Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 8/22/2010

Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Ohio 2, Pittsburgh 0
Illinois State 2, Kent State 1
Cincinnati 2, Bowling Green 1 (OT)
Ball State 1, Indiana State 0
Dayton 2, Toledo 1
Central Michigan 1, IPFW 0
Eastern Michigan 1, Michigan 1 (2OT)

Game stories courtesy  of MAC Sports Information Departments

Ohio 2, Pittsburgh 0
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Big second-half goals from Jackie Hanson and Kelsey Pichel coupled with a strong defensive effort powered Ohio to a 2-0 season-opening win Sunday at Pittsburgh. Katie Kemen tallied two assists on the day to help lead the 'Cats.

Coming off a big exhibition win just two days prior, there was no let down for Ohio (1-0-0) in its 2010 season opener. The 'Cats recorded nine shots on the day, including five on goal, and tallied goals in the 63rd and 76th minutes while riding a strong defensive effort to down a solid Pitt (1-1-0) squad. Freshman Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) helped anchor the defense with five saves while picking up the first shutout of her career in the nets.   

The Panthers came out the aggressors early on and challenged the Green and White defense. The 'Cats defense was up the task, however, and turned Pitt away. Action remained quiet until late in the first half when Ohio gained control of the action and put the pressure on Pitt. The Panthers defense would not budge and kept the 'Cats out of the net.

After a back and forth several minutes to open the second half, Ohio's persistence finally paid off early in the 64th minute. With the 'Cats controlling the action deep in Pitt territory, Kemen (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked up a loose ball near the top of the box and fed Hanson (LaGrange, Ill.) who sent a shot past the Panther keeper and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Action remained the same for the next couple minutes until Pitt put some pressure on the 'Cat defense midway through the second half. The Green and White defense again held strong and managed to keep the Panthers off the board. Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) added to the Ohio lead nearly midway through the 76th minute. With the action once again deep in Pitt territory, Kemen headed a ball to Pichel in front of the goal. She then fired a shot over the keeper and into the strings for a 2-0 'Cat lead. Ohio's defense held strong the rest of the way to ensure the win.

Ohio stays on the road for its next competition as it heads to Columbia, S.C. for a pair of matchups with Bucknell and South Carolina next weekend.

Illinois State 2, Kent State 1
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State women's soccer team (0-1-0) dropped their 2010 season opener Sunday afternoon in an exciting 2-1 contest against Illinois State. All three of the game's goals were tallied in the final 10 minutes, providing plenty of excitement after a pair of solid defensive displays by both teams.

After Illinois State scored in the 81st minute, Kent State freshman Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) made good on her collegiate debut, knocking home a ball from classmate Morgan Mah (Edmonton, Alberta) in the 87th minute. But before overtime could arrive, the Redbirds notched the game's winning goal in the 88th minute to conclude the scoring frenzy.

"They have to use that disappointment in a positive manner," said head coach Rob Marinaro of the last-moment setback. "That was an NCAA tournament team last year with a lot of experience; we'll continue to push forward."

Kent State boasted a 19-12 shots advantage, including a 13-6 lead in a wind-aided second half.

Illinois State broke the scoreless tie late in the second half. A loose ball came through near the top of the penalty box in the 81st minute, forcing Kent State goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) to make a sliding play. Sherwood won the ball, but her kick was immediately deflected by Rachel Bostick from 20 yards out into the empty frame.

"I think both teams were a little nervous to start out," said Marinaro. "There was a lot of pressure, and both teams were feeling out the pace of the game. No one wanted to make any mistakes. They capitalized on one of our mistakes."

Kent State took advantage of its preseason practice on situational play following the late goal, as the team pressed numbers forward, keeping all but Sherwood within 40 yards of the goal in the attack. Following a foul near midfield, Kent State got the equalizer in the 87th minute. After a long free kick by Kelsi Landry (Whitby, Ontario), the Golden Flashes kept the ball in the penalty box, resulting in Gironda's goal.

"We talk about the battles inside the 18-yard box, and we came through for one," said Marinaro. "The team showed character and fight to come out with a goal."

With overtime looming, Illinois State put to rest any chance for extra time when Alyssa Schulz broke through in the 88th minute, beating Sherwood to the left and knocking in a shot from 15 yards.

Sherwood finished with three saves for Kent State, while ISU's Kremenovic registered eight stops.

Kent State tried to break through multiple times early in the contest, but the offside flag kept the Golden Flashes at bay three times in the first 17 minutes. KSU was whistled for four offside infractions in the game, all in the first half.

In the 23rd minute, Illinois State had a one-touch chance when Kyla Cross beat a charging Sherwood, but her 18-yard shot skipped outside the far post.

In the second half, it looked like Kent State would get on the board when Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) slotted a perfectly placed ball to Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) just seven minutes into the period. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Heaton headed toward the goal, but Illinois State's Mara Kremenovic was up to the challenge and snuffed out the chance.

In the 66th minute, the smallest of margins again kept Kent State off the board. Some hard work on the left side of the field by Gironda resulted in a cross from the freshman. Josee Charron (Ottawa, Ontario) rushed in at the far post, and her leaping header was just off the mark.

Illinois State had a strong opportunity in the 70th minute when Nicole Russell was through at the top of the box, but KSU's Sherwood gathered in her attempt. Then, in the 78th minute, Kyla Cross tried to get behind the KSU defense, but a tackle by Gabi Ingram (Indianapolis, Ind.) stymied the opportunity.

Kent State is back in action Sunday, Aug. 29 when the Golden Flashes travel to take on regional foe Cleveland State at 1 p.m. 

Cincinnati 2, Bowling Green 1 (OT)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Logan Ballinger's goal with 2:18 gone in the second overtime period gave the University of Cincinnati a 2-1 victory over the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team Sunday afternoon (Aug. 22).  The non-conference match was held at Cochrane Field on the BGSU campus.

With the win, the Bearcats improve to 2-0-0 on the young season, while the Falcons drop to 0-1-0.

Junior Alyssa Zuccaro scored the Falcons' goal, knotting the contest at 1-1 late in the second half.  Sophomore Sarah VonderBrink and freshman Madeline Wideman picked up assists on Zuccaro's goal.

On a very pleasant August day, with temperatures in the 70s, the Bearcats struck first.  The goal, which came 12:52 into the match, was an own goal, as a corner kick by UC's Emily Hebbeler deflected off a Falcon defender in the center of the six-yard box and sailed into the net.

Several minutes later, Hebbeler -- who had scored both UC goals in the Bearcats' season-opening win over Morehead State Friday -- threatened again, but BGSU starting goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault just beat Hebbeler to the ball in the penalty area.

Midway through the half, the ball found its way to UC's Julie Morrissey, who struck a hard shot.  The ball sailed high of the target, however.

Another hard shot, this time from Ballinger, was on target approximately five minutes later.  This time, Arsenault made a diving block of the shot, and the ball rolled wide of the net.

UC had one more solid chance in the first half, as Evi Ranson got her head on a corner kick off the foot of Hebbeler.  Ranson's header glanced off the top of the crossbar and went out of play.

The Falcons had arguably their best chance of the first half in the final minute.  Senior Katie Stephenson began the play, winning the ball on her own side of midfield.  She spotted junior Megan Amann on the left side of the field.  Amann dribbled the ball downfield, past her team's bench, and hit a crossing ball that was chested down by freshman Tracy Togba.

The ball went to the onrushing Kailey Paszko, but the Falcon freshman could not get a great deal of force behind her shot, and UC 'keeper Rachel Barnette was able to make the save and keep her team in the lead at the half.

Early in the second half, VonderBrink and a defender got tangled up and fell in the corner of the penalty area as the ball rolled over the touch line.  The BGSU bench called for a penalty kick, but the referee awarded a BGSU corner kick.

That corner found the head of freshman Morgan Burgner, but her shot was blocked by a UC defender and ultimately cleared out of danger.

A third of the way through the half, Morrissey hit a soft shot that was just out of the reach of diving BGSU 'keeper Becca Ison.  The ball just eluded Ison's fingertips, but also eluded the left post, rolling just wide.

Hebbeler threatened again midway through the half.  After a crossing ball was deflected toward the top of the box, Hebbeler fired a shot that went just high.

With 15 minutes left, senior Alicia Almond played a ball toward Zuccaro in the UC end.  The junior, facing away from the goal, flicked the ball behind her and into the penalty area, but Barnette was able to grab the ball just before Togba reached it.

The Falcons, playing with some urgency at the offensive end, had several more chances in the next 10 minutes.  Barnette broke up a dangerous cross off the foot of Wideman with 11 minutes left in the half.  Then, with eight minutes on the clock, Stephenson stole the ball and played it forward to junior Katelyn Turner.  Turner got a little bit of separation between her and her defender and was able to fire a shot from about 18 yards out, but the ball went just high of the target.

Finally, with five minutes remaining in regulation, the Falcons broke through.  Wideman hit a low shot from 20 yards out that beat the diving Barnette, but hit the left post.  The ball bounded toward the left corner, where VonderBrink tracked it down and played a crossing ball to Zuccaro.  The Falcon junior redirected the ball into the vacated net to tie the score with 5:01 on the clock.

Neither team was able to muster a shot in the final 301 seconds of regulation, and the match went to overtime.

The only shot attempt of the entire 12-plus minutes of OT was Ballinger's goal.  Early in the second overtime period, a foul was whistled against the Falcons deep in the BG end.  Kelli Pawelko took the ensuing free kick for the Bearcats, and chipped a ball into the box.

The ball hit off a BG defender and caromed to Ballinger, stationed just outside the 18-yard area.  She took one dribble and hit a low shot that went through the maze of bodies in the penalty area and wound up just inside the right post.

On the day, the Bearcats had an 18-8 advantage in total shot attempts and a 5-3 margin in shots on goal.  Barnette was credited with two saves in the complete-match victory.

For the Falcons, Arsenault played the first half in net, making two stops, while Ison played the final 57:18 of the contest.  Ison made just one official save, but broke up numerous crosses and scoring chances.

BGSU continues a three-game homestand next weekend, facing West Virginia on Friday (Aug. 27) and Xavier Sunday (Aug. 29) at Cochrane Field.

Ball State 1, Indiana State 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - For the first time since the 2005 season the Ball State soccer team has opened the year with two straight victories as the Cardinals earned a hard fought 1-0 victory over instate rival Indiana State Sunday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Field. Freshman midfielder Alyssa Peterson (Elburn, Ill./St. Charles North) scored her first career collegiate goal in the 73rd minute to improve the Cardinals to 7-0-0 all-time against the Sycamores in program history.

"Today was a very competitive game," first-year head coach Craig Roberts said. "Both teams came to battle today as every ball was contested. We have been consistent in using some of our freshmen early in the year and today we were delighted to see one of them step up in Alyssa and score the game-winning goal."

Ball State (2-0-0) came out early and put pressure on the Sycamores in the opening 20 minutes of the contest. Sophomore forward Paige Stroinski (Granger, Ind./Penn) had the best scoring chance of the half in the 17th minute as she found an opening in the box and ripped a shot from 12 yards out that sailed just wide of the far post.

Indiana State (0-2-0) came on late in the second half and answered the Cardinals' pressure as it held a 6-3 edge in shots in the first half. The Sycamores' best chance in the opening frame came in the 44th minute as Alyssa Grell sent a shot from 15 yards out on net, but sophomore goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler (Waukesha, Wis./Tennessee-Martin) was there to make the save.

Ball State regrouped at halftime and came out and dominated play in the second half as it held an 8-1 advantage in shots in the half. The Cardinals came close in the 47th minute as Alyssa Ables (Huntertown, Ind./Shattuck St. Mary's) found freshman Robyn Miley (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) in space in the box. Miley uncorked a shot from 10 yards out that ISU goalkeeper Emily Lahay was able to stop to keep the game scoreless.

The Cardinals finally broke the scoreless tie in the 73rd minute of action. Ables once again was involved as she sent a long ball to the top of the 18-yard box that Stroinski was able to one-touch into the box. Peterson out-worked the ISU defender to the ball and blasted a shot from 10 yards out past a diving Lahay for her first career goal and a 1-0 Ball State lead.

BSU was strong down the stretch and limited the Sycamores' time on the attack. The Cardinals came within inches of making it a two-goal contest in the 90th minute as senior Kristina Anderson (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin) drilled a shot from 15-yards out towards the bottom corner but Lahay was able to poke the ball around the goal post for a corner kick that ran out the clock in the second half.

Buehler picked up her second career victory for the Cardinals as she made one save in the shutout. Lahay tallied two saves in the loss for the Sycamores.

Ball State returns to action Friday evening as it travels down I-69 for a meeting at IUPUI. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and marks the first of six straight road games for the Cardinals.

Dayton 2, Toledo 1
DAYTON, OH - Toledo suffered its first loss of the 2010 season on Sunday, dropping a 2-1 decision to nationally ranked Dayton at Baujan Field. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 1-1-0.

The Flyers (2-0-0), ranked No. 21 in the Soccer America Top 25 Preseason Poll, jumped out to a 2-0 lead before UT trimmed the margin in half on a header goal by freshman Molly Cantwell. The visitors' tally was setup on a perfectly executed corner kick from sophomore Rachael Kravitz at 65:31.

Dayton set the tone early on and utilized tallies by Colleen Williams and Alexis Garcia to establish a two-goal cushion.

The home team finished with a slight 13-9 edge in shots and each squad was credited with three corner kicks.

In between the posts, UT junior Vicki Traven stopped three shots, all in the first stanza.

The Rockets return to the pitch next Friday, Aug. 27, to open up their home schedule against Morehead State. The opening whistle from Scott Park is slated for 5:00 p.m.

Central Michigan 1, IPFW 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Shutouts are becoming routine for the Central Michigan soccer team.

CMU (2-0) held IPFW to only one shot and Nicole Samuel scored her first collegiate goal to give the Chippewas a 1-0 victory at the CMU Soccer Complex on Sunday. The shutout is Central's 21st in the past 26 matches while the victory improves the Maroon and Gold to 14-0-3 in their last 17 home contests.

The Chippewas came out firing early and often in the first half, outshooting the Mastodons, 10-0, and holding a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. Despite the chances, CMU was unable to tally the all important goal as the contest remained scoreless at halftime.

Central finally got on the score sheet in the 56th minute when Laura Twidle beat a defender wide near the sideline and crossed a ball into the box that deflected off Autumn Hawkins right to Samuel, who beat the keeper from up close to make it a 1-0 contest.

"Laura did a good job beating the defender wide, which was what we were trying to do the entire match," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "Nicole was able to stay composed when the ball found her and finish the play."

CMU's defense took over from there, only yielding a single errant shot attempt in the second half to secure the shutout victory.

Shay Mannino and Stefanie Turner split time in goal for the Chippewas. Mannino played a scoreless first half and Turner earned her second-straight victory with a scoreless second half.

The Chippewas will head out on the road for their next five contests, starting with a match against Northern Iowa on Friday.

Eastern Michigan 1, Michigan 1 (2OT)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After falling behind 1-0, the Eastern Michigan University soccer team scored a goal in the 81st minute to force overtime, eventually tying the University of Michigan, 1-1, Sunday, Aug. 22, in front of 958 fans at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Senior Maggie Christensen (Orland Park, Ill.-AA Stagg) found the back of the net with 8:31 remaining in regulation, forcing the game to overtime.

EMU is now 0-0-1 on the young season, while U-M moves to 1-0-1. The Wolverines totaled 32 shots in the match, including 11 on-goal. The Eagles only had eight shots on goal, with five of them on-goal.

The first half was an offensive struggle, as the teams combined for 21 shots in the opening 45 minutes of action. Both goalies were solid with EMU's Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair Secondary) racking up five saves and Michigan's Haley Kopmeyer picking with a pair.

Following the intermission, U-M's Nkem Ezurike scored her second goal of the young season with 65:59 showing on the clock. The goal came via a pass from midfield from Kristen Goncalves for the 1-0 advantage.

Eastern Michigan's continued offensive persistence paid off at the 81:29 mark when Christensen took a pass from senior Paige Sheridan (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Mercy) and found the back of the net to knot the score at 1-1. Christensen's goal was the 12th of her career and just the second-ever goal scored by a visiting player at U-M's brand new soccer complex.

The defense was ratcheted up in the extra time as the Eagles were unable to get a shot off during either overtime period. The Wolverines managed just five shots, two on-goal, as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Eagles continue their four-game opening road trip Friday, Aug. 27, with a stop at Illinois State University. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Normal, Ill.