Thursday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/4/2009
Thursday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Michigan 4, Central Michigan 3
Valparaiso 3, Ball State 2
Wisconsin 1, Northern Illinois 0

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Michigan 4, Central Michigan 3
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Central Michigan soccer team grabbed a pair of early leads, but three unanswered goals put them on the wrong end of a 4-3 decision at Michigan on Thursday night.

It took less than 90 seconds for CMU (2-2) to get on the board. A crossing attempt deflected in off a Michigan defender and into the net for an own goal in the second minute of the match to put the Maroon and Gold up, 1-0.

The Wolverines evened the score when Jackie Carron converted off a corner kick in the 13th minute.

Central responded 37 seconds later when Laura Twidle's long blast found the far corner for her third goal of the season to put the Chippewas back in front, 2-1.

The Chippewas remained in front until the 33rd minute when Michigan's Amy Klippert pounced on a loose ball and tapped it in to tie the score, 2-2, heading into halftime.

Michigan's Kim Eunnie gave Michigan a 3-2 lead off a free kick in the 55th minute, the Wolverine's first lead of the night.

UM added an insurance tally in the 66th minute when Courtney Mercier's shot went through a crowd and found the back of the net.

The Chippewas continued to pressure the Wolverine defense and drew to within a goal, 4-3, in the 81st minute when Valerie Prause found the back of the net from the top of the box.

CMU fired three more shots in the final minutes, but was unable to get the match to overtime.

The Chippewas outshot the Wolverines 16-11 in the contest. Central also held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

Shay Mannino got the start in goal and allowed four goals before being replaced by Stefanie Turner.

The Maroon and Gold return to the pitch on Sunday when they face Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. The contest kicks off at 1 p.m.

Valparaiso 3, Ball State 2
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team suffered a hard fought 3-2 loss to instate foe Valparaiso Thursday afternoon in the first game of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup in West Lafayette. The Cardinals took an early second half lead only to see the Crusaders score the final two goals of the game to claim their second win of the season.

Junior forward Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall) had the Cardinals' first offensive chance in the ninth minute of the game. Gordon found some space inside the 18-yard box and ripped a shot past Valparaiso goalkeeper Mele Cabral, but found the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.

Valparaiso (2-3-0) opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Luisa Desario notched her first goal of the season as she beat freshman goalkeeper Nicole Wood (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) from 15 yards out.

The Cardinals came out of the break and controlled the tempo as they quickly tied the game with a goal in the 49th minute. Junior forward Jacki Eft (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) made a run into the box and found sophomore midfielder Christine Concannon (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph's) open in the box. Concannon ripped a shot from six yards out over the out-stretched arms of Cabral for the tying goal.

Ball State (0-3-0) took its first lead of the game in the 53rd minute as Eft again was the playmaker for the Cardinals as she sent a cross into the box. Senior midfielder Megan Ridley (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) ran onto the cross in the middle of the box and ripped a shot into the corner for the 2-1 BSU lead.

The Crusaders tied the game at two apiece in the 70th minute as Desario scored her second goal of the game off of a counter attack from a BSU corner kick. Valparaiso retook the lead in the 77th minute after a scramble in the BSU box that ended with Rachel Hoaglin pouncing on a loose ball and pushing it into the goal for the 3-2 Crusaders' lead.

Ball State tried to mount its second comeback of the game in the final minutes as the Cardinals forced a corner kick in the 89th minute of action. Junior defender Kristina Anderson (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin) sent the kick into the box where it found the head of freshman defender Brigit Reder (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) but Cabral was there to thwart the effort.

Valparaiso finished the game with a 19-11 advantage in shots, including a 12-4 edge in the second half. Wood recorded seven saves in the loss as she was making her first career collegiate start while Cabral earned the victory with two saves.

The Cardinals will continue the Boilermaker Challenge Cup Monday afternoon when they face Purdue at 5:30 p.m.

Wisconsin 1, Northern Illinois 0
DEKALB, Ill. - After Wisconsin scored a goal in the 29th minute of play, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team was unable to battle back as the Huskies dropped a 1-0 decision to the Badgers, Thursday night. The loss dropped NIU to a 1-2 record on the season.

In the 29th minute of play, Wisconsin's Erin Jacobsen shot a free kick from 25 yards out to score the lone point of the game, propelling the Badger's to a 1-0 victory over the Huskies. Jacobsen's goal was her first this season.

The Badgers outshot the Huskies 15-3, but goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock boasted six saves in the match, to hold Wisconsin to a 1-0 lead.

Senior Lisa Maier, junior Christen Schuler, and sophomore Kelsey Passaglia each recorded a shot for Huskies, but were unable to score on any of their attempts.

"The girls did exactly what we asked of them," head coach Carrie Barker said. "They played a great game and sometimes the ball does not go your way. I'm very proud of how the girls played tonight, and they should be proud as well. We will look forward to our next game as we prepare for Illinois State."

The Huskies will travel to Normal, Ill as they take on Illinois State (0-2-1) Sunday, in a 2 p.m contest.