Wednesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Western Michigan 5, Concordia (Mich.) 0
Iona 5, Hartwick 1Game stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Western Michigan 5, Concordia (Mich.) 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan tallied three goals in the opening 15 minutes and freshman Oliver Mayer added a pair of second-half strikes to lead WMU to a 5-0 victory over Concordia (Mich.) in the Broncos' season-opener. The five goals scored by Western Michigan was the most in a season-opener since beating Detroit 5-0 in 1992.
"I was very pleased with our very clinical performance to open the regular season," WMU head coach Stu Riddle said. "Our ball movement was good and we created many excellent goal scoring opportunities through this."
The Bronco offensive got rolling early, scoring all three of its first-half goals in a five-minute span. Sophomore Shane Lyons, appearing in his first game for WMU after transferring from Oakland, scored the first Bronco with just less than nine minutes expired in the game. Freshman Lito Esquivel and sophomore Kai Mendes worked the ball to Lyons, who held off defenders and booted a ball high in the right side of the goal.
Mendes scored on an assist from Lyons less than a minute later, dribbling down near the endline on the right side and roofing a ball for a 2-0 lead.
Freshman Joseph Beshara and Esquivel connected on a give-and-go in the 14th minute for the Broncos' final goal of the first half. Beshara dumped the ball off to Esquivel, who fed it back, and Beshara one-timed his shot from in front of the net.
Western Michigan changed out its lineup in the second half and switched out sophomore goalkeeper Cody Camp for freshman Mike Sweers. The aggressive Broncos put nine shots on goal in the second half, but many were easily knocked down by Concordia keeper Mikey Erickson. Erickson made 11 saves on the game.
Mayer scored the first of his two second-half goals in the 77th minute. Accepting a pass from Joel Del Toro, he held possession in the center of the box and drilled his chance in the right corner. He again seized a scoring opportunity in the 84th minute, after freshman Ryan Conerty chipped a ball to sophomore Remi Sanderford who headed it on. Mayer beat Erickson to the deflection for the score.
Western Michigan controlled the match from the onset, denying Concordia any shots in the first half. The Cardinals' only attempt at the Bronco goal came midway through the second off a free kick, which sailed high onto the top of the net. Western Michigan outshot its opponent 30-1.
Twelve different players made their collegiate debut for WMU, as 23 Broncos saw playing time. Joining Lyons, Beshara and Esquivel with their first career starts was defenders David Fuller and Ryan Barrett.
"I was delighted for our debutante strikers Shane, Joe and Oliver to score in their first game for the Broncos and hope this is a sign of things to come," Riddle added.
"We know we face two very strong opponents this weekend at Dayton's tournament and that we must be at our absolute best if we are going to get anything out of either match."
Western Michigan travels to Ohio for a pair of games this weekend at the Dayton Courtyard by Marriot Classic. The Broncos take on Wright State Friday at 7 p.m. before facing the host Flyers Sunday at 2:30 p.m.Iona 5, Hartwick 1
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College scored three times in a span of 16 minutes and 28 seconds in the opening half of play en route to a 5-1 victory over Hartwick College's men's soccer team on Wednesday afternoon at Mazzella Field in New Rochelle, NY. Samuel Adjei led the way for the Gaels with a pair of goals and Mario Rios and Victor Munoz each earned two assists.
The Gaels made the most of their opportunities on the day, especially in the first half of play as they connected on three of their seven shots on the Hartwick goal. The Hawks were outshot by just a 15-11 margin on the day and held a 6-2 edge in corners.
Iona got on the scoreboard in the 27th
minute as Franklin Castellanos tallied from Rios, and just over five minutes later Adjei netted his first of the day to give the Gaels some early breathing room.
Later, the Hawks were whistled for a penalty in the box with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. The ensuing Mario Di Miceli penalty kick was saved by Hartwick senior goalkeeper Jake Wright (Los Angeles, CA/Cal State Northridge), but the rebound came right back to Di Micheli who put the Gaels up 3-0 just before the half.
Munoz would set up Douglas Stephens early in the second half at the 54 minute mark, but junior forward Dan Summers (Banstead, England/Sutton Grammar), the Hawks' top scorer last season, gave the Hawks life with an assisted tally less than six minutes later. In the 67th
minute, Adjei would close out the scoring as he netted his second with Castellanos picking up the helper.
Wright finished the match with two saves in the Hartwick goal. Jesse Fullerton and Michael Jordan combined to make four saves for Iona.
The match was just the second meeting between the Gaels and Hawks all-time. Hartwick came away with a 5-2 win back in 2000.
Hartwick returns to action on Monday, September 6th
in Ithaca, NY. The Hawks will play at Cornell University at 7 p.m. 'Wick has won 30 times over the Big Red in 46 meetings, but the Blue and White will look to avenge last season's 1-0 defeat last season on Elmore.