Thursday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/28/2010

Thursday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Western Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 1
Ball State 1, Toledo 0
Miami 5, Bowling Green 2
Central Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 0
Kent State 7, Buffalo 1
Akron 1, Ohio 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Western Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Stephanie Skowneski netted her record-tying ninth goal in the 34th minute to lead the Western Michigan women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Northern Illinois on Thursday afternoon at the WMU Soccer Complex.

With the win the Broncos secured the fifth seed for the Mid-American Conference Tournament and will play at Eastern Michigan in the opening round on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Western Michigan got out to a hot start on a goal by Megan Matula in the 19th minute. Caitlin Henderson sailed the ball into the box after her corner kick was deflected back to her. A Bronco was knocked down in the box and the ball fell directly to Matula's feet. The 5-foot-10 forward settled the ball and then shot it off the right post and into the net for her fourth of the season. Henderson picked up her career-best and team-leading eighth assist of the season as WMU took a 1-0 lead.

Skowneski pushed the Bronco lead to 2-0 in the 34th minute. Skowneski took the ball to the center of the field 25 yards out from the net before firing a blast that went over Amy Carr's head and into the net for her ninth goal of the season. The goal ties her with Katie Markey and Jessica Pattison for most goals scored in a season in Western Michigan history. Jackie Drees tallied her second assist of the season on the game-winning goal.

WMU gave one back in the 78th minute when Mo Smunt slipped one past Bronco goalkeeper Julia Francy to cut the lead to 2-1 but Western Michigan held on for the win.

Western Michigan improves to 9-6-4 (5-2-4 MAC) for the most wins since the Broncos won 10 in 2005 and were undefeated at home this season with a 5-0-2 record at the WMU Soccer Complex.

Ball State 1, Toledo 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team pulled off the biggest upset of the 2010 Mid-American Conference season Thursday afternoon as the Cardinals became the first team this year to defeat MAC co-champion Toledo as Ball State notched a 1-0 victory over the Rockets at the BSU Soccer Field in the season finale.

The loss drops Toledo, No. 33 in the nation in RPI, to 14-3-2 overall and 10-1-0 in MAC play, while the Cardinals pick up their first win in MAC play to end the year 1-8-2 in the league and 7-10-2 overall. The loss snaps Toledo's 11-game MAC winning streak and ended the Rockets' attempt to become the first team in MAC history to end the year without a blemish in league play.

"The team played really hard today for each other," head coach Craig Roberts said. We felt all season long we have been in every game and worked really hard so we deserved a positive outcome. This game, especially for the seniors, was special as Toledo beat us in the final second last year and the team brought that felling with them today. We wanted to reward our seniors with a victory for all that they have given to the program."

Toledo came out of the gate quickly to start the game as the Rockets tallied eight first half shots. Toledo came within inches of scoring the game's first goal in the 11th minute of play as Brittany Hensler ripped a shot from 10-yards out after a scramble that was cleared off the BSU line by sophomore defender Brigit Reder (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West).

Ball State turned the defense into offense as it scored the game's lone goal in the 26th minute of action. Senior midfielder Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall) made a long run down the left hand side and beat two Toledo defenders before sending a cross into the six-yard box. Senior defender Danielle Rogers (Orland Park, Ill./UT-Martin) ran onto the cross and headed the ball past UT goalkeeper Nicki Traven for her first career goal at Ball State and a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals tried to use the momentum from the goal to add a second tally in the ensuing minute. Gordon drove down the left side and turned towards goal before ripping a shot from 18-yards out that Traven was able to punch wide to keep the game a one-goal contest at halftime.

Toledo came out of the halftime break with the wind on their side and used it to its advantage as it out-shot the Cardinals 10-5 in the second half. Rachael Kravitz stepped up in the 51st minute and found some space 30 yards out. Kravitz cracked a shot that BSU freshman goalkeeper Layne Schramm (The Colony, Texas/The Colony) made a diving save on to keep the Cardinals in the lead.

Ball State spent most of the half in its zone defending but used a counter-attack in the 57th minute for a strong scoring opportunity. Gordon once again was in the middle of the action as she drove down the left side and weaved her way through three Toledo defenders. After beating the last defender she was in alone on a one-on-one with Traven who was able to get enough of her hand on the shot to steer it wide of goal.

Toledo went on the all-out-attack over the final 30 minutes but the Ball State defense and Schramm stood tall. The Cardinals got another huge defensive stand in the 61st minute after a scramble in the box. Ana Reynolds jumped on a rebound in the box and sent the ball past Schramm towards the far corner. Senior defender Tina Vannatta (Powhatan, Va./Springboro) saved the victory for the Cardinals as she cleared the sure-goal off the end line for the Cardinals' second team save of the afternoon.

Ball State held on down the stretch as Toledo out-shot it 18-12 in the loss and held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Schramm posted her first career shutout in the victory as she made six saves while getting the help of two team saves from Reder and Vannatta. Traven made four saves as she played 67:01 before being pulled for Angela Righeimer.

Ball State ends the season with a 7-10-2 record in Roberts' first year at the helm. The Cardinals nearly doubled their win total from last season (4) and also posted a 6-2-0 record in non-conference play this year. Toledo enters the 2010 MAC Tournament as the number one seed despite the loss.

Miami 5, Bowling Green 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Miami University scored late in each half, including a furious second-half flurry, to down the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team, 5-2, Thursday afternoon (Oct. 28).  The Mid-American Conference match was held at BGSU's Cochrane Field.

With the win, the RedHawks improve to 12-6-2 overall, and MU ends the regular season with a MAC record of 5-4-2.  The 'Hawks won the league's East Division and earned the No. 2 seed for the upcoming conference tournament.

The Falcons see the season come to an end with records of 4-12-4 overall and 2-6-3 in MAC play.

Seniors Katie Stephenson and Jackie Tamerlano scored goals in their final game at BGSU, while fifth-year senior goalkeeper Alexa Arsenault made six saves in net.  Despite the scoreline, Arsenault played well in goal, saving a Miami penalty-kick try and making several other difficult stops.

Thursday's game featured several wild swings of momentum.  Miami scored with 12.4 seconds left in the first half, just seconds after BGSU had had a scoring chance at the other end of the field.

The Falcons scored their two goals just over four minutes apart early in the second period, taking a 2-1 lead with just under 28 minutes left in regulation.  And, Arsenault then made a spectacular diving stop to deny Jess Kodiak on a penalty-kick try with 20 minutes left.

But, Katy Dolesh scored to tie the game with 14:49 remaining, and a goal from Dani Fraelick gave MU the lead with 12:27 on the clock.  With the Falcons pushing forward to try to get the equalizer, the RedHawks scored twice more in a span of 1:28 to salt the game away.

On a windy day at Cochrane Field, it appeared the RedHawks had scored with less than three minutes elapsed.  Sarah Dessfelt's free kick found the head of Kodiak, who nodded the ball into the net with roughly 2:36 gone in the match.  But, the assistant referee's flag was raised indicating offside against MU, and the score remained nil-nil.

Arsenault made her first save of the day, and also her first acrobatic save of the day, with a diving stop of a volley by the RedHawks' Haley Clark with six-and-a-half minutes gone in the match.  Six minutes later, Arsenault made a diving stop on Kodiak's right-side shot.

Midway through the period, the visitors had another solid chance, but Kayla Zakrzewski's shot was blocked after she received Kodiak's cross in the penalty area.

Just under 20 minutes remained in the half when the Falcons had a solid scoring chance of their own.  Senior Alicia Almond played the ball to freshman Madeline Wideman, who hit a crossing ball into the box.  Stephenson met the cross with a diving header, but the shot was just wide left.

With five minutes left before halftime, freshman Ashley Miller crossed the ball from the right side of the pitch, and classmate Ivi Casagrande headed it back across the box to the waiting Katelyn Turner.  The junior settled the ball and fired, but her shot sailed left of the target.

Only 30 seconds remained before the intermission when the Falcons moved the ball upfield.  Stephenson and Tamerlano were part of the buildup, and freshman Melissa Zeigler hit a diagonal ball into the area toward Turner.  Turner, running with a Miami player, was able to get a touch on the ball, but it rolled directly to MU goalkeeper Madison Ryan.

Quickly, the RedHawks countered, taking the ball into the other end of the pitch, and the visitors got on the scoreboard with only 12.4 seconds left in the period.  After Arsenault stopped Dolesh's effort, Giselle Mangal poked the ball into the net for a 1-0 MU lead at the intermission.

Nearly a third of the way through the second half, Casagrande played a ball forward, with the pass finding sophomore Sarah VonderBrink.  'Vondy' took the ball into the penalty area and, with an MU player on either side of her, was taken down in the box.

A penalty kick was awarded, and Stephenson made no mistake, burying her shot in the corner of the net.  The Falcons had equalized at the 58:20 mark.

Four minutes later, the Falcons were celebrating again.  This time, Casagrande passed the ball to junior Alyssa Zuccaro.  'Z' made a nifty move to get past a defender, and made a long run into the box.  With three RedHawks in pursuit, she crossed the ball toward the far post.  Tamerlano got to that cross and hit a shot toward net that eluded Ryan.  An MU defender knocked the ball away, but it had already crossed the end line.  With 27:24 remaining, the home team had the lead.

Seven minutes later, however, a Miami shot off of a cross hit the arm of a Falcon defender in the box, and a PK was awarded at the other end of the field.  Kodiak took the shot for the RedHawks, but Arsenault made a dive to her right, deflecting the ball away from the post, and BGSU cleared the ball out of bounds.

Still, the RedHawks kept coming.  Dolesh had two shots just over a minute apart, with one blocked and one sailing over the bar.  Then, with under 18 minutes left, Dolesh sprung teammate Sara Lund with a through ball.  Lund, with a step on her defender, took the ball into the penalty area and fired a shot, but Arsenault came through with another stellar stop.

But, Dolesh would score with just under 15 minutes left, knotting the game at 2-2.  A cross was headed out of the box by a Falcon defender, but Dolesh settled the ball and fired it into the upper half of the net.

And, just over two minutes later, Fraelick gave the RedHawks the lead.  BGSU, needing a win to have a chance to qualify for the MAC Tournament, began pressing forward in an attempt to generate more goals, and Lund capitalized with 7:55 remaining.  She deked a Falcon defender and fired a shot home for a 4-2 advantage.

Kodiak closed the scoring just over a minute later, receiving a cross from Zakrzewski and converting from approximately six yards out to give her team a 5-2 advantage.

The RedHawks held an 18-7 advantage in total shots, including a margin of 11-4 in shots on goal.  As mentioned, Arsenault had a solid game, with six saves in her final match as a Falcon.  Ryan made two stops for the 'Hawks.

Thursday's match marked the final game at BGSU for four seniors.  The senior class consists of co-captains Almond and Stephenson, along with Arsenault and Tamerlano.

Central Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 0
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - After losing 1-0 at Toledo last Friday, Central Michigan knew all they had control over the final two games of the regular season was their own play.

With Thursday's 3-0 win over in-state rival Eastern Michigan and a 1-0 loss by Toledo at Ball State, the Chippewas (13-4-1 overall, 10-1-0 MAC) claimed a share of their second straight Mid-American Conference regular season championship.

"We are really happy with how today and the MAC season has gone for us," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "We have demonstrated we are a championship caliber team and we are excited to earn a share of it."

The Maroon and Gold held an advantage against the Eagles (9-7-1 overall, 6-2-3 MAC) from the beginning of the match.

Junior Chelsi Abbott scored her second goal of the season in the 10th minute after freshman Kaely Schlosser prevented the ball from going over the backline, kicking the ball over her head to Abbott her headed a shot just inside the right post. The assist was the second of the season for Schlosser.

"Kaely Schlosser was very good today, although she didn't score," Anagnost said. "If our strikers play like they did today, we are a very good team. Our entire team and staff is happy with the way they played today."

Senior goalkeeper played the first 45 minutes of the match, earning her tenth victory of the season. The Chippewas held EMU to just three first half shots, none of which met Mannino.

CMU extended it's lead in the 60th minute of the match on freshman Nicole Samuel's on a feed from senior Valerie Prause. Prause crossed a ball from the right side of the field from 25 yards out to Samuel who headed a shot inside the left post.

Eastern Michigan's Stephanie Janssens put pressure on sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Turner in the 82nd minute with a shot from just outside the 18-yard box, but Turner made one of her three second half saves to keep the Eagles scoreless.

Freshman Jennifer Gassman capped off the scoring for the Chippewas in the 85th minute. After a scramble from the ball outside the 18-yard box, Gassman turned and fired a shot over the goalkeepers head for her third goal of the season.

As time expired, it was announced that the Chippewas had claimed a share of their second straight MAC title with Ball State defeating Toledo in Muncie, Ind., 1-0, capping off a regular season in which CMU won a school-record 10 conference matches.

"We beat a very good and well coached Eastern Michigan team," Anagnost said. "We understand they weren't playing everyone. We are keeping this win in perspective."

The Chippewas out shot the Eagles 18-7 on the day while holding a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks.

CMU will be the No. 3 seed heading into Sunday's first-round MAC tournament match at the CMU Soccer Complex as it will host No. 6 seed Northern Illinois. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Kent State 7, Buffalo 1
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State women's soccer team ended its 2010 season with a bang Thursday afternoon, as the Golden Flashes lit up the scoreboard for seven goals in a 7-1 victory over Buffalo in the season finale for both teams at Zoeller Field.

Junior Vanessa Salerno (Etobicoke, Ontario), who was the last Kent State player to have a multi-goal game back in 2009, scored three goals against the Bulls for the third hat trick in Kent State history.

As a team, Kent State's seven goals set a team record for goals in a game, surpassing the old mark of six goals set three times previous. The team's 21 points (seven goals, seven assists) tied the team best set during the 1999 campaign, and seven assists was second-best in the team record book.

Senior Annie Messer (Dayton, Ohio) concluded her collegiate career with a flurry, as she tallied three assists along with a penalty kick goal for five points. Her assist total tied a team record for assists in a game, while her five points along with Salerno's six points also are among the top five in program records.

"Everybody played well today," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "We took care of our opportunities and scored some great goals. We came out with the mentality to put everything out there."

The Golden Flashes wasted little time getting on the board, as Salerno headed home the first corner kick of the day in the seventh minute, served in by Messer. Salerno then made the game 2-0 in the 16th minute when she cracked a 20-yard shot after a failed Buffalo clearance.

Messer scored in the 26th minute after she was fouled in the penalty box and converted on the ensuing spot kick. Then, in the 33rd minute, senior Josee Charron (Ottawa, Ontario) dove in from the left side for a header after an initial shot by classmate Kelly Heaton (Mississauga, Ontario) drilled the crossbar and dropped straight down without crossing the goal line.

With a blustery wind in Kent State's favor in the second half, the Golden Flashes again got on the board early coming out of the halftime intermission. Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) scored her fourth goal in as many games and ninth of the season in the 48th minute, when Messer's free kick from the left side was headed back by senior Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio), finding Gironda at the far post.

Buffalo managed to halt Kent State's shutout in the 54th minute, when Taylor Thompson found space in the defense and buried a 12-yard shot on the right side.

But Kent State wasn't done, as Salerno capped her hat trick in the 55th minute with another header off a corner kick, this time served by Heaton. Flanagan then concluded the contest's scoring in the 56th minute with a flick header on the right side after assists by Sara Henderson (Strongsville, Ohio) and Messer.

For the game, the Golden Flashes fired 25 shots and took advantage of nine corner kicks. Buffalo had eight shots and no corner kicks.

Kent State's trio of goalkeepers all took the field for the game, with junior Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) earning the victory with two saves. Redshirt freshmen Christine Pellegrino (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Julie Keslar (Akron, Ohio) each played in the second half, with Keslar registering a save.

Akron 1, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio - An early Akron goal bit Ohio soccer as the 'Cats fell 1-0 to Akron to wrap up the regular season Thursday at Chessa Field. With Miami beating Bowling Green, Ohio will draw the eighth seed and travel to Toledo to face the top-seeded Rockets in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Sunday at 1 p.m.

Ohio (6-8-4, 3-5-3 MAC) controlled much of the possession on the day and outshot the Zips (7-10-1, 5-5-1 MAC) 15-4 overall, with seven shots coming on goal. The Green and White also had an 8-0 advantage on corner kicks. Rachael Philpot (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the 'Cats with five shots on the game, including three on goal. Cathryn Rogers (Toronto, Ontario) added four shots, with two landing on goal. Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) collected two saves.

"We didn't come out with enough urgency," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "Clearly we dominated the stats, but that wasn't good enough to earn the win. That's the funny thing about this game. You can do everything right, and sometimes it's just a game of inches."

Ohio controlled play early on, picking up a corner kick and a couple shots just a couple minutes in. Akron managed to turn them away, however. The Zips caught an early break in the sixth minute and capitalized with the deciding tally on a slashing shot from Ashley Hughes that slipped just out of reach of the keeper and into the right corner of the net.

Despite the Akron score, Ohio continued to keep control of the action. Kelsey Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Philpot had opportunities a couple minutes later, but the Zip keeper was able to make two key saves. The Zips nearly got on the board again in the 28th minute as they picked up an advantage. Liston made a diving play on a line drive shot to knock it away. The rebound attempt looked threatening, but a sliding deflection from Sarah Brown (North Royalton, Ohio) at the goal line kept the score intact.

The Green and White picked up its share of corner kicks in the first half as well, but Akron's defense kept the 'Cats out of the net. Ohio outshot the Zips 6-3 in the opening half and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Play went back and forth through the first few minutes of the second half. The 'Cats came back after that with their share of possessions, but Akron's defense still would not budge. With just under 13 minutes left, Ohio looked poised to even the score with a promising shot from Philpot. The Zips' keeper was able to make the save, however, to keep the score at 1-0.

Ohio had a couple other chances late in the half, but clutch saves from Akron thwarted the 'Cats' hopes and gave the Zips the victory.