Sunday's Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/7/2009
Sunday's Women's Soccer Results
Michigan State 4, Central Michigan 0
Bowling Green 1, IPFW 0
Bonaventure 3, Buffalo 1
Miami 2, Eastern Illinois 1
Ohio 3, Cleveland State 1
Butler 2, Toledo 1
Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 1
Kent State 1, Youngstown State 0
Illinois State 1, Northern Illinois 0
Western Michigan 0, Northern Iowa 0
Akron 0, Kentucky 0


Michigan State 4, Central Michigan 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State scored three goals in the second half to break open a tight contest and defeat the Central Michigan soccer team, 4-0, on Sunday.

CMU falls to 2-3 with the loss.

Cara Freeman put the Spartans on the board in the 23rd minute when she cashed in on a rebound to put MSU up, 1-0. Michigan State maintained its one-goal advantage through halftime.
"We did a good job controlling the ball in the first half," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "Our defense kept MSU's forwards in front of them and played very well."

MSU extended its lead when Laura Heyboer got behind CMU's defense and fired home a shot in the 54th minute to make it 2-0. Heyboer struck again less than two minutes later to put the Spartans up three.
"Michigan State has some of the best forwards that we will see all year," Anagnost said. "Heyboer is an unbelievable talent and she converted the chances that she got."

Lauren Hill scored the final goal of the match in the 77th minute.

MSU outshot CMU by a 12-9 margin in the contest while the Chippewas outcornered the Spartans 2-1.

Shay Mannino got the call in goal and allowed three goals on four shots before giving way to Stefanie Turner, who turned aside four of five shots.

The Chippewas return home on Friday when they face Valparaiso. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m.

Bowling Green 1, IPFW 0
Sophomore Megan Amann scored in the 60th minute to lift the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over IPFW Sunday afternoon (Sept. 6). The non-conference match was held at Cochrane Field.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 3-2-0 on the season, while the Mastodons fall to 0-3-1.

Redshirt junior Alexa Arsenault made five saves to earn the 18th complete-match shutout of her career, setting a new school record in the process.

In a game that featured precious few scoring chances, especially in the opening half, the Falcons wound up with a 14-12 advantage in shots. However, the 'Dons put five of their shot attempts on target, compared to just two for BGSU.

"Today wasn't a pretty win, but it was a crucial win nonetheless," said 10th-year Falcon head coach Andy Richards. "It was nice to keep our win streak as well as our shutout streak going.

"I think we rode our luck at times, and we caused ourselves a few problems because we were unable to do some of the basic things well. It was a bit of a struggle today."

The Falcons' first precious scoring attempt came approximately 15 minutes into the match, and the play was started by sophomore Katelyn Turner. Turner played a ball out toward the right touch line, to freshman Keely Chandler. Chandler's cross found sophomore Alyssa Zuccaro in the box, and Zuccaro hit her shot hard. Unfortunately for the home team, however, the shot was right at IPFW 'keeper Kristen McFadden.

It was right around that time in the match that the Cochrane Field scoreboard went from operational to inoperational. Despite the best efforts of some BGSU athletics department staff members, the scoreboard refused to work for the final 75 minutes of the match, and Anthony Bellino, the Voice of Cochrane Field, provided the fans and teams with periodic clock updates.

Midway through the first half, Zuccaro's shot attempt had been the Falcons' only one of the match, compared to four by the 'Dons. And, it would be Zuccaro who had the home team's next shot as well. Amann curved an outswinging free kick into the box from the right side of the field. Senior co-captain Samantha Bland headed the ball back to the right, toward Zuccaro. The Falcon soph fired, but her shot was high of the target.

Several minutes later, a crossing ball by senior Jen Czapka was mishandled by McFadden, but one of her defenders was able to clear the ball before a BG attacker could get to it.

With under 10 minutes left in the half, senior Katelin Kobe and Zuccaro nearly hooked up on a pretty play. Kobe took a free kick from the left side of the pitch, and the ball headed toward the far post. Both Zuccaro and McFadden went for the ball, with 'Z' leaving her feet for an attempt at a diving header, but she just missed getting a noggin on it, and the ball sailed through the penalty area untouched. The teams went to halftime still locked in a scoreless tie.

IPFW had seven shot attempts, but no high-quality chances, in the first half. The Mastodons, however, would have only five total shots, but several strong scoring chances, in the second 45 minutes.

With less than five minutes gone after halftime, IPFW's Lisa Underwood played a through-ball to Brittni Roy, who had gotten behind the BG defense. But, Arsenault came charging off her line to emphatically block Roy's shot, knocking the ball well out of the 'danger area'.

In the 60th minute of the match, the Falcons got what would turn out to be the only goal that Arsenault and the BG defensive unit would need. The play began with some give-and-go passing between Turner and Zuccaro on the right side of the pitch. In front of the (inoperational) scoreboard, Zuccaro cut the ball back at the end line to avoid a defender, and slid a pass to junior Meagan Moran at the top of the 18-yard box.

Moran's shot hit a teammate, Turner, with the ball deflecting directly to Amann. The BG soph calmly placed her shot into the right side of the net. Turner and Moran received assists on the play, which came at the 59:17 mark.

"Credit to Megan for getting a goal -- a right-footer -- today," said Richards. "That's twice this season we have seen right-footed goals from Megan Amann. They don't come very often, but when they do, they come in bunches, and we are delighted."

Over the final half-hour of play, IPFW's best chance may have come with just under 20 minutes left. Roy came down the left side on a breakaway, but Arsenault was able to come off her line, cut down the angle and block Roy's shot attempt.

With under eight minutes left, Underwood played a forward ball to Roy yet again. However, Kobe was able to poke the ball away from Roy in the box. Roy recovered enough to get a toe on the ball before Arsenault, but could not keep the ball from rolling over the line for a goal kick. For the most part, the Falcons were able to keep the ball in IPFW's end of the field for the rest of the afternoon to preserve the shutout win.

"Congratulations to Alexa for getting the shutout win," said Richards. "Again, it wasn't the greatest of games, but we stuck it out and got the win, and sometimes that's what you have to do."

The Falcons had eight corner kicks to the 'Dons' two. Zuccaro had a game-high four shot attempts, while junior Katie Stephenson had three. Roy and Tara O'Toole had three shot attempts apiece for the visitors.

The Brown and Orange will be home again next weekend, concluding a three-match homestand with two contests at Cochrane. BGSU will face St. Bonaventure in Friday (Sept. 11) action, and the Falcons will meet Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13).

Bonaventure 3, Buffalo 1
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's soccer team took on St. Bonaventure this afternoon at St. Bonaventure's McGraw-Jennings Field. The Bulls fell to the Bonnies 3-1, with freshman Stephanie Velez scoring her first career goal early in the second half.

The first half was scoreless for both teams with UB outshooting the Bonnies 4-3. Lindsey Bailey gave Buffalo their first shot on goal of the game at the 24:51 mark to test the Bonnies goalkeeper. Aubrey Stahl and Velez also had scoring chances in the first half but couldn't find the back of the net.

Velez netted Buffalo's only goal of the game off a pass from Bailey less than three minutes into the second half to put the Bulls up by one. Their lead didn't last long as St. Bonaventure came back with a goal of their own less than a minute later to tie it up. The Bonnies put another one past Buffalo goalkeeper Danielle Quigley at the 57:41 mark to take the lead. The Bonnies added one more with just six minutes remaining to seal the win. Velez had a team high four shots.

The Bulls have their home opener up next, taking on local rival Niagara on Wednesday, September 9. The game is set for 7:30 pm at UB Stadium.

Miami 2, Eastern Illinois 1
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Senior Allison Berkey and junior Sara Lund each scored a goal and registered an assist to help the Miami women's soccer team charge past Eastern Illinois, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field in the teams' first-ever meeting. It was the RedHawks' (2-1) first game in 14 days and marked their second straight win, both of which have come against Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) schools (Eastern Kentucky being the other).

After scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes in its last game (against EKU), Miami again jumped out of the gates quickly, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the first 23 minutes. Lund (Malmo, Sweden), the 'Hawks' leading scorer in 2008, found the back of the net for the first time in 2009 just 2:14 into the contest, blasting a shot "upper 90" into the top corner of the goal off an assist from Berkey (Hopkinton, Mass.).

The duo then hooked up again in the 23rd minute, as Lund fed a textbook cross from the left flank into the box that Berkey headed home from point-blank range for her first tally of the season and first since 2007, after missing 2008 with an injury.

"It's always good to come out strong and get up on teams early," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "I'm real pleased we were able to do that, but we need to do a better job of maintaining the pressure on the other team. We can't take our foot off the accelerator. It's something that we'll talk about in practice and work on."

The Panthers (2-2-1) notched their lone goal of the match in the 33rd minute as Kristin Germann put home a loose ball in the box after a scramble off a corner kick. Rachel Hamilton garnered the assist on the tally, but the 'Hawks took their one-goal lead into the half after outshooting Eastern Illinois, 10-2, in the first frame.

"I was really pleased with the first 25 minutes of the game. I thought we came out strong. We scored early again and kept on that lead. But then we kind of lost that rhythm a bit and gave up a silly goal on a corner kick," Kramig said. "I was very disappointed to give that one away, but we seemed to find our stride and get our rhythm back in the second half."

Although Miami was unable to put anymore goals on the board, the RedHawks controlled the final 45 minutes, ripping nine shots and earning four corners, while allowing just one shot that was off target and conceding one corner. The Red and White out-shot the Panthers 19-3 for the match. Lund led the way with six shots, while senior Kersta Carlson (Plymouth, Minn.) fired three and Berkey put both her shots on frame.

Senior goalkeeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ont.) picked up the win in net to move to 2-1, as she needed to make just one save. Her counterpart, Kaylin Lorbert, made four saves on six shots on goal.

"I thought Allison Berkey had a tremendous performance today. She was the key to everything that we did today I thought," Kramig said. "Kersta Carlson did a wonderful job as our center midfielder, which was kind of a new thing for her. Alexandra Karlsson was very good for us in midfield and of course our two center backs, Brooke (Livingston) and Haley (Clark), were very good. It was certainly not the best game we've ever played and I don't think representative of what we're capable of, but we're delighted with the result."

Miami returns to the pitch Friday, Sept. 11, as it faces a third straight OVC foe in Morehead State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at MSU's Jayne Stadium.

Ohio 3, Cleveland State 1
ATHENS, Ohio - Three was the magic number as Ohio soccer picked up a 3-1 win over visiting Cleveland State Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field. Sara Seitz tallied a goal and an assist to help fuel a Bobcat offensive attack that wracked up 24 shots on the day.

"It definitely felt good to score like we did," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "We had a lot of opportunities to score today, which was our hope. We've worked on creating goal-scoring opportunities a lot in practice the last few days. I thought it really paid off with our offensive production. The next step now is to get more of those shots on goal."

Seitz (Englewood, Ohio) led the Green and White (1-2-0) with five shots on the game, including three on goal, to go with her three points. Freshman Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio) and sophomore Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) also had goals for Ohio. Katie Kemen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Jackie Hanson (LeGrange, Ill.) each recorded three shots on the afternoon, with Hanson tallying an assist. Sophomore Kelsey Pichel (Rochester, Mich.) also picked up an assist, the first of her career. The Green and White outshot CSU 24-5 on the day.

As strong as the Bobcats offensive attack was, the `Cats' defense also posted a strong showing for themselves, limiting the Vikings (1-4-0) to just five shots on the day. During a stretch midway through the second half, CSU managed to keep the ball deep in Ohio territory. Ohio's defense hold strong though and kept the Vikings out of the net.

The `Cats came out and took possession of the ball to start the contest, but the CSU defense held tough and would not allow Ohio to get the ball in the net, despite having several opportunities. The Green and White finally broke through early in the 23rd minute when Seitz played Hanson's corner kick and knocked it into the top left corner of the goal from six yards out.

Ohio added its second goal of the afternoon late in the 41st minute. After keeping the ball deep in Viking territory, Pichel was fouled in the left corner of the box. Famodu played the Pichel free kick nicely and headed the ball past the CSU keeper and into the back of the net. The `Cats tallied 11 shots over the first 45 minutes of play and led 2-0 going into the half.

It didn't take long for Ohio to put its third tally of the day on the board. Just 15 seconds in, Seitz made a nice play on a ball to touch it to Schwenke, who split a pair of defenders and knocked it past the CSU keeper from 18 yards out. The Vikings put their only notch on the scoreboard early in the 52nd minute with Marina Taylor knocking a shot past an outcoming Ohio keeper. That would be all the `Cats' defense would allow. The Green and White defense held strong the rest of the way and the Ohio offense managed to take control of the ball over the last several minutes to hold on to the win.

The `Cats will look to add another win to its total Friday night when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind. to take on Indiana State. First touch is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Butler 2, Toledo 1
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo suffered its first loss of the 2009 season on Sunday, dropping a 2-1 decision to Butler at sunny Scott Park. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 2-1-1.

"Players have to make plays to win and Butler made one more play than we did," Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. "I thought we created enough good scoring chances to be in position to win, but in the end we didn't get in done and that is what it boils down to. I don't think we played poorly, but at the same time I don't think we played as smart as we needed to."

The Bulldogs (2-3-0) started the match with high energy and had the first quality scoring opportunity at 5:10. BU's Angie Muir turned and fired a shot just wide of the mark from about 10 yards out.

Moments later, the Rockets started to get things rolling and had a golden opportunity to seize control of the action. Senior Ali Leak made a long run down the left side and had a good step on the last line of the BU defense. Goalkeeper Jessica Schein came off her line to try and cut down Leak's angle at the goal and the tactic worked. The four-year letterwinners shot sailed wide with only 6:21 gone in the match to keep the score tied.

Unfortunately for the Midnight Blue and Gold, the score did not remain tied for long. Butler quickly countered and tallied the opening score off the foot of Courtney Lord at 7:30. Lord was able to maneuver her way in between the UT defense off a corner kick and get a shot on goal that slid just underneath the crossbar and rolled into the back of the net. The opening goal allowed by UT marked the first time this fall it had trailed in a match.

Facing the early deficit, UT kicked its intensity up a gear and came within inches of knotting the score with 34:30 remaining in the period. Senior Molly Cornwell perfectly placed a free kick into the middle of the Butler goalbox. UT's leak put her head on the cross and sent the ball toward the goal. The Bulldogs' Schein got just enough off the shot to redirect it off the crossbar and out of danger.

The home team was still not done with the pressure before the intermission and had another chance to score the equalizer on a breakaway by sophomore Kristen Lynn at 29:10. Lynn utilized her speed to blow past the Butler defense and was one-on-one with Schein. The goalkeeper came up huge once again for the visitors and stole the ball off Lynn's foot when she tried to go around her to keep the score 1-0 at the break.

Following the intermission, Toledo picked up right where it left off and a long shot by Cornwell looked like it would get over the head of BU's Schein for the equalizer. Out of nowhere though, Schein jumped and tipped it just enough to direct the ball off the crossbar at 53:54.

UT's persistence in the attack finally paid off when sophomore Jaimie Morsillo scored the equalizer at the 55:19 mark. Off a Cornwell corner kick, Morsillo fired a shot that was initially blocked from the far post, but the ball bounced right back to her. The second time must have been the charm and the Moon Township, PA native's followup attempt found the back of the net to draw the teams even. The goal was Morsillo's first of the season, while Cornwell was credited with her team-leading fourth assist. The two-time Mid-American Conference Player of the Year has now tallied points in three of the first four matches this fall.

"I was on the back post and noticed the ball was going to clear all the players up front," Morsillo said. "I was able to get a shot off on the initial cross, but I didn't give up on the play and I got a second shot, which I was able to finish."

The Rockets seemed to have all the momentum following the equalizer, but a defensive lapse in the 71st minute proved to be the difference in the contest. Toledo junior defender Erin Flynn attempted to pass the ball to sophomore goalie Vicki Traven deep in UT territory, but Traven slipped and Butler's Mandi Kotynski was in the right place to took advantage of the mishap and stole the pass. She quickly took a couple dribbles and perfectly placed the ball into the net for the eventual match winner at 70:47.

"Our team just isn't good enough right now to give up easy goals against good teams and win," Evans said. "Easy goals are extemely tough to overcome when you play a quality opponent like Butler."

Toledo did not give hope down the stretch, though, and had two more solid opportunities to again draw the squads even. Lynn accepted a nice pass from sophomore Alyssa Niese and pounded a left-footed shot from about 25 yards out that caromed off the crossbar at 71:41.
The Rockets last quality chance occurred with only five minutes remaining when a shot off the foot of Leak sailed just wide and out of play. UT pulled out all stops and tried to tally the equalizer but just could not find the right combination and suffered only its second loss in its last 14 home matches.

Toledo finished the match with a sizable 18-7 edge in shots and an 8-6 lead in corner kicks. Cornwell paced the Midnight Blue and Gold with five shots, while Leak had four and Lynn finished with three. Between the posts, BU's Schein made five big saves to pick up the win and Traven had three stops in her complete-match effort.

"We had our opportunities today but we just weren't able to finish," Morsillo said. "We now have to pick our heads up and get ready for next week."

Evans added, "I thought we created a lot of good scoring opportunities, but we just were able to finish as many as we had hoped. Soccer is a funny game, the stat line can favor you in a lot of different areas, but you can still come up short on the final score and that is really all the matters."

The Rockets return to action on Thursday, Sept. 13 when they host Wright State in non-conference action. The opening whistle from Scott Park is slated for 5:00 p.m.

Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 1
ANN ARBOR, Mich. ( - Things looked good early on for the Eagles with Chelsea Detrick netting her first goal of the season, but Michigan got even and then pulled away, scoring four unanswered goals to come away with the 4-1 win at the U-M Soccer Complex on Sunday.

What turned out to be a very physical game by the end was a very evenly played match in the first half. Both sides had their fair share of chances in the opening frame, the first came off the foot of the sophomore, Detrick.

She was the beneficiary of a three-on-two breakaway in which Maggie Christensen delivered a perfect through ball, giving Detrick a one-on-one with the Michigan keeper, Kristen Keane. Detrick, who led the team in goals (11) and points (24) in 2008 had no trouble chipping it over a charging Keane for the score.

When both teams met last season, it was the Wolverines who got on the board first, scoring two goals early on before the Eagles (2-1) tied things up in the second half which is how the game ended.

This time around, Michigan (3-3) down 1-0, almost answered the Detrick goal immediately after. A lofted shot by a Wolverine forward caught a charging Monique Budani away from goal. The ball sailed over her head, destined to tie the game at, 1-1, but Katie Lozar retreated to protect that back line and headed the ball out of harm's way to preserve the lead.

It wasn't long after that Michigan would finally get that equalizer when Amanda Bowery used a deflected Jackie Carron corner kick and headed it in over the head of Budani. Set pieces plagued the Eagles all day as two scores followed from similar situations before the first half came to an end.

The final tally in the opening half came off a free kick from Carron in which nobody on the Eagle defense was able to get a foot on the ball to clear it out. Carron finished with an impressive day, scoring a goal and assisting on two others.

Up 3-1 in the second half, the Michigan defense proved too strong, allowing just three shots in the final 45 minutes of action. Keane made three saves in earning the win.

A total of 26 fouls were called in the match with two yellow cards going against the Wolverines. Eastern Michigan falls to 0-6-1 all-time against their cross-town rivals. They'll host Detroit on Tuesday, a team they haven't lost to in their last five meetings. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at Scicluna Field.

Kent State 1, Youngstown State 0
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - With a well-timed free kick by senior Catharine Marosszeky (Aurora, Ontario) with just 31 seconds left in the second overtime period, the Kent State women's soccer team (2-2-0) halted a brief two-game losing streak Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over in-state foe Youngstown State.

Marosszeky's 25-yard free kick from the edge of the penalty box marked her 14th career goal and her seventh game-winner as a Golden Flash. She is now tied for fifth all-time in team history in career scores and is tied for third for game-winners.

"That was a huge goal and a huge lift for the team," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "It's not easy to go to Youngstown to play. This was a well-deserved win, and I'm happy for our players and the character they showed."

Prior to the game-winning free kick, Youngstown State's Katie Peterlin was whistled and cautioned for a foul on Kent State's Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) on the left corner of the penalty box.

From there, Marosszeky teed up and fired, finding the side netting at the far post.

"With that much pressure, it's one of the most difficult shots to take," said Marinaro of Marosszeky's free kick. "She struck it, and it looked really good; when I saw it was on target, I thought it was going in, and it did."

Kent State was the aggressor in the match, but could not close out the contest in regulation. For the game, the Golden Flashes out-fired Youngstown State 18-7 in shots and 10-1 in shots on goal. Through regulation, Kent State's shot margin was 15-4.

Again the Golden Flashes created opportunities offensively with six corner kicks. On the season, Kent State has a 24-6 corner kicks advantage on their opponents.

Youngstown's best chance came from Kara cooper on a breakaway in the 67th minute, but her attempt sailed high. Cooper, who entered the game as YSU's leader offensively, was held to just two shots in the game by a stingy Kent State defense.

Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) needed just one save to register the shutout, the third of her career. Nicole Kline made nine saves for Youngstown State in the setback.

Since a 3-1 Kent State loss in the first-ever match-up against Youngstown State, the Golden Flashes have posted eight straight shutout victories over the Penguins.

The Golden Flashes are back in action Friday, Sept. 11 when Kent State challenges Tulsa in the New Mexico Nike Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.

Illinois State 1, Northern Illinois 0
NORMAL, Ill. - Despite five saves in today's contest by senior goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock, the Northern Illinois women's soccer team fell to Illinois State, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in Normal, Ill. Today's loss dropped the Huskies to a 1-3 record on the season.

Both teams remained scoreless through the first half of the game, but in the 64th minute of play Illinois State sophomore Jessica Carlson scored the game-winning goal for the Redbirds after receiving the ball from an assist by Bethany Brown. Sunday's goal was the first of the season for Carlson.

The Huskies were held to just two shots on goal, as the Redbirds outshot the Huskies, 20-6, in Sunday's contest.

Curnock recorded five saves in the match-up, bringing her career total to 226, while senior Kelly Mullany and junior Christen Schuler each recorded a shot-on-goal for the Huskies.

The Huskies will hit the road Friday, for their six-consecutive road game, as they take on Southern Illinois Edwardsville for a 7 p.m. contest Sept. 11.

Western Michigan 0, Northern Iowa 0
WATERLOO, Iowa -- Despite out shooting the Panthers 16-6, after 120 minutes of play the Western Michigan women's soccer team battled Northern Iowa to a 0-0 tie on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the UNI Panther Invitational.

Anina Cicerone and Stephanie Skowneski each fired off three shots but sophomore Jackie Drees was able to land both her shots on goal. UNI goalkeeper Lauren Potzman made a game-high eight saves on the day to keep WMU off the scoreboard.

"We couldn't finish," said interim head coach Suzie Grech. "We had multiple chances but we just couldn't finish in the final third. Their keeper played very well, coming up with big saves on numerous chances."

The Bronco midfield and defense were able to hold the Panther offense to just one shot on goal, with keeper Julia Francy making the necessary save.

"Our back line did a great job in reading their services," said Grech. "We were able to deny them by dropping our line and the girls read the plays very well."

WMU earned its first shutout on the season and the 11th of Francy's career.

"We played extremely well and cohesive on defense. The girls worked hard to earn the shut out. We know not everything is going to fall in place right off the back, but we come out of the weekend with a win and our first shutout of the season."

Western Michigan continues its non-conference road trip as they take on Oakland at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, Mich. on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Akron 0, Kentucky 0
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Akron women's soccer team played Kentucky to a double-overtime scoreless tie on Sunday at UK Soccer Complex. Competing in their second overtime match in three days, the Zips improved their record to 2-0-1.

UA sophomore goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert picked up the Zips' first shutout of the season and the fourth of her collegiate career. She was credited with a pair of saves, playing all 110 minutes against the Wildcats (2-1-1).

While Akron was outshot 12-5, three of its shots were on goal compared to two by Kentucky. Leading UA offensively was sophomore Rachel Phillip and senior Adrienne Knox, who each took two shots and had one shot on goal apiece. Freshman Kaitlin Flanagan was also credited with one shot on goal.

It was Flanagan who almost gave the Zips a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first half off a corner kick. Junior Katelyn Hausfeld sent the ball towards the back post where Flanagan elevated and got a head on it, but UK goalkeeper Syndey Hiance was there to make the stop. Hiance finished the game with three saves.

Guileana Lopez led Kentucky with eight shots and had both of the Wildcats' shots on goal. In the 19th minute, she took a shot off a free kick from 25 yards out that hit off the right post and went out of bounds. Two minutes later she took a shot from 15 yards away, but Wolbert was there for the save.

Sunday's outcome marked the second time under head coach Chris Pfau that Akron has either defeated or tied a program from a BCS conference. The Zips opened last season with a 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh.

On Friday, Akron topped Morehead State 2-1 thanks to a goal by senior Britni Back with 38 seconds remaining in the first overtime period.

"The team showed great character today," Pfau said. "They played determined soccer from start to finish. We had both excellent individual and team performances. The team should gain great confidence for next weekends games at Nebraska."

The Zips continue a stretch of five-straight away contests next weekend at the adidas Husker Classic in Lincoln, Neb. UA will face Creighton on Friday at 4 p.m. EDT before meeting up with tournament host Nebraska on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.