (Oakville, Ontario-Holy Trinity) found space inside the box, but prior to getting a shot off she was tackled from behind, giving EMU a penalty shot. Clarke then stepped up and scorched the PK into the back of the net, her first career goal, to give the Green and White back the lead in the 29th minute.

The Eagles added an insurance tally in the 56th minute when Paige Sheridan (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Mercy) came off the bench to add her third goal of the season. Following a close range try by Detrick, Sheridan charged hard inside the six-yard box and put it home. Clarke added her first career assist on the play as well.

Clarke then added one more for good measure as she snuck behind the defense to head home her second score of the game. As the keeper was coming out to secure the ball at the top of the box, her teammate unintentionally misdirected the flight of the ball allowing Clarke to head home the score into an empty net. The freshman nearly recorded a hat trick as she found herself one-on-one with the keeper later on, but Wolbert made the diving save.

The Eagles will be back in action Friday, Oct. 1, when they host Bowling Green to close out a three-game homestand. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at Scicluna Field.

Northern Illinois 1, Ball State 0 (OT)
DEKALB, Ill.-  The Northern Illinois women's soccer team claimed its first Mid-American Conference victory of the season on Sunday, when senior Kylie Revelle hit the game-winner in overtime play to give the Huskies (5-4-0) a 1-0 victory over Ball State (6-4-0) at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

Revelle notched the game-winning goal for the Huskies when she hit a header into the back of the net off a cornerkick from Megan Harry in the 94th minute of play. Revelle's golden goal lifted the Huskies to a 1-0 victory over BSU. Revelle's goal was her first of the season and marked Harry's third assist.

The Huskies and Cardinals fought to a scoreless 90 minutes, sending the teams into overtime. Northern Illinois outshot Ball State 13-12 in the game and earned six cornerkicks to the Cardinals' two.  

In the opening half, NIU outshot Ball State four to two, but the Cardinals managed to edge out the Huskies two to one in shots on goal.  Freshman Amy Carr recorded two saves against the Cardinals, who did not register a shot on goal for the remainder of the game, to hold BSU scoreless.

Entering the second half, the Huskies came out strong outshooting the Cardinal six to three to open play. Despite tough play from the Huskies, the Cardinals powered back to outshoot NIU, 10-8, in the half. A relentless Huskie defense would not let the Cardinals score, as NIU and Ball State battled into overtime play.

In overtime play, the Huskies would not let the Cardinals close to their goal, holding BSU without any shot attempts. Four minutes into overtime play the Huskies claimed the victory when Revelle scored on her lone shot attempt of the game.

Carr played 94 minutes in goal for the Huskies, to record her fourth shutout of the season, and bring NIU to 1-1 in conference play. Offensively, seven Huskies registered shot attempts in the match, with Shelbi Johnson, Kelsey Passaglia, and Lauren Eberts each recording multiple attempts.

"I'm proud of how we played today," said Northern Illinois women's soccer head coach Carrie Barker. "It was a very physical game and we found a way to win."

In a very physical battle, the teams racked up 26 combined fouls with nine from Northern Illinois and 17 from Ball State.  The physicality of the game continued throughout regulation, ending with two yellow cards being issued to the Ball State Cardinals.

The Huskies will continue their three game homestand when NIU hosts Buffalo on Friday, Oct. 1, before hosting Kent State on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Central Michigan 3, Ohio 1
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - In her two years as a part of the CMU women's soccer program, sophomore Laura Twidle has had a knack for finding the back of the net.

Twidle scored two goals and moved into fourth all-time in CMU women's soccer history with nine career goals on Saturday, helping the Chippewas (5-3-1, 2-0) defeat the Ohio Bobcats, 3-1.

"Laura Twidle was really great today," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "She came off the bench and provided a great spark for us. She's a great finisher and I'm glad she had her way today."

In the 29th minute of the match, Twidle fired a shot inside the box only to find her own rebound and fire a second shot in the back of the net for a 1-0 Chippewa lead.

One minute later, Ohio was assessed a red card, leaving the Bobcats one player down the rest of the match.

Twidle struck again in the 42nd minute. After an Ohio foul, junior Liesel Toth took a free kick, finding Twidle inside the box, who headed the pass into the net for a 2-0 Chippewa lead.

Senior goalkeeper Shay Mannino and the CMU defense held Ohio to three shots in the first half. Mannino made a spectacular diving stop for her only save of the first half and the score remained 2-0 at halftime.

Ohio cut the deficit to one midway through the second half after Rachael Goulding scored off a corner kick by Cathryn Rogers. The goal was the first given up by the Chippewas at the CMU Soccer Complex since Oct. 30, 2008 in a 2-2 tie versus Eastern Michigan.

The Chippewas responded with a corner kick goal of their own 13 minutes later. Sophomore Katie Slaughter scored her first goal of the season, extending the CMU lead to 3-1. Junior Claire Horton assisted off the corner kick, her second assist in as many games.

CMU out shot OU 13-7 in the match, while holding an eight to four advantage in corner kicks.

"The biggest difference today was we were opportunistic," Anagnost said. "It's important to finish the way we did today. Especially during conference play."

Mannino earned the victory in net for the Chippewas. It was her second victory of the weekend, improving her record to 3-1 on the season.

The Chippewas will head back on the road for a four-game road trip beginning Friday, Oct. 1 when they take on Miami (Ohio) at 4 p.m.

Bowling Green 1, Kent State 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Freshman Tracy Togba scored her first collegiate goal with just 8:27 remaining in the second half, lifting the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Kent State Sunday afternoon (Sept. 26).  The Mid-American Conference match was held at BGSU's Cochrane Field.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 4-6-1 overall and 2-0-0 in MAC play.  BGSU has won three-straight games, and head coach Andy Richards' club has begun MAC action with two wins for the first time since 2006.

The Golden Flashes drop to 1-5-3 overall and 0-2-0 in the league.

Junior Alyssa Zuccaro, who had her first collegiate hat trick in Friday's (Sept. 24) 4-0 win over Buffalo, assisted on Togba's winner vs. KSU. Zuccaro had seven points on the weekend, and has 12 points over the last three games, all wins.

Fifth-year senior Alexa Arsenault's season-high total of nine saves includes several spectacular stops when the match was still scoreless.

The Falcons hit the road for the first time in MAC play on Friday (Oct. 1), taking on Eastern Michigan.  Then, next Sunday (Oct. 3), the Brown and Orange will return to Cochrane Field to host reigning MAC champion Central Michigan.

Toledo 2, Western Michigan 1
TOLEDO, OH - Freshman Nicole Gyurgyik scored her second winning goal in the last three matches to push Toledo to a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan on Sunday at Scott Park. With the win, the Rockets improve to 6-2-2 overall and remain unbeaten at 2-0-0 in the Mid-American Conference.

Gyurgyik accepted a pass from junior Ana Reynolds down the left side approximately 25 yards from the Broncos' (5-5-0, 1-1-0 MAC) goal and lofted a left-footed shot toward the back post. The ball went over the head of WMU goalie Julia Francy, who had come off her line, and glanced off the far post, trickling into the back of the net for her second tally of the season. The Mayfield Heights, OH native was also responsible for the double-overtime contest winner at Wright State on Friday, Sept. 17.

The Midnight Blue & Gold started today's match very crisp and opened the scoring on a well-executed volley off the foot of freshman Rachel MacLeod at 10:26. The opening tally was setup on a nice run down the left side by sophomore Rachael Kravitz, who then crossed it toward the WMU back post. MacLeod was unguarded approximately six-yards out and volleyed the cross home for her fourth goal of the season. On the play, Kravitz was credited with her team-best fifth helper of the fall.

Unfortunately for the home team, the lead did not last long as the Broncos drew the score even once again on Stephanie Skowneski's goal at the 18:08 mark. Teammate Anina Cicerone started the equalizer with a pass into the middle of the field to Kelsey Baskins, who promptly flicked it forward to a streaking Skowneski deep in Toledo territory. UT junior goalie Vicki Traven came off her line to try and cut down Skowneski's angle, but she slid a low shot past her to make the score 1-1 at the intermission.

Western Michigan continued to apply pressure in the beginning stages of the second half came within inches of taking its first lead on a boot by Nikolette Rivera in the 54th minute. The sleek-footed midfielder made a couple nice moves approximately 30 yards from the UT goal and placed a shot that just sailed over the crossbar and out of danger.

Following Gyurgyik's eventual winning tally, WMU had one other quality scoring chance to extend today's showdown on a shot by Alex Wagner with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation. Wagner made a long run down the right side and cut toward the middle of the pitch, beating two or three UT players in the process. She then blasted a shot that barely missed its mark, securing the Rockets' victory. 

Toledo finished with an 11-6 edge in shots, including a match-high four off the foot of MacLeod. The home team also held a commanding 6-0 edge in corner kicks.

Between the posts, UT's Traven was only called on to make one save and earned the victory. As a unit, Toledo has yielded only two goals over its last four matches.

Today's win was Toledo's third straight over Western Michigan at home and helped the three-time MAC Tournament improve to 42-8-5  at the corner of Hill Ave. and Parkside Blvd. since the start of the 2005 campaign.

The Rockets return to action on Friday, Oct. 1 when they travel to Athens, OH to battle Ohio. The opening whistle from Chessa Field is slated for 4:00 p.m.