Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/2/2010
Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Eastern Michigan 6, Bowling Green 4
Central Michigan 2, Miami 0
Toledo 2, Ohio 0
Western Michigan 5, Kent State 0
Northern Illinois 1, Buffalo 0
Akron 3, Ball State 1

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Eastern Michigan 6, Bowling Green 4
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Both teams combined to score nine second half goals and 10 different players reached the scoring column as the Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team outlasted Bowling Green State University, 6-4, in a wild Mid-American Conference West Division shootout at Scicluna Field, Friday, Oct. 1.

The Eagles never trailed in the match that set the EMU all-time record for most goals combined and fell just two goals shy of the mark for goals scored at home by an EMU squad. With the win, Eastern Michigan evens its record to 5-5-2 overall, 2-0-1 in the MAC, while BGSU falls to 4-7-1 (2-1 MAC).

Freshman Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) picked up right where she left off by scoring her third goal of the season and the match's lone goal of the first half. Clarke took the ball off a bounce and turned it into a beautiful full-volley from 15 yards out, striking it across her body and inside the far left post. She would add three assists in the match as well, giving her 10 points in the last two games after tallying two goals and an assist in EMU's previous match.

After a relatively subdued first half of action, both sides combined to score four goals in a span of just 10 minutes. EMU senior Stephanie Janssens (Novi, Mich.-Novi) made her presence felt once again after missing the previous two games due to injury. The senior hammered home a rebound off a corner kick just a minute and a half into the second period to give EMU a 2-0 lead.

As soon as the lead felt safe, Bowling Green mounted a valiant comeback, scoring twice in a span of 1:51 as Katie Stephenson and Madeline Wideman each connected off deflections inside the box.

Then, in the 57th minute, the Eagles regained the lead again with a 20-yard strike by Paige Sheridan (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Mercy).

The scoring continued as Chelsea Detrick (Grosse Pointe, Mich.-North) joined the party with her second goal of the season, chipping in a volley off a marvelous feed pass by Sheridan in the 69th minute to give EMU a, 4-2, lead.

But as soon as another Eastern Michigan lead felt comfortable, Tracy Togba pulls the Falcons to within a goal after cleaning up a rebound inside the box. EMU's Julie Kaim would give her side another two-goal cushion by converting a Clarke corner kick for her first goal of the season.

BGSU's Alyssa Zuccaro entered the match with a team-high six goals and coming off her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win over Buffalo in her previous match. The junior wasn't about to be left out of the scoring column and she wasn't, adding her seventh goal of the season and making it a 5-4 match in the 83rd minute while instilling hope for her squad with seemingly plenty of time left.

But then EMU senior Maggie Christensen (Orland Park, Ill.-AA Stagg) put that hope to rest, using a nice through-ball by Janssens and adding the final tally to a 6-4 shootout in the 88th minute.

The Falcons outshot the Eagles, 17-16, and won the corner kick battle, 8-7. Filling in for the injured, Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair), freshman Elena Mudrak (Batavia, Ill.-Batavia) made four key saves for her first career victory in her first career start for Eastern Michigan.

The Eagles will take its unblemished conference ledger to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami in a cross-division clash, Sunday, Oct. 3. The game is slated for 1 p.m. at the Miami Soccer Complex.

Central Michigan 2, Miami 0
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami women's soccer fell behind early and lost for the first time in Mid-American Conference play this season, as  defending MAC Champion Central Michigan won 2-0 Friday evening at the Miami Soccer Field. The Chippewas (6-3-1, 3-0-0 MAC) scored just 8:03 into the match and held on for the win behind goalkeeper Shay Mannino's first shutout of the season. The loss by Miami (9-3-0, 2-1-0 MAC) ends a six-game winning streak and marks the first time the team was held scoreless in 2010.

The RedHawks controlled the pace of the game early, keeping it in the attacking zone and registering a shot just over five minutes into the game, a header by sophomore Jess Kodiak that was saved by Mannino.

Central Michigan made its first real run at the Miami goal after the seven minute mark. The Chippewas registered their first shot of the game at the 7:46 mark off the foot of Ashley Mejilla. The RedHawks were able to block that shot, but the subsequent throw-in by Bailey Brandon led to the first goal of the game. Brandon's throw-in bounced through the Miami box and right to the waiting Jenna Hill, who headed it past Miami goalie Kris Gasparovic for the 1-0 lead.

"I thought we came out well," head coach Bobby Kramig said. "I don't know if we got a little bit tired or a little bit nervous after they got their goal, but we stopped stepping up, we stopped pressing and really allowed the momentum to go over to their side."

Miami had a chance to tie it up 11:15 into the first half, but Kodiak's shot from inside the box as she spun toward the goal was stopped by Mannino.

The RedHawks made another run at tying the game near the 36-minute mark, but senior Sara Lund's shot went just wide of the goal to the left. Lund, playing for the first time since Sept. 5 against DePaul after battling injury, beat the defense and turned toward the goal to fire a shot toward the upper, left corner, hitting the outside of the net.

Central Michigan broke through for its second goal of the game when Charlese McLemore dribbled between two Miami defenders into the box and took a shot to the left side of the goal just out of reach of Gasparovic.

Gasparovic surrendered her first goals of the season but still came up with seven saves to keep the RedHawks within striking distance. Miami got a boost from Lund and junior Krysti Clarke returning from injuries, but the RedHawks were unable to get anything past Mannino, who totaled five saves.

"We had a couple players back from injury today," Kramig said. "Obviously they're not fully fit yet, but it's nice to have them back and have a couple more options."

CMU finished with a 17-10 shot advantage, including 9-5 in shots on goal. Both sides finished with four corner kicks.

"For us I think the lesson is we have to do what we do for 90 minutes. Thirty minutes, a half, 60 minutes isn't enough, it has to be 90, the whole game," Kramig said, calling the game a learning experience. "I told the kids what you should take from this game is that if you go out there and fully commit yourself to this, play with confidence, step up and put people under pressure, you can beat anybody in this league."

The RedHawks wrap up the home stand on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Miami Soccer Field when MAC foe Eastern Michigan comes to town.

Toledo 2, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio soccer matched Toledo shot for shot, but it was the Rockets that managed to convert when they needed as the 'Cats fell 2-0 in their Mid-American Conference home opener Friday.

The Green and White (3-5-2, 0-2-1 MAC) equaled perennial conference power Toledo in shots with 12 apiece, including landing seven on goal. The Rockets (7-2-2, 3-0-0 MAC), however, managed to convert on opportunities in the 15th minute and later in the 56th minute to take the win.

"Give a lot of credit to Toledo," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "They got to the ball well and capitalized on their chances. It's a game of inches. Just a little better timing and striking, and we could have had some things. We need to be a little bit more composed, get to the ball quicker and move it around."

Kelsey Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) paced Ohio with three shots on the day, including two on goal. Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) and Natalie Bechtel (Westlake, Ohio) each recorded two shots, with one on goal. Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) tallied seven saves in goal for the 'Cats.

Action was fast and furious early on as both sides came out firing. Ohio had a close call early on a rip from Rachael Goulding (Toronto, Ontario), but the Toledo keeper stepped in front to collect it. The Rockets put the pressure on over the next few minutes and managed to get on the board midway through the 15th minute when Brittany Hensler chipped a shot that just managed to bounce just over the keeper's head and into the net.

Ohio responded with a series of shots of its own, but was unable to get on the board. Toledo's Vicki Traven made a couple of nice saves in the series, including a diving stop to the left on a ball headed for the back corner of the net. The Rockets took control of the possession from there, but Ohio's defense held strong as Liston collected a pair of saves. Both sides went back and forth at each other the rest of the half.

Toledo recorded eight shots in the frame, while the 'Cats put six on the board, including landing five on goal.

The Green and White came out firing to start the second stanza, but the Rockets' defense wouldn't budge. Toledo managed to take advantage of a breakaway in the 56th minute after a long pass from Natalia Gaitan. Kristen Lynn was then able to get a one-on-one with the keeper and knocked it just out of reach for the Rockets' second score of the day.

Late in the 68th minute, Ohio had a chance to get on the board, but Pichel's rip was saved by the Toledo keeper. The 'Cats continued to push and had a pair of chances close together in the 80th minute, but the Rockets managed to block one away and the other sailed just wide of the goal. Bechtel made a nice move to get behind Toledo's defense early in the 81st minute and get a one-on-one with the keeper, but her shot was just a little strong for the goal. The Green and White continued to push, but the Rockets' defense was able to hold up to keep Ohio off the board the rest of the way.

Ohio will return to play Sunday as it plays host to Ball State. First touch is set for 1 p.m.

Western Michigan 5, Kent State 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Dominating offense and suffocating defense led the Western Michigan women's soccer team to a 5-0 win over Kent State in Mid-American Conference action on Friday afternoon at the WMU Soccer Complex.

WMU's midfield, back line and goalkeeper Julia Francy combined to hold Kent State to just two shots on goal to extend their home game shutout streak to three games and 270 minutes without giving up a goal. Western Michigan (6-5-0, 2-1-0 MAC) remains undefeated at home with a 3-0-0 record, out scoring opponents 12-0.

The Broncos got things rolling early as Stephanie Skowneski was giving the Kent State back line fits down the left side of the field. In the eighth minute Skowneski took the ball to the edge of the left side of the box, crossing it in. Sophomore forward Megan Matula out-jumped her Kent State marker and headed the ball into the upper right corner of the net for her second of the season. Skowneski picked up her third assist of the season as WMU took an early 1-0 lead.

Skowneski punched in her seventh goal of the season in the 20th minute after a through-ball was perfectly placed through the Golden Flash back line by junior midfielder Nikolette Rivera. Skowneski out-raced Kent's center back to the ball and shot low and left to give WMU a 2-0 lead.

WMU took a 3-0 lead in the 35th minute after Skowneski, who switched to the right side of the field, crossed the ball in and off a Kent defender. The ball was directed to Ali Bagley, who poked it in for her first collegiate goal. The assist was Skowneski's fourth of the season, tying her for the team lead.

Western Michigan's fourth goal came just a minute later as Skowneski crossed the ball into the box but it was deflected in by a Kent State defender for an own goal.

WMU pushed its lead to 5-0 before the end of the first half after Bagley picked up a loose ball from 20-yards out, turned and fired it into the left side of the net for her second of the game.

Although the Broncos did not score a goal in the second half, they kept Kent State off the scoreboard and held them to just one shot on goal in the final 45 minutes.

WMU continues MAC play as the host Buffalo on Sunday at noon as a part of a men's and women's double header. The men's soccer team hosts Florida Atlantic at 10 a.m.

Northern Illinois 1, Buffalo 0
DEKALB, Ill.-  Sophomore Lauren Eberts scored a goal in just the third minute of the second half as the Northern Illinois women's soccer team (6-4-0, 2-1-0 MAC) downed the Buffalo Bulls (1-10-0, 0-3-0 MAC), 1-0, to garner its second-straight Mid-American Conference win at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex on Friday.  With the win, the Huskies, who claimed their fifth shutout of the season, now hold a 5-1-0 record at home.

The Huskies took the lead early in the second half, when Eberts scored in the 47th minute to give NIU a 1-0 lead. The play began when Shelbi Johnson fired a cornerkick across the field, where Eberts received the ball on a rebound from the Buffalo defense. Then facing multiple defenders, Eberts dribbled past an initial Bull before firing the ball through two defenders and past the Bulls goalkeeper, to find the back left of the Buffalo net. The game-winner was Eberts first collegiate goal.

Dominating play throughout, the Huskies outshot the Bulls 19-4 and held a 10-4 advantage in cornerkicks. The Huskies recorded a season-high 12 shots on goal en route to their fifth shutout of the 2010 season, while holding their opponents without any shots on goal. Freshman Amy Carr was credited with her fifth shutout, a mark that places her fifth in the NIU record books for most shutouts in a season.

Offensively, NIU saw 10 Huskies fire shots in the game, with four Huskies recording multiple shot attempts. Senior captain Mo Smunt led the Huskies with five shots and two shots on goal. Megan Harry and Johnson each registered three shots, with one on goal, while Kelsey Passaglia also had a multi-shot game, with two shot attempts and one shot on goal.

The Huskies came out firing in the first half of play, outshooting Buffalo six to two, while recording four shots on goal and earning four cornerkicks.  Complimenting a strong Huskie offense, the NIU defense held its opponents to just one cornerkick and two shot attempts in the half.

Coming out even stronger in the second half, the Huskies outpowered the Bulls, controlling the ball for majority of the half. Outshooting Buffalo 13-2, the Huskies also earned six cornerkicks to Buffalo's three. Bulls goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon recorded seven saves in the half, 11 total, but it was not enough as the Huskies we able to find the back of the net in the 47th minute of play to give NIU the 1-0 win.

While the Huskies dominated the Bulls in nearly every statistical category, head Northern Illinois women's soccer coach Carrie Barker felt the team played stronger as a unit in the second half.

"We came out a bit flat in the first half," said Barker. "I was pleased with our second-half performance. We created many opportunities and we were able to come out with a win."

The Huskies will continue MAC action at home on Sunday, when NIU hosts Kent State (1-6-3, 0-3-0 MAC) in a 1 p.m. contest at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

Akron 3, Ball State 1
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron women's soccer team got back to their winning ways Friday night, topping MidAmerican Conference foe Ball State, 3-1, at Lee Jackson Field.

The Zips (3-7-0, 1-2-0 MAC) got the important opening goal in the ninth minute when Jordan Clark found Ashley Hughes streaking through the heart of the Cardinal's defense with a long pass over the top of the back line. Hughes then shrugged off a defender and powered a shot past BSU goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler for her first goal of the season.

Senior Jordan Baranowski put UA two goals up in the 21st minute receiving a throw in on the left side, eluding three Cardinal defenders, and blasting a shot inside the near post for her second goal of the season.

BSU (6-5-0, 0-3-0) grabbed a goal back in the 22nd minute when Brigit Reder deflected in a long pass from close range, and the score held at 2-1 into the halftime break.

UA got an early goal in the second stanza to stretch their lead. Clark again set-up the tally, as she released junior Rachel Phillip with a through ball off a free kick in the 49th minute. Phillip took care off the rest, beating Layne Schramm - who started in net for the Cardinals in the second half - for her second goal in as many games.

The Zips controlled the match from there, allowing BSU to fire just two shots the rest of the way, none of which troubled junior goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert.

Wolbert produced three saves in the match, while Baranowksi and Clark each fired two shots.

Next up for the Zips is a tilt with Toledo on Sunday back at Lee Jackson Field. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.