Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/20/2010
Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Western Michigan 6, Murray State 1
Canisius 3, Buffalo 0
Indiana 2, Central Michigan 1
Bowling Green 3, Indiana State 2
IUPUI 2, Kent State 1
Miami 3, Evansville 2
Ohio 4, Morehead State 2
Long Beach State 4, Akron 1
Northern Illinois 1, UW-Green Bay 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Western Michigan 6, Murray State 1
MURRAY, Ky. -- Western Michigan ended a four-game road losing streak by defeating Murray State, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon, with five different players netting goals for the Broncos.

The six goals by the Brown & Gold (4-4-0) were the most scored by the Broncos since an 8-1 win over Iona on Sept. 9, 2001. It also ties a team record for most goals scored in an away game, tying the six goal output the Broncos racked up on Sept. 23, 2001 in a 6-1 win at Akron. Western Michigan had lost its previous four road games, scoring only once during the losing streak.

"We came here expecting to play well," said head coach Suzie Grech. "Murray State has been the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference for the last two years and really gave us a physical game. We are going to se a lot of physical play in the MAC and it was good to get in a game like that before the start of conference play."

Sophomore Forward Brittney Pavlica was the first to score for the Broncos in the 18th minute mark on a shot from the center of the 18-yard box to the right post for her third goal of the season. The ball was played in on a give-and-go by senior midfielder Ali Bagley, picking up her second assist on the season.

The Broncos extended the lead to 2-0 in the 25th minute after speedy winger Stephanie Skowneski fired a shot from 20 yards out and into the upper right corner of the net for her third of the season. No Bronco scored more than three goals during the 2009 season with Skowneski and Pavlica now tied for the team lead at three.

Murray State was able to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 35th minute after Shauna Wicker headed in the ball from a corner kick but the Broncos answered quickly just 59 seconds later on a corner of their own. Caitlin Henderson lobbed the ball in and junior center back Alison Szczypka headed it into the net for her first goal of the season. Henderson tallied her team-leading fourth assist on the goal as the Broncos took a 3-1 lead into the half.

WMU wasted no time adding to their lead in the second half as Ali Jacobs found the upper left corner from 20 yards out in the 48th minute to score her first goal of the season to give WMU a 4-1 lead. Szczypka added her second of the game off another corner kick after the ball was directed to her by senior midfielder Nicole Dulyea and junior midfielder Jackie Drees added her first of the season in the 88th minute to settle the score at 6-1.

"I thought we played well and we were able to get a lot of our regulars a chance to rest," said Grech as the Broncos played 19 players total including both goalkeepers in the win. "We've always had some trouble scoring on the road and with our first few MAC games on the road it is a big confidence boost heading into next weekend to put up six."

Julia Francy made one save in picking up her third win of the season, while backup keeper Michelle Watson played 37 minutes and also made a save.

Western Michigan stays on the road and heads to Ball State to open MAC play on Friday at 4 p.m., then traveling to Toledo on Sunday for a showdown with the Rockets at 2 p.m.

Canisius 3, Buffalo 0
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - Despite a season-high 18 shots, the Buffalo women's soccer team saw its offensive frustrations grow with a 3-0 loss against Canisius Sunday afternoon. The loss, the team's season-worst fourth in a row, came in the final game of the Puma/Big Four Tournament, hosted by St. Bonaventure.

Despite the season high in shots, the team only put two on goal, while the Golden Griffins put 16 of its 22 shots on goal. Freshman goalie Ainsley Wheldon matched her previous career and season high of 10 saves in only a little over 72 minutes of play. Senior Courtney McHale subbed in for her first ever appearance and added three saves and one goal allowed in just over 17 minutes of action.

Buffalo out-played the Griffs in the first half, holding a 12-7 advantage on shots and a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks. The Bulls lost momentum early in the second, though, allowing a goal in the 52nd minute and another exactly 15 minutes later. Senior Lindsey Bailey led the team with four shots, with five other Bulls tied with two shots each.

The team will look to shake off the recent slump and begin the Mid-American Conference season with a win. The Friday-Sunday combination will see the Bulls traveling to Bowling Green for a 4:00 pm kickoff before heading to take on the Miami Redhawks Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Indiana 2, Central Michigan 1
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A tough first half deemed costly for the CMU women's soccer team on Sunday, as it dropped a 2-1 match at Indiana.

Sophomore goalkeeper Stefanie Turner earned her second straight start in goal for the Chippewas and faced an array of shots from the start.

Indiana scored the first goal of the game when Carly Samp fired a shot from 16-yards in the 11th minute and the ball deflected off a Central Michigan defender to give the Hoosier a 1-0 lead.

CMU was able to fire just one shot during the first half, with Turner stopping five of the six shots she faced to keep the score remain at 1-0 at the half.

The second half of the match played more evenly between the two teams, as CMU was able to fire seven shots, three on goal, adding pressure to the Indiana defense.

Indiana's Orianica Velasquez scored the second goal of the match from inside the 18-yard box to extend the hoosiers lead to 2-0.

The Maroon and Gold added a score late in the match when freshman Jennifer Gassman scored her first career goal in the 87th minute to close the gap to 2-1, but the Chippewas were unable to pose another scoring threat.

"We knew we were going to play a good team today," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "We came out with a better mindset in the second half. We need to play that way all the time."

Stefani Turner took the loss in net for CMU, dropping her record to 2-2 on the season. Turner played all 90 minutes for the first time in her career, stopping seven of the nine shots she faced.

CMU will return home after a month on the road to open Mid-American play versus Akron at 4 p.m., before facing off against Ohio, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Bowling Green 3, Indiana State 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Alyssa Zuccaro had her first career two-goal game, and Sarah VonderBrink scored a late goal for the second-straight Sunday, as the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team rallied for a 3-2 victory at Indiana State.  The match, the Falcons' final non-conference contest of the season, was held Sunday afternoon (Sept. 19) at ISU's Memorial Stadium.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 2-6-1 on the season, while dropping ISU to 6-3-0.  BGSU's win snapped the Sycamores' six-match winning streak.

Additionally, the win was the 100th career victory for BGSU head coach Andy Richards, with all 100 of those wins coming at the Falcon helm.

The Falcons return home to begin the Mid-American Conference portion of the schedule next weekend.  BGSU will host Buffalo on Friday (Sept. 24) and will take on Kent State Sunday (Sept. 26) at Cochrane Field.

IUPUI 2, Kent State 1
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Kent State women's soccer team (1-3-3) rallied from an early first-half one-goal deficit Sunday at IUPUI, but the Golden Flashes were not able to recover from a second-half strike by the Jaguars in a 2-1 setback to close KSU's non-conference action.

Freshman forward Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) scored her team-best fifth goal of the season in the first half Sunday, combining with senior Annie Messer (Dayton, Ohio) to pull Kent State even, 1-1, in the 23rd minute of the first half.

Although the Golden Flashes outshot IUPUI by a 6-4 margin in the first half, including a 5-3 ledger in shots on goal, Kent State fell behind in the 14th minute. IUPUI broke through Kent State's defense and Sarah Colby scored her first goal of the season.

In the 53rd minute, the Jaguars took a 2-1 advantage off a header goal by Megan Hock, her fourth goal of the season and third game-winning strike of the year.

Kent State pushed numbers forward in the game's final minutes, but the team's offensive pressure was stymied when KSU goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) was issued a red card, leaving the Golden Flashes with just 10 players on the field.

For the game, Kent State peppered IUPUI's goal with 17 shots, with 10 finding the frame. The Golden Flashes also had an 8-5 advantage in total corner kicks, but were not able to convert on any of the set pieces.

Sherwood finished with two of Kent State's saves, while IUPUI's Giselle Guzman and Kristin Haseley combined to make nine stops. Christine Pellegrino (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made the other save for Kent State in her first collegiate action.

The Golden Flashes will now begin Mid-American Conference action, starting Friday, Sept. 24 at Miami (Ohio) for a 4 p.m. kickoff.

Miami 3, Evansville 2
OXFORD, Ohio - Junior Giselle Mangal scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 81st minute, to send the Miami University women's soccer to its fourth straight win Sunday - a 3-2 victory over Evansville on Senior Day at Miami Soccer Field. The RedHawks (7-2-0) are now off to their best start since 2002 as the Purple Aces (2-6-1) served as Miami's final non-conference game of the season.

Evansville struck first as Breanna Beine gathered a bouncing ball inside the box and fired it top shelf over Miami senior keeper Rachelle Boff's head for a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.

The 'Hawks responded quickly, however, scoring two goals in a three minute stretch to grab the lead. Junior Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) was the first RedHawk to find the back of the net in the 26th minute, as she headed home a corner kick in heavy traffic off the foot of fellow junior Sarah Dessfelt (Vellinge, Sweden), who picked up her third assist. The goal was Clarke's second of the year.

Less than three minutes later, Miami went ahead, 2-1, when Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) blasted a shot from outside the penalty box that deflected off a Purple Ace defender and into the corner of the goal. The tally was Mangal's first as a RedHawk after transferring from Louisville this season.

"What we're asking Giselle to do is different than what she did at Louisville so it's going to take some time for her to get comfortable and get confidence in our system," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "I told her to run at it and be yourself and she seemed to grow in confidence as the game went on and it was a very timely, well-taken goal at the end (of the game) so I'm proud of her."

The Red and White looked to add to their advantage, peppering Evansville with shots, including several on goal, but UE goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison made six stops over the final 15 minutes of the period, including two diving efforts to rob freshman Dani Fraelick (Glenview, Ill.) late in the half, to keep the margin at one.

The RedHawks held a 14-4 edge in shots over the first 45 minutes, including 10 on goal, but Harrison had eight saves in the half to keep her team in the match. Miami also earned five corners to Evansville's two in the frame.

Miami came out firing in the second half, keeping play in the Evansville end, but was still unable to pad their cushion. Freshman Sam Whitmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) looked like she would add to the RedHawk lead but her shot careened off the post early in the second half while fellow freshman Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) suffered the same unlucky fate in the 68th minute when her shot also bounced off the right post.

Boff made a diving stop on Evansville's first shot of the second half to preserve Miami's lead but the Purple Aces knotted the game at two in the 73rd minute when Shayna Jones launched a rocket from 30 yards out that barely sailed over Boff's head, as Boff (Naples, Fla.) couldn't get enough of a hand on it to tip it over the crossbar.

Once again the RedHawks responded quickly to an Evansville goal, as sophomore Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) fed Mangal a through ball behind the defense that allowed Mangal to dribble around the keeper and put the ball into the empty net giving Miami back the lead at 3-2. Kodiak picked up her team-leading seventh assist on the play as the 'Hawks held off the Purple Aces the remainder of the match to earn the victory.

Miami out-shot Evansville 29-7 for the match and earned 12 corner kicks to UE's four. Mangal led the Red and White with seven shots, including three on goal. Harrison finished with 11 saves in net for the Purple Aces while Boff ended the day with two stops.

"The thing that I really liked about this game is that it was a good character test," Kramig said. "Sunday games are like this - it just slogs. You're tired after playing Friday, it's hard to concentrate, but we never lost our composure even after we gave up the lead, even when we got tied, so I think it's a great character reference that we were able to come up with the game-winner at the end."

Prior to the match, Miami's six seniors (Boff, Jessica and Rachel Byron, Brooke Livingston, Sara Lund, who did not play due to an injury, and Julie Thompson) were honored as part of the Senior Day festivities. It was also Miami Soccer's Alumni Weekend, as several alumni were also recognized at halftime of the match.

The RedHawks now turn their attention to Mid-American Conference play as Miami opens league play Friday, Sept. 24 against Kent State at 4 p.m. before hosting Buffalo Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. with both matches taking place at Miami Soccer Field.

Ohio 4, Morehead State 2
MOREHEAD, Ky. - Four different Bobcats netted goals as Ohio soccer downed Morehead State 4-2 on the road Sunday to wrap up nonconference play. Erin Schwenke, Rachael Goulding, Katie Kemen and Toye Famodu all found the back of the net for the Green and White, which also got two assists from Cathryn Rogers.

After struggling to convert on close chances in a hard-fought loss just two days earlier, Ohio (3-3-1) capitalized on its offensive opportunities throughout Sunday's contest, scoring two goals in each half. Despite being outshot by the home Eagles (3-6-0), the 'Cats made the most of their shots by landing seven of their nine total shots on goal.

"We did a very good job of finishing our opportunities," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "We stayed composed in front of the goal and released our shots quickly. Credit Morehead State for coming back like they did. They came out in the second half and changed their style. That threw us off some."

Schwenke (Solon, Ohio), Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) and Goulding (Toronto, Ontario) all tallied two shots on the day to go with their scores, with Schwenke and Famodu landing both of their attempts on goal. Rogers' (Toronto, Ontario) two helpers were her first of the season and a career high for the sophomore. Sophomore Paige Howard (Mentor, Ohio) and junior Rachael Philpot (Cincinnati, Ohio) each picked up an assist, the first of both of their careers. Freshman keeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) picked up eight saves in goal.

It didn't take long for the 'Cats to get on the board. After taking control of the action, Schwenke landed the first score of the afternoon for Ohio nearly midway through the 12th minute when she took a feed from Rogers just inside the right corner of the box and nestled a shot past the MSU keeper and to the far post for her first goal of the season and the fourth of her career.

The Green and White continued to keep the pressure on the Eagles defense and capitalized yet again late in the 20th minute when Howard found a streaking Kemen (Cincinnati, Ohio), who headed the ball into the strings from about eight yards out for Ohio's second score of the day and the first of the season for Kemen. MSU would not go down without a fight and kept the pressure on the 'Cats, but some clutch saves from Liston sent Ohio into the half up 2-0.

The Eagles came out determined to start the second half and managed to score almost midway through the 47th minute on the first of two goals from Giuleana Lopez. Both squads exchanged shots over a busy next few minutes. The 'Cats then scored what would prove to be the deciding goal of the contest in the 56th minute when Rogers fed a streaking Goulding, who took advantage of a well-timed run to get behind the defense. With the keeper coming out, she deposited a nice touch beyond the keeper's reach and into the back of the strings to give Ohio a 3-1 advantage. For Goulding, it was her first goal of the season and the fourth of her career.

MSU still would not go away as it came scratching back and took control of the action. It would pay off for the Eagles a short time later as Lopez managed to get behind the 'Cats' defense and deposit her second score of the contest late in the 60th minute.

Despite the persistency of the home team, the Green and White would not wilt. Ohio continued to battle a persistent MSU squad. Famodu helped ensure the 'Cats win late in the 82nd minute with the team's fourth score of the day. Following a nice punt from Liston, Philpot received the ball on a nice touch and sent it over to an open Famodu, who knocked it into the net. It was her first score of the season and the third of her career. Ohio's defense held strong the rest of the way to ensure the win.

The Green and White will now open Mid-American Conference play on the road next weekend as it takes on Eastern Michigan Friday afternoon before battling defending-MAC Champions Central Michigan Sunday.

Long Beach State 4, Akron 1
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Freshman forward Kelly DeNiro recorded her first career goal, but it was not enough as The University of Akron women's soccer team was dropped 4-1 by Long Beach State Sunday morning at the UNLV Rebel Classic.

"I was very proud of the team today," said coach Chris Pfau. "We were able to do some nice things despite battling 100 plus degree temperatures over the last 3 days and playing a very talented Long Beach State team."

The 49ers used a pair of goals in each half to build a 4-0 lead before DeNiro's strike to the back post pulled a goal back for the Zips in the 86th minute. Katie Wise collected an assist on tbe UA score.

Seven different Zips registered shots in the match, while junior goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert made seven saves.

UA concludes their six-game road swing next weekend when they open Mid-American Conference play at Central Michigan on Friday and at Eastern Michigan on Sunday.

"These last 3 weeks have been very tough," added Pfau. "Not only were we facing strong teams, but playing them on the road was going to challenge us like never before. It exposed us, made us play tougher and quicker, and will help us heading into conference play next weekend."

Northern Illinois 1, UW-Green Bay 0
DEKALB, Ill.-  The Northern Illinois women's soccer team had something extra to celebrate on their 2010 Senior Day this Sunday, after the Huskies (4-3-0) posted a 1-0 victory over Green Bay (2-4-2) at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex to wrap their non-conference schedule.  The seniors combined forces with their Huskie squad to dominate play throughout and give NIU its third shutout of the season.

Northern Illinois head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker feels it is very fitting to celebrate a win on senior day.

"As we finish our non-conference season, it is great to see us finish on high for our seniors today," said Barker. "We had two solid performances this weekend that gave us two shutouts and two wins. This is an excellent way to wrap up the first part of our season and head into conference play."

The Huskies controlled the ball throughout the opening half, registering 10 shot attempts from seven different players.  However, a strong Green Bay backline held NIU to just three shots on goal.  The Huskies held their opponents to five shot attempts, while freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr recorded three saves to keep the Phoenix scoreless through the first half of play.

In the 53rd minute, freshman Frances Boukidis gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead when she headed the ball into the back right of the Phoenix net. Lauren Eberts and Kelsey Passaglia were credited with assists on the goal after Eberts found Passaglia in the box and before Passaglia headed the ball to Boukidis.

Following the goal, Green Bay put a lot of pressure on the Huskies but the NIU defense held off a late rally by the Phoenix to secure their third shutout of the season. Despite the pressure, the NIU offense would not let up outshooting the Phoenix 18-12, with nine shots on goal to Green Bay's five, by the end of contest.

NIU saw 11 Huskies register shots attempts, eight of whom fired shots on goal. Mo Smunt led the charge with five shots and two shots on goal, while Passaglia fired three shots and Corinne Frankenberg registered two shots.  Passaglia and Frankenberg each notched a shot on goal.

Carr played all 90 minutes in goal for the Huskies, recording five saves to earn her third shutout of the season.

Following today's contest NIU will hit the road next Friday as the Huskies open their conference schedule at Toledo. The match-up between the Huskies and Rockets is set to begin at 3 p.m. at the Scott Park Soccer Complex in Toledo, Ohio.