Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/16/2010

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

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Eastern Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Behind a goal and an assist from each Paige Sheridan and Stephanie Clarke, the Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team defeated Northern Illinois, 3-1, in a Mid-American Conference West Division battle at Scicluna Field Friday, Oct. 15.

The Eagles continue its unbeaten streak as it now stands at seven games after today's victory. With the win, EMU improves its record to 8-5-3 overall, 5-0-2 in the MAC. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois falls to 7-6-1 (3-3-1 MAC).

Paige Sheridan (Farmington Hills, Mich.-Mercy) continued her offensive surge with goal number seven of the season and 15th of her career in the 28th minute of the first half. The senior's anticipation off a deflection, following a long pass from teammate Julie Kaim (Palos Hills, Ill.-AA Stagg), allowed her to position herself for a strong right-footed shot that was placed just inside the left post.

Just a few minutes into the second half, Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) tallied her fourth goal of the season in impressive fashion. After a good defensive play by Amanda Marsh (Dexter, Mich.-Dexter) to start the counter attack, Maggie Christensen (Orland Park, Ill.-AA Stagg) fed Clarke with a pass leaving her nothing but open field in front of her. The freshman then planted the right foot - and with her left - delivered a bending shot that wrapped around the diving keeper and inside the left post.

Freshman Allison Kaim (Palos Hills, Ill.-AA Stagg) got into the action as well, scoring her first career goal in the 68th minute. Kaim hammered home the rebound off a Sheridan miss to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. A very accurate lead pass from Clarke set up the play for her team-leading sixth assist of the year.

The Huskies would add a goal in the 72nd minute on Kelsey Passaglia's third goal of the season.

Monique Budani made seven saves to earn her 26th career victory, tying her for third on the EMU all-time list. The reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Week had her scoreless minutes streak snapped at 274 minutes after Passaglia's goal, but stretches her own unbeaten streak to six matches.

The Eagles will be back in action Sunday, Oct. 17, when they take on Western Michigan for Senior Day at Scicluna Field. Four seniors will make their final regular season home appearances for EMU.

Miami 1, Ohio 0 (OT)
OXFORD, Ohio - For the second-straight year, the Miami University women's soccer team defeated rival Ohio University (5-6-3, 2-3-2 Mid-American Conference) in overtime as sophomore Jess Kodiak lifted the RedHawks (11-4-1, 4-2-1 MAC) to a 1-0 win Friday evening with a game-ending goal just 4:33 into the extra period. Freshman goalkeeper Kris Gasparovic picked up her fifth win and fourth shutout of the year.

Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard through regulation as both defenses limited scoring chances. When the second half ended, Ohio had taken eight shots, five of which were on goal, while Miami had managed just seven total shots and three on goal.

"They are a very fast and talented team," head coach Bobby Kramig said of the Bobcats. "Especially on defense. Their defense was able to keep up and match our speed."

Miami created scoring chances in the first half getting four corner kicks and taking five shots, but the Ohio defense cut off any opportunity the RedHawks had.

Kramig credited his defense and goalkeeper for preventing Ohio from gaining an advantage during regulation. In the second half, the Bobcats placed four of their six shots on goal, forcing Gasparovic to work hard to preserve the shutout.

"You have to start with the back. Gasparovic threw the shutout. She played very well with her feet as she's been doing throughout the course of the year," Kramig said. "Our whole back four did a good job of dealing with their speed. It felt like we were under pressure for a long time, and our back four held it together and did a great job."

In the overtime period, neither team was able to gain the upper hand until the 95th minute when the RedHawks executed a transition play that started on their own end.

Miami gathered the ball near midfield on their own half and sent a long, high pass to the left side, over the Ohio defense. Junior Giselle Mangal made a run, beating the Bobcats to the ball and settled it at the top left corner of the box. She turned, dribbling toward center and fired a shot toward the goal. Her shot got past the Ohio keeper, but hit the right post. It bounced back toward Kodiak who used a sliding shot to bury it in the back of the net for the game-winner.

"How about Jess Kodiak. What a goal there at the end," Kramig said. "It's exciting because we practiced that exact scenario yesterday in practice. Kodiak made a really strong run from midfield and got there at the right place, at the right time. I'm really happy for her."

The MAC East leading RedHawks are back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. against Akron at the Miami Soccer Field in their final home game of the regular season.

Akron 2, Bowling Green 2 (2OT)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team scored twice within the first 12 minutes of the match, but a University of Akron goal midway through the second half left the teams with a 2-2 draw Friday afternoon (Oct. 15). The Mid-American Conference game was held at Cochrane Field.

The result leaves the Falcons with an overall record of 4-9-3 and a MAC ledger of 2-3-2. BGSU is tied with Ohio University -- the Falcons' next opponent -- for second in the East Division. Akron is now 3-10-1 and 1-5-1, respectively.

Junior Megan Amann and freshman Madeline Wideman scored for the Brown and Orange. Wideman had a three-point day, with one of the assists on Amann's goal.

Fifth-year senior Alexa Arsenault made nine saves in goal for the Falcons. Both of Akron's goals came on rebounds after difficult saves by Arsenault.

Those UA goals came from Katie Wise and Liz Cloutier, tying the score each time. Michelle Smith made three saves for the Zips in her complete-match effort in goal.

The Falcons will host Ohio on Sunday (Oct. 17) at 1:00 p.m. The match will also be a part of 'Senior Day' festivities at Cochrane Field, with BGSU's four seniors recognized in pregame ceremonies. The 'Senior Day' recognition ceremony will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m.

Central Michigan 1, Western Michigan 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Junior defender Liesel Toth is quickly making her presence known for the Central Michigan women's soccer team throughout the Mid-American Conference.

The Chippewas (10-3-1 overall, 7-0-0 MAC) defeated Western Michigan (7-6-2 overall, 3-2-2 MAC) 1-0 on Friday afternoon on Toth's third straight game-winning goal.

Neither team was able to generate much offense in the first half, with the two teams combining for five total shots, only one each of which met the goalkeeper.

Freshman forward Jennifer Gassman gave the Chippewas their best scoring chance of the first half when she fired a shot in the 36th minute from the right side of the 18-yard box that WMU goalkeeper Julia Francy stopped to keep the score 0-0 at the half.

"I think we did a real good job of keeping the ball in the first half," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "We played the game pretty well. We possessed for most of the first half, but were unable to generate as many scoring chances as we would like. In the second half, we generated a lot more opportunities and it paid off with the goal."

After a hand-ball just a minute and a half into the second half, Toth capitalized on a free kick from 25-yards out for her fourth goal of the season, all of which have come in game-winning fashion. The kick deflected off a Western Michigan defender deep in the box and rolled past Francy to give the Chippewas the decisive 1-0 lead.

Western Michigan's Alison Szczypka nearly tied the game up in the 69th minute, but senior goalkeeper Shay Mannino made one of her four saves on the day to keep the Chippewas atop the MAC West Division.

With the win in net, Mannino improved her record to 7-1-1 on the season and gave her 39 career wins, breaking the all-time record for wins in CMU women's soccer program history.

The Maroon and Gold held a 11-6 advantage in shots in the contest while taking six corner kicks to WMU's 3.

CMU will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 17 for Senior Day when they take on Northern Illinois. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

Toledo 1, Kent State 0
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State women's soccer team (1-9-4, 0-6-1 MAC) fell into a one-goal deficit less than a minute into its game against unbeaten conference foe Toledo Friday afternoon, and despite a valiant effort for the remainder of the game the Golden Flashes dropped a 1-0 decision to the Rockets at Zoeller Field.

"We kept (Toledo) under a lot of pressure and we took a majority of the game," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "But we didn't settle into the game, and Toledo took momentum to start the game."

After racing down the field on the kickoff and having a shot blocked over the end line, Toledo (11-2-2, 7-0-0 MAC) scored on the ensuing corner kick to take a 1-0 lead just 41 seconds into the game.

The Golden Flashes looked as if they settled into an offensive groove in the 20th minute, just as the weather turned from bright and sunny to overcast, blustery winds and rain. Junior Vanessa Salerno (Etobicoke, Ontario) cracked a hard shot from 30 yards out on the right, only to have it skip high by a slim margin.

Kent State continued to take advantage of the weather change, as the wind helped pin Toledo in their defensive end. In the 25th minute it was Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) who took a turn at the goal after a perfectly placed pass by Salerno freed her on the left side. But her shot, too, was high of the mark.

In a game that featured plenty of corner kicks (each team had nine apiece), Kent State missed out on repaying Toledo in the final minute of the first half on a set piece. Sophomore Megan Repas (Avon, Ohio) threaded her corner kick through the Toledo defense from close range, but no one was able to get on the end of her serve.

Toledo looked to add insurance goals midway through the second half, but a pair of efforts were denied by the structure just one minute apart: the crossbar in the 57th minute and the left post on a free kick in the 58th minute.

Kent State's defense gave up just five shots in the second half, as Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) made two of the team's six saves in the stanza.

"Other than the first minute of play, we did very well defensively," said Marinaro.

With just over two minutes left in regulation, Kent State missed forcing extra time when the Flashes tried to convert on a free kick. Repas found herself with the ball inside the six-yard box, but her side volley went high of the goal.

"We had some composure in building the play up, but we weren't able to put one in," said Marinaro.

Kent State is back in action at home Sunday, Oct. 17 when the Golden Flashes host Ball State at 1 p.m. The game will serve as Senior Day for Kent State's six-player senior class.

Ball State 2, Buffalo 2 (2OT)
BUFFALO, NY - Two goals in the first half helped to stop the team's scoreless streak at 409 minutes and 53 seconds, but Ball State scored two goals in the second to force a double-overtime tie Friday evening at UB Stadium, 2-2.

Sophomore Natasha Arana helped the Bulls strike first in the game, scoring her team-leading third goal of the season in the 29th minute. Junior defender Angela Nicholas put a free kick on the Ball State goalie, who knocked the high kick down but bobbled it when trying to maintain control. Arana collected the loose ball and tucked it into the right corner for the goal. This came just minutes after a Megan Abman score was nullified due to an offsides penalty.

After the first goal was scored from right in the box, the Bulls went long-distance with its next score. Sophomore Shannon Algoe took a free kick from 45 yards away with the hopes of putting a good ball in the box. Instead, her kick kept sailing all the way over the Cardinal goalie's outstretched hand to put Buffalo up 2-0 in the 43rd minute. The goal was the defender's second of the season.

"Having been in a bit of a goal scoring drought, its good to see the kids come out, battle so hard and create those goal-scoring chances," head coach Michael Thomas said. "We've had the chances to score and its nice for the team to be rewarded and mentally know that if they do the right thing, good things will happen."

Ball State came out aggressive in the second half and scored twice in six minutes early in the second half to pull the score even at two apiece. The Cardinals took 21 shots in the game, but were held back by freshman goalie Ainsley Wheldon's 11 saves.

"We could've folded up when they got that second goal and things could have gotten out of hand, but things were very even after that and I thought we had the best chance in the overtime periods," Thomas said.

With her 11 saves, Wheldon is now just four stops away from cracking the all-time single season list for saves in a season.

The Bulls now move to 1-12-2 on the season and 0-5-2 in MAC play. The team welcomes conference leader Toledo to UB Stadium Sunday at noon in the fourth of the team's five-game home stand.