Sunday’s MAC Women’s Soccer Results
Ohio 2, Western Michigan 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Kelsey Pichel scored a goal and assisted another, leading Ohio to a 2-1 win over Western Michigan Sunday at the WMU Soccer Complex. Stephanie Skowneski scored for the Broncos late in the second half.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half as neither team had much going offensively. Ohio (6-4-1, 2-1-1 MAC) took a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute when Jackie Hanson finished a rebound on the left side off a shot by Pichel.
Pichel scored the eventual game-winner in the 58th minute, striking from 30 yards out.
Trailing 2-0 late in the second half, Skowneski put the Broncos back in the game with a goal in the 80th minute, but WMU couldn’t manage the equalizer. Skowneski’s goal was a long hit from outside the 18-yard box, a ball that curled over the goalie’s reach and found the upper corner of the net. It was her first goal of the season.
The Broncos took seven shots and limited the Bobcats to just four. Sarah Phillips took the loss in goal for the Broncos. She made two saves.
Western Michigan (4-5-1, 2-2-0 MAC) plays its next two games on the road, traveling to Buffalo Friday, Oct. 9 and Kent State Oct. 11.
Toledo 4, Ball State 3
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State soccer team suffered a last second defeat Sunday afternoon as the Cardinals fell 4-3 to three-time Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Toledo at the BSU Soccer Field. The Cardinals opened the game with three unanswered goals to take an early lead, but the Rockets closed the game with four straight goals, including the game-winning goal with just one second left on the clock.
"Today was a tale of two halves," head coach Michael Lovett said. "We came out strong and dictated play early but for whatever reason we lost our concentration. We were a completely different team in the second half and Toledo took advantage and played with more urgency."
Ball State (4-7-0, 2-2-0 MAC) started quickly as it opened the scoring in the eighth minute of play. Junior defender Kristina Anderson (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin) broke down the right side and sent a cross into the box. Senior midfielder Megan Ridley (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) was able to beat two Toledo defenders to the ball and one-touched the cross past UT goalkeeper Vicki Traven for her team-leading fourth goal of the year.
The Cardinals kept the early pressure on and took a two-goal lead just 1:41 later as Ridley found junior forward Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind./Marshall Univ.) in space. Gordon found an opening and ripped a shot from 15-yards out into the top corner past Traven for her first career goal with the Cardinals.
Toledo (6-4-2, 2-1-1 MAC) responded to the early pressure as it came within inches of narrowing the gap to one goal in the 15th minute. UT forward Ali Leak got behind the Cardinals' defense and was in alone against freshman goalkeeper Nicole Wood (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). Wood was able to stand tall and stone Leak on the breakaway to keep the Cardinals ahead by two.
Ball State took a 3-0 lead in the 39th minute as junior forward Jacki Eft (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) sent a cross into the box. Freshman forward Maggie Brown (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) ran onto the cross and blasted it into the net on her first touch for her second career goal.
Toledo got a huge boost just before halftime as it finally beat Wood in the 41st minute. Wood made an initial save on Kristen Lynn's shot, but Heather Wesley was able to poke the loose ball into the back of the net to narrow the gap to 3-1.
The Rockets came out of the halftime break and controlled play in the second half as they held a 21-3 shot advantage in the second half and a 33-11 edge for the game. Leak was the primary attacker for the Rockets as she got behind the Cardinals' defense on a couple of occasions. Wood was able to stop her on a breakaway in the 54th minute but Leak scored off of a corner kick in the 55th minute.
Once again, Wood came up with a huge save on a breakaway in the 56th minute against Leak, but Leak finally solved Wood on a breakaway in the 65th minute for the game-tying goal.
The game looked destined for overtime as the Cardinals were holding on until the final minute. The Rockets threw the ball in with 10 seconds left and passes by Lynn and Leak set up reigning MAC Player of the Year Molly Cornwell from five-yards out. Cornwell was able to blast a shot past Wood at the 89:59 mark of the game for the game-winning tally.
Wood suffered the loss for the Cardinals despite playing her best game as a collegian. She posted a career-high 12 saves in the loss, including a handful of saves on breakaway situations. Craven picked up the victory as she made three saves for the Rockets.
Ball State returns to action next weekend as it travels to the state of Michigan for a pair of games. The Cardinals will meet MAC-leading Central Michigan Friday afternoon and Eastern Michigan Sunday.
Miami 4, Bowling Green 1
OXFORD, Ohio - Junior forward Sara Lund scored two first-half goals to give the Miami University women's soccer team a three-goal cushion and the RedHawks never looked back en route to a 4-1 victory over Bowling Green Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. The victory was Miami's first against the Falcons (4-8-1, 0-3-1 Mid-American Conference) since 2002 and first in eight tries.
Miami (6-4-1, 2-1-1 MAC) wasted no time jumping on top as Lund (Malmo, Sweden) tallied her first goal of the game just 2:10 into the match. Senior Jodi Zwingelberg (Elgin, Ill.) fed the ball into the box and Lund charged toward goal, sliding and deflecting the ball into the net just before Bowling Green keeper Alexa Arsenault was able to scoop it up.
In the 21st minute, the RedHawks made it 2-0 when junior defender Brooke Livingston (Lisle, Ill.) headed home a corner kick from senior Kersta Carlson (Plymouth, Minn.) for her second goal of the season. Carlson garnered her team-best sixth assist of 2009 on the play. Exactly six minutes later, Lund scored her second goal of the match when she weaved through the Falcon defense and chipped the ball over Arsenault's head from about 10 yards out to put the 'Hawks ahead 3-0. Lund is now tied for the team lead with four goals on the campaign.
Bowling Green closed the deficit to two in the 32nd minute when junior Alicia Almond scored her first goal of the season. Senior Colleen Kordan passed a free kick to Almond, who ripped a shot from outside the 18-yard box that sailed into the left corner of the cage past Miami senior keeper Krista Pace (Toronto, Ont.), but the 'Hawks took their 3-1 lead into break.
"I thought we had some really nice moments," Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. "Certainly, getting the early goal helped a lot and set the tone. We've been working on changing things on how we play out of the back. I felt like both Friday (vs. Toledo) and today when we did that it was effective and helped us a lot. We just have to do it more consistently."
Miami out-shot the Falcons, 7-4, in the opening half, while the Red and White also held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Both keepers made a pair of saves in the first 45 minutes.
The second half again saw Miami control play and in the 72nd minute junior co-captain Eva Candia (Malmo, Sweden) found the back of the net for the first time this season. Candia gathered a loose ball just outside the penalty box and rocketed a shot that deflected off a Falcon defender past the diving Bowling Green keeper.
Miami's defense kept the Falcons from creating much of an attack the remainder of the match, as Miami cruised to the 4-1 victory. The four goals tied a season high (Sept. 20 vs. Cleveland State) for the 'Hawks and were the most in a league contest since Oct. 12, 2007 against Western Michigan.
The RedHawks finished the game with 13 shots, seven of which were on goal, while Bowling Green totaled eight shots for the match. Lund led Miami with five shots, all but one of which was on goal, while BGSU's Alyssa Zuccaro had a team-high two shots. Pace finished with five saves in goal for the Red and White.
Miami improved to 5-1 at home this year with the win, marking its best home start since 2000 when Miami started 6-1 at Miami Soccer Field. The six overall wins equal Miami's win total from each of last two seasons.
"I'm just really pleased with the leadership on this team," Kramig said. "Allison Berkey and Eva Candia have done fabulous jobs for us as captains and really all the seniors have done a superb job of leading and organizing this team and I think that's part of the difference this year."
The RedHawks look to keep their winning ways going Friday, Oct. 9 when they head to Ypsilanti, Mich. for a 3 p.m. ET match at Eastern Michigan, which begins a four-game road trip for Miami.
Central Michigan 4, Buffalo 0
MOUNT PLEASANT ? Molly Gerst scored two first half goals and the Central Michigan soccer team cruised to a 4-0 victory over Buffalo at the CMU Soccer Complex on Sunday.
The shutout win gives CMU (9-3, 4-0 Mid-American) seven consecutive shutouts, a new school record. All nine of Central’s wins have come in shutout fashion. Central has not yielded a goal in 662:09, the second longest shutout streak in school history (2004; 669:30). Central has won seven straight contests, tied for the most consecutive wins in school history. This is the second straight season the Chippewas have won their first four MAC contests.
“We played great today,” head coach Tom Anagnost said. “I am very proud of how the kids played. We were dominant in every facet of the match. Defensively, it isn’t just Shay (Mannino) and our back line, our entire team is defending really well right now.”
The Chippewas started their onslaught early when the Bulls’ defender Jennifer Mihok stopped a shot with her hand 1:25 into the contest, resulting in an automatic red card and forcing the Bulls to play a player short for the rest of the match. The play also created a penalty kick for the Maroon and Gold.
Gerst capitalized on the penalty kick to give CMU an early 1-0 advantage. The tally was the senior’s fourth of the season.
The Ada, Mich., native struck again in the 16th minute when Autumn Hawkins’ through ball put her all alone with the goalkeeper, giving the Chippewas a 2-0 lead. Sunday’s effort was Gerst’s sixth career multi-goal match, tied for the most in school history.
Liesel Toth got into the score sheet in the 24th minute as her long shot from over 30 yards out beat the UB keeper to put CMU up 3-0 at halftime.
The Maroon and Gold domination continued in the second half and Laura Twidle tallied her MAC-best seventh goal of the year when she headed an Amanda Waugh cross into the short side of the net to cap the scoring.
Playing 11 on 10 for all but a minute and a half, the Maroon and Gold enjoyed a decisive, 29-3, advantage in shots.
Shay Mannino got the call in goal once again for the Chippewas and turned aside both shots she faced for her 19th career shutout (second most in school history) and seventh this season (third).
The Chippewas return to the pitch on Friday when they host Ball State at the CMU Soccer Complex.
Eastern Michigan 1, Kent State 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) ? The Eastern Michigan University women’s soccer team got its second straight win, receiving a goal by Chelsea Detrick for the 1-0 shutout of Kent State. In a day the 1999 team was honored for winning the MAC regular season and tournament titles, the Eagles took another step towards matching that with a win at Scicluna Field Sunday, Oct. 4.
Members of the 1999 squad were on hand for the 10th anniversary celebration of their championship season. The Eagles, who have aspirations of equaling their success this season, won for the second time in a row and it was the defense that stepped up once again, like they have time after time this year.
Monique Budani denied every chance by the Golden Flashes, who dropped their second straight match. The junior made nine saves en route to her third shutout of the season, the seventh overall for the Eagles in 2009.
After a scoreless, back-and-forth first half, Detrick finally gave EMU the advantage in the 61st minute. The sophomore took a pass from Katie Lozar and went one-on-one with her defender near the left corner, crossed her over towards the middle of the field, and then beat Kent State goalkeeper, Kelly Sherwood, to the far right post. It was Detrick’s fourth goal of the season.
The crossbar was Budani’s best friend on Sunday. Three shots by the Golden Flashes ricocheted off the crossbar in the second half, denying Kent State a goal for the second straight game. The Eagles’ Ashley Rodrigues experienced the same fate, by having one of her shots go off the crossbar in the first half.
With the win, Eastern Michigan pushed its record to 6-2-4 overall, 2-0-2 in the MAC. Meanwhile, Kent State dropped to 6-5-0 overall, 2-2-0 in the MAC. The Eagles will stay home for their next two MAC contests, taking on Miami Friday, Oct. 9 and Ball State Sunday, Oct. 11.
Friday’s match is slated for 3 p.m. at Scicluna Field.
Akron 1, Northern Illinois 0
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team outshot Akron (3-5-2) 15 to five, but the Huskies (4-6-2) were unable to score on any of their opportunities as they dropped a 1-0 decision to their Mid-American Conference foe, Sunday, at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.
The Huskies dominated play, outshooting the Zips 15 to five in Sunday's contest. Controlling the ball for the majority of the game, the Huskies recorded a season high nine shots on goal against the Zips. The Huskies also recorded three cornerkicks to Akron's one in the contest.
Lisa Maier (Orland Park, IL/Sandburg) led the Huskies with three shots on goal and four shots in the contest. Micaela Damas (Overland Park, KS/Blue Valley North) recorded two shots on goal, while Kelly Mullany (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley), Shelbi Johnson (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley), Christen Schuler (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) and Mo Smunt (St. Charles, IL/East) each recorded a shot-on-goal for the Huskies.
"That's soccer for you," head women's soccer coach Carrie Barker said. "You can dominate the game and play well, but if you don't score it doesn't matter. We played very well as a team and had several individuals play especially well, we just need to find the back of the net."
Akron's Katie Wise found the goal in the 77th minute of play, when she dribbled the ball into the box and fired a shot into the top center of the goal. Akron's Rachel Phillip assisted Wise on the play.
"It just wasn't our day today," said Barker. "We controlled the game, and we gave them one good opportunity and they were able to capitalize on that to get the win."
Goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill,/ Batavia) recorded three saves in the contest, allowing only one goal.
The Huskies will take MAC play on the road next weekend as they face Kent State in Kent, Ohio Friday, before traveling to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Buffalo Sunday.