Saturday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Florida Atlantic 1, Northern Illinois 0
Bowling Green 1, Hartwick 0
Akron 4, Buffalo 0Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments
Florida Atlantic 1, Northern Illinois 0
BOCA RATON, Fla- The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team jumped ahead early and held on late for a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday night at the FAU Soccer Stadium.
"I was proud of our boys," said head coach Kos Donev. "It was not a clean game but we were able to hang on and earn a much needed victory."
The Owls (3-6-2, 1-2-0) got on the board in the first half on a beautifully struck shot from Martin Nesic. The freshman received a pass from teammate Darnell King and snuck one past a pair of defenders and NIU goalkeeper Jordan Godsey to put FAU on top 1-0.
The goal was the first of Nesic's collegiate career and the first for FAU since the Sept. 22 victory over North Florida.
In the second half, the Huskies (6-5-2, 0-3-0) began to turn up the pressure offensively and forced FAU defender Jayson Lopaciuk to pick up a red card, putting the Owls a man down for the final 30 minutes of the match.
"It was evident after we went a man down that we really picked up the intensity on defense," Donev said.
FAU goalkeeper James McCormick was also tested throughout the second half but was up to the task. The redshirt sophomore tallied six saves and earned his second shutout of the season.
The victory also marks the first conference victory of the season.
The Owls will return to action on Tuesday when they travel west to take on in-state rival FGCU. The next home match will be next Sun., Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. against Hartwick. Bowling Green 1, Hartwick 0
ONEONTA, NY - Despite holding a 15-7 edge in shots and dictating play throughout much of the game, Hartwick's men's soccer team fell 1-0 to Bowling Green thanks to a second-half Falcon tally on Elmore Field Saturday night. Dusko Topolic scored for the Falcons following a corner kick in the 55th
minute for the day's lone tally. BGSU improves to 5-5-2 and 2-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Hawks fall to 2-9-1 and 1-2 in MAC play.
The Hawks out-shot the Falcons 6-4 in the first half of play. One of the Hawks' best chances came in the 33rd
minute as junior forward Dan Summers (Banstead, England/Sutton Grammar) made a quick spin move at the top of the box. His left-footed shot, however, went over the bar.
Hartwick nearly drew first blood in the first seven minutes of the second half. A cross from the left side of Bowling Green's goal went right in front to sophomore Jherret Maroney (Cincinnatus, NY/Stony Brook. U.) but his shot skimmed wide of the far post.
The Falcons jumped out in front less than three minutes later. Jacob Eganhouse's corner kick found Toplic 12 yards out on the near post. Hartwick keeper Lee Fenner (Altamont, NY/Clayton Bouton) got a piece of Topolic's powerful header but he couldn't keep it out and the Falcons led 1-0.
The Hawks out-shot their opponents 7-2 the rest of the way but could not get the ball past Bowling Green goalkeeper Miguel Rosales. 'Wick players thought they had equalized in the 77th
minute as a scramble right in the front of the Falcon goal produced a ball rolling near the goal line. Despite the Hawks' pleas, the linesman did not deem the ball crossed the line and the game remained 1-0 BGSU's favor.
Greg Mathers (Macclesfield, England/Binghamton U.) had the last shot on goal for Hartwick in the 82nd
minute. Rosales, however, made his seventh and final save to preserve the shutout and the victory. Fenner would end the match with one save.
The Hawks have three matches in the next eight days, all of which are on the road. 'Wick plays at Brown, which is currently ranked in the national top 10, on Tuesday. The Blue and White then heads to the sunshine state for a non-conference match with Florida International on October 22nd
, and a MAC contest at Florida Atlantic two days later.Akron 4, Buffalo 0
AKRON, Ohio - Freshman striker Darren Mattocks netted his first hat trick to lead The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team to a convincing 4-0 victory Saturday night at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field.
The Zips, who improved to 11-0-1 overall and 4-0-0 in Mid-American Conference play, dominated the game from start to finish, out-shooting the Bulls 22-2, including an 11-0 margin in the first half. Both of UB's shots came late in the second half from distance and weren't on goal.
Mattocks scored twice in the first half and once more in the second for his second multiple-goal performance of the season. The Jamaican native, who entered the game as the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, leads the Zips with 10 goals in 12 games.
With the win, Akron extended its league unbeaten streak to 27 games (25-0-2), which represents the third-longest run in NCAA history. UA is also unbeaten in its last 31 home contests (30-0-1), which is the fourth-longest streak.
The Bulls fell back into their third of the field to start the game but the Zips had little trouble breaking them down, scoring three goals in the first half.
Akron nearly broke through in the game's fifth minute when Michael Nanchoff's corner kick found the head of Kofi Sarkodie from the left side of the box but UB goalkeeper Nick Fetterman was there to make the save.
With possession, precision and patience, the Zips knocked down the door in the 21st minute and never looked back with two goals in a seven-minute span.
Nanchoff, who converted a penalty kick in double overtime to lift Akron to a 2-1 win at Penn State Wednesday, stayed perfect on the season with his third successful PK in as many attempts for UA's first goal after Mattocks was brought down in the box.
Mattocks then scored his first of two goals of the half in the 28th minute when Darlington Nagbe fed him a through ball in the middle of the box. Mattocks took the pass in stride and beat the keeper from 10 yards.
The Zips made it 3-0 in the 41st minute when Mattocks slipped the ball inside the near post off a corner kick from Anthony Ampaipitakwong. Mattocks scored Akron's third straight goal in the 63rd minute after shaking his defender from just outside the top of the box.
In addition to its considerable margin for shots taken, UA posted advantages in shots on goal (11-0) and corner kicks (10-0).
Akron's four-game homestand continues Tuesday night when Michigan pays visit to Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field in a game that will be broadcast on Sports Time Ohio. The Zips and Wolverines will kick off at 7:30 p.m.