Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/25/2010

Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Akron 3, Buffalo 0
Central Michigan 2, Ball State 0
Kent State 3, Ohio 2 (2OT)
Toledo 1, Eastern Michigan 0
Miami 1, Western Michigan 1 (2OT)
Northern Illinois 1, Bowling Green 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Akron 3, Buffalo 0
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron women's soccer team continued its push toward the MidAmerican Conference Tournament with a 3-0 victory over visiting Buffalo at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field Sunday afternoon. Jordan Clark tallied a pair of goals and Michelle Smith made three saves in recording the shutout to lead the Zips.

It is the third straight win for UA, who moves to 6-10-1 on the year and 4-5-1 in MAC play. The Bulls fell to 1-15-2 and 0-8-2.

The Zips opened the scoring, scoring on a corner kick in the 25th minute. Kelly DeNiro sent in the service and Clark rose above a crowd to head the ball into the top of the net for her second goal of the season.

The helper by DeNiro was her fifth, and ties the record for assists in a season held by Sarah Artuso, who tallied five assists in 2002.

Smith made a pair of quality plays in the first half turning away Shannon Fisher on the corner of the six-yard box in the 16th minute and punching away a dangerous cross in the 43rd minute.

For the game UA placed five shots on goal to Buffalo's four.

Cullen put the Zips two goals ahead with her fourth goal of the season in the 55th minute. Jordan Baranowski made a run through the center of the attacking half and slipped a through ball in behind the UB defense. Cullen then touched the pass around Bulls' keeper Danielle Quigly - who had charged off her line - and into the open goal from 10 yards out.

Clark provided the final margin with a wonderful free kick in the 79th minute. Clark's strike curled in the near post from 28 yards out for her third goal of the season and third tally in the last two matches.

The Zips will play their regular season finale on Thursday at Ohio, and will be looking to secure and improve their seeding in the MAC tournament. Kickoff is at 3:00 p.m. in Athens. The MAC Tournament begins next Sunday with quarterfinal action.

Central Michigan 2, Ball State 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team dropped a hard fought battle to Mid-American Conference power Central Michigan 2-0 Sunday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Field in a game that was delayed 48 minutes due to lightening. The Cardinals fall to 6-10-2 overall and 0-8-2 in MAC play while CMU improves to 12-4-1 overall and 9-1-0 in league action.

Central Michigan controlled play from the start as it held a 24-7 edge in shots in the victory, including a 15-3 edge in the second half as Ball State played the final 29:27 a player short due to a red card. The Chippewas opened the scoring in the 12th minute of play as Laura Twidle found an opening at the top of the 18-yard box and ripped a bending shot into the side netting past freshman goalkeeper Layne Schramm (The Colony, Texas/The Colony) for the early 1-0 lead.

The teams battled back-and-forth for most of the first half in a heated contest that saw 35 total fouls and six cards issued. The Cardinals were able to withstand the early surge by CMU and head into the locker room trailing by just one goal.

The Chippewas finally broke through for the second goal of the afternoon in the 63rd minute as they were attacking inside the BSU 18-yard box when a Cardinal defender was called for a foul resulting in a penalty kick. Twidle calmly stepped forward and buried her second goal of the afternoon and her sixth of the season to make it a 2-0 game.

Ball State showed its mettle down the stretch as it kept attacking, despite being a player down due to the red card. Senior defender Tina Vannatta (Powhatan, Va./Springboro) had the Cardinals' top opportunity in the 73rd minute as she ripped a free kick from 30 yards out just over the cross bar after eluding CMU goalkeeper Stephanie Turner.

Schramm finished the game with six saves as she played all 90 minutes for the Cardinals. Shay Mannino tallied two saves in the first half while Turner recorded one save in the second half as CMU split goalkeeping duties.

Ball State wraps up the 2010 regular season Thursday afternoon as the Cardinals host Toledo at 3 p.m. at the BSU Soccer Field. The Rockets have already clinched a share of the MAC regular season title.

Kent State 3, Ohio 2 (2OT)
ATHENS, Ohio - A late Kent State score in the second overtime dampened Ohio soccer's Senior Day festivities as the Golden Flashes sneaked out a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field. Kelsey Pichel and Jackie Hanson each netted goals for the Green and White.

Before the game, Ohio paid tribute to a trio of seniors as Sarah Brown (North Royalton, Ohio), Rachael Goulding (Toronto, Ontario) and Hanson (LaGrange, Ill.) were all honored as part of the day's festivities.

Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) tallied a goal, her second of the year, and an assist to go with her team-high three shots to help pace the 'Cats (6-7-4, 3-4-3 MAC). Hanson enjoyed a nice senior day with her second score of the season. Goulding also picked up an assist for the 'Cats, while Cathryn Rogers (Toronto, Ontario) and Rachael Philpot (Cincinnati, Ohio) each recorded two shots, including one on goal. Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) picked up seven saves in the net for Ohio.

"We allowed them (Kent State) to get into the game, and they made it a very direct game," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "In parts, I thought we performed well, but we've got to keep the ball down the stretch and make sure we do the right things and the smart things to seal the victory. Give a lot of credit to Kent State. They knew they had to get a win today, and they refused to give up."

The 'Cats came out strong early on and scored late in the fifth minute. Ohio got a break as Goulding sent a quick pass to Pichel, who found a streaking Hanson on the right side. She then knocked a bounding shot over the outcoming Kent (3-10-4, 2-6-1 MAC) keeper and into the right corner of the net.

Action went back and forth through the next few minutes until the Golden Flashes responded with a tally in the 12th minute when Jessacca Gironda knocked one just past the 'Cats' keeper into the right corner of the net off a crossing pass from Kelly Heaton. Annie Messer was also credited with an assist on the play.

Both sides had chances throughout the rest of the first half, but the defenses were able to close down and limit any serious looks. The first period ended with Ohio holding a slight 4-3 edge in shots and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Play continued to be back and forth to start the second half. The 'Cats took advantage of a Kent foul just outside the top of the box early in the 55th minute as Pichel nailed the direct kick into the back left corner of the strings to give the Green and White a 2-1 lead.

The Flashes would not go down without a fight, however, and continued to battle. They were able to convert on a corner late in the 86th minute when Kellyn Flanagan was able to punch a shot into the right side of the goal. Neither side was able to convert on anything in the final four minutes of regulation to send play to overtime. Ohio held a 10-7 edge in shots heading into the first extra frame.

Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) had a chance to end things in the first overtime as she got a one-on-one breakaway with the Kent keeper on the right side. Her shot sailed just wide of the net though. The Flashes kept the pressure on and nearly ended it themselves with 3:30 left on the clock, but consecutive saves from Liston off Flanagan attempts kept play going. Kent tallied five shots in the period, but Ohio's defense hung tough to force the second overtime.

Both teams traded chances through the first part of the stanza, before the Flashes ended the game with an unfortunate Kent break that ended with a Messer goal in the 106th minute.

Messer had a goal and an assist to go with three shots to help pace the Flashes, while Gironda and Flanagan each had goals on top of three shots apiece.

Ohio will wrap up the regular season Thursday as it welcomes Akron to Chessa Field in a battle for MAC Tournament seeding. First touch is set for 3 p.m.

Toledo 1, Eastern Michigan 0
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (14-2-2, 10-0-0 MAC) earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over previously league unbeaten Eastern Michigan (9-6-4, 6-1-3 MAC MAC) in Sunday's Mid-American Conference home finale at Scott Park. With the shutout win, the Rockets have captured at least a share of the MAC regular-season title and secured the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

Junior Kristen Lynn provided the match-winning score for the second-consecutive match at the 13:05 mark of the first half to extend UT's unbeaten streak to a program-best 13 consecutive contests. Senior Erin Flynn set up the tally with a perfectly executed flick pass to Lynn, who had snuck in behind the EMU defense. Lynn ran onto the pass and lofted a shot from approximately 10-yards out over the head of Eagles goalie Monique Budani, who had come off her line to try and cut down the angle on the attempt, but Lynn's shot eluded the keeper and fell just inside the far post for her seventh goal of the season.

UT was the aggressor for the majority of the match and had a golden opportunity to score on a header by senior Brittany Hensler just 3:10 into the contest. The fourth-year Rocket was in a scrum for a loose ball about five yards from the EMU goal and headed the ball just over the bar.

EMU's best chance to score in the opening stanza came off the foot of Katie Marsh at the 9:21 mark. The defender blasted a left-footed shot from approximately 30 yards out that barely slid wide of the target.

Following Lynn's goal, the Strongsville, OH native nearly doubled the lead on a shot from 18-yards out at 23:37, but her attempt went high to keep the difference 1-0 at the intermission. UT sophomore Megan Blake and Flynn each had solid headers on the play to put the ball deep into EMU territory to Lynn, who fired a shot that nearly found its mark.

EMU's only other real scoring chance came at the outset of the second period on a long shot by Chelsea Detrick at 56:20, but her attempt from approximately 20 yards out went wide of the net. Detrick received a nice pass from Paige Sheridan, who made a long run down the left side, and she tried to hit a shot toward the far post but it sailed high of the mark.

Toledo was not content with its one-goal advantage and came within inches of adding to it on a shot by Flynn with a little over 18 minutes remaining in regulation. Freshman Rachel MacLeod made a long run down the right side and passed the ball to a wide open Flynn at the top of the 18-yard line. The two-time team captain rushed her shot just a little bit and it sailed wide on the left side of the frame to make the final score 1-0.

Toledo finished the match with a decisive 17-4 edge in shots, including a contest-best six off the foot of Lynn, and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

Between the posts, junior Vicki Traven did not have to record a save to earn her ninth shutout of the season and seventh in 10 conference matches.

The Rockets will wrap up their regular season on Thursday, Oct. 28 when they travel to Muncie, IN to battle Ball State. The opening whistle is slated for 1:00 from the BSU Soccer Field.

Miami 1, Western Michigan 1 (2OT)
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan scored a second-half goal to earn a 1-1 tie against Miami Sunday. It was the Broncos' seventh overtime game of the year and second straight.

Sarah Lund broke free on a breakaway for Miami in the seventh minute, scoring her first goal of the season. It was the first goal allowed by the Broncos at the WMU Soccer Complex this year, snapping a five-game home shutout streak.

WMU's Brittney Pavlica knotted the game at one-all in the 71st minute. Anina Cicerone served a ball from the right side and Megan Putnam flicked it on in the box. Pavlica corralled the loose ball on the backside and buried it in left side for her fifth goal of the season. Both Cicerone and Putnam recorded an assist on the play. It was the first career point for the freshman Putnam.

Western Michigan had a corner opportunity at the end of the first overtime, but Miami keeper Madison Ryan was able to pounce on the ball and let time run out.

The Broncos held the advantage on corners, 6-2 and on shots, 11-7, Julia Francy made three saves in goal for WMU.

Western Michigan honored its six seniors, Ali Bagley, Ashley Caliendo, Kelsey Carmichael, Nicole Dulyea, Ali Jacobs and Francy prior to the game.

With the tie, Western Michigan moves to 8-6-4 on the season and 4-2-4 in the Mid-American Conference. Miami is now 11-6-2, 4-4-2 MAC.

The women's soccer team will play their final home game of the season on Thursday, Oct. 28 when they take on the Huskies of Northern Illinois. Game time is 2 p.m.

Northern Illinois 1, Bowling Green 0
DEKALB, Ill.-  Junior forward Kelsey Passaglia scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute, as the Huskies took down Mid-American Conference East foe Bowling Green, 1-0, to improve their record to 9-7-1, 5-4-1 in conference play, and earn their seventh shutout of the season at the NIU Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies opened scoring in the 59th minute when Passaglia scored from inside the box to give Northern Illinois a 1-0 lead. Freshman Samantha Hill began the play when she chipped the ball over a defender to find a streaking Passaglia in the box. Passaglia took control of the ball and buried it in the back left of the Falcon's net.  The goal was Passaglia's fourth of the season.

In an even-matched opening half, the Huskies and Falcons battled back and forth, as each team fought for possession through the opening minutes. NIU and BGSU went shot for shot to open play, with the Huskies tallying five shots to the Falcons's four.  Northern Illinois took control of the half at the 21 minute mark, as the Huskies fired seven shot attempts and held the Falcons' without any attempts through the remaining 24 minutes.

Throughout the contest, the Huskies continued to dominate every statistical category. NIU fired 16 shots to BGSU's seven, while edging out the opposition four to three in cornerkicks in the contest. The Huskies also recorded five shots on goal, while holding the Falcon's without any shots on goal until the 85th minute of play.

Eight Huskies tallied shot attempts for NIU, while four had multiple attempts, and four recorded shots on goal.  Shelbi Johnson led the Huskies with five shots, two on goal, while Passaglia fired three shots, including the gamewinner. Mo Smunt and Kayra Thompson registered two shots a piece, while Smunt tallied one shot on goal.

Defensively, the Huskies did not falter in 90 minutes of play. The backline held their opponents to just seven shots, two on goal, throughout the entire contest. The Huskies were relentless in their defense, and every time the Falcons would get the ball NIU would prevent BGSU from creating any opportunity to score.

The shutout victory marks the final home game of the 2010 season for the Huskies, who went 7-1-1 on their home turf and earned a 4-0-1 record in conference play in DeKalb. With the shutout the Huskies are tied for fourth-most shutouts in a season in NIU history at seven, while freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr ranks third in the NIU's record books for most shutouts in a season.

"We had a great home weekend," said Northern Illinois head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker. "Two wins, a shutout and raising money for the Susan G. Komen foundation is a great way to finish our home schedule."

Northern Illinois women's soccer honored October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month this weekend by selling pink t-shirts and collecting donations in support of breast cancer awareness. All the proceeds from the Huskies' efforts will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® foundation.

Following a pair of home victories this weekend, the Huskies will take action on the road as NIU wraps its regular season schedule at Western Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 28.