Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Western Michigan 3, Florida Atlantic 0
Buffalo 1, Duquesne 1 (2OT)Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments
Western Michigan 3, Florida Atlantic
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Kai Mendes (Grand Rapids, Mich./Rockford) scored two goals and Shane Lyons (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell) added another as Western Michigan cruised past Florida Atlantic, 3-0, at home Sunday. It was the third straight shutout for the Broncos, who improved to 7-2-1 and 2-0-0 in the Mid-American Conference.
"I am very pleased with the players and their fantastic performance not only today but this whole weekend," Bronco head coach Stu Riddle said. "We knew this was a pivotal weekend for this program and to come out of it with two MAC victories and having out scored our opponents 5-0 is just brilliant."
Winning seven of it's first 10 games, Western Michigan passes it's overall win total of six from 2009. WMU defeated Bowling Green on Friday, 2-0.
Lyons gave WMU a 1-0 lead at the half, scoring in the 18th minute. Freshman Oliver Mayer (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) pressed forward in the middle of the final third and played the ball to Lyons on the left. Lyons held possession and struck right footed inside the 18 for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. It was his third straight game with a goal.
Mendes responded to a small scuffle on the field with a goal five minutes into the second half. Receiving a ball on the left, he danced around the keeper and slipped a shot in at the near post.
Mendes came up with his second goal of the game, fourth of the season in the 68th minute, again scoring from the left, this time on an assist from Darren Jones (Victoria, B.C.).
"We have a lot of players stepping up right now and leading this group forward," Riddle added. "Kai was magnificent today, really leading by example with two super goals.
"Our back four has now kept three clean sheets in a row and Sean Lewis has been a revelation in the net. For a freshman, he has shown a lot of composure and our goalkeeper coach Kyle Schauls deserves credit for helping him with that."
Lewis (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) made four saves and improved his record to 3-0-1 on the season with another impressive performance. It was his third straight shutout, with credit also going to the defensive line of Ryan Barrett, Yllson Asani, Doug Raak and Remi Sanderford. The Broncos outshot FAU (2-5-1, 0-2-0 MAC), 12-7.
Playing it's third game in seven days, Western Michigan returns to the WMU Soccer Complex for a 4 p.m. matchup against Detroit Wednesday.
"Detroit will be another tough match and we know that with these out of conference midweek games we have to be mentally switched on and ready to play if we are going to get anything from the game."Buffalo 1, Duquesne 1 (2OT)
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo and visiting Duquesne University battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie in non-conference men's soccer action at a rainy UB Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After a scoreless first half, Duquesne drew first blood in the opening minute of the second half. Duquesne's Simon Gomez took a pass from Tyler Tompkins in front of the net and connected on a 15-yard shot past UB goalkeeper Nick Fetterman.
The Bulls tied the match in the 69th minute. Junior Nate Woods scored on a header in the box as he redirected a pass from freshman Ian Stroan past Duquesne goalkeeper Chris Torres to knot the match at 1-1. The goal was Woods' second of the season, tying him for the team lead.
From there, neither team was able to score, although both teams had chances turned away in the closing minutes of regulation and the two overtimes.
Fetterman stopped five shots for the Bulls (4-5-1) while Torres collected six saves for the Dukes (4-3-2).
UB outshot Duquesne, 21-16, while also collecting six corner kicks to the Dukes' three. Five of UB's six corners came in the second half with the other in the first overtime.
Sam Craven had four shots for UB with Woods taking three. Stefan Lundberg had seven shots for Duquesne.
The Bulls travel to Bowling Green on Saturday for their next match.