Friday?s MAC Women?s Soccer Results

Updated 9/12/2009

Friday’s MAC Women’s Soccer Results

Creighton 3, Akron 0

Eastern Michigan 1, Richmond 0

St. Bonaventure 1, Bowling Green 0

Dayton 4, Ball State 0

Central Michigan 1, Valparaiso 0

Indiana State 2, Ohio 1

Kent State 1, Tulsa 0

Morehead State 1, Miami 0

Northern Illinois 1, SIU Edwardsville 0



Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information departments


Creighton 3, Akron 0

LINCOLN, Neb. - The University of Akron women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday - a 3-0 decision to Creighton in the adidas Husker Invitational being held at NU Soccer Field on the Nebraska campus.


Akron (2-1-1) gave up what would prove to be the eventual game-winning goal in the 16th minute, but held Creighton (6-1-1) to a 1-0 lead until the 67:28 mark. The Bluejays tacked on another insurance goal in the 89th minute.


Sophomore goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert played all 90 minutes for the Zips, earning five saves along the way. UA was led by senior Britni Back's three shots, including both of the team's shots on goal. Sophomore Rachel Phillip and junior Alysia Virkler took one shot apiece.


Creighton entered the weekend ranked ninth in the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll.


Akron faces tournament host Nebraska on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available via or by clicking the link on the women's soccer schedule page on


Eastern Michigan 1, Richmond 0

RICHMOND, Va. ( ? Ashley Rodrigues gave the Eastern Michigan University women’s soccer team a 1-0 win with a goal in the 32nd minute, defeating Richmond Friday night to open the VCU/Impact Sports Invitational Tournament.


Rodrigues’ second goal of the season came in the 32nd minute off a missed shot by Paige Sheridan. The senior, who has a knack for always being around the ball, was able to hammer home the rebound and give the Eagles an early lead.


It turned out that goal would be the difference and also become her second game-winning goal of the season and fifth of her career. Her first came in a 1-0 win over Eastern Illinois in the season opener back on Aug. 28 at Scicluna Field.


At the end of the first half, the Eagles had a 12-6 advantage in shots with four of those coming on goal for the Green and White. Deana Kinter had three shots from point-blank range early in the first half, one sailing high, another hitting square against the crossbar, and the last going wide.


Richmond mounted a comeback in the second half, however, closing the gap to 12-10 by the 58th minute. In the 60th minute, Carissa Wilson nearly extended the EMU lead with shot from inside the box, but it ricocheted off the right post.


Richmond continued to apply the pressure up front, but Maggie Manville rose to the challenge, making six saves en route to her second win of the season and second shutout in as many starts. The Eagles tallied 17 shots in the match compared to 13 for the Spiders.


Eastern Michigan will take on Loyola (Md.) in their second and final game of the tournament on Sunday, while Richmond will take on host VCU. The Eagles and Greyhounds is set to begin at 1 p.m. Live stats and an in-game blog will be provided by VCU.


St. Bonaventure 1, Bowling Green 0

Shannon Van Riper's goal in the 17th minute of the match was enough to lift Saint Bonaventure University to a 1-0 victory over the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team Friday afternoon (Sept. 11).  The non-conference match was held at BGSU's Cochrane Field.


The result leaves both teams with 3-3-0 records on the season.  The loss ends the Falcons' school-record home unbeaten streak at 11 matches, dating to August of 2008.


The Bonnies outshot the Falcons by an 11-9 count, with both teams putting seven shots on net.  Kathryn Kerkman made seven saves for the visitors to earn the shutout in goal, while BGSU redshirt junior Alexa Arsenault had five stops at the other end.  The BGSU defense was credited with one 'team save.'


That 'team save' came just over 11 minutes into the match, during the first good scoring chance for either team.  Off of a corner kick, the ball was deflected and landed at the feet of SBU's Courtney Bosse at the top of the penalty area.  Bosse's resulting shot was blocked, but the ball went directly to Tori Burchett, who was stationed on the right side of the goal.  Burchett had time to settle the ball, and fired a low shot, but BG senior Kaitlyn Kobe, standing on the goal line just inside the post, blocked the ball out of danger.


Several minutes later, however, another deflected corner kick resulted in what would prove to be the only goal of the day.  Janelle Taylor took that CK, from the southeast corner of Cochrane Field.  The ball glanced off several bodies and caromed directly to Van Riper approximately 10 yards out.  Kobe made a lunging effort and actually got a boot on Van Riper's shot, but was unable to keep this shot from crossing the line.  Taylor drew the lone assist on the goal, which came at the 16:23 mark.


Each team had a few more chances before halftime, but the Falcons had just one shot on goal over the remaining 28-plus minutes before the break.  That shot came from sophomore Alyssa Zuccaro, who led the Falcons with three total shots on the afternoon.  Junior Jackie Tamerlano beat a defender and slid a forward ball to Zuccaro on the right side of the goal.  Zuccaro attempted a shot from near the touch line, but Kerkman was able to scoop it up with 11 minutes left before halftime.


The Bonnies had a good chance with under seven minutes on the clock. Burchett's pass found Nicole Rosso down the right side of the pitch, and Rosso played a crossing ball to Marilyn Wargo about 10 yards away from the goal.  But, Wargo fired her shot high over the bar.


In the second half, neither team had a strong scoring threat until only 21-plus minutes remained.  Bosse fired a left-side cross into the box, where teammate Anna Cunningham made a dive to meet the ball with her head.  Cunningham tied Zuccaro for game honors with three shot attempts, and led all players with three shots on goal.  This diving header try, however, was right at Arsenault, who was able to grab the ball and prevent a rebound.


But, the Falcons could not solve Kerkman and the SBU defense.  With 13 minutes left, Tamerlano was fouled just outside the box, on the left side near the end line.  The ensuing free kick, however, was knocked out of the penalty area, leading to a Bonnie rush the other way.  That counterattack was thwarted by an offsides call.


With under six minutes left, junior Katie Stephenson was able to get her head on a long free kick by senior co-captain Colleen Kordan, but the shot was directly at Kerkman.  Less than a minute later, sophs Megan Amann and Zuccaro strung together several passes, and 'Z' found Tamerlano with an entry ball.  But, Tamerlano's low shot was saved by the SBU 'keeper.


Just under four minutes remained when another long free kick by Kordan sailed into the box.  This time, senior Stacey Lucas was on the receiving end, and she fired a shot toward the upper-right corner of the frame.  But, Kerkman was able to get to the shot and knock it out of bounds, and the visitors were able to clear the resulting corner kick away from the goal.


The game featured a total of 35 fouls, with the Bonnies being whistled for 22 of them.  The visitors also had the only yellow card issued in the match.


The Falcons will look to bounce back on Sunday (Sept. 13), as BG closes a three-match homestand with a 1:00 p.m. contest vs. Youngstown State University at Cochrane.


Dayton 4, Ball State 0

DAYTON, Ohio - The Ball State soccer team concluded its program-record five-game road swing Friday night as the Cardinals dropped a 4-0 contest to regional power Dayton at Baujan Field. The loss drops Ball State to 0-5-0 on the season while the Flyers remain unbeaten and improve to 3-0-3 on the year.


"The first half tonight we were awesome against a very good Dayton team," head coach Michael Lovett said. "We had some defensive mishaps in the second half that allowed goals and you can't do that against a team of Dayton's caliber. We have many good things to take from this game and we look forward to building on those positives Sunday afternoon in our home opener."


Dayton, which was ranked in the top spot in the region to open the year and is receiving votes in this week's national poll, posted its fourth straight shutout. The Flyers have only allowed one goal through six games this season with that goal coming to No. 25 Auburn in a 1-1 tie. Ball State was limited to five shots on the night while the Flyers tallied 29 shots in the victory.


The Cardinals had a couple of early scoring chances by junior midfielder (Carmel, Ind./Marshall). Gordon had a shot go wide in the 15th minute and forced Dayton goalkeeper Katherine Boone to make a diving save in the 25th of action. Missy Gordon


Dayton opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as Lauren MacCormick scored on a breakaway past freshman goalkeeper (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). The Cardinals held the Flyers scoreless for the rest of the first half by Dayton came out and scored early in the second have off of a redirection in the box in the 48th minute by Mandi Back. The Flyers added two more goals down the stretch, including a second goal from MacCormick to cap the scoring in the 73rd minute. Nicole Wood


Wood tallied a career-high eight saves in the loss while Boone picked up her fourth shutout of the season as she recorded one save.


Central Michigan 1, Valparaiso 0

MOUNT PLEASANT ? Laura Twidle continued her hot start to the season with a goal in the 82nd minute that lifted the Central Michigan women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Valparaiso on Friday afternoon.


The win evens the Chippewas’ record at 3-3 and snaps a three-match losing streak.


The freshman’s tally is her fourth of the season, adding to her Mid-American Conference lead. The game-winner is the Mississauga, Ont., native’s second of the season; both came in 1-0 contests.


The Chippewas came out firing early on. The Maroon and Gold blasted eight shots, several of the quality variety, in the first half. CMU nearly got on the board in the 23rd minute when Twidle set up Valerie Prause for a header just outside the goalie box that was turned aside by Valparaiso’s Mele Cabral.


Despite owning an 8-3 advantage in shots in the opening frame, the score remained 0-0 at halftime.


“We played very well today,” head coach Tom Anagnost said. “Offensively, we were much more dynamic than we have been. We did a good job controlling the ball and creating chances.”


Molly Gerst almost drew first blood for CMU in the 62nd minute as she found a loose ball in the box and slipped it past the keeper, but the ball grazed off the post.


The Crusaders nearly created a goal when Luisa Desario forced a Chippewa turnover and had a wide open net from the right side in the 18-yard box, but her shot grazed the right post and the score remained even.


The contest appeared to be destined for overtime, until Twidle forced a turnover at the sideline, turned the corner on a defender, walked in front and scored from deep inside the box with 8:30 remaining to give Central the advantage.


“Laura is a dynamic offensive player,” Anagnost said. “That goal was a tremendous effort on her part.”


Central outshot Valparaiso, 17-6, in the match, took four corner kicks and did not allow the Crusaders one attempt from the corner.


Shay Mannino and Stefanie Turner each played a half in net for the combined shutout, CMU’s third of the season.


The Chippewas are back in action on Sunday when they host Illinois State at 1 p.m.


Indiana State 2, Ohio 1

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Cathryn Rogers tallied the first goal of her career midway through the 77th minute, but it would not be enough as Indiana State topped Ohio 2-1 Friday night.


Despite outshooting the Sycamores 17-10, including nine shots on goal, a season high, Indiana State took advantage of two first-half goals to take the win. Junior Jackie Hanson (LeGrange, Ill.) and senior Jasmine Merith (Richmond Hill, Ontario) both tallied four shots and two on goal on the day. Toye Famodu (Bloomington, Minn.) also tallied a pair of attempts on goal for the Green and White.


Ohio (1-3-0) came out firing and pressured the ISU defense with a couple early shots from Merith and Hanson, but the Sycamores managed to turn the `Cats away. ISU (1-4-1) managed to get the ball deep in Bobcat territory and scored the first goal of the contest on a shot from Katlin Owens late in the 22nd minute. Hanson nearly tied the contest a couple minutes later, but her promising try was blocked away by a Sycamore defender.


Owens bit the `Cats again midway through the 35th minute when she manage to knock a crosser just past Jess MacLean's (Loveland, Ohio) reach and into the net. Katie Kemen (Cincinnati, Ohio) nearly put a tally on the board at the end of the first half, but her attempt was deflected away. Half one came to a close with Ohio holding a 7-6 advantage in shots.


Just as it opened the contest, the Green and White put early pressure on the Sycamores in the second half. Ohio had several chances during the first 20 minutes of play, but ISU somehow managed to keep the `Cats out of the net.


Merith nearly scored a goal of her own midway through the 75th minute, but the Sycamore keeper made an outstanding save to thwart the `Cats' hopes. Rogers (Toronto, Ontario) managed to get behind the ISU defense in the 77th minute when she fired a shot that had rebounded away from the Sycamore keeper into the net. Ohio had opportunities to tie the action over the next 12-plus minutes, but ISU managed to hang tough and take the 2-1 victory.


The Green and White will look to get back on track Sunday afternoon when it continues its weekend road trip at Marshall. First touch is set for 1 p.m. ET.


Kent State 1, Tulsa 0

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Despite having a severe thunderstorm halt its game with Tulsa for 90 minutes Friday, the Kent State women's soccer team (3-2-0) muscled through the delay, scoring the game-winning goal with less than eight minutes left in regulation to defeat Tulsa 2-1 at the Nike Classic hosted by the University of New Mexico.


Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) scored her second game-winning goal of her brief Kent State career to boost the Flashes to their second straight win away from home. Catharine Marosszeky (Aurora, Ontario) also scored her second goal of the year to close out Kent State's scoring efforts.


"The team responded very well and played fantastic tonight," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "Coming out of the storm, we were really charged. We went back at it, tightened the screws, and pressured them all over the field."


Kent State opened the scoring in the 15th minute, when Marosszeky converted on a 35-yard free kick. It marked her second straight goal off a set piece following her game-winner against Youngstown State Sept. 6.


Tulsa (2-2-1) responded in the 26th minute when Kayla Chambers scored her fourth goal of the season on a free kick of her own from 19 yards out.


The 1-1 score stayed true through halftime despite a 10-5 shots advantage for KSU.


Then, with just under 24 minutes left in the game, the officials cleared the field due to lightning in the vicinity. The storm lingered, forcing the teams to wait over 90 minutes before resuming the contest.


"As a coaching staff, we tried to maintain the team's focus," said Marinaro. "We didn't know how long the break was going to be, and we had a lot of the momentum going."


Kent State continued to attack with high pressure, forcing Tulsa's defense and creating chances. The result was Flanagan's chance in the 82nd minute. On a through ball by Annie Messer (Dayton, Ohio) that bounced its way through the penalty box. Flanagan gathered the ball out of the air on a full volley, finding the far post.


Kent State had the upper foot offensively, posting a 22-6 shots advantage on the day. Goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) made two saves for the Golden Flashes, while Tulsa's Katie Bykowski made four of the team's five saves.


As for Marosszeky, she stands alone in fifth all-time in KSU ladders with 15 career scores.


Next up for the Golden Flashes is a neutral field contest with Cal State Fullerton Sunday, Sept. 13 for a 12:30 ET contest. It will be the final road game of a three-game series.


Morehead State 1, Miami 0 (OT)

MOREHEAD, Ky. - The Miami women's soccer team had more opportunities to score than Morehead State Friday night at Jayne Stadium, but was unable to capitalize and fell to the Eagles, 1-0, in overtime. The RedHawks (2-2) lost to the Eagles (3-4-1) for the first time in series history, as the all-time series now stands at 5-1 in favor of Miami. The contest was also Miami's first overtime match of 2009, as the Red and White is now winless in its last 12 extra-period games.


"I thought overall we played pretty well. It's a very difficult place to go and play. The field's difficult, it's a tough environment, but I thought our kids did a nice job of rising up the challenge and overcoming some of those conditions," Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. "We moved the ball, we created lots of opportunities and we defended well. I really felt like we played better, we just couldn't get the goal when we needed it."


The 'Hawks came out of the gates strong for a third straight game, firing three shots and earning a pair of corners in the opening 20 minutes, but Morehead State keeper Lily Meisner made a pair of saves to keep the game scoreless. Miami again put pressure on late in the first frame with a pair of shots in the final three minutes, but Meisner again denied the 'Hawks to send the game into halftime knotted at zero.


Miami out-shot the Eagles, 6-4, in the opening 45 minutes, but Meisner made five saves to keep the match scoreless, while both sides earned three corner kicks.


Junior forward Sara Lund (Malmo, Sweden) looked to break the deadlock early in the second half with a pair of shots in the first 10 minutes, including one that hit the post, but Miami was still unable to find the back of the net. Despite a near goal by senior forward Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.) late, the match remained even after 90 minutes, sending the RedHawks into their first overtime match of the season.


Miami blasted three shots and earned a corner in the first four minutes of extra time, but again the RedHawks were stifled. In the 100th minute, less than a minute from the end of the first overtime period, the Eagles' Bethany Davidson ended the match with her second goal of the season, sending home a rebound off a free kick. Junior Erin Adams, who ripped the free kick from about 40 yards out, earned the assist on the game-winning tally.


"I thought our kids played 100 minutes. They were still fit, they were still moving pretty well at the end of the game and we didn't play too many substitutes, so most of the girls played the whole game," Kramig said. "I thought our fitness held up very well for us tonight."


For the contest, Miami out-shot Morehead State, 16-13, and held an 8-5 edge in corners, including the only two in the extra period. Lund paced the RedHawks with five shots, while junior Julie Thompson (Glenview, Ill.) fired three shots, placing two on goal.


Meisner made eight stops for the Eagles, while senior keeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ont.) gathered five saves for Miami, allowing just her third goal in nearly 370 minutes of action in 2009.


"We left them in it. We had opportunities to win this game and close this game out and we didn't take full advantage of it," Kramig said. "If you're going to leave a team in it, you give them an opportunity to stay in the game and they can come back and bite you, and that's pretty much what happened."


After facing three straight Ohio Valley Conference foes, the RedHawks return home to host Xavier (0-5), Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field. The match begins a three-game home stand for Miami.


Northern Illinois 1, SIU Edwardsville 0

DEKALB, Ill. - Goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock tied the Mid-American Conference shutout record Friday night, when she posted her 27th-career shutout in NIU's 1-0 win over Southern Illinois Edwardsville (0-3). A late goal from Kim Schmitt propelled the Huskies (2-3) to a 1-0 overtime victory over the Cougars.


In her second shutout of the season, Curnock (Batavia, IL/Batavia) tied the Mid-American Conference career shutout record with 27, leading the Huskies to a 1-0 win over Edwardsville. Curnock posted four saves in the game, bringing her season total to 21.

The game remained scoreless throughout the first two periods, but in the 99th minute of play Kim Schmitt (Homewood, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) launched the Huskies to victory when she netted her first goal of the season after receiving an assist from Annie Wyer (Geneva, IL/Community) and Kelly Mullany (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley). Mullany passed the ball to Wyer who headed the ball, and set the play for Schmitt who recorded the winning goal for the Huskies.


"It was a very hard fought battle and we showed a lot of character tonight," head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker said. "It's been tough to be on the road for the past five games, but to finish on the road with a win is great. I am very happy where we are right now, and I am really happy with the character the girls showed tonight."


Offensively the Huskies totaled seven shots and four cornerkicks in the contest. While Southern Illinois Edwardsville outshot Northern Illinois 10-3 in regulation, NIU battled back outshooting the Cougars 4-1 in overtime. The Huskies also recorded 5 cornerkicks to the Cougars 3 during the game. Wyer, Schmitt, Kylie Revelle (Olathe, KS/South/Valparaiso) and Lisa Maier (Orland Park, IL/Sandburg) all recorded shots on goal for the Huskies.


After five-consecutive road games, the Huskies will host their first home game of the season Sunday. NIU will face Loyola Chicago (0-7-0) in their home opener at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex in a 5 p.m. contest.