2009 MAC Women's Soccer Tournament Pairings Set

Updated 10/29/2009
MAC Women's Soccer Tournament Bracket

2009 MAC Women's Soccer Tournament Pairings (at higher seed campus site)

No. 2 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 7 Kent State, 1 p.m.
No. 1 Central Michigan vs. No. 8 Western Michigan, 2 p.m.
No. 3 Akron vs. No. 6 Miami, 2 p.m.
No. 4 Ohio vs. No. 5 Toledo, 2 p.m.


Thursday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Toledo 1, Bowling Green 0
TOLEDO, OH - Senior Ali Leak scored the match's lone goal in the 83rd minute to lead Toledo to a 1-0 shutout victory over arch-rival Bowling Green on Thursday at Scott Park. With today's win, the Rockets wrap up the regular season with a 10-6-3 overall record and a 6-3-2 mark in Mid-American Conference action.

UT will be the No. 5 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament and play at No. 4 seed Ohio on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2:00 p.m. The Rockets and Bobcats tied for fourth place in the final MAC standings with identical league ledgers, but Ohio won the head-to-head matchup, 1-0, earlier this fall to earn the homefield advantage.

On today's match-winning score, Leak was able to find a seam in the BGSU (5-12-3, 1-7-3 MAC) defense on a cross from classmate Molly Cornwell and head the ball into the back of the net. The goal was her team-best fifth of the season at 82:20. With the two points, Leak moved into fifth place in UT history with 52 career points (20 goals, 12 assists), surpassing Odia Jahurally (51 pts., 1997-2000).

"I saw Molly taking a touch toward the corner, so I made my way to the middle of the goal box and she found me," Leak said. "I guess I was just in the right place at the right time."

For a majority of the first half, neither squad generated much offense, as each team was credited with one shot on goal.

The Falcons had the best chance to score with a little over five minutes remaining in the opening period on a free kick by Colleen Kordan. The defender played a direct kick in from about 35-yards out deep into the UT goalbox. A tussle ensued for the free ball, before Toledo senior Megan Ginley cleared it out of danger and kept the match scoreless at the intermission.

The second half was a different story, though, as the Rockets controlled much of the possession and defeated their arch rival for the second-consecutive season. UT's first quality scoring chance came off the foot of junior Sarah Blake at 67:41. The three-year letterwinner had the ball with her back to the goal about 20-yards out when she quickly turned and fired a shot just high over the bar and out of play.

The Midnight Blue and Gold continued to apply tremendous pressure as the second half wore on and had another golden opportunity to take the lead on a blast by freshman Rachael Kravitz at 77:56. The forward blasted a left-footed shot that BGSU goalkeeper Laura Arnold made a nice diving save.

UT stayed the aggressor and it paid huge dividends on the match's eventual winning score off Leak's head and helped push the three-time defending MAC tourney champions' win total to double digits for the third-consecutive season.

"It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but a win is a win, and we'll take it heading into the MAC Tournament," Leak said.

The Rockets finished with a decisive 7-1 edge in shots, including a team high two shots off the foot of Cornwell. Between the posts, sophomore Vicki Traven (56:10 minutes) and junior Angela Righeimer (33:50 minutes) shared minutes and together tallied UT's eighth shutout.

"I thought the second half was much better than the first," Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. "We weren't real clean out of the gate, but I think you are a good team if you can win a match when it's not the prettiest of fashions."

Akron 1, Ohio 0
AKRON, Ohio - An Akron goal late in the 41st minute proved to be the deciding shot as Ohio dropped a 1-0 nail-biter on the road to the Zips to wrap up the regular season Thursday. The ‘Cats will now prepare for their Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinal game Sunday when they play host to Toledo.

With the setback to Akron, Ohio (9-7-2, 6-3-2 MAC) will draw the fourth seed in the conference tournament and take on the Rockets, who claimed the fifth seed by virtue of their win over Bowling Green. The ‘Cats upended Toledo 1-0 in Toledo when the two teams met earlier this season.

Ohio was outshot by Akron, but the ‘Cats made their shots count, landing all of them on goal. Kim Nordtveit (Newtown, Pa.) led Ohio with two shots on goal on the day. Lauren Burke (Medina, Ohio), Kelsey Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) each had a shot on goal. Jess MacLean (Loveland, Ohio) tallied three saves to move into second place on the Bobcats' career saves list.

"It was not our best game," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "Akron did a very good job. They have some dangerous players and were able to create some chances. We failed to adjust to their formations. That was the difference in the game. That said, our chances today were very dangerous, all of our shots were on goal."

Akron (9-6-2, 7-3-1 MAC) came out the aggressors early on and took aim for the nets, but the ‘Cats defense was up to the task and shut the Zips out. Burke had a chance to put Ohio on the board late in the 17th minute, but the Akron keeper managed to get her hands on the ball in time to keep Ohio away. Nordtveit came back about five minutes later and nearly put the ‘Cats on the scoreboard again, but another nice save from the Zips' keeper kept the score where it was.

Both sides battled back and forth over the next several minutes until Akron managed to get the lone goal of the day late in the 41st minute when Katie Wise was able to get her head on the ball off a corner kick and deflect it just out of reach and into the net.

Ohio came out of the half strong and controlled the action early. Nordtveit put up another direct shot that was headed for the back of the net before Akron's keeper managed to get in front of it to make the save. The ‘Cats came back with a pair of corner kicks over the next few minutes, but the Zips defense was able to keep Ohio out of the net. Famodu had a chance to tie things up late in the 71st minute, but her shot was collected by Akron's keeper. The Zips defense held up the rest of the way to edge their way to the win.

The ‘Cats will now welcome Toledo to Chessa Field Sunday afternoon for the First Round of the MAC Tournament. First touch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Kent State 2, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's soccer team dropped their final game of the 2009 season to Kent State this afternoon, 2-0.

The first half was evenly matched, with both teams getting chances to score. Senior Jennifer Mihok (Schenectady, NY/Guilderland) had a shot blocked early in the match, and Stephanie Velez (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck) and Aubrey Stahl (Loveland, CO/Mountain View) each added to the first half shot tally. Kent State took a one goal lead late in the first half with a goal by Rachel Dennis at the 42:20 mark. The goal came as Dennis was fed a pass from the right side and booted it past UB goalkeeper Amy Coron (Farmington, NY/Victor).

The Buffalo offense was quiet in the second half, as Lindsey Bailey (Burlington, Ontario/Assumption) and Velez saw the only two UB shots of the half. The Bulls played aggressive, collecting four yellow cards in the game, three of which came in the second half, but could not get on the board. Kent State scored an insurance goal off a penalty kick in the 82nd minute of play to seal the 2-0 decision.
"I thought this game was very telling of our season. We came out and played some good soccer, but we have to find ways to get on the other end of the result," said head coach Michael Thomas.

Kent State had the advantage in shots 18-7, with Coron making eight saves throughout the match, bringing her season save total to 122. The 122 saves this season puts her seventh on UB's single-season saves list. She also holds the 6th spot, having tallied 128 saves in 2007. The senior finishes her career as a Bull with a four-year save total of 449, which puts her at the top of UB's all-time career saves list.

The Bulls finish the 2009 season just out of MAC post-season contention, finishing with a conference record of 2-8-1 (3-15-1 overall).

Miami 8, Ball State 0
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's soccer team scored five goals in the opening half en route to a record-setting 8-0 victory over the Ball State Cardinals Thursday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field in the regular-season finale for both teams. The eight scores tied for the most in the history of Miami women's soccer while the eight-goal victory also tied the Miami record for largest margin of victory. The RedHawks (10-7-1, 6-4-1 Mid-American Conference) defeated South Alabama 8-0 on Sept. 2, 2000, making Thursday's win the largest MAC win in program history and the eight goals the most in a MAC game by the 'Hawks.

The win gave Miami its first 10-win season since 2002 when the RedHawks finished 19-3-2 and guaranteed their first winning season since that same year. With the regular season complete, Miami now turns its attention to the MAC Tournament where the RedHawks earned the No. 6 seed and will face third-seeded Akron on Sunday at Akron. The Cardinals did not qualify for the eight-team league tournament and finished their campaign with a 4-13-1 mark (2-8-1 MAC).

"It's nice to have some confidence and momentum heading into the MAC Tournament," Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. "It's a great way to send out our senior class who has worked so hard this year and done everything we've asked them to and more. We wanted their last memory to be a good one of Miami's field. We also wanted that 10-win season. That's a significant mark for us so I'm very pleased with that."

Eight different RedHawks tallied goals in the win Thursday while five of them also added an assist. Senior Kersta Carlson (Plymouth, Minn.) handed out a pair of helpers in the win over Ball State, giving her eight on the year, which leads the conference and is one shy of tying the Miami single-season record.

Senior Stephanie Laser (Hinsdale, Ill.) found the back of the net first when she blistered a shot from about 35 yards out in the ninth minute that squeaked through the BSU keeper's hands and trickled into the net. Fellow senior Allison Berkey (Hopkinton, Mass.) garnered the assist. Five minutes later, senior Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.) made it 2-0 when she juked a Cardinal defender and beat Ball State freshman keeper Nicole Wood near post off a feed from sophomore Alexandra Karlsson (Malmo, Sweden).

Berkey then got in the scoring act in the 20th minute when she one-timed in a cross from junior Rachel Byron (Elkhart, Ind.) right in front of the net to make it 3-0. Carlson tallied her first assist of the day on the goal, while Berkey's tally gave her a team-high-tying six on the year. Sophomore Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) made it 4-0 in the 27th minute, heading home a free kick from Carlson. Junior Sara Lund (Malmo, Sweden) finished off the first-half scoring with her team-high-tying sixth goal of the season in the 32nd minute on a pass into the box from Zwingelberg.

The RedHawks did not find the back of the net again until the 80th minute when junior Julie Thompson (Glenview, Ill.) headed in a cross from freshman Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) for her fourth goal of 2009. The score, which glanced off a Cardinal defender on its way to finding the goal, gave Kodiak her first assist as a RedHawk.

Less than three minutes later, sophomore Krysti Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) registered her first-career goal to make it 7-0, knocking home a rebound from Thompson. With under 30 seconds remaining in the match, Kodiak tickled the twine for the final time for Miami, as Laser and Krysti Clarke worked the ball through the Ball State defense to an open Kodiak, who scored for the third time in her rookie season, giving the RedHawks the record-setting 8-0 victory.

"We had a good finishing day," Kramig said. "You have good finishing days and you have bad finishing days. We had a bad one last Friday (in a loss to Western Michigan) and a good one today. I don't know if the score's entirely indicative of the match. Sometimes that's soccer and it just goes that way. We've been on the receiving end before so it was nice to be on the giving end for once."

Senior keeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ont.) made seven saves to record her second straight shutout in goal, giving her seven on the year, which ties the Miami single-season mark set by Katie Karlander in 2001. Her 0.65 goals-against average also currently stands as a RedHawk single-season record. Wood finished with six stops for Ball State.

For the match, Miami outshot the Cardinals 19-9, including 9-3 in the first half. The 'Hawks also earned all eight corner kicks in the match, holding the opposition without a corner for the third time this season. Redshirt freshman Adrian Hernandez led BSU with four shots, three of which were on target, while Zwingelberg paced Miami with four as well.

The win marked the RedHawks' first victory over Ball State since 2006 and first in Oxford in a decade (1999).

Miami opens MAC Tournament play Sunday with its quarterfinal match at third-seeded Akron, who defeated the 'Hawks 1-0 in Akron on Oct. 16. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET at Lee Jackson Field.

Western Michigan 0, Northern Illinois 0 (2 ot)
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Northern Illinois women's soccer team notched its fifth shutout of the season Thursday as the Huskies battled Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan to a 0-0 tie at the WMU Soccer Complex to conclude their 2009 season.

NIU came out firing, outshooting the Broncos five to one, with three cornerkicks to WMU's one in the first half of play. In the second-half goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) recorded two saves for the Huskies to push the game into overtime play.

The Huskies (5-11-3, 2-5-3 MAC) and Broncos battled to a scoreless finish when both NIU and WMU recorded eight shot attempts and three cornerkicks but were unable find the back of the net on any of the opportunities.

Kelsey Passaglia (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) led NIU with three shots and one shot on goal for the Huskies. In the contest, Lisa Maier (Orland Park, IL/Sandburg) fired two shots, while Kim Schmitt (Homewood, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor), Jamie Sitter (Spring Grove, IL/Richmond-Burton) and Mo Smunt (St. Charles, IL/East) each recorded one shot attempt for the Huskies.

Curnock notched her fourth shutout of the season, when she recorded four saves in the contest to hold the Huskies to a 0-0 draw against Western Michigan. Today's game brings Curnock to 75 saves on the season.

"Defensively we have played tough all season," head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker said. "We created several opportunities on the attack, and I am very proud of how hard we fought today."

Anina Cicerone led the charge for the Broncos, recording four shots, with two shots on goal, but was unable to score against the Huskies' defense.

Central Michigan 1, Eastern Michigan 1 (2 ot
YPSILANTI, Mich. ‹ One record streak was snapped, but another was extended in the Central Michigan soccer team¹s regular season finale against Eastern Michigan on Thursday afternoon at Sciciuna Field.

The Chippewas' saw their 13-match shutout streak (t-second longest in Division I history) ended, but rallied to a 1-1 tie with the Eagles to extend their school-record unbeaten streak to 14 matches (12-0-2). Central finishes the Mid-American Conference season with an unblemished 9-0-2 record, becoming the first team in league history to finish the regular season without a conference loss.

The 29 points in league play are the most any MAC team has recorded in an 11-match conference season and the third most in any season in MAC history.

Both teams created plenty of scoring opportunities in the first half, though Central held a slim 10-9 edge in shots through the opening frame.

EMU's Paige Sheridan drew first blood with her third goal of the season at the 10:57 mark. The tally was the first CMU has allowed since the 77th minute of its contest against Michigan State on Sept. 6, a streak that elapsed 1238:23.

The Chippewas answered with a goal of their own with 5:06 remaining in the opening frame. A header found Claire Horton at the doorstep and she buried a shot for her first collegiate goal. Valerie Prause and Bailey Brandon each assisted on the play as the teams were tied, 1-1, at the break.

"It was a very back and forth game,² head coach Tom Anagnost said. "I was proud of how the team responded to getting scored on and tying it up. As the game wore on, I thought we played better. Obviously, we didn¹t get the result we wanted, but we managed to come back and tie it.

The offense continued to attack on both ends in the second half as Eastern took 11 shots compared to Central's 10 attempts. Both goalkeepers were sharp in the final regulation period as Shay Mannino knocked away six shots while EMU¹s Maggie Manville made five saves of her own.

CMU had the better of the opportunities in overtime, outshooting EMU, 4-1, in the extra sessions, but neither team was able to find a second goal.

The teams combined for 45 shots in the match, with the Chippewas owning a 24-21 advantage. Central also took four corner kicks while allowing Eastern to take only one.

Mannino had her busiest match of the season in goal and was stellar with the added action. The junior stopped 12 of 13 shots. The 12 saves are tied for the third most recorded in one match by a CMU goalkeeper. The goal allowed ended her personal shutout streak at 1134:36, the third-longest streak ever recorded by a Division I goalkeeper.

The regular season MAC champion Chippewas return home to begin their quest for the program's first MAC Tournament championship. Central hosts Kent State, the conference's No. 8 seed, at the CMU Soccer Complex on Sunday. Kickoff is slated at 2 p.m.

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