Sunday’s MAC Women’s Soccer Results
Kent State 1, Cal State Northridge 0
Binghamton 1, Buffalo 0
Eastern Michigan 5, Loyola (Md.) 0
Ball State 3, SIU- Edwardsville 2
Toledo 1, St. Bonaventure 0
Nebraska 7, Akron 1
Bowling Green 2, Youngstown State 0
Miami 3, Xavier 1
Central Michigan 1, Illinois State 0
Marshall 1, Ohio 0
Western Michigan 2, Oakland 0
Loyola-Chicago 2, Northern Illinois 0
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Kent State 1, Cal State Northridge 0
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It is commonplace to avoid telling people the bad statistics. But heading into a two-game neutral field series at the Nike Classic hosted by the University of New Mexico, the Kent State women's soccer team had an all-time neutral field record of 2-9-3 dating back to the program's inception in 1997.
But that trend changed this weekend in the Land of Enchantment, as the Golden Flashes posted their second straight neutral field win Sunday with a 1-0 overtime victory over Cal State Northridge. With the win, Kent State posted their third straight win away from home and improved to 4-2-0 on the season. CS Northridge dropped to 3-5-0.
"Defensively, as a team, we were fantastic," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "Cal State Northridge was an athletic team with a lot of individual talent, and we had to defend well today."
Sophomore defender Vanessa Salerno (Etobicoke, Ontario) scored her first career goal in grand style. After gathering a loose ball in the box after winning a foot race with a Matador defender, Salerno one-timed a shot to the far post in the game's 94th minute for the game-deciding strike. Her goal also marked the fifth different goal scorer for the Flashes out of seven goals this season.
Despite being out-shot 17-14 in the tight contest, including an 11-3 discrepancy in the second half, Kent State was the aggressor in the short overtime session, firing three shots in just over three minutes' time.
Kent State's depth on the bench aided the Golden Flashes. Seven reserves logged at least 20 minutes in the game, and only three players needed to play the entire contest.
"We seemed to have some good legs going into overtime, which was really good to see considering we were battling hot weather and altitude," said Marinaro. "It showed in overtime because we were able to put a lot of pressure on them. We played a lot of players today, and it was nice to see a good strong rotation."
Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) posted six of the team's seven saves for her second shutout of the season and fourth of her career. Cal State Northridge's Kellie Drenner made four stops in the loss.
Kent State returns home for a three-game home stand, starting Friday, Sept. 18 against Michigan State. The Golden Flashes will then start Mid-American Conference play Sept. 25 against Ball State.
Binghamton 1, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, NY ? The University at Buffalo women’s soccer team played host to Binghamton this afternoon in a close, low scoring affair. Binghamton came out on top, 1-0, but the Bulls fought to the bitter end to keep the game close.
The first half was a game for the midfield’s, as the ball went back and forth between the teams. Binghamton outshot the Bulls, 6-3, but two of Buffalo’s shots were on goal to give them the advantage. Buffalo was spared a goal against as Binghmaton took a hard shot from close range at the 33:47 mark, but Melissa Klein was there to block the shot, which otherwise would have gone in.
The only goal of the game came at the 50:25 mark in the second half as the Bearcat’s capitalized on a UB foul by netting a goal off a free kick. Binghamton’s Stefani Knopnick shot the ball off a free kick from about 18 yards out to earn the unassisted goal. The Bulls played an aggressive game, but couldn’t get by the Binghamton defense. Julie Dale had a chance late in the game off a corner kick from Lindsey Bailey but the header shot was stopped by the Binghamton goalkeeper. Nina Connell had a team high two shots on goal. Stephanie Velez and Kristen Bailey also had shots on goal for Buffalo.
Jen Mihok played 90 minutes of solid defense, anchoring the Buffalo backfield. UB goalkeeper Amy Coron had three saves in net for the Bulls.
The Bulls will take a week off from competition before travelling across town to take on Canisius on Sunday, September 20. The match is set for 4 pm at the Demske Sports Complex.
Eastern Michigan 5, Loyola (Md.) 0
RICHMOND, Va. (EMUEagles.com) ? The flood gates opened, finally, as Eastern Michigan netted five goals in a shutout win over Loyola (Md.) to sweep its two games at the VCU/Impact Sports Invitational. Carissa Wilson recorded her first career hat trick and Monique Budani made seven saves in her second shutout of the year.
The Eagles, who averaged more than 17 shots per game entering play on Sunday hadn’t been able to score more than twice in any game this year, until today. The Green and White tallied 19 shots, 10 of which landed on goal, translating into their most lopsided win since another 5-0 shutout of Miami (OH) Sept. 26, 2008.
The Eagles wasted little time getting on the board as Deana Kinter and Ashley Rodrigues each assisted on Chelsea Detrick’s second goal of the year in the ninth minute. In the 27th minute, Kinter had her shot saved by Loyola keeper, Danielle Ippolito, but Wilson was there to clean up the rebound for her first goal of the afternoon and gave the Eagles a 2-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Eastern Michigan wouldn’t let up on the gas as they pushed forward for a score only three minutes into the second half. Wilson got her second score on the day on another rebound, this time following a knocked down shot off the head of Kinter.
Wilson’s third goal of the day occurred in the 63rd minute when she was able to gather and put away her own rebound to give EMU a 4-0 lead. Katie Marsh netted the final score for the Eagles, using a brilliant cross from Alexis Heard.
The Eagles defense deserves just as much praise as the offense, having not allowed a goal in 290 minutes of action. Eastern Michigan emerged as tournament champions after being the only team to finish the VCU/Impact Sports Invitational Tournament with a perfect 2-0 record following the final game between Richmond and VCU which finished in a scoreless draw.
Making the All-Tournament team were four Eagles including tournament MVP, Wilson. The three others included: Rodrigues, Detrick and Julie Kaim. EMU is unbeaten in its last three matches and is turning it on at a good time with home games against IUPUI and Michigan State upcoming.
Next Friday’s match against the Jaguars is slated for 4 p.m. Friday at Scicluna Field. The Eagles are looking to remain unbeaten in their last three meetings with IUPUI and are coming off a 2-1 victory over them last year in Indianapolis.
Ball State 3, SIU Edwardsville 2
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team secured its first victory of the season Sunday afternoon as the Cardinals downed SIU-Edwardsville 3-2 in their 2009 home opener at BSU Soccer Field. Ball State had three different players find the back of the net with senior midfielder Megan Ridley (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) scoring the game-winning goal in the 66th minute of action.
"Our team was very excited to play in front of our home crowd and we got the result we have been aspiring for," head coach Michael Lovett said. "This victory gives us some confidence as we started out great and our offense got on the board early. We were defensive in the second half and SIUE took advantage to get back into the game, but Ridley scored a beautiful goal on a set piece to seal the victory. We still have some work to do but this win will help kick our season into a new direction."
Ball State (1-5-0) broke the game open right from the start as the Cardinals scored their first goal just 1:49 into the contest. Junior defender Kristina Anderson (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin) started the play off as she stopped an SIUE attack and quickly got the ball forward on a counter-attack to junior forward Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall).
Gordon got the ball on the left side and beat two SIUE defenders to the end line before sending a cross into the middle of the box. Freshman forward Paige Stroinski (Granger, Ind./Penn) ran onto the end of the pass and drilled a one-timed shot past Cougar goalkeeper Claire Lovecheck for her first career goal. The goal is the Cardinals' fastest scored to open a game since September 24, 2006 when former Cardinal Emily Rein scored 51 seconds into the game against Buffalo.
Ball State took a 2-0 lead in the 20th minute as freshman forward Maggie Brown (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) tallied her first career goal. Brown forced Lovecheck into a miscue as she blocked the SIUE goalkeeper's clearing attempt. She pounced on the loose ball and blasted it into the wide open net for the two-goal cushion.
SIU-Edwardsville (0-4-0) regrouped at halftime and came out in the second half and took advantage of the Cardinals' passive play. The Cougars got on the board in the 58th minute as Chelsey Johnston made a run down the right side and beat BSU freshman goalkeeper Nicole Wood (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) with a tough-angle shot near the goal line to narrow the Ball State lead to 2-1.
The Cougars looked ready to tie the game in the 61st minute as Correen Roark got behind the Cardinals' defense on a breakaway. Wood stood up the task as she denied Roark from close range in the one-on-one battle to keep Ball State in the lead.
The Cardinals responded to the SIUE pressure as junior forward Jacki Eft (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) made a run into the 18-yard box and was hauled down by the Cougar defender. Ball State was rewarded a free kick just outside the left side of the 18-yard box in the 66th minute. Eft and Ridley stood over the set piece and Eft touched the ball slightly to Ridley who bent the shot past Lovecheck into the opposite top corner for what ended up being the game-winning tally. The goal was Ridley's third of the season and her ninth career tally.
The Cougars kept battling as they narrowed the gap back to one goal at 3-2 in the 69th minute. Kiara Akpore broke in down the right side and poked the ball past a diving Wood where Kristin Dieker was able to guide it into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
Ball State buckled down on defense down the stretch as it weathered the Cougars' pressure as SIU-Edwardsville held a 9-4 advantage in shots in the second half. Wood posted three saves to notch her first career victory and improve the Cardinals to 58-26-11 (.648) all-time at home at the BSU Soccer Field.
Ball State will return to action Friday afternoon as it hosts Lipscomb in its final non-conference affair. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at the BSU Soccer Field and will celebrate Youth Soccer Month. Free giveaways will be available for all youth fans courtesy of US Youth Soccer and Sky Blue FC, the 2009 champions of the Women's Professional Soccer League.
Toledo 1, St. Bonaventure 0
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo came out with renewed energy on Sunday and it translated into a 1-0 victory over St. Bonaventure at Scott Park. With the shutout, the Rockets snap a mini two-match losing skid and improve to 3-2-1.
"We came out today and played with great passion and energy," Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. "Our team worked really hard and received good minutes from a lot of different players. We still have quite a bit of work to do, but I thought today we took a step in the right direction."
The three-time defending Mid-American Conference champions pushed the action from the opening whistle and registered the match's lone goal on its first scoring chance off the foot of senior Ali Leak at 7:32. The eventual match winner was setup on a nice pass from junior Lauren Baker, as well as a failed offside trap attempt by the Bonnies (3-4-0). With the SBU defense pinching up, Baker played a ball through to Leak, who made a nice diagonal run behind the last line of SBU and she was one on one with the goalie about 10 yards out. The four-year letterwinner took a quick dribble and perfectly placed a low shot into the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
"Lauren and I made eye contact right before her pass and we both the gap in the defense," Leak said. "She made a great pass, and I was fortunate enough to be able to finish the play."
Evans added that he was excited to see his senior forward produce for the good of the team.
"Ali has had some trouble finding the back of the net as of late, so I'm definitely happy to see her score a well-executed goal."
Moments later, St. Bonaventure had its best scoring chance on the opening half on a shot by Courtney Bosse at the 12:10 mark. Teammate Tori Burchett made a run down the left side and crossed the ball into the middle of the UT goalbox to Bosse, who found a small seam in the defense about eight yards out. Bosse quickly fired a low, hard shot, but Toledo sophomore netminder Vicki Traven was in the right position to make the save and preserve the lead.
Neither team would be able to generate many more legitimate offensive chances for the remainder of the initial 45 minutes.
To start the second stanza, SBU utilitzed a nicely executed give-and-go from Dakota Carroll and Bosse to put a shot on goal. Carroll one-touched a pass to Bosse deep in the UT zone, and all of the sudden she was one-on-one with Traven. Fortunately for Midnight Blue and Gold, Traven did a good job to cut down her angle and forced a wide shot at 50:53.
St. Bonaventure had one more quality scoring chance as the period continued on off the foot of Marilyn Wargo at 57:29, but another diving save by UT's Traven kept the visitors off the scoreboard.
With the outcome of today's contest still in doubt, Toledo tried mightily to double its lead and came close on a direct kick by junior Erin Flynn at 71:14. About 23 yards out and a five-player SBU defensive wall in front, Flynn perfectly bent a shot around the wall and it looked like it just might sneak its way into the far left corner of the net, but the Bonnie's Kathryn Kerkman quickly reacted and made a nice save.
UT finished the match with a slight edge in shots, 10-7, and corner kicks, 4-2, to record its third shutout of the season. Traven went the distance between the posts and was credited with making three saves.
"I thought our team really worked well together," Leak said. "We came out from the start extremely focused and everybody was on the same page."
The Rockets return to action on Friday, Sept. 18 when they wrap their four-match home swing against Northern Colorado. The opening whistle is slated for 5:00 p.m. at Scott Park.
Nebraska 7, Akron 1
LINCOLN, Neb. - The University of Akron women's soccer team lost 7-1 to Nebraska on Sunday in the final match of the adidas Husker Classic being held at NU Soccer Field.
Akron (2-2-1) scored its goal at 74:11, when sophomore Rachel Phillip's shot from the left side of the box found the upper right corner of the net. It was Phillip's team-leading second goal of the season. She also leads the squad in scoring, with five points (two goals, one assist) and is tied for the lead in shots (10).
Nebraska (4-1-1) opened the afternoon's scoring 3:25 into the contest and took a 4-0 lead into the intermission. The Huskers quickly pushed the advantage to 5-0 in the second minute of the second half and tacked on two more insurance goals after that - one in the 68th minute and the other in the 77th minute.
Phillip and junior Jordan Baranowski led Akron with three shots apiece, two of Baranowski's were on goal and Phillip had one. Senior Britni Back and junior Jordan Clark each had one shot on goal, as four of UA's five shots on goal came in the first half.
The Zips called on two goalkeepers, with senior Michelle Smith playing the first 67:45 and earning six saves and sophomore Jeny Wolbert playing the final 22:15 and having one stop.
Morgan Marlborough led the Huskers with four goals, while Molly Thomas scored two for NU.
Akron concludes a stretch of five-straight away games on Sept. 20 at Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. ET. That concludes the Zips non-league schedule and they open Mid-American Conference play with a weekend homestand versus Eastern Michigan (Sept. 25) and Central Michigan (Sept. 27).
Bowling Green 2, Youngstown State 0
The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team returned to winning ways Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13), getting a brace -- that's two goals, don'tcha know -- from freshman Keely Chandler in a 2-0 win over Youngstown State University. The non-conference match was held at Cochrane Field on the BGSU campus.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 4-3-0 overall, while dropping the Penguins to 2-4-1.
Chandler scored in each half, for the first and second goals of her young career. Her first collegiate goal came with under five minutes left before halftime, and she doubled her team's lead in the 71st minute of the match.
At the other end of the pitch, redshirt junior Alexa Arsenault and redshirt freshman Becca Ison combined for the shutout in net. Arsenault played the first half, making one save, while Ison also had one stop in her 45 minutes of relief work.
There were very few serious scoring chances for the bulk of the first half. Relatively early on, a YSU defensive miscommunication put several Falcons in all alone. Several Penguin defenders appeared to be expecting an offsides call that never came. But, the BG offense was unable to convert the chance into a shot on goal.
Midway through the half, YSU's Geneva Strelka made a nifty cutback move to elude a defender, and fired a shot from about 15 yards out. But, her shot was directly at Arsenault.
With just over 12 minutes left before halftime, senior Carolyn Nesline's corner kick was blocked by a Youngstown defender stationed at the near post. The YSU player blocked the ball with her chest, but was unable to clear it. In the resulting flurry, however, the Falcons could not get a clear shot. Attempts by junior Alicia Almond and sophomore Kelsey Kovacs were blocked, and a Nesline effort sailed just wide of the left post.
With seven minutes remaining in the half, YSU's top scorer, Kara Cooper got free for a shot, but it was blocked out of bounds.
Finally, the Falcons got on the scoreboard at the 40:52 mark. The play began when junior Katie Stephenson slid a pass to her right, finding Almond approximately 30 to 35 yards away from goal. Almond played a beautiful diagonal ball toward the left post, and Chandler headed it back past YSU 'keeper Nicole Kline, across the goalmouth and into the far (right) corner of the vacated net. Almond and Stephenson picked up assists on the play.
In the second half, the Falcons had a chance nearly 10 minutes in. Sophomore Alyssa Zuccaro and junior Meagan Moran executed a give-and-go play, and Zuccaro eluded a defender along the touch line after receiving Moran's return pass. Zuccaro headed toward the goal from the right side, and slid another pass to Moran, who fired a hard shot on goal. But, Kline was able to make the stop.
Fifteen minutes into the period, sophomore Leah Johnson played a left-side crossing ball into the box, and Zuccaro got a head on it as Kline collided with her. But, offsides had been called.
A wacky sequence, the result of numerous deflections, occurred less than three minutes later. The Falcon flurry ended with soph Katelyn Turner shooting wide to the near post. And, several minutes after that, a give-and-go play between seniors Colleen Kordan and Jen Czapka resulted in a long Kordan blast that sailed just wide left.
With just under 20 minutes left, however, the Falcons struck again. Amann took a pass from Johnson and played a ball from the left side of the pitch. The ball sailed over Kline and struck the corner of the goal where the far (right) post meets the crossbar. The ball rang off the frame, struck Kline and hit the ground. Chandler, lurking on the doorstep, was the first one there to tap the ball into the goal.
The Penguins had several more chances over the remaining 19:47, but could not put a ball past Ison. Only a minute after the BG goal, Cooper slid a pass to Taylor Pickens, but her hard one-timer went high.
Then, with under three minutes left, YSU's Rochelle Boone drilled a long shot, but it was right at Ison, who made the stop to preserve the shutout. Boone's effort was the final shot attempt for either team on the afternoon.
The Falcons had 20 shots to the Penguins' six, and BG had a 5-2 margin in shots on goal. Kline made three saves for the visitors. BG also had eight corner kicks to the Penguins' two.
BGSU now hits the road for the next six matches, beginning with a pair of contests in California next weekend. The Brown and Orange will head to Riverside, Calif., taking on UC Riverside and UC Irvine. BG's next home match does not come until Friday, Oct. 9.
Miami 3, Xavier 1
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami women's soccer team used a three-goal spurt over a seven-minute stretch in the second half to overcome a slow start and earn a 3-1 comeback victory against visiting Xavier Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. The victory evened the all-time series with Xavier at 2-2, as the RedHawks have won each of the last two meetings.
The typically fast-starting RedHawks (3-2) looked sluggish out of the gates, as Xavier controlled possession early. The Musketeers (0-6) earned a free kick in the fourth minute and made it count as Leslie Boersma tallied her first goal of the season, placing the free kick from about 25 yards out over Miami senior keeper Krista Pace's (Toronto, Ont.) head and into the top right corner of the net for an early 1-0 lead.
The 'Hawks picked it up after the score, however, creating opportunities to even the match. Junior forward Sara Lund (Malmo, Sweden) sent a cross into the box that freshman midfielder Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) looked to tap into the open net in the seventh minute, but a Musketeer defender deflected it over the crossbar. Later in the half, Miami again looked to even the count, as both senior forward Allison Berkey (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Kodiak had attempts on goal off a corner kick, but were unable to find the net, sending the RedHawks into the break down 1-0.
"I was disappointed with our first half," Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. "I told the kids I was disappointed with the way they warmed up. I felt going in, watching them warm up, I questioned our preparation and where we were mentally and I think our first half backed that up. We need to take that away from this game - that we need to be on our game all the time. We need to be good all the time."
Xavier goalkeeper Jenny Rosen, making her first start of the season, stopped all five shots that came her way in the first 45 minutes, while Miami took 11 shots altogether. The Red and White also earned six corner kicks to the Musketeers' none, but couldn't get the ball past Rosen.
In the second stanza, Miami put the pressure on Xavier from the whistle as Berkey's sliding shot off a cross from junior Julie Thompson (Glenview, Ill.) just minutes in sailed over the crossbar, but the RedHawks finally found the equalizer in the 59th minute when senior forward Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.) chipped the ball over the Xavier defense and onto the foot of Berkey who blasted it by Rosen. It was Berkey's second tally of the season, equaling her career high already, while Zwingelberg garnered her second assist of 2009.
Just over four minutes later, Thompson found the back of the net for the second time this year, as senior Kersta Carlson (Plymouth, Minn.) crossed the ball into the box off a free kick from the endline that Thompson sent home for the game-winner. Lund then capped the outburst two minutes later when her shot deflected off a Xavier defender's head and into the goal for her second tally of the campaign. Carlson earned her second assist of the day on Lund's goal, giving her three in 2009 after not recording a single helper her first three years at Miami. Entering Sunday's match, the RedHawks had not scored a goal in the second half all season.
"At halftime, I was really impressed with our leadership as our juniors and seniors really got a grip on the team and got them refocused," Kramig said. "We turned it up a notch physically (in the second half). I thought our effort was better, our work rate was higher and we finished. In a game like this you just need that icebreaker. If you can get the one you're going to get the other ones. We got the game-winner and I was really pleased we got the third goal because that sealed the deal - something we didn't do at Eastern Illinois (Sept. 6 even though Miami still won, 2-1)."
The RedHawks tied a season high with 19 shots in the match, including eight on goal (all three on goal in the second half scored), while the Musketeers mustered just five shots with Pace making her only save in the second half. Pace has not allowed more than one goal in any contest this season. Miami also finished with a season-high 10 corner kicks without conceding one to Xavier.
Lund paced Miami with six shots, three on goal, while Berkey fired four shots and Carlson had three.
The RedHawks continue their three-game home stand Friday, Sept. 18, when they host the Dayton Flyers, also out of the Atlantic 10. Opening whistle is set for 5 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field. The game will commence Miami soccer's alumni weekend, which will also feature a home game Sept. 20 against Cleveland State.
Central Michigan, Illinois State
MOUNT PLEASANT ? Another home win, another nail biter.
Brielle Heitman’s tally with 2:28 remaining in overtime gave the Central Michigan women’s soccer team a hard fought, 1-0 victory over Illinois State at the CMU Soccer Complex on Sunday.
The win improves the Chippewas to 4-3 this season and 3-0 at the CMU Soccer Complex. All three home victories have been 1-0 decisions and each goal has been scored in the second half or overtime.
“This was a great character win for us today,” head coach Tom Anagnost said. “Illinois State is a very good team and they put a lot of pressure on us early. We came out a little flat, but we figured things out in the second half. I am very proud of how our women played today.”
ISU came out sharp early, the Redbirds jumped out to a 4-1 edge in shots in the first 20 minutes. Central picked things up and narrowed the gap as shots were 6-5 in favor of Illinois State at halftime.
The Chippewas controlled the pace in the second half and outshot the Redbirds, 7-3, in the final 45 minutes of regulation.
CMU nearly took the lead on several occasions late in the second half. Heitman nearly put Central on the board in the 75th minute when her long shot beat ISU goalkeeper Sasha Reiber, but clanged off the crossbar and stayed out of the net. Autumn Hawkins was nearly the hero in the final seconds of regulation when she fired from just outside the 18-yard box but also drew iron off the post to send the contest to overtime.
It appeared the contest would need another overtime session until Laura Twidle gathered a loose ball and crossed the ball to an uncovered Heitman in the box, who worked the ball around the keeper and tapped it in for her first collegiate goal.
“Brielle trained very well in pracice this week,” Anagnost said. “She got more playing time for us this weekend and really made an impact for us. She is getting more comfortable on the field.”
The Chippewas finished the match with a 13-9 advantage in shots while the Redbirds held an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.
Shay Mannino played every second between the pipes for CMU and made three saves to register her 15th career shutout.
CMU concludes its three-match home stand on Friday when it hosts Detroit.
Marshall 1, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio - A late Marshall goal cost Ohio on the road as the `Cats fell 1-0 to a strong Thundering Herd squad Sunday afternoon.
Sunday's loss marks just the first time in the all-time series that Ohio (1-4-0) has lost to Marshall (6-0-0). The Bobcats held a 7-0-1 advantage on the Herd all-time coming into the weekend.
Picking up a similar style from last year's tie in Athens, both squads played very physical. Neither offense managed to create clear scoring opportunities thanks to strong defensive play from both teams. Unfortunately for Ohio, Marshall managed to sneak through and get the one late goal that mattered in the 85th minute to take the win.
"Marshall is a very good team obviously, where they have yet to allow a goal this year," Ohio coach Stacy Strauss said. "Play was very physical, and I thought we did a good job to match their (Marshall's) physical play. Our defense today was the most organized it has been all season. They allowed few good scoring opportunities. Unfortunately it only takes one, and they managed to get it late."
The Herd tallied a couple shots early on in the contest, but Ohio's defense was solid and kept Marshall away. Kelsey Pichel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) had an opportunity to put the `Cats on the board midway through the 33rd minute, but her shot sailed just high of the goal. The half ended with a scoreless tie.
Ohio had another opportunity to score five minutes into the second half when it picked up a corner kick opportunity. Marshall's defense managed to thwart the `Cats' hopes and turned it away. The back-and-forth and physical play continued late into the contest with the Green and White defense holding strong against the Herd's offensive attack. Late in the 84th minute, Marshall's Erika Duncan managed to get herself behind the Bobcats defense and put a shot into the corner of the net for the deciding tally.
Jasmine Merith (Richmond Hill, Ontario) led Ohio with two shots on the game, while Pichel added one. Senior Jess MacLean (Loveland, Ohio) was strong in goal and picked up three saves on the day.
The `Cats will return to the friendly confines of Chessa Field Friday afternoon when they play host to Morehead State. First touch is set for 4 p.m. ET.
Western Michigan 2, Oakland 0
PONTIAC, Mich. -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team extended its undefeated streak to three games by defeating Oakland 2-0 on Sunday evening in front of 354 fans at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, Mich.
The Brown & Gold (2-2-1) took the lead early and never looked back. In the ninth minute sophomore midfielder Nikolette Rivera scored the first goal of her career to take a 1-0 lead. Rivera won the ball in the midfield, passing the ball ahead to freshman forward Anina Cicerone. While Cicerone held possession, Rivera was able to get in behind Oakland’s defensive line. Cicerone played the ball into the 18-yard box and Rivera kicked it past OU goalkeeper Shannon Coley. The assist was the first of the season and first of the career for Cicerone.
“The early goal gave the girls some early confidence,” said interim head coach Suzie Grech. “We had been dry offensively, scoring only two goals in our first four games, but coming out and scoring an early goal against a physical team like Oakland was definitely a confidence boost.”
In the 40th minute the Broncos extended the lead, 2-0, on a goal by sophomore forward Jackie Drees. Drees, who had just come off the bench was able to tap in a rebound off of a shot by Stephanie Skowneski. The goal was the first of her career and the second assist of Skowneski’s career.
“Jackie’s goal was a product of hard work,” said Grech. “Stephanie made a good shot and their keeper made a good save but wasn’t able to hang on. Jackie put herself in good position and was able to finish.”
Junior goalkeeper Julia Francy made a game-high seven saves to earn her second win of the season and her 12th career shutout. WMU has not conceded a goal since the 57th minute of its 2-1 win over Southeast Missouri State, totaling a shutout streak of 233:01.
“It is really great to know we can come out in circumstances and environments we are unfamiliar with and it really speaks to the mental strength of the team to be able to come out and play our game and earn a shutout,” added Grech.
The Grizzlies outshot the Broncos 18-12 and 7-4 on shots on goal. The Western Michigan defense was able to defend against eight corner kicks on the night to ensure the shutout.
WMU travels to Dayton, Ohio on Friday for its final non-conference road game as it plays Wright State at 7 p.m. and then hosts Marquette on Sunday at 1 p.m. for its first home game of the season.
Loyola-Chicago 2, Northern Illinois 0
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team outshot Loyola University Chicago Sunday afternoon, but the Huskies were unable to score on any of their nine attempts falling to the Ramblers, 2-0, at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
Loyola, who tied for first in the 2008 Horizon league, posted two goals early in the game, giving the Ramblers a quick advantage over the Huskies. Despite the early goals, the Huskies continued to battle Loyola throughout the game, outshooting the Ramblers nine to eight.
Loyola's Ani MIchl scored both goals of the evening for the Ramblers. Her first goal came in just the seventh minute of play when Michl hit the top right corner of the net from 25 yards out after receiving the ball from a throw in by Allie Roufus. Michl netted her second goal after receiving a pass from teammate Jessie Hubly in the 27th minute of play.
"We put ourselves in a hole early on," head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker said. "Playing against a good team like loyal makes it hard to get out of that hole, and unfortunately that's what we did."
The Huskies seemed to struggle in the first half, being out shot 7-3 by the Ramblers. Despite a rough start, the Huskies gained momentum in the second half, controlling the ball for the remainder of the contest. NIU displayed a strong defense, holding the Rambler s to just one shot to the Huskies six.
"For us, we played two completely different halves," said Barker. "The first half we started well, but we let them get two quick goals. We struggled getting back into our rhythm, we didn't play well after they scored. We talked at halftime and told the girls to keep things simple and to play the game. In the second half, they came out and played much better."
Kelsey Passaglia (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) led the Huskies with three shots, followed by Lisa Maier (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and Cara Stutler (Wichita, Kan./Maize) recording two shots each in Sunday's contest. Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./ Batavia) recorded four saves in the game for the Huskies, bringing her season total to 25.
The Huskies will continue action at home as they face Oakland Friday in a 4 p.m. contest, and Liberty Sunday for a 1 p.m. match-up.