Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 8/29/2010
Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Michigan State 1, Western Michigan 0
Northern Illinois 3, Northern Iowa 2
Miami 2, Western Illinois 1
Toledo 4, Youngstown State 1
Eastern Michigan 1, Eastern Illinois 0
Cleveland State 2, Kent State 2 (2OT)
Morehead State 3, Akron 1
Xavier 3, Bowling Green 2
Illinois 3, Ball State 0
Iowa 1, Central Michigan 0
South Carolina 2, Ohio 0
Denver 3, Buffalo 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Michigan State 1, Western Michigan 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Western Michigan women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2010 season as they fell to Michigan State, 1-0, on the road on Sunday afternoon.

The lone goal came in the 32nd minute on a counter-attack after a Bronco corner kick. Midfielder Megan Pines cleared WMU's corner down the field to forward Laura Heyboer. Heyboer made a run on goal, beating both WMU defenders before putting it in the net for her first of the season.

The Broncos had to endure a barrage of shots from MSU in the first half with 10 of MSU's 14 shots coming in the first 45 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Julia Francy made a season-high six saves in the loss.

WMU put pressure on the Spartans in the second half, landing two of their six shots on goal but were unable to convert to force the tie.

"We came out a little tight," said head coach Suzie Grech. "Overall we played well once we settled the ball down and worked through our midfielders. I thought the second half was much better than the first. It didn't take us long to settle into find our rhythm and create chances. We just didn't finish."

Western Michigan heads to Bloomington, Ind., on Wednesday evening for a 7:35 p.m. game against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Northern Illinois 3, Northern Iowa 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa-  The Northern Illinois women's soccer team claimed its second win of the 2010 season, Sunday, when a trio of Huskie goals pushed NIU to a 3-2 victory of Northern Iowa at the inaugural Iowa Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa.

Northern Illinois dominated play when the Huskies outshot their opponents 21-9, with seven shots on goal to their six, while earning four cornerkicks to the Panthers one.

Sophomore Kayra Thompson opened scoring for the Huskies when she found the back of the net in the 39th minute of play. Senior Megan Harry crossed the ball to Devin Bond who set the up the goal for Thompson. Thompson's goal tied the game at 1-1, after Northern Iowa's Morgan Olsen scored in the 10th minute.

Kelsey Passaglia scored the Huskies second goal of the game for the Huskies, in the 63rd minute. Bond was credited with her second assist of the afternoon when she crossed the ball to Passaglia, who scored her second goal of the season.

The junior forward, who led NIU in goals, shots, and shots on goal during the 2009 season, finished the contest with eight shots and three shots on goal. Passaglia's goal tied the game at 2-2, after UNI's Chelsi Hochstedler opened scoring in the second half when she hit the Panther's second and final goal.

The Huskies were tied with the Panthers 2-2 until the 76th minute when Christen Schuler notched the game-winning goal with a header into the top right corner. Harry assisted Schuler in the goal, and now leads the team in assists this season.

The Huskies came out firing in the first half of play outshooting the Panthers 10 to four before recording 11 shot attempts in the second half.  Following Passaglia's lead, Corinne Frankenberg fired six shots with one shot on goal and Christen Schuler hit three shots and two shots on goal in the contest. Lauren Eberts, Mo Smunt, Thompson and Bond each tallied a shot for the Huskies.

Freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr started in goal for the HUskies, recording four saves in the contest and bringing her season total to 11 in three contests.

"We didn't have our best start, however, we battled hard and scored three very good goals," said NIU women's soccer head coach Carrie Barker.

The Huskies will return to action next Sunday, Sept. 3, when they head to Chicago to take on the Loyola Ramblers in a 2 p.m. contest. NIU will return to Dekalb, Ill. on Sept. 10 when the Huskies host Illinois State at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

Miami 2, Western Illinois 1
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Behind a dominating first half, the Miami University women's soccer team remained perfect in 2010 with a 2-1 victory over Western Illinois Sunday afternoon at Morgan Brothers Field in the Lady Govs Invitational, hosted by Austin Peay. The RedHawks (3-0-0) are now 3-0 all-time against the Leathernecks (0-2-1).

In what is becoming a common occurrence, Miami struck early again, as sophomore Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.)  beat her defender into the middle of the box and fired a rocket off her left foot that beat WIU keeper Laura Atkinson in the seventh minute for her second tally of 2010. In all three games this season, the 'Hawks have scored within the first seven minutes of the match.

"We made life much more difficult than it needed to be," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "We started off very much like the first two games we've played, scoring early. It's nice that we're doing that. It shows that were focused, ready to play and on task, and then it was missed opportunity after missed opportunity."

The RedHawks continued to put pressure on the Leathernecks the remainder of the half, but couldn't add to their lead until senior Julie Thompson (Glenview, Ill.) found the back of the net in the 41st minute to give Miami a 2-0 cushion. Fellow senior Sara Lund (Malmo, Sweden) put Thompson in behind the defense with a through ball from the midfield that split two Leathernecks. The score was Thompson's first of the season.

Miami took its two-goal margin into halftime, having out-shot Western Illinois 12-0 in the opening period.  Atkinson made eight saves to keep WIU in the match in the first 45 minutes. The RedHawks also held a 4-1 edge in corners in the first half.

The Leathernecks then took advantage of some Miami miscues out of the break, as Jordan Spaciel made it a 2-1 contest just 18 seconds in the half when she jammed home the ball after a scrum in front of the net. The 'Hawks were able to fend off WIU the remainder of the game, however, to earn the 2-1 win.

"We took a game where we're looking for a third goal and looking to close out the game, to all of sudden, it's a game," Kramig said. "We finally got things settled down and closed out the game, but it's a lesson learned that you can't take anything for granted."

Miami finished with 17 shots to Western Illinois' three, including a 12-2 margin in shots on goal. Each of the Red and White's opponents this year has been limited to just three shots. Kodiak led the way for Miami with four shots, all on target. The RedHawks also earned seven corner kicks to WIU's four.  Freshman keeper Madison Ryan (Marietta, Ga.) made her first start in a red and white uniform, making one save to earn the win, while Jessica Walsh protected the cage for the Leathernecks in the second half and made two stops.

"I'm pleased with this weekend to see us win two, close, tough, hard-fought games," Kramig said. "I think that speaks well to the nature of our team and our character."

The RedHawks return to action Friday, Sep. 3 at Butler at 5 p.m. ET.

Toledo 4, Youngstown State 1
TOLEDO, Ohio - Junior Kristen Lynn and freshman Rachel MacLeod scored two goals apiece to lead Toledo (3-1-0) to a 4-1 win over Youngstown State (1-3-0) on Sunday at steamy Scott Park. The Rockets finished the non-conference match with a decisive 28-3 edge in shots and a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks to defeat their instrastate foe for the sixth-consecutive time.

UT received good contributions from a majority of its lineup this afternoon, especially in the midfield, and controlled the pace to record its second-consecutive lopsided victory. On Friday, the Midnight Blue & Gold defeated Morehead State, 6-2. The Rockets' 10 goals this weekend are the most in back-to-back matches since they netted 11 against Olivet College (9) and Valparaiso (2) during the 1997 campaign.        

The home team started fast and struck first blood on Lynn's initial goal at 3:25. The tally was setup on a nice pass from senior Erin Flynn to Lynn, who then beat a YSU defender and fired a low shot that eluded the goalie.

Toledo doubled its cushion before 10 minutes had elapsed in the opening stanza on a well-struck ball from MacLeod at the 8:02 mark. The first-year Rocket received a pass from junior Jaimie Morsillo deep in Penguins' territory, and she promptly beat a YSU defender with an inside move and placed a shot into the back of the net for her first collegiate score.

Just a little over two minutes later, the visitors took advantage of their only shot of the period when Allison Ludwig scored at 10:21. The forward perfectly chipped a shot over the head of UT senior netinder Angela Righeimer, who had come off her line, for the goal.

The Rockets did not allow the goal to discouarage them and retaliated with Lynn's second tally of the match at 19:47. Sophomore Megan Blake crossed the ball into the top of the YSU goalbox to Lynn, who flicked it behind her to create some free space. The third-year Rocket then lifted a shot over the head of the goalie to make the difference 3-1 at the intermission. The Strongsville, OH native now paces the team with three goals and seven total points this season.

UT then finished off the scoring on MacLeod's second goal at 81:13. There was some confusion in and around the YSU goalbox and MacLeod was able to get her foot on the free ball and maneuver it into the net.

Between the posts, Righeimer worked all 90 minutes to collect her first victory of the season.

The Rockets return to action on Friday, Sept. 3 when they travel to the "Bluegrass State" to battle Big East member Louisville. The opening whistle from Cardinal Park Soccer and Track Stadium is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Eastern Michigan 1, Eastern Illinois 0
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Freshman Stephanie Pilarski (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-Marian) scored her first career goal to lead the Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Eastern Illinois University here Sunday, Aug. 29, at Lakeside Field. Senior Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair) was again sensational in goal, stopping seven shots to earn her second shutout of the weekend and the 18th of her career.

With the victory the Eagles improve to 2-0-1 while the Panthers fall to 2-2.

The Green and White have now strung together 224 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal dating back to the 66th minute of the season-opener again the University of Michigan, Aug. 22.

The Eagles snapped the Panthers' 14 consecutive home games streak without a shutout that dated back to the 2008 campaign and their nine-game unbeaten streak at home (6-0-3). Additionally, Eastern Michigan has now won five consecutive games in Charleston, Ill..

The game's first corner kick opportunity did not come until the 71st minute but EMU capitalized on it, scoring the lone goal of the day. Pilarski placed the ball perfectly in top right corner of the net after fellow freshman Julie Maheu (Oakville, Ontario-Holy Trinity) flicked a Stephanie Janssens (Novi, Mich.-Novi) corner kick.

Eastern Illinois had three quality scoring chances early in the second half but were unable to convert. The homestanding Panthers enjoyed a 14-11 edge in shots, putting eight on goal. Budani made seven saves in net and junior defender Amanda Marsh (Dexter, Mich.-Dexter) cleared a shot by Kristin Germann off the goal line in the 49th minute.

Kaylin Lorbert made five saves in goal for the Panthers but had to leave the game in the 84th minute after taking the worst of a three-player collision. Jessica Taldone finished out the game. Lorbert made a pair of nice saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless.

Eastern Michigan closes out its four-match road swing Friday, Sept. 4, against Big Ten Conference foe Michigan State University. Game time is set for 5 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.

Cleveland State 2, Kent State 2
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Kent State women's soccer team (0-1-1) posted a 13-4 shots on goal advantage Sunday against regional foe Cleveland State, but the Golden Flashes settled for a 2-2 draw against the Vikings at Krenzler Field.

"I told the team to keep their heads up, because we had a great work rate today," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "We continue to look better game in and game out."

Freshman Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) led Kent State with a goal and an assist, while senior Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) registered KSU's other score. Senior Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) also had an assist in the contest.

For the game, Kent State dominated statistically, posting a 25-7 shots advantage.

Cleveland State (2-0-1) had the upper foot to start the game, generating a pair of corner kicks in the first three and a half minutes. The Vikings were fruitful on the second kick, as Cleveland State took a 1-0 lead when their corner kick was misdirected into the goal by Kent State.

But the Golden Flashes regained composure, and in the 20th minute when Kelly Heaton blasted a shot from 19 yards on the left side into the net, KSU knotted the game again at 1-1. Gironda was credited with the assist.

Kent State was able to preserve the draw heading into halftime when goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) smothered a one-on-one situation with CSU's Sylvia Olsby with just 15 seconds left in the first session.

The Golden Flashes wasted little time in the second half to put the pressure on, and with less than two minutes into the stanza, Gironda tallied her second goal of the season. Heaton and and Flanagan set up the play, as the duo paired to break through on the left side. Gironda came through on a 40-yard run, and Flanagan rewarded her effort with a nifty touch inside the box. Two quick cuts by Gironda left the freshman with a chance from close range, where she beat CSU's goalkeeper Kelly Zinkiewich.

It was almost 3-1 in favor of the Flashes just two minutes later when Flanagan blasted a 30-yard shot from the right side, only to be denied by a stalwart crossbar. Then, on the ensuing two goal kicks, Kent State had a pair of tries - one by Flanagan and another by Gironda - skip just high of the frame.

Cleveland State finally broke through on the third goal kick of the series, and with an impending shot from a CSU forward coming on the left side, KSU defender Megan Johnson (Erie, Pa.) slid to poke the ball away.

But in the 56th minute, the host Vikings equalized the game at 2-2 when CSU broke through. Natalie Daniels backed up on the service, creating space inside the box and fired an uncontested shot from 15 yards that got past Sherwood and another defender to knot the contest.

In the 74th minute, Kent State's Annie Messer (Dayton, Ohio) teed up a corner kick from the left side, finding the head of junior Vanessa Salerno (Etobicoke, Ontario). The Kent State defensive midfielder nodded a shot that looked as if it would break the plane, but Cleveland State's Marina Taylor headed it off the line and away from danger.

Freshman Morgan Mah (Edmonton, Alberta) nearly hit the highlight reel in the 84th minute when she started a run from deep in KSU defensive real estate, combined with Heaton near the top of the Cleveland State box and hit a shot from 20 yards that forced a diving save by the CSU's Zinkiewich.

Just a minute later Gironda again was on the prowl, and her shot from the right side from 15 yards forced another save by the CSU goalkeeper.

Cleveland State had two corner kicks in the final three minutes of regulation, and both gave CSU's Allie Rizzo opportunities to score, but both weren't up to par.

Then, with just over one minute left on the second-half clock, a feisty battle by Hannah Newhouse (Strongsville, Ohio) near midfield helped break Heaton through on the left; with just the goalkeeper to beat, Heaton's shot skirted wide of the far post. KSU had two more shots in the final minute, but both were off the mark.

Both teams ground through the overtime sessions, as both squads were weathered from the warm August sun and a field temperature that approached triple digits. Then, with just four minutes left in the second overtime, it appeared that Gironda had created a scoring chance in the box. But contact on Gironda by the CSU defense was enough to stop the opportunity but not enough to earn a whistle.

Kent State's Sherwood finished with two saves, while Cleveland State had 11 saves on the day.

The Golden Flashes are back in action Friday, Sept. 3 when they take on Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla.

Morehead State 3, Akron 1
AKRON, Ohio - Two early Morehead State goals were too much for the University of Akron women's soccer team to overcome Sunday afternoon as the Zips were downed 3-1 at Lee Jackson Field.

UA took more shots (11-10) and fired more shots on goal (7-6) in the contest, and largely was on the attack throughout the game, but were unable to find the necessary goals to overcome the early deficit.

A pair of goals by Erin Adams, in the 3rd and 11th minute, staked MSU out to its early 2-0 lead.

Senior UA midfielder Jordan Baranowski responded in the 14th minute as she laced a shot past the outstretched arms of MSU goalkeeper Lily Meisner from a few yards outside the penalty area. Baranowksi was able to hold possession for several seconds and eluded a pair of MSU defenders to create space for her first goal of the season.

UA was the aggressor for most of the second half, and was able to apply consistent pressure. Despite the Eagles packing into a defensive shell, UA was able to force Meisner into making difficult saves multiple times in the period, firing six shots on net in the second stanza alone.

The Zips seemed to have the equalizing score in the 53rd minute, when Katie Wise volleyed a shot off a Baranowski corner that rang off the crossbar. The rebound fell to Jordan Clark whose shot was blocked away.

A Clark header under a minute later had the Zips fans ready to celebrate the equalizer again but Meisner made a sprawling save to punch the ball over the top of the net.

Holley Tilly then added an insurance goal for MSU, when she collected a loose ball off a corner and was able to beat a shielded Wolbert with a shot to the far post.

Wise led the Zips with three shots and two shots on goal, while Wolbert made three second half saves to keep UA within striking distance.

The loss drops the Zips to 1-1-0 on the young season, while MSU improves to 1-3-0.

UA plays their third straight home game of the 2010 season when they host Canisius Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Lee Jackson Field. They follow that game up with a trip to Ohio State on Sunday for a 6:00 p.m. match with the Buckeyes.

Xavier 3, Bowling Green 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Visiting Xavier University capitalized on several Bowling Green State University defensive lapses, posting a 3-2 victory over the Falcons Sunday afternoon. The non-conference match was held at Cochrane Field.

With the victory, the Musketeers improve to 2-2-0 on the season, while dropping the Falcons to 0-3-0.

Junior Katelyn Turner and senior co-captain Katie Stephenson scored less than eight minutes apart early in the second half to erase a 1-0 deficit. But, an own goal tied the score, and XU's Mariah Whitaker scored what proved to be the winning goal after a BGSU giveaway in the penalty area.

Alicia Almond, like Stephenson a senior co-captain, assisted on both BGSU goals.

The Falcons had 14 total shot attempts to Xavier's 12. Perri made four saves to earn the win in goal. for the visitors. Arnold and Ison played 45 minutes each, with Arnold making one save in the first half, and Ison coming up with three stops in the second.

BGSU will take to the road for the next two contests, beginning with Friday night's (Sept. 3) match at Niagara. The weekend swing will also see BGSU face St. Bonaventure on Sunday (Sept. 5).

Illinois 3, Ball State 0
CHAMPAIGN, Ill - The Ball State soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2010 season Sunday afternoon as the Cardinals dropped a 3-0 decision to Big Ten foe and regional power Illinois at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. The loss moves the Cardinals to 3-1-0 on the season while the victory improves the Illini to 3-0-0 on the year.

The loss is first-year head coach Craig Roberts' first at Ball State. Roberts became the first Cardinals' coach to win his first three games with Friday's victory at IUPUI. Ball State's 3-1-0 record through the first four games of the season is the best start in program history since 2004 when BSU opened the year with a 4-0-0 record.

Illinois controlled the action for most of the game as it held a 20-6 advantage in shots in the victory. The Fighting Illini scored two first half goals on its way to the victory. Illinois leading scorer Vanessa DiBernardo scored her third goal of the season in the 16th minute of action against sophomore goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler (Waukesha, Wis./UT-Martin).

The Illini took a 2-0 lead in the 37th minute as Shayla Mutz scored an unassisted goal off a BSU turnover. Illinois rounded out the scoring in the 57th minute as Jordan Hilbrands beat freshman goalkeeper Layne Schramm (The Colony, Texas/The Colony) for the game's third goal.

Senior forward Jacki Eft (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) led the Cardinals' attack as she posted a team-high three shots in the loss. Buehler tallied two saves in 45 minutes of action as she picked up her first loss of her BSU career while Schramm added a save in 45 minutes of play. Illinois also used two goalkeepers in the victory Steph Panozzo made two saves in the first half while Alexandra Kapicka notched three saves in the second half.

Ball State returns to action Friday evening as it travels to SIU-Edwardsville for a non-conference contest at 7 p.m.

Iowa 1, Central Michigan 0
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Alyssa Cosnek's goal in the 70th minute sent the Central Michigan soccer team to a 1-0 loss at the Iowa Tournament on Sunday.
 
The Chippewas fall to 3-1 with the defeat and see their season-opening shutout streak end at 339:17.
 
Although the first half went scoreless between the two teams, the sides were able to generate a number of scoring chances. Central and Iowa combined for 19 shots in the opening frame with CMU holding an 11-8 advantage in the category at halftime.
 
CMU applied tremendous pressure in the opening minutes of the second half trying to break the tie, firing four shots in the first nine and a half minutes. The most dangerous opportunity came in the 55th minute when Liesel Toth's drive hit the crossbar.
 
The Hawkeyes got on the board with 20:43 remaining as Cosnek converted a pass from Leah DeMoss to go ahead 1-0. The goal is the first CMU has allowed this season. Iowa turned it on defensively after the goal, holding Central to only one shot the rest of the way.
 
"Overall, I felt we had a slight edge in play for the first three-quarters of the match," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "I was very happy with the way we started the second half, but I did not like how we responded after we fell behind. We needed to play with more urgency after Iowa scored. I give credit to Iowa, they are an athletic team with good attacking players who did a better job of getting in behind the defense than ours did today."
 
The Maroon and Gold outshot the Hawkeyes, 17-14, and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks in the contest. Kaely Schlosser led all players with five shots.
 
Shay Mannino earned the start in goal and stopped all three shots she faced in the first half. Stefanie Turner played the second half in net and made three saves on four shots.
 
Central returns to action on Saturday when it travels to West Virginia.

South Carolina 2, Ohio 0
COLUMBIA, S.C.- Nationally-ranked South Carolina got goals from Ali Glemser and Kayla Grimsley 40 minutes apart to down Ohio 2-0 Sunday at the Gamecock Courtyard Cup.

South Carolina improved to 3-1, while Ohio dropped to 1-2.

Glemser's goal came at the 38:04 mark on a cross from Grimsley, while Grimsley registered her tally at the 78:00 mark on a strike from the side of the field.

Ohio was outshot 18-10, but both teams fired six shots in the second half. The Bobcats also held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Ohio midfielder Cathryn Rogers (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) led the team with five shots, including two on goal. Grimsley fired five, herself, including four that were on target.

Bobcat goalie Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) had another stellar outing, posting nine saves, while South Carolina netminder Mollie Patton stopped three Bobcat shots.

Liston and midfielder Sara Seitz (Englewood, Ohio) were also named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances over the weekend.

"We played better in the second half, especially compared to Friday (vs. Bucknell)," said Ohio head coach Stacy Strauss. "We showed great toughness and our speed of play was much improved. Overall, I think we showed great effort and heart this weekend and that will really benefit us as we continue to prepare for MAC (Mid-American Conference) play."

Ohio returns home for a Wednesday match against Marshall at 4 p.m.

Denver 3, Buffalo 0
DENVER, CO - The Buffalo women's soccer team will return to campus still searching for its first win following a 3-0 loss at the University of Denver Sunday afternoon. The team continues to try and find its identity on offense as its scoreless streak has been pushed to 210 minutes following a second straight shutout.

The Pioneers opened the scoring in the 39th minute off a free kick. Freshman forward Karen McMahon attempted to even the score but was denied on two shots before the end of the half. A second goal in the 48th minute extended Denver's lead to two.

Freshman goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon had a busy afternoon with nine saves, nearly matching the amount of saves she recorded during the first two games of the season. In the 12 minutes following the second Denver goal, Wheldon helped turn away five shots on goal and four corner kicks.

The Bulls made a rush in the waning minutes of the match, with shots on goal from Lindsey Bailey and Taylor Thompson, and a corner kick from Shannon Algoe all turned away.

With the team's western road trip coming to a close, Big Four rival St. Bonaventure will be next up as UB will open its home slate Friday evening against the Bonnies. The 7:00 pm kickoff will be the 22nd meeting between the local rivals, with the all-time series record knotted up at 10-10-1.