Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/26/2010

Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Lipscomb 2, Bowling Green 0
Western Michigan 1, Eastern Illinois 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Lipscomb 2, Bowling Green 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- A goal by visiting Lipscomb University just 31 seconds into the second half lifted the Bisons to a 2-0 victory over the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team Sunday morning/afternoon (Sept. 26).  The non-conference match was held at BGSU's Cochrane Field.

With the win, the Bisons improve to 4-4-0 on the season, while dropping the Falcons to 2-3-2.

After a scoreless first half, Miguel DaSilva got the visitors on the board with only half a minute gone in the second period.  Nick Bibb brought the ball into the penalty area unmarked, forcing Falcon goalkeeper Miguel Rosales to choose between Bibb and DaSilva.  Bibb was able to slide a pass past the reach of the BGSU junior, and DaSilva redirected the short pass into the vacated net.

The Bisons doubled the lead in the 70th minute, as Garret Pettis scored an insurance goal.  A shot by LU's Chase Nieri hit the crossbar and bounded back into the field of play, and Pettis was lurking just a few yards away from goal to knock it home.

Lipscomb had an 18-9 advantage in total shot attempts on the day.  LU goalkeeper Brent McGree made one save in his shutout effort, while Rosales had a total of seven stops at the other end of the field.

BGSU returns to Cochrane Field on Friday (Oct. 1), taking on Western Michigan University in Mid-American Conference action.  That match is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.

Western Michigan 1, Eastern Illinois 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan improved to 5-2-1 on the season with a 1-0 road win over Eastern Illinois Sunday. Sophomore Shane Lyons (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell) netted the difference maker, scoring his fifth goal of the season in the 76th minute.

"It was a very important win for a number of reasons," commented Bronco head coach Stu Riddle. "We were on the road, we kept a clean sheet and we now go into conference play on the back end of a victory. The conditions were difficult, with a bumpy pitch and strong winds. I am proud of the lads that they stuck to their individual tasks and that we grinded out the victory."

Despite the 1-0 final, there was plenty of scoring chances by both teams. Western Michigan made a great rush early in the third minute, but Panther keeper Sean Molony made a point blank save on Derek Schrauben's (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) attempt. A second shot by Lyons was kept out of the net with a team save.

In the 51st minute, freshman Oliver Mayer (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) had a header knocked down at the near post. Ten minutes later, Mayer sent a shot ringing off the crossbar.

Still in search of a goal, Lyons came through with the eventual game winner in the 76th minute. Joel Del Toro (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) played a short corner to Darren Jones (Victoria, B.C./Claremont Secondary) on the right flank and Jones connected with Lyons on a header. It was Lyons' second game-winner of the season.

"Shane scored another goal scorer's goal," said Riddle, "and I thought Sean Lewis was magnificent in the net."

Making his second consecutive start, the freshman Lewis (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) recorded five saves in goal for the Broncos. His best saves probably came in the 60th and 65th minutes, stopping a touch shot by Ryan Child and later deterring a shot by Alex Harrison near the right post. Western Michigan also had one team save in the game.

One shy of equaling last year's win total, Western Michigan's next stop is at Bowling Green for the Broncos' Mid-American Conference opener Friday, Oct. 1. That begins a stretch of three games in seven days, as WMU hosts conference opponent Florida Atlantic on Oct. 3 and non-conference opponent Detroit on Oct. 6.

"We are excited to begin conference play next weekend, it is like the start of a new season in some ways and we know we will face to very difficult challenges next weekend."