Friday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/4/2010

Friday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Bowling Green 0, Appalachian State 0 (2OT)
Penn State 5, Buffalo 0
Jacksonville 2, Florida Atlantic 1 (OT)
Akron 3, North Carolina 0
Wright State 2, Western Michigan 0
Northern Illinois 0, Portland 0 (2OT)

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Bowling Green 0, Appalachian State 0 (2OT)
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team opened regular-season play by battling to a scoreless draw with Appalachian State University Friday evening (Sept. 3).  The non-conference match, the first contest in the Davidson adidas Classic, was held at Alumni Stadium.

The Mountaineers outshot the Falcons by a 20-7 count in the 110 minutes, including a 10-3 advantage in the second half.  ASU had five shots on goal while holding the Brown and Orange to just one.

But, redshirt junior goalkeeper Miguel Rosales and the Falcon defense kept the Mountaineers off the scoreboard.  In his BGSU regular-season debut, Rosales made four saves to earn the clean sheet.

The Falcons will remain in North Carolina to take on the host school, Davidson College, in Sunday afternoon action.

Penn State 5, Buffalo 0
COLUMBUS, OH - The University at Buffalo men's soccer team kicked off the 2010 season on Friday with a 5-0 loss to Penn State on Friday evening in the first round of the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic at Ohio State University's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Penn State jumped on the Bulls early in the contest, notching the opening goal just 3:23 into play. The Nittany Lions' Corey Hertzog beat UB goalkeeper Nick Fetterman with the first shot of the match to give Penn State an early lead.

The Nittany Lions added to their lead with two quick goals in the first 10 mintues of the second half. Drew Cost scored in the 52nd minute and Hertzog netted his second marker of the match three minutes later for a 3-0 advantage.

Penn State added two more goals in the second half in the 74th and 90th minutes.

The Bulls (0-1) were held to just two shots in the contest, one on goal by Anthony Johnson while Rich Wilson had the other Buffalo shot. 

Fetterman collected six saves for the Bulls. Freshman Jeremy Figler made his debut in goal playing the final 15 minutes of the contest.

UB returns to the pitch on Sunday afternoon for the final round of the tournament against 18th-ranked Ohio State at 2:30 pm.

Jacksonville 2, Florida Atlantic 1 (OT)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team could not hold onto an early lead in a 2-1 overtime loss to Jacksonville on Friday night.

"I thought our boys battled hard," said head coach Kos Donev. "We had three superb chances to secure the win late but we could not capitalize."

Darnell King got the Owls (0-1) off to a good start in the 21st minute scoring an unassisted goal on a breakaway to put FAU on top 1-0. The Tampa native paced the Owls last season with six goals and 15 points.

Despite falling behind early, the Dolphins (1-0) did not stay down for long. Three minutes after King gave FAU the lead, Darka Karamatic scored his first of two goals on the night, a free kick which beat keeper Jeremy Crumpton inside the left corner to tie the game at 1-1. Crumpton made three saves in net for the Owls during the game.

Despite FAU outshooting Jacksonville 9-7 and recording five corner kicks in the second half, neither team could break the tie until overtime.

Karamtic finished off the Owls seven minutes into the extra frame with his second goal of the night off a deflection from teammate Davide Faga. Faga was credited with the assist on the play and Jacksonville escaped with a dramatic victory.

"Even though we lost, I feel we progressed as a team tonight," Donev said. "The boys applied what we have been teaching them in practice and I look forward to our next match."

The Owls will have the weekend off before getting back to action on Labor Day Monday with another in-state road test against UCF. FAU returns to Boca Raton for their first home match of the season next Friday night against Georgia State.

Akron 3, North Carolina 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team officially kicked off the 2010 season in convincing fashion with a 3-0 victory over No. 4 North Carolina Friday night at Fetzer Field.

Akron (1-0-0) received first-half goals from redshirt freshman in Eric Stevenson and true freshman Perry Kitchen and junior Darlington Nagbe added another score for good measure to lead the Zips to their fourth straight opening day victory - each coming against a nationally ranked opponent - under head coach Caleb Porter.  

"It was an efficient win," said Porter, the 2009 NSCAA Coach of the Year. "North Carolina (0-1-0) is a very good team and the game was probably a little closer than the final score indicated. But we were opportunistic and we finished our chances. They had some good looks though I'm not so sure they had as many as the box score would tell you.

"That being said, they could have scored a couple of goals and we need to do a better job defensively as we move forward. But overall, I thought we deserved to win and we did what we needed to do to win."

The Zips wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Stevenson gave the Zips a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

Kofi Sarkodie initiated the action with a run that pushed the ball deep into UNC territory along the right side of the box. After beating his man, Sarkodie crossed the ball into the middle of the field where Stevenson burried his shot into the back of the net from about eight yards out.

Sophomore goal keeper David Meves, a Freshman All-American in 2009, came up with two big saves shortly after to preserve the early lead. Junior forward Alex Dixon gave UNC its first scoring opportunity in the 11th minute by slipping past his man and firing a shot from about 18 yards out but Meves was there to gobble it up.

Then in the 12th minute, after the Tar Heels drew a corner kick, Meves came up with another stop, this time by grabbing a header by Steven McCarthy. In all, it was a big night for Meves, who finished the game with six saves while posting his first shutout of the campaign.

UA made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute on a perfectly executed set piece. Freshman striker Darren Mattocks drew a foul from about 22 yards out on the right side of the field near the box. Junior Michael Nanchoff curved the ensuing free kick towards the net where Kitchen leaped in to head it home from close range.

UNC made a strong push to get back into the game with five straight shots to start the second half. But the Zips' defense was up to the task. Meves thwarted the only shot on goal during that sequence - a mid-ranged attempt from Dixon - to keep the shutout in tact.

Nagbe, another one of the Zips' Hermann Trophy candidates, finished off a beautiful lob pass from Chris Korb over a wall of defenders in the 65th minute to put away the Tar Heels for good.

UA picked up the victory despite being on the short end of a number of statistical categories, including shots (6-14), shots on goal (5-6) and corner kicks (0-5). But many UNC shots were from distance and the Zips controlled the ball for much of the second half to pick up the impressive win.

The road doesn't get any easier for Akron, which will next travel to No. 3 Wake Forest Sunday for a 7 p.m. match.

Wright State 2, Western Michigan 0
DAYTON, Ohio - Wright State scored a goal each half, handing Western Michigan a 2-0 setback Friday at the University of Dayton Courtyard by Marriott Classic. Freshman Joseph Beshara led the Broncos with two shots on goal.

"Wright State was clearly the better team on the night and were fully deserving of the victory," WMU head coach Stu Riddle said. "It's hard to know why we were as stagnant and listless as we were, but we have been brought down to earth. We must improve for Sunday or we will find ourselves in the same position we are now, beaten and disgruntled."

Western Michigan and Wright State played fairly evenly in the first half, with the Broncos attempting six shots and the Raiders taking seven. WMU found itself in a 1-0 deficit however after allowing a goal in the 32nd minute.

Wright State (1-0-0) pushed its lead to 2-0 scoring again less than four minutes after the half. It was enough to do the Broncos in, as WMU fell to 1-1-0 on the season. Wright State out-shot the Broncos 9-3 in the second half.

Mike Sweers played all 90 minutes in goal for WMU, making two saves. Sophomores Joel Del Toro and Shane Lyons each placed a shot on goal.

Western Michigan will look to regroup before facing Dayton Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Northern Illinois 0, Portland 0 (2OT)
PORTLAND, Ore. - Another tough early season road trip for the Northern Illinois men's soccer team produced another positive result for the Huskies. NIU traveled to Merlo Field, the hostile home of No. 19 Portland and came away with a scoreless draw in both team's season-opener Friday night.

Last season, Northern Illinois tied then-No. 1 North Carolina on the road in its first trip. Head coach Eric Luzzi, who opened his second season at the helm of NIU, said the result shows again that his team can compete with the best in the nation by relying on the blue collar attitude that has become a trademark of NIU soccer.

"I don't think it was a great performance by our team, but it was a gutsy performance," Luzzi said. "We're not pleased, but there's something to be said for going on the road in a tough environment and getting out of there with a draw."

Northern Illinois produced a multitude of chances, including a flurry in the last two minutes of the first overtime. With less than 120 seconds remaining, freshman Mino Kayser set up Luis Mojica for a shot from the right side of the box. Portland keeper Austin Guerrero deflected the ball away. Huskie forward Juan Hoyos followed with a bicycle kick that Guerrero barely managed to keep out of the net.

"Those were three pretty good chances in overtime, and any one of them could've given us the game," Luzzi said.

Less than a minute later, sophomore Hooman Shams found himself alone in the penalty area, 15 yards and straight on from the goal, but his shot sailed high.

Huskie goalkeeper Jordan Godsey opened his sophomore campaign in pure fashion. Godsey recorded his eighth career shutout with four saves.

"Jordan is in the process of becoming a little more complete goal keeper," Luzzi said. "He's retained the qualities of being an unbelievable shot stopper while the rest of his game has grown and continues to grow."

The NIU attack displayed accuracy in putting shots on target. The Huskies took 10 total shots, with four on goal. Portland blasted 17 shots with just five on frame.

Northern Illinois continues its season in Portland at the Nike Invitational when NIU takes on Washington, Sunday at 1 p.m. (CDT).