Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/11/2010
Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Eastern Michigan 1, Buffalo 0
Western Michigan 3, Akron 1
Bowling Green 3, Ball State 3 (2OT)
Ohio 3, Northern Illinois 2
Central Michigan 3, Kent State 2
Toledo 2, Miami 1 (OT)

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Eastern Michigan 1, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, NY - Despite a nearly 3-1 advantage in shots, the Bulls offense came up just short of handing Eastern Michigan its first Mid American Conference loss. A single goal off a deflected save proved to be the only score in the game as the Bulls fell 1-0 at UB Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Buffalo dictated play throughout the game, but Eastern Michigan capitalized with aggressive counterattacks in the first half, one of which led to its goal. Paige Sheridan, the Eagles' leading scorer this season, took a low shot to the left side of the net which was turned away by diving freshman keeper Ainsley Wheldon. But much like Wheldon's final goal allowed against Central Michigan, the rebound off the save landed on the wrong team's foot, as Sheridan followed her shot and put home the carom in the 15th minute.

The Bulls found much of its offensive success through set pieces in the game, with three solid attempts foiled just in front of the net coming from free kicks and corner kicks. The best chance for the team came in the waning minutes of the first half, as a free kick from sophomore Natasha Arana found its way in to the heart of the box, and a point-blank shot from senior Julie Dale was saved by the Eagles' goalie.

"Today I thought we did everything you needed to do to win a soccer game but put the ball in the net and I think we've had four or five games that way," coach Michael Thomas said. "I firmly believe that once we breakthrough with one or two goals, we'll break through with five goals."

The Bulls offense ran strong through junior Aubrey Stahl, who put three of her four total shots on goal, including a run off a through-ball in the first half that was barely snuffed out by the goalie. Buffalo ended up taking 21 shots while only giving up eight.

"Aubrey had a great week of training, Thomas said. "This was a perfect game for her, she was active and she was winning tackles and I was really proud of her winning a couple headers. It was clear that Aubrey came to play today."

The loss drops the team to 0-5-1 in MAC play and 1-12-1 overall. Next up will be a Ball State team that has also struggled in conference action. Kickoff Friday will be at 7:00 pm at UB Stadium. 

Western Michigan 3, Akron 1
AKRON, Ohio - Two first half goals by Western Michigan were too much for the University of Akron women's soccer team to overcome Sunday afternoon, as they fell 3-1 to the visiting Broncos at Lee Jackson Field.

WMU (7-5-2, 3-1-2 MAC) scored again in the 55th minute to make it 3-0, despite UA (3-10-0, 1-5-0) outshooting WMU 5-4 in the second half.

Adrienne Steckel pulled a goal back for the Zips in the 67th minute when she headed in a Kelly DeNiro corner kick. It was the first goal of the junior midfielder's career.

"We knew that was going to be a tough game for us mentally, after the tough matches we have played over the last few weeks," said coach Chris Pfau. "It's been frustrating, because we have been playing good soccer, but have been unlucky when it comes to getting results."

Jordan Baranowski, Ashley Hughes, and DeNiro all fired two shots in the match.

The Zips hit the road next weekend for a pair of matches against MAC East foes. They will face Bowling Green on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Miami Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Bowling Green 3, Ball State 3 (2OT)
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team rallied with three second half goals to tie Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green 3-3 in double overtime Sunday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Field. The Cardinals trailed 2-0 early in the second half before running off three unanswered goals while BGSU tied the game in the 83rd minute to secure the tie.

"I was really proud of our team for fighting back and playing with a lot of heart today," head coach Craig Roberts said. "We played with a lot of confidence in the second half to rally back and we have had a lot of different people step up their play in light of all of our injuries."

The back-and-forth contest saw a combined 48 shots with the Cardinals holding a 27-21 edge in shots. BSU also held a 10-2 edge on corner kicks, with seven of the corner kicks coming in the second half as the Cardinals were in the midst of their rally.

Bowling Green (4-9-2, 2-3-2 MAC) opened the scoring in the 39th minute of play. Keely Chandler was the recipient of a strong passing sequence from the Falcons as she ran onto the end of a cross and volleyed the ball into the back of the net from six yards out. BGSU extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal in the 54th minute of play as Jackie Tamerlano sent a ball into the box that was misplayed by BSU goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler (Waukesha, Wis./UT-Martin).

Ball State (6-7-1, 0-5-1 MAC) started their rally in the 61st minute of play as the Cardinals were on the attack. BSU sent a corner kick into the box where sophomore Brigit Reder (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) was able to send a header to the near post. The BGSU defender on the goal line was called for a hand ball and the Cardinals were awarded a penalty kick.

Sophomore forward Paige Stroinski (Granger, Ind./Penn) stepped forward to take the penalty kick but her initial shot was saved by BGSU goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault. Stroinski kept herself in the play as she pounced on the rebound and deposited it into the back of the net to narrow the gap to 2-1.

The Cardinals tied the game in the 78th minute off of a free kick. Senior Tina Vannatta (Powhatan, Va./Springboro) sent the kick into the box where sophomore forward Shaniece Thorpe (Westmoreland, Jamaica/WVIT) was able to flick the ball into the back of the net with a header to bring the game to 2-2.

Ball State didn't waste time taking the lead as it scored just 2:20 later as Vannatta was in the midst of the action once again. She sent a cross into the box where senior midfielder Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall) was able to rip a shot into the top left corner past Arsenault for the 3-2 BSU lead.

Bowling Green kept battling as it found the equalizer off of a free kick in the 83rd minute of play. The Falcons sent the ball into the box and had multiple shots on goal. Buehler was able to make the first two saves but the Falcons converted on their third attempt as Alyssa Zucaro poked the rebound into the back of the net to knot the game at 3-3.

The Falcons came within inches of securing the victory in the 90th minute of play as Katie Stephenson ripped a shot during a flurry that senior Cortney Coombs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) was able to clear off the end line to send the game into extra time. The two teams went back-and-forth in the two extra frames but neither team had a strong chance before time expired after 110 minutes of play.

Stroinski finished the game with a career-high three points while Vannatta added two assists to finish the weekend with four points. Buehler posted seven saves in 110 minutes of play while Arsenault finished the game with nine saves.

Ball State returns to action next weekend on the road as the Cardinals travel to Buffalo Friday night at 7 p.m.

Ohio 3, Northern Illinois 2
ATHENS, Ohio - Three first-half goals, including two from Rachael Philpot, lifted Ohio soccer to 3-2 win in a wild, action-packed contest Sunday at Chessa Field. Toye Famodu also got on the board with a score for the 'Cats.

Philpot (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored both of her goals within a minute of each other during a crazy first-half span that saw three goals scored between the two squads in 10 minutes and four goals overall in the frame.

The 'Cats (5-5-3, 2-2-2 MAC) won the shots battle, outshooting the Huskies (7-3-1, 3-2-1 MAC) 10-6 on the day, including an impressive nine shots on goal. Philpot scored two goals on two shots, her second and third scores of the season, while Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) picked up her second goal of the season to go with two shots. Four other Bobcats got into the point action as Sara Seitz (Englewood, Ohio) tallied a career-high two assists and Cathryn Rogers (Toronto, Ontario) and Rachael Goulding (Toronto, Ontario) each added helpers.

"I thought that we did a good job hitting the frame and taking advantage of our opportunities, especially in the first half," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "Points are tough to come by in this league, so we'll certainly take this."

Ohio threatened right away with a pair of quick corners in the sixth minute. Jackie Hanson (LaGrange, Ill.) nearly put Ohio on the board early in the seventh minute, but her attempt was knocked out by the Huskies' keeper. That set up a key corner that resulted in a Bobcat score. Pichel's send-in was headed by Seitz over to Famodu, who punched it into the back of the net.

That score wouldn't last too long as NIU was the beneficiary of an unfortunate deflection by Ohio into its own goal off a Huskie corner in the 20th minute. Megan Harry was credited with the score.

The 'Cats didn't take kindly the NIU score and came roaring back with two more first-half goals off the foot of Philpot. The first came in the 29th minute on Ohio break. Goulding took a pass from Rogers on the right side and sent it over to Philpot streaking on the left side, who then lined it past the keeper and into the strings.

Philpot struck right back just 34 seconds later as she got behind the Huskies' defense with a long down the left side and into the box where she took a Seitz pass and ripped it into the left corner of the net from about 10 yards out. A wild first half ended with Ohio holding a 7-3 advantage in shots.

"Rachael has a knack for the goal, and she certainly showed that today," Strauss said of Philpot's two scores. "She was definitely a spark we needed offensively, and we were pleased with her performance."

Action was tight starting the second frame. The Huskies took control of the possession a few minutes into play and were able to capitalize for their second goal of the contest in the 61st minute when Shannon Renner was able to head a ball just over the reach of the outcoming 'Cat keeper and into the back of the goal.

NIU continued to pressure the Green and White for much of the rest of the half, but the defense was up to the task. The Huskies had a couple breaks down the right side late in the contest that looked threatening, but the 'Cats were able to recover in time and deflect them away and were able to hold on for the win.

Ohio will now start up the East Division of its conference slate as it heads to Oxford to battle rival Miami Friday at 3 p.m.

Central Michigan 3, Kent State 2
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State women's soccer team showed its mettle Sunday afternoon, as the Golden Flashes battled toe-to-toe with defending Mid-American Conference champs Central Michigan before falling 3-2 at Zoeller Field.

"We're disappointed in the loss, but what we need to take from today that we are capable of competing with anyone in the MAC," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "Unfortunately, we ran out of time."

Undaunted by Central Michigan's record, Kent State supplied plenty of challenges for the Chippewas. After Central Michigan scored the game's first goal in the 28th minute, Kent State answered right back in the 30th minute. Senior Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) scored her third goal of the season when she beat CMU's Shay Mannino to a ball near the top of the box and Heaton's sliding effort found the back of the net.

Central Michigan (9-3-1, 6-0-0 MAC) rallied back, however, and in using end-to-end wind blowing in their favor, the Chippewas added two more goals in the half to take a 3-1 lead at the break.

Gaining the wind advantage in the second half, Kent State utilized the advantage. In the 61st minute, a long ball got Kent State deep in Central Michigan's defensive end, resulting in a foul. On the ensuing free kick, senior Annie Messer (Dayton, Ohio) sent the ball in from the left side, where it landed at the feet of sophomore Hannah Newhouse (Strongsville, Ohio). After a quick touch, Newhouse fired a shot that saw its way into the goal to cut Kent State's deficit.

The Golden Flashes just missed getting the equalizer in the 65th minute, when freshman Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) sped down the right side and turned the corner to cross the ball for senior Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio). Flanagan slid in hopes of tapping the ball past CMU's Mannino, but she was unable to connect on the chance.

The game changed in the 70th minute when Central Michigan's Bailey Brandon was issued a second yellow card for delay, which left the Chippewas down one player for the final 20 minutes.

Kent State continued to press and played a majority of that time in their attacking field, but could not get through a third time to knot the game.

Central Michigan finished with a 15-11 shots advantage, aided by their 12-6 margin in the first half. Kent State's Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) made five of the team's six saves, while CMU's Mannino made two stops.

Kent State returns to action at home Friday, Oct. 15 when the team hosts Toledo in a 4 p.m. contest.

Toledo 2, Miami 1 (OT)
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo received a goal from junior Jaimie Morsillo in the waning moments of overtime to give the Mid-American Conference West Division co-leaders a 2-1 victory over East Division frontrunner Miami on Sunday at Scott Park. With the win, the Rockets' (10-2-2, 6-0-0 MAC) run their win streak to seven-straight matches and remain perfect in league action. UT has now won at least 10 contests in a school-record four-consecutive seasons.

Morsillo's winning tally came off a corner kick by sophomore Rachael Kravitz at the 98:14 mark of the first extra period. Kravitz played a nice cross into the middle of the RedHawks' (10-4-1, 3-2-1 MAC) goal box and a scrum ensued for the loose ball. UT's Morsillo rose up just outside the back post and headed the ball high into the back of the net for her second goal of the season, sending the Rockets' bench into a frenzy.

In the first half, the Midnight Blue & Gold had the only good scoring chance on a shot off the foot of junior Kristen Lynn at 5:37. The third-year forward was streaking down the middle of the field when she received a pass from senior Erin Flynn. Lynn then took a quick dribble and chipped a shot over the head of Miami goalie Kris Gasparovic who had come her line, but the shot hit the cross bar and was cleared out of danger.

With the match still scoreless in the opening moments of the second stanza, UT had another quality opportunity to muster a tally on a shot by freshman Rachel MacLeod at the 54:10 mark. The first-year forward was dealt a pass from Lynn down the right side and quickly fired a shot from about eight yards out that slid wide of the mark.

The Rockets remained aggressive in the attack as the second half wore on and broke through for the initial score on senior Brittany Hensler's fifth goal of the season at 59:31. UT's MacLeod set up the goal with a nice pass down the right side to Lynn, who then went deep into the right corner, before crossing the ball into the middle of the Miami goalbox to a wide open Hensler, who drilled it home for the score.

Just moments after Toledo opened the scoring, Miami was presented with a solid opportunity to tally the equalizer on a shot by Kayla Zakrzewski with just over 29 minutes left in regulation. The RedHawks' midfielder got in deep in UT territory on the left side and blasted a shot from about eight-yards out that was blocked out of play by Toledo junior goalie Vicki Traven.

Down a score, the visitors started to pick up the pace and they took advantage of a UT defensive marking error to tally the equalizer on a goal by Julie Thompson at 75:50. Teammate Katy Dolesh was able to get down the right side behind the Rockets' defense and crossed the ball to an open Thompson on the back post, who promptly drilled home a low shot to draw the teams even.

Miami was still not done attacking and came within an eyelash of taking its first lead off the boot of Dolesh with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Teammate Giselle Mangal started the play with a nice run again down the right side and she attempted to cross the ball into the middle of the Toledo goalbox to Dolesh. Fortunately for the Midnight Blue & Gold, UT's Traven came off her line as the pass arrived to Dolesh in front of the goal and intercepted the cross, securing the ball and consequently helping send the match into overtime.

In the extra period, Toledo showed a lot of energy and had a quality scoring chance on the combination play of Flynn and MacLeod. Flynn played a long ball down the middle of the field for MacLeod who had streaked past the last line of the Miami defense, but the ball was just a little our of her reach and scooped up by the RedHawks' Gasparovic.

Toledo finished the match with an impressive 15-4 edge in shots, including a match-best six off the foot of MacLeod and three by Lynn. Miami entered today's divisional showdown first in the conference in goals, assists, total points and shots.

Between the posts, UT's Traven was credited with a pair of saves in a complete-match effort to earn her ninth triumph this fall. In MAC contests, Traven and the UT defense have yielded only two scores in 560-plus minutes of competition for a miniscule 0.32 goals-against average.

The Rockets return to action on Friday, Oct. 15 when they travel to Kent, OH to battle the Golden Flashes. The opening whistle at Zoeller Field is slated for 4:00 p.m.