Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/17/2010

Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Toledo 2, Buffalo 1
Western Michigan 1, Eastern Michigan 1 (2OT)
Central Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 0
Ohio 0, Bowling Green 0 (2OT)
Kent State 4, Ball State 1
Akron 2, Miami 1 (OT)

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Toledo 2, Buffalo 1
BUFFALO, NY - It was a tale of two halves for the Buffalo women's soccer squad Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium. After being outshot 9-2 in the first half and giving up an early goal to the Toledo Rockets, the team came out with a purpose in the second half but were denied an upset opportunity thanks to a late Toledo goal.

The conference leader coming into today, Toledo struck first in the 24th minute on an unassisted goal. The Rockets controlled the tempo in the first but were held to only the lone goal thanks to goalies Ainsley Wheldon and Danielle Quigley. Wheldon left the game with an injury mid-way through the first half and Quigley filled in admirably for the injured freshman.

The Bulls came out charging in the second half, keeping the ball on the Rockets' side of the field and putting strong shots on the net. The team's aggression paid off as freshman Karen McMahon was fouled hard by the goalie after dribbling the ball in on the left side, drawing a yellow card for the goalie and a penalty kick for the Bulls. Senior Lindsey Bailey made the most of the opportunity, shooting the ball to the right past the keeper to even the score at one apiece.

"I think that one of the strengths of our team this year has been our fitness and our willingness to battle," said head coach Michael Thomas. "We've been getting stronger as the games go on and we definitely saw that today."

Freshman Natalie Jurisevic gave the Bulls its best chance at taking the lead in the 80th minute after she squared up from 30 yards out and nearly buried the ball into the top right corner, forcing the Toledo goalie to make a terrific save.

"We always want our backs to get into the attack and Natalie is such a fantastic athlete that when she covers all that ground she covers it well, and she was about a quarter of an inch from a potential game-winning goal," Thomas said.

Just minutes later, Toledo scored off a cross to put it back up, 2-1 in the 83rd minute for the eventual game-winning score.

The loss puts Buffalo at 1-13-2 for the season and 0-6-2 in MAC play. The team will have its final home game Friday Oct. 22 against Ohio to close out a five-game home stand. It will also be senior day for the Bulls. Kickoff is set for 5:30 pm at UB Stadium.

Western Michigan 1, Eastern Michigan 1 (2OT)
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team used a first half goal and gritty defense to secure a 1-1 tie with the Western Michigan University Broncos on Senior Day at Scicluna Field, Sunday, Oct. 17.

The Eagles were outshot by a 3:1 ratio, but behind the effort of senior goalkeeper Monique Budani (Whitby, Ontario-Sinclair) were able to maintain the draw. With the tie, Eastern Michigan moves its record to 8-5-4 overall, 5-0-3 in the MAC, while WMU's record moves to 7-6-3 (3-2-3 MAC).

After Chelsea Detrick (Grosse Pointe, Mich.-North) put a shot on goal that was saved, senior Paige Sheridan (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Mercy) charged in hard for the rebound with a shot attempt that just crossed the goal line before Western Michigan goalkeeper Julia Francy could make another remarkable stop.

For Sheridan, it was her fourth goal in as many games and her eighth overall for the season as it gave EMU a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Detrick recorded her X assist of the season.

In the 61st minute Anina Cicerone headed in the equalizer off a Caitlin Henderson corner kick. It marked Cicerone's fourth goal of the year and was just enough to get the Broncos a 1-1 draw. It was the second draw in a row between both squads.

Budani made seven saves in a superb effort to pull her to within one save of the EMU single season record of 126 held by Erin Norton ('00). It was the sixth overtime game for Eastern Michigan already this season, posting a 1-2-2 in those contests.

EMU will be back in action Friday, Oct. 22, when they take on Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Game time between the Eagles and Cardinals is slated for 3 p.m.

Central Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan was lead by three underclassmen on Senior Day to propel them past Northern Illinois on Sunday.
The Chippewas (11-3-1 overall, 8-0-0 MAC) outshot the Huskies (7-7-1 overall, 3-4-1 MAC) 29-5 on the day, controlling the attack through all 90 minutes.

"We had a good weekend," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "Today was really good, especially in the second half. We were more aggressive and we exerted ourselves a little more on offense. We created a lot of opportunities today."

The Chippewas came out firing, putting pressure on NIU freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr. A header attempt by Bailey Brandon in the 8th minute of the contest nearly gave CMU their first lead but Carr made a save in traffic.

The Maroon and Gold took the lead just sixteen minutes into the contest off a long throw by Brandon. The sophomore's long throw from the west sideline made its way through the box only to find fellow sophomore Laura Twidle who buried the shot to score her fourth goal of the season and give the CMU a 1-0 lead.

Just twelve minutes later, Ashley Mejilla extended the lead to 2-0 off Estee Outcalt's first career assist. After a Mejilla shot was saved by Carr, Outcalt touched the ball to Mejilaa who shot from the right side of the box and scored for her fourth goal of the season.

The Huskies managed just three shots during the first 45 minutes of play, with senior goalkeeper Shay Mannino making two saves to earn the win. Mannino is now 8-1-1 on the season and recorded her 40th career win as a Chippewa.

The second half was all CMU, as they outshot the Huskies 21-2 in the final 45 minutes of play.

Freshman Tammy Long, who played a career-high 75 minutes off the bench in the contest, fired three shots on goal, but was unable to find the net.

Freshman Jennifer Gassman put the nail in the coffin in the 89th minute of play, streaking across the box to score on an assist by sophomore Bethany Allport. The goal was the second of Gassman's career, while Allport recorded her second assist of the season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Stefanie Turner relieved Mannino in the second half, making two saves to preserve the shutout for CMU.

CMU will be back in action when it travels to Toledo on Friday, Oct. 22 with first place in the MAC West Division on the line. Both teams come into the contest 8-0-0 in MAC play.

Ohio 0, Bowling Green 0 (2OT)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team battled visiting Ohio University through one hundred and ten minutes of play Sunday afternoon (Oct. 17), but neither team could put a shot across the goal line.  The 0-0 Mid-American Conference draw was held at BGSU's Cochrane Field.

With the result, the Falcons are now 4-9-4 overall and 2-3-3 in MAC play, while the Bobcats are now 5-6-4 and 2-3-3, respectively.  BGSU and Ohio remain tied for second place in the league's East Division with three regular-season matches remaining for each club.

On Senior Day at Cochrane Field, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault had her third complete-match shutout of the season, making three saves.  The clean sheet was the 23rd of her BGSU career, extending her own school record in that category.

Mattie Liston also had a shutout for the visitors, with two saves on the day.  The teams combined for a total of only 18 shots, including five shots on goal, in the 110 minutes.

The Bobcats had a 12-6 advantage in total shots, with a narrow 3-2 margin in shots on goal.

The Falcons return to action next weekend, taking to the road for a pair of contests.  BG will head to Kalamazoo, Mich., for a Friday (Oct. 17) match against Western Michigan.  Then, the Falcons venture to the MAC's 'West Coast' to face Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 19).

Kent State 4, Ball State 1
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State women's soccer team halted a three-game losing streak Sunday with a convincing 4-1 victory over Ball State.

The Golden Flashes, who celebrated Senior Day on the afternoon, were convincing in their effort. KSU posted a 17-10 shots advantage, including 13-4 in the game's first half. Three different players found the back of the net and two more players registered assists.

"I thought we played extremely well today," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "We were a lot more opportunistic, and it showed on the scoreboard."

Kent State was unable to keep Ball State off the scoreboard, as the Cardinals scored in the fifth minute. But it would be one of just two shots on goal the Golden Flashes surrendered in the first half.

"It was a great team effort," said Marinaro. "A lot of people stepped up today and played really well."

In the 22nd minute, Kent State equalized. After senior Annie Messer (Dayton, Ohio) was fouled deep in Ball State territory, the Golden Flashes sent a set piece toward the goal. After an initial clearance by the Cardinals' defense, sophomore Sara Henderson (Strongsville, Ohio) cracked a one-time shot from 20 yards out the found the far post side netting.

The Golden Flashes continued to barrage Ball State in the first half, and tallied a second strike in the 39th minute. Senior Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) hustled to contest a clearance by the Ball State defense and was able to deflect the kick. Sophomore Megan Repas (Avon, Ohio) gathered the ball while Flanagan continued her run; Repas then gifted Flanagan for her hustle and fed a perfectly-timed through ball, resulting in Flanagan's second goal of the year.

In the final seconds of the first half, Kent State added another insurance goal when Megan Johnson (Erie, Pa.) served a long ball into classmate Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio), who headed the ball home for her sixth goal of the year.

In the second half, Kent State added their final goal in the 73rd minute. Jenni Stapleton (New Albany, Ohio) served in a corner kick from the right side, which was misheaded by a pair of Ball State defenders and found the back of the net.

Late in the game, Ball State looked as if they were going to get a chance to cut into the lead when a forward broke through the Kent State back line. After goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) slowed down the fast break but couldn't stop the attack, Stapleton supported perfectly and cleared away Ball State's shot as it approached the goal.

Nine different players contributed to Kent State's 17 shots, led by Messer, Heaton and Gironda with three apiece. Sherwood finished with five of the team's six saves.

"The team has played really hungry and has stuck with it," said Marinaro of the team's tenacity over the last few games. "Our intensity was really high. Their hard work paid off."

Kent State is back in action next weekend, starting Friday, Oct. 22 at Akron for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Akron 2, Miami 1 (OT)
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami women's soccer went to overtime for the third straight game Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field, but came up short, falling to Akron, 2-1, in the 92nd minute on Rachel Phillip's second goal of the game.

Miami took just three shots in the first half while on the other side of the field, Akron took seven. Freshman goalkeeper Kris Gasparovic stopped all six of the Zips shots on goal in the first half to head into halftime with the score tied 0-0.

The RedHawks scored first in the 54th minute when sophomore Jess Kodiak took a pass from senior Julie Thompson inside the box, turned toward the goal and placed a shot just inside the post for her team-leading seventh goal of the season and the 1-0 lead.

Less than a minute later, Miami almost added to the lead when junior Giselle Mangal took a pass down the right side of the field, beating the defense by a step but missed on the shot just wide of the goal.

The Zips responded, scoring just three minutes after Miami's goal, when Kyarah Foushee connected with Phillip to even the score at 1-1. Miami had just been whistled for a foul in their own half and before the RedHawks could set up on defense, Foushee placed the ball and passed through the Miami defense to Phillip who made a run up the middle.

"We lost our focus and let them tie up the game on a quick restart," senior captain Brooke Livingston said. "We didn't come out with the focus that we needed to. "

Just over a minute into overtime, Akron again quickly set up after a whistle, put the ball through the Miami defense and Phillip was able to get a foot on it for the game winner.

"We just lost concentration for five seconds and sometimes that's all it takes to lose a game," Gasparovic said.

Next up for Miami is a trip to Northern Illinois on Friday, Oct. 22 as the RedHawks try to extend their lead in the MAC East.