Wednesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 10/7/2010
Wednesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Detroit 2, Western Michigan 1
USF 0, Florida Atlantic 0 (2OT)
Bowling Green 2, IPFW 1 (OT)
Akron 5, Oakland 0
Northern Illinois 2, Wisconsin 1 (OT)

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Detroit 2, Western Michigan 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan outshot Detroit 16-7 and placed 11 shots on goal, but were unable to get past the Titans Wednesday in non-conference action. Detroit came back from a 1-0 deficit in the second half to defeat the Broncos, 2-1.

"It was a terrible spectacle of a game and our performance helped make it that way," said a dissatisfied Bronco head coach Stu Riddle after the game. "We weren't ready to play and seemingly weren't interested in playing, and I think the early success of the team this season has given players too much security in their own minds."

The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Broncos, who had not given up a goal in their previous three contests. Western Michigan slipped to 7-3-1 while Detroit improved to 4-6-1. The Broncos began the week ranked No. 9 in the Great Lakes Region.

Sophomore Joel Del Toro (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) came off the bench to give WMU a 1-0 lead in the 68th minute, corralling a loose ball off a corner in front of the goal. Kai Mendes (Grand Rapids, Mich./Rockford) served the ball from the left side and Yllson Asani (Saline, Mich./Saline) got a head on it at the back post. Del Toro finished for his second goal of the season.

Detroit evened the score five minutes later (72:59) when Kevin Pinkos scored off a long throw-in by Adam Bedell that had been flicked on by Ken Simon.

UD's Ya Ya Toure scored the game-winner in the 86th minute, chipping a ball over the top of Bronco keeper Sean Lewis. Kevin Gill played into space for Toure who out ran his defender.

Lewis (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) made three stops for Western Michigan. He had gone 453:25 between giving up his last goal at Green Bay on Sept. 17.

Sophomore Shane Lyons (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell) led WMU with five shots, three on goal, while freshman Oliver Mayer (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) placed both of his attempts on target.

Western Michigan will rest for a week before taking on 18th ranked Michigan State on the road next Wednesday, Oct. 13.

"The one positive is that this calamity happened during out of conference schedule and ultimately doesn't affect us too badly," Riddle added. "We have 17 days and three non-conference matches now to prepare for our next conference match and we will maximizing the time to ensure that we are prepared."

USF 0, Florida Atlantic 0 (2OT)
BOCA RATON, FL - The men's soccer team earned a hard-fought scoreless draw against in-state rival USF on Wednesday night at the FAU Soccer Stadium.

The Owls (2-5-2) were led on offense by Rocco Pecora who tallied three shots. One of those shots came during the first overtime period off a beautiful cross from teammate Darnell King. Pecora receieved the pass just outside the 18-yard box and ripped a hard shot that just missed the top corner.

Despite 21 total shots in the game, only seven of them found the target as stiff wind gusts throughout the evening made generating offense difficult for both sides.

The Bulls (6-2-2) received a balanced attack and compiled five shots on target from five different players.

James McCormick got the start in net for FAU and recorded five saves, two of them coming in the overtime period. Jeff Attinella made the start in net for USF and tallied two saves.

The Owls and Bulls have met 14 times prior to Wednesday night's meeting. FAU is now 3-10-2 all-time against USF.

FAU will continue their home stand on Saturday when they welcome another in-state rival, FIU to Boca Raton. Opening kick is set for 7 p.m. at the FAU Soccer Stadium.

Bowling Green 2, IPFW 1 (OT)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Junior Max Weston's 'Golden Goal' lifted the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at IPFW Wednesday night (Oct. 6).  The non-conference match was held at Hefner Stadium.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 3-4-2 on the year.  BGSU has matched the win total for all of last season.  The Mastodons drop to 2-9-0 on the season.

Sophomore Joey D'Agostino also scored for the Falcons, who posted a come-from-behind win after surrendering a goal in the third minute of the match.

Junior Miguel Rosales made seven saves to earn the win for the Brown and Orange.

The Mastodons got on the board very early in Wednesday's match, as Max Touloute put the rebound of his own shot into the net with just 2:19 gone.

In the 24th minute, however, IPFW's Casey Bowman was issued a red card, leaving the 'Dons a man short for the rest of the match.  Just 12 seconds later, the Falcons evened the score.

D'Agostino dribbled through the 'Don defense and fired a rocket from approximately 22 yards out.  His shot eluded IPFW goalkeeper Donovan Dowling and found the upper-right corner of the goal to tie the match at the 23:44 mark.  The teams went to halftime deadlocked at 1-1.

And, the score remained the same through the second half, sending the teams to extra time.  Late in the first of the two scheduled 10-minute OT periods, the Falcons got the winner.

That winning goal came after sophomore Zach Lemke and freshman Sam Galloway combined to get the ball into the IPFW end of the pitch.  Galloway played a cross into the box, where Weston was waiting.  The BG junior beat Donovan far post to give the Brown and Orange the win.

IPFW held a 17-15 advantage in total shot attempts, and the hosts had a narrow 8-7 edge in shots on goal.  The teams' leading scorers in 2010 paced their respective teams in shots, as Touloute had seven total shots, putting four on goal, for the hosts.  Weston led the Falcons with six shot attempts, including three on net.  And, both players scored a goal on the night.

The Falcons now return home, and return to Mid-American Conference play, facing the University at Buffalo on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 9).  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Cochrane Field.

Akron 5, Oakland 0
PONTIAC, Mich. -The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team used four first-half goals - two by freshman striker Darren Mattocks - to cruise to a 5-0 win at Oakland Wednesday night in front of 1,188 fans at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas.

With the victory, the Zips (8-0-1) extended their regular-season road unbeaten streak to 20 (17-0-3) games dating back to the 2008 campaign. Akron, which matched an NCAA record for consecutive shutouts earlier this season, has recorded a clean sheet in eight of nine games this fall.

It was all Akron from the get-go as the Zips scored four times in the game's first 25 minutes and had a chance to rest its starters in the second half. For the game, UA out-shot Oakland, 27-5, overall and 13-0 on goal. The Golden Grizzlies fell to 3-7-0 with the defeat.

UA jumped on top early thanks to Mattocks' first of two first-half goals. A through ball from Darlington Nagbe found Mattocks, who had slipped past his man on the left wing and tucked a low kick just inside the near post.

Akron then put together a great sequence to make it 2-0 in the 14th minute. Ben Speas, who earned his first start of the season, chipped a pass from midfield that found Nagbe, who was racing down the left flank. Nagbe then touched the ball over to Mattocks, who turned and buried a shot from 15 yards.

It was the first multiple-goal performance of Mattocks' career. The true freshman striker from Jamaica has recorded four goals in his last four matches and has now found the net a team-leading six times this year.

UA scored its third goal of the first half on a set piece in the 23rd minute. After a foul by Oakland, Anthony Ampaipitakwong launched a free kick from 40 yards near the far touchline that found the head of Chad Barson, who banged it home from close range.

The Zips' relentless attack yielded the team's fourth goal of the first 24 minutes when Michael Nanchoff uncorked a free kick from 25 yards that deflected off a Grizzlies' defender and into the right corner of the net. It was Nanchoff's second goal of the season.

Akron shuffled in 10 reserves in the second half as the Zips held OU without a shot for the final 45 mintues. Freshman striker McKauly Tulloch provided the game's final margin with his first goal of the season in the 75th minute.

Akron will next head to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Mid-American Conference opponent Northern Illinois Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET)

Northern Illinois 2, Wisconsin 1 (OT)
MADISON, Wis. - Tim King scored on a header in the 95th minute, lifting the Northern Illinois men's soccer team to a 2-1 overtime victory at Wisconsin, Wednesday night at McLimon Field.

King's header came as Sean Totsch played a free kick in from 45 yards after a midfield foul just four minutes into the extra period. It was King's first goal of the season, and fourth tally of his career.

"It's about time," NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said. "Timmy King has a knack for finding a way to finish, and I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner."

NIU improved to 5-3-2 with the victory, and have now beaten Wisconsin in five of the last seven meetings. Wisconsin dropped to 1-7-2 on the year with the result.

"It was a game neither team seemed to want to win, but there is something to be said for not having our best performance and finding a way to win against a quality Big Ten opponent," Luzzi said.

A largely uneventful first half saw each team total four shots, with two on goal a piece. One of the best NIU chances came late in the period. Juan Hoyos dribbled down the right side to create his own chance with seven minutes left, but his shot was easily scooped by Badger keeper Max Jentsch.

With less than a minute remaining in the half, junior Brad Horton sprinted down the left side to beat two defenders before laying the Huskies' best chance of the period on target. Jentsch had to make a diving save to push the ball out the endline and end the scoring chance.

But it was NIU keeper Jordan Godsey who had the save of the match. In the 15th minute, Wisconsin's Paul Yonga let loose a strike from 25 yards straight on. Godsey leapt to his left, stretching his right hand to the top of the goal to punch away the ball.

NIU came out in the second half with significantly more energy than the first, creating a corner kick within the first two minutes. The corner resulted in NIU's first goal. After a missed clear from Wisconsin, Johnny Tyma played the ball back into the box, where Brad Horton passed it across the face of the goal to Hoyos, who put the ball away.

The Huskie attack continued as Luis Mojica whipped a shot from the top right of the box with 19 minutes left. Jentsch made another diving save to keep the Badgers within one, a play that would prove critical nine minutes later.

Wisconsin evened the match in the 80th minute. Wisconsin's Jon Rzepka took a shot from inside the box that Godsey saved. On the deflection, Nick Janus fired a shot off the post. The ball bounced to the feet of Danny Ahlering, who scored to tie the match.

The next 10 minutes saw each team pose minor attacks, but never seriously threaten to break the stalemate and prevent overtime.

The Huskies return home to face No. 1 Akron, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m., just hours after the NIU football team hosts Temple at 11 a.m. Fans are encouraged to "Reverse Tailgate" after the football game, then make the short walk to the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex to see the biggest soccer rivals in the MAC go head-to-head.