Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/23/2010

Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Eastern Michigan 1, Ball State 0 (2OT)
Northern Illinois 2, Miami 1
Western Michigan 1, Bowling Green 0 (2OT)
Toledo 1, Central Michigan 0
Ohio 1, Buffalo 0 (2OT)
Akron 2, Kent State 1 (2OT)

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Eastern Michigan 1, Ball State 0 (2OT)
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team battled back-and-forth with one of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference Friday afternoon before dropping a 1-0 double overtime contest to Eastern Michigan at the BSU Soccer Field. The loss drops the Cardinals to 6-9-2 overall and 0-7-2 in MAC play while the Eagles improve to 9-5-4 overall and 6-0-3 in league action.

"Today was one of the best performances our team has had all year long," head coach Craig Roberts said. "For the first time this season we played a whole game tactically how we wanted to and really surprised Eastern Michigan."

Ball State and EMU went toe-to-toe in the tight contest as the Cardinals held a 22-17 lead in shots for the game, including a 10-7 edge in the first half. Eastern Michigan had a strong chance to open the scoring early in the second half as Paige Sheridan came open from 10 yards out but freshman goalkeeper Layne Schramm (The Colony, Texas/The Colony) was able to smother the shot to keep the game scoreless.

Schramm came up big again in the 73rd minute of play as Sheridan got behind the  BSU defense. Schramm forced her into a quick shot on the breakaway as she charge out from her line causing the ball to trickle past the outside post.

Eastern Michigan appeared to win the game in the 90th minute of action as Stephanie Janssens shot rang off the far post. Chelsea Detrick ran onto the rebound and deposited into the net, but was ruled offside on the play as the clock wound down to close out regulation.    

Ball State had its best shot to score in the first overtime. Sophomore forward Paige Stroinski (Granger, Ind./Penn) made a run down the right side and sent a cross into the box six yards out. Sophomore Maggie Brown (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) made a run and just missed a header that would have tallied the game-winning goal.

Eastern Michigan found the back of the net in the 102nd minute of play. Sheridan was sent in behind the BSU defense but sophomore defender Brigit Reder (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) was able to make a slide tackle to jar the ball loose. Sheridan was able to poke the ball back into the box where Cara Cutaia struck it into an open net for the 1-0 victory.

Schramm finished the game with three saves in the loss for the Cardinals while EMU goalkeeper Monique Budani tallied eight saves. The Cardinals were led offensively by senior Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall) who posted six shots while Stroinski finished the afternoon with five shots.

The loss eliminates the Cardinals from contention for the MAC Tournament. Ball State will return to action Sunday afternoon as it hosts MAC West Division co-leader Central Michigan at 1 p.m.

Northern Illinois 2, Miami 1
DEKALB, Ill.-  The Northern Illinois women's soccer team defeated the Miami RedHawks, 2-1, Friday afternoon as Shelbi Johnson and Frances Boukidis scored two early goals to push the Huskies past the Mid-American Conference East leaders at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. With the win the Huskies (8-7-1, 4-4-1 MAC) improved their home record to 6-1-1, remaining undefeated in DeKalb since the start of conference play.

Recognizing the strength of the Huskies MAC East foes, head Northern Illinois women's soccer coach Carrie Barker is impressed with how the Huskies performed against a tough team.

"We came out strong and scored two great goals," said Barker. "I'm proud of how we fought today and found a way to win the game against a strong program."

The Huskies got on the board early when Boukidis scored in just the third minute, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead. The play commenced when Shelbi Johnson fired a cornerkick into the box at the 1:53 mark. Kelsey Passaglia received the ball in the box and sent it to Kylie Revelle who fired off a quick shot. Boukidis received the ball off the rebound from the Miami goalkeeper's save, and sent the ball into the back of the RedHawks net to the put the Huskies up 1-0.

Just five minutes later the Huskies grabbed a 2-0 advantage over the RedHawks when Johnson scored off a cornerkick in the 8th minute. Johnson took the corner and fired the ball into the near upper right of the net, giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead. The goal was Johnson third of the season.

Throughout the remainder of the first half the Huskies dominated play. NIU tallied nine shots, eight on goal, and five cornerkicks in the half. The Huskies held their opponents to eight shots, three on goal, and three corners, while forcing Miami goalkeeper Kris Gasparovic to make six saves in the half.

In the second half of play, the Huskies warded off a strong offensive attack from the RedHawks. Despite the increased offensive pressure from Miami, an unwavering Huskie defense overpowered the RedHawks' second-half effort. The Huskies held their opponents scoreless through most of the contest, letting up just one goal on a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

The RedHawks scored their lone goal of the contest when a foul in the box allowed Miami's Rachel Byron to take a penalty kick.  Byron snuck the ball past Northern Illinois goalkeeper Amy Carr, to bring the game to 2-1.  Carr totaled eight saves in the match to preserve the Huskie win.

The win gives the Huskies 3-0-1 record at home since the start of MAC action, and pushes the Huskies to 4-4-1 in overall conference play. Northern Illinois will close out its home schedule this Sunday when the Huskies play host to Western Michigan at 1 p.m. at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

Western Michigan 1, Bowling Green 0 (2OT)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Megan Matula netted a goal in the 107th minute to lead the Western Michigan women's soccer team to its first overtime win of the season, 1-0, over Bowling Green at the WMU Soccer complex on Friday afternoon.

The Broncos had dominated possession and were outshooting the Falcons, 21-8 before a foul gave WMU a free kick from 35 yards out. WMU's service specialist Caitlin Henderson fired a cross in and Matula headed it into the right corner of the net for her third goal of the season. The assist was Henderson's team-leading and career-high seventh of the season.

"Caitlin has been so dependable and has done a fantastic job with her service in play and on set pieces," said head coach Suzie Grech. "She played a great ball in their and made the goalkeeper make a mistake and we were there to capitalize on it."

Western Michigan's midfield and back line kept Bowling Green's scoring chances at a minimum, allowing only four of their eight shots on net. Julia Francy made the saves to earn her fifth shutout of the season and WMU's shutout streak at home to five games.

"We played very well and did a great job limiting their chances," added Grech. "We didn't do a great job of capitalizing on all of ours but we got it when it counted."

Western Michigan hosts Miami on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will honor the careers of its seniors Ali Bagley, Ashley Caliendo Kelsey Carmichael, Nicole Dulyea, Julia Francy, and Ali Jacobs.

Toledo 1, Central Michigan 0
TOLEDO, OH - The two heavyweights in the Mid-American Conference went toe-to-toe for 90 intense minutes on Friday at Scott Park. In the end, Toledo scored a late knockout with a second-half goal to take out the reigning league regular season and tournament champion Central Michigan, 1-0. With the shutout victory, the Rockets (13-2-2, 9-0-0 MAC) extend their unbeaten streak to a program-best 12 consecutive matches and take over sole possession of first place in both the West Division and the overall league standings.

Junior Kristen Lynn provided the big body shot in the clash of the league unbeatens with the match's lone goal on a penalty kick in the 58th minute. Lynn calmly stepped up to the free kick and perfectly placed a low shot into the left corner of the CMU (11-4-1, 8-1-0 MAC) net for the match winner at 57:13. The Strongsville, OH native is now 3-of-4 on PKs this season and leads the team in overall points (16) and ranks second in goals (6).

The PK was awarded to the Rockets when senior Erin Flynn's shot at the top of the Central Michigan goal box bounced off the hand of a Chippewas defender, sending the Toledo bench and home fans into a frenzy on the call.

CMU set the tone at the outset of the match and came within inches of scoring on a shot by Chelsi Abbott in the 13th minute. Abbott received a pass down the middle of the field behind the last line of the UT defense from teammate Ashley Mejilla and hit a shot that glanced off the right post from approximately 10-yards out and caromed out of danger.

Less than five minutes later, the visitors had two other golden opportunities to score on a shot off the foot of Liesel Toth, as well as a follow-up attempt by Abbott, but UT junior goalie Vicki Traven made a pair of acrobatic saves to keep the match scoreless. Toth launched a long shot on the first attempt that Traven was able to get a hand on and redirected it off the post. With Traven unable to corral the shot, the ball was loose in front of its goal and CMU's Abbott tried to slide a low shot into the net, but Traven again rose to the challenge and made another diving stop to stall the visitor's rally.

The 2008 MAC Freshman of the Year was simply outstanding between the posts and finished with a season-high 10 saves to record her eighth-complete match shutout of the season. Traven and the UT defense were put under quite a bit of pressure from Central Michigan for a majority of the contest, as the visitors finished with a commanding 23-4 edge in shots and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. But the Rockets stood their ground and denied the talented Chippewas a score. UT has now only given up three scores in nine league contests this fall for a miniscule 0.32 goals-against average.

The Rockets will get to savor this victory for about 12 hours and then start to prepare for their final regular-season home match against Eastern Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday's contest has been tabbed as "Girl Scouts Day" at Scott Park. All Girl Scouts will attend a soccer clinic with the UT women's team in the morning prior to the match and the Girl Scouts will receive their badges during halftime. Group ticket prices have been discounted for this match, as Girl Scouts can enter for $1.00 per ticket and adults will be $3.00.

The match with the Eagles on Sunday is also "Senior Day" for six Toledo players (Lauren Baker, Sarah Blake, Erin Flynn, Brittany Hensler, Torrie Klier and Angela Righeimer), who are appearing in their final regular-season home match. This group has collectively won a school-record 54 matches in three-plus seasons, as well as two conference tourney titles (2007, 08) and one regular-season title (2008).

Ohio 1, Buffalo 0 (2OT)
BUFFALO, NY - In one of the most dramatic of finishes possible in soccer, Ohio scored as the game clock went to 0:00 in double overtime to steal the win on Senior Day Friday night at UB Stadium. The Bulls defense played a fantastic match, holding off a Bobcat attack that produced 13 corner kicks and 12 shots on goal, but a lone mistake proved to be the difference.

Sophomore goalie Danielle Quigley played well in her first start since the first game of the season, making 11 saves including two spectacular saves early in the first and second overtime periods. Her 11 saves are both a season and career high for the Arvada, CO native. However, with seconds remaining in the game, Ohio lined up a corner kick from the left side, and the ensuing kick went untouched as the final horn sounded.

It was a bittersweet end to the final home game for six Buffalo seniors, Lindsey and Kristen Bailey, Nina Connell, Julie Dale, Courtney McHale and Martina Pettenuzzo. Lindsey Bailey had one of the team's more promising attempts on offense, putting a free kick high from 25 yards out in the second half. The six seniors have combined to play in 270 games and score 17 goals.

After playing a physical 90 minutes, the teams were neck and neck through the first 19 minutes of overtime. Quigley made leaping save to punch a header over the top bar in the 97th minute and then came back in the 102nd minute made a diving save off a free kick shot on goal.

The loss drops Buffalo to 1-14-2 this season, and 0-7-2 in the Mid American Conference. With the five-game home stand complete, the team will hit the road for the final two games of the season. Sunday the Bulls will travel to face the Akron Zips. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.

Akron 2, Kent State 1 (2OT)
AKRON, Ohio - For the third straight match, the University of Akron women's soccer team needed extra time to find a winner Friday night, and for the second game in a row, the Zips found an overtime score, downing archrival Kent State 2-1 at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field.

Jordan Baranowski sent the Zips to victory just over a minute into the second overtime, as she took advantage of a miscue on the Kent State backline and found herself one on one with Kent State goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood. The senior striker sent the crowd of 740 into a frenzy, as she eluded the charging KSU keeper and sent the ball into the open goal.

The win moves the Zips to 5-10-1 and 3-5-1 in the MidAmerican Conference play, and keeps the UA playoff hopes alive. With two games remaining, the Zips control their own destiny, as they look to qualify for the MAC Tournament for the second straight year.

Jordan Clark put the Zips in front in the 17th minute with her first goal of the season. Rachel Phillip played in a corner from the right side, and Clark pounced on the ball as it bounced inside the six-yard box, burying into the back of the net.

KSU leveled the match in the 50th minute, when Jessica Gironda slipped behind the Akron defense and beat UA goalkeeper Michelle Smith one on one.

Neither side could convert on quality chances the rest of regulation. Ashley Hughes was denied on the edge of the penalty area by a charging Sherwood in the 84th minute after Smith had made an equally important save of her own just a under a minute earlier as she charged out to block the shot of Kelly Heaton. Smith totaled five saves in the match.

UA outshot the Flashes 14-11 in the match, with Baranowski leading all players with four shots - three of which were on target.

The Zips will host Buffalo on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in their regular season home finale at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field, with the season finale at Ohio on Thursday.