Saturday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Bowling Green 2, Buffalo 0
Akron 1, Northern Illinois 0
FIU 2 Florida Atlantic 0
Adelphi 1 Hartwick 0
Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments
Bowling Green 2, Buffalo 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team scored early in each half Saturday afternoon (Oct. 9), en route to a 2-0 win over the University at Buffalo. The Mid-American Conference match was held at sunny Cochrane Field.
With the win, the Falcons are now 4-4-2 on the season, and BGSU improves to 1-2-0 in MAC play. The Bulls drop to 4-6-1 and 1-1-0, respectively.
Sophomore Zach Lemke scored less than five minutes into the match, with his header proving to be the game-winning marker. The Falcons added a goal with less than four minutes gone in the second half.
Junior Miguel Rosales and the BGSU defense made Lemke's goal hold up. Rosales made six saves, including several difficult stops, in earning his fourth shutout of the season.
On a gorgeous day at Cochrane, with a festive Hispanic Heritage Appreciation Day crowd on hand, the Falcons had the first chance of the day. Senior Dusko Topolic played a ball into the box from the left side of the pitch, and the cross/shot was misjudged by UB goalkeeper Nick Fetterman. Fetterman missed the ball, which bounced past the far post and out of bounds for a UB goal kick.
Approximately 90 seconds later, however, the Falcons were on the board. Junior Max Weston played a ball to freshman Sam Galloway on the left side of the field, and Galloway hit a cross into the penalty box. Lemke, running toward the direction of Galloway's cross, got a head on the ball, deftly redirecting it into the right side of the goal (see video below). Less than five minutes into the match, the home team had the lead.
Nearly 14 minutes into the match, the Bulls got a scoring chance from close range. Off of a corner kick, UB's Nate Woods redirected the ball on frame, but Rosales made a point-blank save.
Late in the first half, Fetterman punched away a Weston cross to thwart what looked to be a dangerous opportunity for the hosts. Just several minutes after that, UB's Mike Unwin fired a laser of a free kick, but Rosales made a diving stop to his right to keep the Falcons in the lead as the teams headed to the half.
After scoring in the first five minutes of the opening half, the Falcons doubled the lead with less than four minutes gone in the second period. The goal, an own goal, came after a free kick by senior Thomas McLean. McLean's kick, taken from near midfield, sailed into the 18-yard box, where Galloway and a Buffalo defender were running stride for stride. The diagonal ball struck the head of the UB player and went into the net with 41:01 remaining in the match.
After being dominated in terms of time of possession in the first half, UB had the ball for a larger portion of the second period. But, the visitors could not get a shot past Rosales.
With 35 minutes left in the half, Unwin powered another free kick toward net, forcing Rosales to make a diving save. Eight minutes later, UB's Maksym Kowal made several moves in the box, freed himself for a split-second and got a shot off. But, again, Rosales was up to the task, making another diving save.
Midway through the period, Weston -- the Falcons' leading scorer -- returned to the match after a brief rest. Less than 45 seconds after coming back into the contest, Weston ripped a shot toward goal, but the screaming volley went inches high of the target.
The Falcons had an offensive flurry with 15 minutes left, but freshman Brandon Silva's shot went just wide and was blocked by a defender. And, a follow try by freshman Zach Schewee sailed high.
Perhaps UB's best chance in the remaining minutes came on a diagonal ball by Kowal that sailed right to left. The onrushing Richard Craven just missed getting a head on the ball inside the six-yard box, and the ball bounced just wide of the left post.
The Bulls' only shot attempt of the final 10 minutes came when Sam Craven sailed the ball over the goal with seven minutes left. Rosales earned his fourth shutout of the year.
UB had a somewhat deceptive 12-7 advantage in shot attempts, putting six shots on goal to four for the Falcons. Fetterman made two saves for the visitors, playing all 90 minutes.
The Falcons now will play six of the final seven regular-season games on the road, including a Wednesday (Oct. 13) match at nationally-ranked Butler. BGSU's lone remaining home game is also against a nationally-ranked opponent, as Michigan State will come to town on Oct. 20.
Akron 1, Northern Illinois 0
DeKALB, Ill. - In front of a facility record 1,276 fans, the Northern Illinois men's soccer team controlled the game, but ultimately lost 1-0 to No. 1 Akron, Saturday at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
There was little doubt the games was played on NIU's terms. Toward the end of a bruising match, the Zips (9-0-1 , 3-0-0 Mid-American Conference) were uncharacteristically launching balls over the top of the defense, rather than play with the quick passes through the middle that have become their trademark.
"It was going to be a battle from the day it was scheduled a year ago,' NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said.
Akron head coach Caleb Porter agreed with Luzzi, noting that Northern Illinois (5-4-2, 0-2-0 MAC) is the premier team in the nation for playing hard-working, physical soccer.
"They have a lot of spirit and a lot of fight," Porter said. "I'm not sure there's a college soccer team in the country that is more effective playing the way they play, and that's a credit to them."
The match's only goal came in the 16th minute off the foot of Darren Mattocks, the Zips' leading goal-scorer. Akron launched free kick from 45 yards out into the box, where NIU headed the ball high into the air twice, but could not clear it from the box. Mattocks volleyed the ball on its second trip down into the net for the game-winner.
Though Akron scored the match's lone goal, NIU tallied twice as many shots on goal as the Zips, 8-4.
"Outside of that one play, it was about as even a game you're going to find against the No. 1 team in the country," Luzzi said.
Luzzi credited the record crowd, almost all of which stayed until the final buzzer despite it being 87 degrees at kick-off, for his team's performance.
"Absolutely fantastic," he said of the crowd. "When the heat started to take over, I think our atmosphere, our environment and the fans today helped give our guys a little something to keep the energy higher for a longer period of time."
The Huskies had multiple quality chances in the first half, most of which came just minutes after Akron's goal. In the 20th, Finn Jor had a strike from just outside the box blocked by an Akron defender. Minutes later, Jor took a shot from the left interior of the area that Juan Hoyos intercepted and backheeled toward the net. Akron keeper David Meves had to awkwardly dive to make the save, but narrowly kept the chance from crossing the line.
Jus two minute later, NIU had its best opportunity of the half. Freshman Mino Kayser placed a header with pace on target and away from Meves, but an Akron defender made his way over just in time to head the ball away. Akron's only shot on target was its goal, while NIU tallied three first half shots on goal.
NIU continued to generate quality chances in the second half against a defense that has only given up two goals all season.
"In the second half, I thought we were quite good," Luzzi said. "It's not very often someone plays (Akron) and the shots on goal (margin) is eight to four, not in their favor."
Two chances stood out in the second half. In the 65th minute, Tim King put a header on goal, and 13 minutes later Hooman Shams put a bicycle kick on target. Both opportunities were saved by Akron's back-up goalkeeper Anthony Ponikvar, who subbed in for David Meves in the 50th minute after Meves collided with King in the six-yard box.
Kayser led NIU with two shots on goal. Brad Horton, Juan Hoyos, and Gael Rivera also placed shots on target. The onslaught forced Akron goalkeepers to make eight saves. It was only the second time this year that an opponent had more shots on goal than the Zips. Then-No. 4 North Carolina tallied six to Akron's five in a season-opening match that the Zips won 3-0. It was only the second time the Zips had been held to just one goal.
The Huskies continue the season Wednesday, October 13 at Northwestern, and return to MAC play at Florida Atlantic the following Saturday.
FIU 2, Florida Atlantic 0
BOCA RATON, FL - James McCormick had five saves, but surrended two goals as the Florida Atlantic men's soccer team lost to rival FIU 2-0 on Saturday night.
The first half was a defense oriented one as the two teams combined for just seven shots before the intermission. Both sides came out much more aggressive to start the second period and as a result both sides had good chances to score. The Golden Panthers took advantage in the 66th minute when Nicolas Rodriguez found Jahbari Willis on a free kick and Willis headed the ball past McCormick to put FIU ahead 1-0.
Rodriquez scored the second goal of the match in the 89th minute when McCormick mishandled a ball and was beaten by a ball to the far post. Rocco Pecora led the Owls with three shots on the night.
FAU (2-6) wraps up its three match homestand next Saturday when they host Northern Illinois.
Adelphi 1, Hartwick 0
ONEONTA, NY - Hartwick men's soccer fell a goal short against Adelphi University on Saturday night on Elmore Field in a non-conference match. The Panthers tallied in the 75th minute for the lone goal of the night. Hartwick falls to 2-8-1 on the year while Adelphi improves to 6-5.
The Panthers goal came from the foot of left back Mauricio Mora at the 74:48 mark of the game. Mora collected the ball 35 yards from the Hartwick goal, took a few touches, and unleashed a canon to the near post out of the reach of Hartwick keeper Lee Fenner (Altamont, NY/Clayton Bouton). It marked the first goal given up by Fenner in just under 210 minutes in the 'Wick goal this season.
The first half produced very few opportunities on the goal as both teams combined for just seven shots, with only three on goal. The second half picked up with 17 total shots. The Hawks and Panthers traded chances for the opening 25 minutes with Adelphi holding a 7-5 edge.
The Hawks' best opportunity of the second period came in the 62nd minute. Left back Owen Botting (Billingshurst, England/Heidelberg College) received the ball on the left sideline roughly 35 yards from goal and tried to catch Adelphi goalkeeper Kyle Blackmer off his line with a long distance effort. The ball looked destined for the far post but Blackmer somehow managed to get is fingertips to the shot and knock the ball over the crossbar.
Senior back Carson Pryde (Calgary, Alberta/Lord Beaverbrook) had the last solid chance for the Hawks with 30 seconds to play. Pryde's hit a hard volley on goal but Blackmer was able to keep it out with his sixth and final save of the night. Fenner would finish the evening with four stops for 'Wick.
Hartwick is off until next weekend with a home conference match against Bowling Green on Saturday. The Hawks are 1-1 and currently tied for fourth with Buffalo in the MAC tables. The Falcons are 4-4-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play.