Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/3/2010

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

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Buffalo 0, Western Michigan 0 (2OT)
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Neither Western Michigan or Buffalo could make good on their scoring opportunities, playing to a 0-0 tie Sunday at the WMU Soccer Complex. Bronco keeper Julia Francy made three saves in her 15th career shutout.

Western Michigan record stands at 6-5-1 on the season, 2-1-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo (1-10-1, 0-3-1) earned its first MAC point with the draw.

"The intensity was lacking today, and it's the second Sunday it's been that way," WMU head coach Suzie Grech said. "We need to bring the same effort we do on Friday's in these Sunday matches. We were lucky to come away with a tie today, in a game coming in we thought we should have won."

Offense was lacking from both sides in the first half, which saw three shots combined between the two teams.

Buffalo squandered a scoring opportunity with 20 minutes left in the game. Francy got drawn off her line leaving an open net behind her, but Karen McMahon sent her unmarked shot ringing off the post.

In the 84th minute, WMU's Anina Cicerone hit the crossbar from 25 yards out.

UB missed out on a golden goal midway through the first overtime. Megan Abman found McMahon on a breakaway, 10 yards ahead of the last Bronco defender, but again McMahon was unable to finish. With less than a minute left in overtime, Western Michigan's Ali Bagely had a shot deflected across the endline.

WMU outshot the Bulls on the game, 12-6.

Western Michigan is on the road for it's next four games, making stops at Ohio and Akron next weekend.

Toledo 1, Akron 0 (2OT)
AKRON, Ohio - Kristen Mattei headed in a free kick from eight yards out to give the Toledo Rockets a 1-0 double overtime victory over the University of Akron women's soccer team Sunday afternoon at Lee Jackson Field.

Junior goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert made five saves in the contest tying the all-time UA career saves mark held by Kristin Wilson. Wolbert has now made 213 stops in her career as a Zip.

After a first half that saw neither side create any dangerous offensive threats, the Zips (3-8-0, 1-3-0 MAC) came out in the second half to produce multiple chances. Both Rachel Phillip and Ashley Hughes fired shots on goal and Holly Walton ripped a shot over the crossbar in the first five minutes of the period.

Leigh Cullen had near game-winner in the 87th minute, but her shot slipped just wide of the far post.

Wolbert had a pair of key saves in the waning moments of regulation and in the first overtime to keep the game scoreless before the Mattei header gave the Rockets (8-2-2, 4-0-0 MAC) the victory in the 106th minute.

UA is back in action next weekend with a pair of home MidAmerican Conference matches. The Zips will host Northern Illinois on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Western Michigan on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Central Michigan 1, Bowling Green 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Defending Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan University got a goal late in the second half to slip past the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team Sunday afternoon (Oct. 3).  The contest was held at a windy Cochrane Field.

With the win, the Chippewas improve to 7-3-1 overall and 4-0-0 in MAC play to date.  The Falcons are now 4-8-1 and 2-2-0, respectively.

CMU's Ashley Mejilla scored the game's lone goal, knocking home a deflected shot from close range with 10:18 left in the second half.

The Chippewas held a decisive 16-4 advantage in total shot attempts, but CMU put just four shots on net to the Falcons' two.  Shay Mannino and Stefanie Turner combined for the shutout in goal for the visitors.

Mannino, a last-minute addition to the Chippewas' starting lineup, played the first 45 minutes and did not face a shot.  CMU held a 7-0 advantage in shot attempts in the opening half.

Turner, who played the second half, made two saves, including one on Falcon senior co-captain Alicia Almond with exactly two minutes to play.

The Falcons did not have a single shot attempt over the game's first 84 minutes, but had four in the final 5:28 of the contest as BGSU looked for the equalizer.

Central's goal came off of a corner kick.  The corner was knocked out of the penalty area by a Falcon defender, but went to CMU's Valerie Prause, stationed approximately 30 yards away from goal.  Prause hit a shot that was deflected right to Mejilla.  Mejilla poked the ball home from a yard out.

Sophomore Sarah VonderBrink had the Falcons' first shot of the day, coming with just under five-and-a-half minutes remaining.  The shot came from the left side of the penalty area after a BG corner kick from the right side, but the effort was blocked by a CMU backliner.

As the Falcons pressed forward, freshman Madeline Wideman hit a shot toward goal with just over three minutes remaining, but Turner was able to gather it in.

Then, however, came the Falcons' best chance of the day.  Junior Alyssa Zuccaro took a shot that was blocked, with the ball caroming to Almond.  The senior co-captain, from over 30 yards out, scorched a shot toward the top of the net.  It was all Turner could do to tip the ball over the crossbar at the last second.  That shot, which came with exactly two minutes left, was the final shot attempt by either team.

Of Central's seven first-half shots, a precious few were solid scoring chances.  Laura Twidle fired a shot over the bar with eight minutes gone, and Prause got to the far post to reach a diagonal ball by Clare Horton, but headed it wide with 15 minutes expired.

Late in the half, another entry ball by Horton hit a leg in a crowded six-yard box, but the Chippewas could not get a shot off.

Midway through the second period, Wideman made a long run, getting past several would-be defenders.  But, a Central player was able to knock the ball off of Wideman's boot just outside the penalty area.

Central appeared to have a scoring chance with 17 minutes remaining, as a ball sailed over the head of a BGSU defender, with Kaely Schlosser reaching it first.  But, the Brown and Orange recovered to block Schlosser's shot out of play.

Twidle saw a shot sail just high with 12-and-a-half minutes left, and BGSU senior co-captain Katie Stephenson came up big for the home team just over a minute later.

With under 11 minutes on the clock, Horton played a right-side free kick into the box.  Falcon goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault -- in the middle of a crowd of players -- attempted to punch the ball away, but was unable to clear it out of the danger area.  Twidle settled the ball and fired toward the near (left) post, but Stephenson blocked the shot on the end line.

Less than a minute later, however, the Chippewas got on the board on Mejilla's second goal of the season.

Arsenault played all 90 minutes for the Falcons, making two saves.  BGSU also was credited with a 'team save,' on Stephenson's stop in the 80th minute.

The Falcons now prepare for a pair of road games next weekend.  BG heads to Toledo for a Friday (Oct. 8) match with the Rockets, then will travel to Muncie, Ind., for a Sunday (Oct. 10) contest against Ball State.

Eastern Michigan 1, Miami 1 (2OT)
OXFORD, Ohio - Senior Brooke Livingston scored in the 88th minute to help the Miami University women's soccer earn a comeback, double-overtime draw against Eastern Michigan Sunday afternoon at chilly Miami Soccer Field. The tie was the first of the year for the RedHawks (9-3-1, 2-1-1 Mid-American Conference) while the Eagles (5-5-3, 2-0-2 MAC) remained unbeaten in league play. Miami wore pink jerseys in the game as part of Think Pink for breast cancer awareness.

Miami controlled play early but Eastern Michigan was the first to find the back of the net, as Cara Cutaia headed in her first goal of the year in the 37th minute after Stephanie Clarke crossed the ball over the RedHawk defense.

Miami came right back after the goal and threatened to even the score, but senior Sara Lund's shot at the 39:51 mark was blocked by an Eagle defender just in front the goal line. Less than two minutes later the RedHawks again nearly knotted the contest when sophomore Jess Kodiak fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box but it ricocheted off the crossbar and harmlessly out of play.

With EMU holding its 1-0 lead at the break, the Red and White came out in the second half aggressively trying to even the score, but Eastern Michigan goalkeeper Monique Budani managed to turn away seven shots on goal.

Junior Courtney Clarke put her head on a corner kick from Kodiak, but Budani turned it away in the 85th minute. Junior Giselle Mangal then fired a shot off the rebound but Budani managed to get back in position and make another save.

"The goalkeeper was amazing," head coach Bobby Kramig said of Budani. "She absolutely made the difference in this game."           

In the 87th minute freshman Sam Whitmore made another run at the Eagles' goal, but again Budani denied her, deflecting Whitmore's shot out of bounds.

On the subsequent corner kick, Miami finally struck. Whitmore took the corner and sent it into the box past Budani who tried to snatch the ball off the corner. Livingston found herself in the right place as she was able to use a header to score the equalizer. It was her second tally of the year.

In the two overtimes both keepers protected the tie. Miami took six shots in the extra sessions while EMU managed four as Budani made a trio of saves and Miami redshirt freshman keeper Kris Gasparovic countered with four of her own, including three in the second overtime.

"I thought Julie Thompson probably played the best game I've ever seen her play in four years here at Miami.  She was absolutely superb and I'm really, really proud of her for that," Kramig said. "Kris Gasparovic was pretty  good as well. Certainly in the second half she picked it up. She made a couple of great saves for us."

When the final horn sounded, Gasparovic had made 10 saves on 11 shots on goal while Budani stopped 11 of the 12 she faced. The 'Hawks held a 25-15 advantage overall in shots and also had a commanding 12-3 edge in corner kicks.

"We try to be a little patient and disciplined in our chances, so for us to take 20 plus shots is a lot," Kramig said. "That doesn't reflect very well on our play in the final third and our ability to finish chances. We have to get better."

With its six-game home stand in the books, Miami hits the road Friday, Oct. 8 at Ball State at 4 p.m.

Ohio 1, Ball State 0
ATHENS, Ohio - Erin Schwenke's score late in the eighth minute proved to be just enough as Ohio soccer blanked Ball State 1-0 for its first Mid-American Conference win of the season Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field.

With conditions wet and slippery due to rain before the game, both sides struggled to gain consistent possession. Ohio's (4-5-2, 1-2-1 MAC) defense was strong throughout, however, picking up its fourth shutout of the season and second shutout in MAC play. It was also the fourth shutout of the year for freshman keeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio), who moved into a tie for sixth on the school's single-season shutouts list and tied for fifth on the career list. Liston finished with four saves on the afternoon.

Schwenke's (Solon, Ohio) goal was her second goal of the season, while Toye Famodu picked up the assist to record her first helper of the year. Seven different 'Cats recorded a shot on the afternoon, with Schwenke, Kelsey Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Sara Seitz (Englewood, Ohio) and Katie Kemen (Cincinnati, Ohio) all tallying a shot on goal. Ohio also got a great defensive effort from its back line of Sarah Brown (North Royalton, Ohio), Lauren Burke (Medina, Ohio), Paige Howard (Mentor, Ohio) and Kim Nordtveit (Newtown, Pa.).

"It feels to get the win," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss. "It was one I felt like we earned. Overall, the possession won the game for us today, and that's a style we need to play more often. The defense played very well too. They were organized and kept numbers behind the ball."

The 'Cats came out strong in the early going with a pair of shots early on. Their pressure paid off late in the eighth minute with a two-on-two breakaway. Famodu got behind a defender and sent a nice touch pass to Schwenke just inside the left corner of the box. Schwenke then fired a shot past the keeper and into the right corner of the net.

"Schwenke did a great job on the play," Strauss said of the goal. "She was very composed when the ball got behind the defense. It was a great combination play all the way around from all of our forwards."

Ohio continued to pressure for a minute, but BSU's defense held up to keep the 'Cats off the board. Action was back and forth through the rest of the half as neither side was able to get a consistent possession. The Green and White finished the half with five shots, while holding the Cardinals to just two in the frame.

BSU came out the aggressors after halftime and kept the ball in Ohio territory. The 'Cats' defense was up to the task, however, and kept the Cardinals off the board. The tide turned midway through the second frame as Ohio was able to get possessions in BSU territory. The 'Cats were unable to get any breaks as the Cardinal defense held strong.

BSU had a couple chances in the 65th minute as it picked up a corner kick, which was turned away by Ohio, and a shot from Brigit Reder, which was collected by Liston. The Cardinals continued to fight the rest of the way, but the Green and White defense was up to the task and kept BSU off the scoreboard for the win.

Ohio is back at Chessa Field next weekend for a pair of contests. The 'Cats will host Western Michigan Friday at 4 p.m.

Kent State 1, Northern Illinois 1 (2OT)
DEKALB, Ill.-  In a tough contest between Mid-American Conference foes Northern Illinois and Kent State, the Huskies battled the Golden Flashes to 1-1 draw at NIU Soccer and Track & Field complex on Sunday afternoon.  With a strong offensive attack, NIU came back from a 1-0 deficit early in the second half to tie the Golden Flashes, before battling KSU into double overtime.

The Huskies played to their first draw of the season when NIU sophomore Shelbi Johnson scored in the 51st minute to even the score at 1-1, after KSU scored on a penalty kick in the 47th minute of play. Northern Illinois is now 6-4-1, 2-1-1 in conference play, after battling Kent State (1-6-4, 0-3-1 MAC) to the 1-1 tie.

With a strong offensive strike and solid defensive performance from the Huskies, head Northern Illinois women's soccer coach Carrie Barker feels the team competed with great intensity.

"We battled and gave a 100 percent effort today," said Barker. "We created many opportunities to score, but we just couldn't find the back of the net."

Kent State opened scoring the second half, when a foul by NIU in the box set KSU's Annie Messer up for a penalty kick. Messer earned her first goal of the season, when she was able to sneak the ball past NIU freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr on the penalty kick in the 47th minute of play.

Northern Illinois answered back just four minutes later when Johnson put one away in the 51st minute. The Huskies evened the score, 1-1, when senior captain Mo Smunt crossed the ball through defenders to find Johnson in the center of the box. Johnson then fired the ball past KSU goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood, to record her second goal of the season.

Through the contest, NIU dominated play in nearly every statistical category.  The Huskies outshot the Golden Flashes 19-11, while recording 10 shots on goal to KSU's four. The Huskies also earned six cornerkicks while holding their opponents without.

In a defensive battle the first half, the Huskies and Golden Flashes battled to a scoreless game after 45 minutes. NIU fired four shots, with one on goal, and earned two cornerkicks in the opening half. The Huskies' backline held their opponents without any shots on goal and just one shot attempt.

Opening the second half, the Huskies went on the offensive, outshooting Kent State 11-7, with six shots on goal and three cornerkicks.  Following the initial Kent State goal, the Huskies were relentless in their offensive attack against the Golden Flashes, outshooting their opponents 4-0 leading up to Johnson's goal. NIU continued their offensive pressure for the remainder of the half, recording five shots on goal to KSU's two.

Despite a strong Huskie offense, the Kent State defense was able to hold NIU scoreless, and the two teams battled into overtime play. After going shot for shot in overtime, NIU and Kent State battled into double overtime where the Huskies outshot the Golden Flashes three to two. Carr registered one save for the Huskies, while Sherwood put up three saves for KSU, in overtime play to push the teams to a 1-1 draw.

With three saves in the game, Carr helped led NIU to the 1-1 tie, and notched her 30th save of the season.  The offensive effort was spread across the entire NIU squad today, as 10 Huskies fired shot attempts to contribute to the offensive pressure.

Kelsey Passaglia, Courtney Ksiazek, Shelbi Johnson, and Mo Smunt each had multiple shot attempts in the contest. Passaglia led the way for NIU firing a team-high five shot attempts, with all but one on goal. Ksiazek and Johnson notched three shot attempts each with a shot on goal, while Smunt registered two shots and one shot on goal.

Following today's contest, the Huskies will hit the road for four-straight road games. NIU will kick-off the road swing at Akron on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.