Friday's Women's Soccer Results

Updated 8/19/2012

Women's Soccer Results - Friday 8/17/12
Central Michigan 1, Detroit 0 
Marshall 3, Ball State 1
Akron 3, Morehead State 1 
Colgate 2, Buffalo 1
Kent State 2, Cleveland State 0
Miami 3, Xavier 1
Michigan State 4, Bowling Green 0
Pittsburgh 2, Eastern Michigan 1
Wright State 1, Ohio 0
Purdue 2, Toledo 1
Drake 2, Northern Illinois 1
Illinois 1, Western Michigan 0

Recaps Courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Departments 

CMU 1, Detroit 0
DETROIT - Junior midfielder Kaely Schlosser netted the game-winning goal in the 88th minute as Central Michigan grinded out a 1-0 win over Detroit in its season opener on Friday.
The Chippewas (1-0-0) earned their fifth win in the past six games against the Titans (0-1-0), who were ranked 55th in the Tournament 64 rankings, dating back to 2006, with the other result being a tie.
“We grinded out a result, and that’s always a positive,” head coach Neil Stafford said. “Detroit is always a difficult opponent, and to see our team have that kind of fortitude and drive to grind out a result, I like seeing that.”
Schlosser’s goal, assisted by junior Jennifer Gassman, came on a run up the middle of the field, and was fired from just inside 18 yards away.
The late-game drama was not complete following Schlosser’s goal, however. A Detroit shot by Nina Carter slipped just right of goal as the clock counted down to zero, sealing the victory for the Chippewas at the final possible moment.
Schlosser led the team in shots in 2011, but did not record a goal - something she took care of this season in the first 90 minutes of action.
“It’s definitely exciting, and it’s something new because I really haven’t scored in a while,” Schlosser said. “It was really good to score and it gets me excited for the rest of the weekend and our upcoming games.”
Offensive chances were at a premium in the first half, as the two teams combined for just nine shots, but the pace of the game picked up as the Chippewas fired 12 shots in the second half, allowing just two.
“To be fair, Detroit had some great opportunities too,” Stafford said. “I was really happy with how we spread out the midfield and really created some serious gaps and that ultimately led to the goal with Kaely Schlosser getting some room and space to go at people.”
Schlosser accounted for six of the Chippewas' 17 shots, five of which came in the second half as the midfield created more open spaces for her and her teammates to advance. It was only a matter of time before Schlosser broke through for a goal, after firing a shot from outside the penalty box into the crossbar just moments earlier.
Senior defender Katie Slaughter took three shots, while Gassman, senior forward Laura Twidle and junior Tory Kinniard accounted for two apiece. One of Slaughter’s shots, a high-arced shot from between the penalty area and midfield, appeared to have cleared the Detroit goalkeeper’s head and found the back of the net, but it was revealed that it instead went behind the net.
Senior Stefanie Turner recorded her fifth career shutout, and made three saves, including a save with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half off a Detroit set piece to preserve a halftime tie.
The Chippewas won their season-opening match for the seventh consecutive season, dating back to 2005 when they tied Illinois State, 1-1. The current class of Chippewas seniors run their career record on opening-weekend games to 6-0, and will have a chance to extend it to 7-0 when they face Evansville at home on Sunday.
Sunday’s match against Evansville at the CMU Soccer Complex begins at 1 p.m. and is the first home game of the season for the Chippewas.
Marshall 3, Ball State 1
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- The Ball State soccer team picked up its attack in the second half Friday afternoon, but the Cardinals suffered a 3-1 loss at Marshall in their season opener.
Senior forward Shaniece Thorpe scored the Ball State goal in the 70th minute on an assist from freshman Aubrey Hauenstein, but Marshall’s Lizzy Lemmons answered 12 minutes later to push the lead back to two goals and allow the Herd to hang on. 
“We played much better in the second half,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “Marshall came out and played physical in the first half, and we just didn’t match them at the beginning.”
The Cardinals (0-1) will now return to Muncie for four consecutive home matches, beginning with next week’s Ball State Tournament. BSU will host Northern Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. and Xavier on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. as part of a four-match weekend at the Briner Sports Complex.
In Friday’s season opener, Marshall (1-0) struck first in the 28th minute on a goal from Erin Simmons and then stretched its lead to 2-0 nearly 11 minutes into the second half when Alyssa Cathey found the back of the net off a pass from Chelsey Maiden.
“We were exposed to some areas we need to strengthen and improve on, and I’m sure we’ll do that,” Roberts said. “We are still very optimistic about our chances this season. We need to come out a little stronger at the start and we’ll be fine.”
After Thorpe’s goal cut the Marshall advantage to 2-1, Ball State remained on the attack and gave itself opportunities to even the score but was unable to find the equalizer as the Thundering Herd defeated the Cardinals for only the first time in the past five meetings.
“We had a lot of chances that we just didn’t convert,” Roberts said. “We controlled the majority of the second half, but we didn’t finish.”
Simmons, who also assisted on Marshall’s third goal, finished with a game-high four shots and three on goal, while Ball State’s Nicole Pembleton, Paige Stroinski and Alyssa Ables were credited with two shots each for the Cardinals.
Senior goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler, who started 19 contests a season ago, earned the nod in goal for Ball State and finished with seven saves. Lindsey Kerns made three saves for Marshall.
Friday’s contest was played outside the Marshall campus at nearby Huntington High School with the Thundering Herd in the process of building a new facility on campus.
Akron 3, Morehead State 2 
AKRON, Ohio – The Akron women's soccer team scored three first half goals as the Zips defeated Morehead State, 3-2, in their season opener Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. Freshman forward Megan Waskowski, redshirt freshman midfielder Lexa Green and sophomore defender Hailey Kirkwood all scored their first career goal for Akron, and Waskowski also added an assist on Green's goal.
After both teams settled into the match in the first 15 minutes, Waskowski scored on the first shot of the game for Akron. Junior defender Amber Kern slotted a ball from the right side of the top of the box through to Waskowski who collected the pass and calmly finished with a low shot from six yards out at 16:08.
Morehead State would equalize at 22:13 as Elizabeth McSparin's corner was headed by a Zip defender to the far post, where Macy Cobb capitalized for the Eagles with a header of her own.
Just six minutes later in the 29th minute, Akron regained the lead when Waskowski beat Morehead State goalkeeper Hannah Seeman to a loose ball at the top of the box and touched the ball to Green who got by Seeman and was in all alone for an easy finish.
The Zips would increase their lead to 3-1 at 42:45 on a goal similar to their first. This time, senior forward Ashley Hughes placed a perfectly weighted ball through into the box to Kirkwood who slotted home the finish.
Akron was clinical on its finishing in the first half as they scored three goals on just five shots.
Early in the second half, the Eagles' Kimberly Golden was able to cut the Zip lead to 3-2 as she headed home a bouncing ball in the box at 52:13. Holley Tilley was credited with assist. 
Akron's Kern had a good strike from the outside in the 76th minute, but Seeman was able to parry the ball over the bar.  Over the final 15 minutes, the Zips were able to maintain a good amount of possession to hold off Morehead State and earn the season-opening win. 
In goal for the Zips, freshman Klaire Adee played all 90 minutes and was credited with one save.
For the match, the Zips held a 9-5 advantage in shots, while Morehead State had six corners to Akron's four.
The Zips will be back in action next weekend as they travel to Knoxville, Tenn. for a pair of games at the Tennessee Lady Vol Classic. Akron plays VCU on Friday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. and William & Mary on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 12:30 p.m.
Colgate 2, Buffalo 1
BUFFALO, NY - The 2012 Buffalo women's soccer team opened its season Friday evening, welcoming Patriot League power Colgate to UB Stadium. After finding its rhythm late in the first half, the Bulls (0-1) and Raiders found themselves embroiled in a highly competitive game before a late goal sealed a 2-1 win for Colgate (1-0). Freshman defender Kristen Markiewicz scored the team's lone goal in her first collegiate game, and junior goalie Ainsley Wheldon kept the team in it with seven saves against the aggressive visitor's attack.
"I think that the fans were treated to a really nice soccer game tonight," said head coach Michael Thomas. "Both teams created opportunities and several chances and battled hard, but tonight was a game where whoever did the little things better would win. I'm not satisfied and I know that no one in our locker room is satisfied with this result, but there were a lot of good things that we can build off of."
The Bulls were put on the defensive early in the game by a Colgate offense that spent much of the first 30 minutes in the attacking third of the field. Wheldon was able to hold them off with five first-half saves, but was beaten in the 43rd minute with a flick over her head to put Colgate up heading into the half.
"Their ball movement is very good and they control the ball," Thomas said. "If one defender is caught watching they're capable of punishing you and that's something that we preach to the kids and it was nice to see that on the field as a learning lesson."
Wheldon was tasked with keeping the 1-0 score despite some quality chances created by Colgate. 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Jenn Raepple was testing the defense all night, with four shots to go along with her first-half goal. The UB defense held off the Raiders long enough for an equalizing goal  in the 76th minute by Markiewicz. Playing up on the attack, the freshman from Erie, PA blasted a shot from just outside the box but it was smothered by a Colgate defender. After regaining possession of the carom, Markiewicz took a bit off and curled a soft shot into the top left corner of the goal to knot the score at 1-1.
The momentum was snatched back just over three minutes later, as a perfectly executed corner kick from the right side found the head of Colgate's six-foot defender Sarah Henderson for what would become the game-winning goal.
Despite the result, Thomas was encouraged by the team's response as the game went on and is excited by the potential offered by the offense.
"The big takeaway is how much faster we played as the game went along," Thomas said. "For the first 20-25 minutes we were playing at almost a training speed, but I think we played ourselves into game speed and when we got into that speed we showed that we can do some special things in the open field."
The Bulls will be back at it next Thursday, welcoming in Big Four rival Canisius to UB Stadium for a 7 pm game.
Kent State University 2, Cleveland State 0
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Kent State women's soccer team (1-0-0) utilized a dominant second half effort to register a 2-0 victory over regional foe Cleveland State Friday evening at CSU's Krenzler Field in the season opener for both teams.
An own goal in the first half and an insurance goal by junior Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) in the second stanza provided the scores for Kent State's 12th ever season-opening victory in the program's 16th season of intercollegiate competition.
"Getting a win on the road to start the season is extremely important to help build our confidence," said head coach Rob Marinaro. "Cleveland State is hard-working team, and they are doing very well. For us to get a win on the road is big, and we look to keep it going from here."
Kent State's defense set the tone on the evening, holding Cleveland State without a shot on goal on seven attempts on the way to the shutout. A stout defensive effort, anchored by senior Hannah Newhouse (Strongsville, Ohio), helped freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Senn (Grand Island, N.Y.) earn the save in her first collegiate appearance.
Mariah Sidwell (London, Ontario), Briana Bartolone (Auburn, Ohio) and Katherine Lawrence (Ajax, Ontario) also started for Kent State's defense, while Ashley Mahoney (Cincinnati, Ohio) spelled members of the back line throughout the contest.
"Our entire team played great defensively," Marinaro said. "And we had a well-organized back line tonight that won a lot of 50-50 balls to help our effort."
Despite the host Vikings taking the first four shots of the game, Kent State got on the board in the 20th minute when Newhouse fired in a dangerous free kick from the center of the field that was deflected into Cleveland State's net by a Vikings defender.
Kent State made it 2-0 early in the second half after getting deep following a free kick. Again, it was a Newhouse free kick, this time from the right side, which pressured Cleveland State into giving up a throw in deep in their end.
From there, Jaclyn Dutton (Bridgeport, Ohio) quickly found the feet of Stephanie Haugh (Richmond Hill, Ontario), whose quick spinning flick to save the ball from the end line found the head of Gironda.
"It was a fantastic goal," Marinaro said. "The buildup was great to watch, the service was nice, and Gironda got a great header to finish the play."
Gironda's strike in the 51st minute from eight yards out was her 15th goal as a collegian, moving the junior into a tie for sixth place in team history for career goals.
Cleveland State started out the aggressor, outshooting Kent State 5-1 to start the game. But the Golden Flashes emerged as the game continued, finishing with a 10-7 shots advantage, including five shots on frame.
Vikings goalkeeper Sarah Wood made two of the team's three saves in the setback.
Kent State is back in action Sunday, Aug. 19 with a 1 p.m. home contest against Morehead State at Zoeller Field. Morehead State is coming off a 3-2 setback to Akron Friday afternoon.
Miami 3, Xavier 0
OXFORD, Ohio - Behind an excited crowd of 543 fans, the Miami University soccer earned a 3-0 victory over Xavier on Friday. Kelsey Dinges scored a career-high two goals for the RedHawks. It was the sixth-straight home opener that Miami has been victorious in.
"I'm very pleased with the victory," commented head coach Bobby Kramig. "I thought it was an excellent start for our team. The best thing about this game was the way we executed both offensively and defensively, taking the things we worked on in practice and making them work in the game."
The RedHawks dominated the play from the beginning on, keeping the ball in the Xavier defensive zone the majority of the first half. The first goal of the season came in the 12th minute when Jess Kodiak found Dinges just outside of the circle. Dinges dribbled it in and put a hard shot into the back corner to put Miami on the board.
After several near misses, Dinges would strike again in the 32nd minute. Her shot from about 25-yards out would strike a Xavier defender in the head and deflect straight into the goal.
"That second goal came from the right side, and it ricocheted off someone's head," said Dinges. "I got a little lucky, but it went in."
Miami would go into the break in front 2-0, holding an 11-1 shots advantage.
The RedHawks completed their scoring in the 61st minute of the second half. Kayla Zakrzewski would send a perfect pass to Kodiak in the left side of the box. Kodiak would then make a move to get by her defender and hit the left corner of the goal to give Miami a 3-0 lead that proved to be the final score.
"Kayla did her thing of course by beating her defender and playing a perfect ball to me," said Kodiak. "I tried some of the stuff we were working on in practice and was able to finish it."
Defensively the RedHawks were solid all day, holding the Musketeers to only five total shots. Xavier did not get a shot on goal until late in the game, which Miami goalkeeper Allison Norenberg was able to make an easy save on.
"We wanted to come into this first game and work really hard for a win," said Kodiak. "It's really good to see how our last two and a half weeks of work in practice has come through."
Miami hits the road for the first time in the 2012 season when it takes on IUPUI on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Anina Cicerone, Rachel Chaney and Nicole Hatcliffe each landed two shots on net, while Cicerone fired off five shots total. Junior keeper Michelle Watson made four saves in the loss. 
Michigan State 4, BGSU 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Visiting Michigan State University exploded for three early goals in under four minutes en route to a 4-0 win over the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team Friday night (Aug. 17).  The match, the regular-season opener for both teams, was held at Cochrane Field.
The Spartans scored three times within a span of just 3:32 to take command of the match.  Megan Marsack scored the first two goals for the visitors.  Lisa Vogel, who had the primary assist on each of those two goals, scored a goal of her own to give MSU a 3-0 lead with exactly 13 minutes gone.
After surrendering those three goals, the Falcons righted the ship and played the Spartans on somewhat even terms thereafter.  MSU did get a late goal from Allyson Krause, who scored with just 3:11 remaining to provide the final margin.
The Spartans had a 10-0 advantage in shots in the first half and a 16-3 margin for the match.  Courtney Clem picked up the shutout in net for the Green and White, making one save.  For the Falcons, fifth-year senior Becca Ison played the entire match and made four stops.
The Spartans had the lion's share of the possession in the early going, and MSU got on the scoreboard 9:28 into the match.  Olivia Stander played a cross into the box from the right side. Vogel, on the left side of the six-yard box, headed the ball back across the goalmouth to Marsack, who knocked it home.
Vogel and Marsack hooked up again just 2:24 later, giving the visitors a two-goal lead. And, only 68 seconds after that, Vogel received a long forward pass from Stander and went in alone on Ison.  Ison was forced to come out of her net in an attempt to cut down the angle, but Vogel was able to slot the ball inside the far post for a three-goal lead.
Ison and the Falcons then kept the visitors off of the scoreboard for the next 73-plus minutes.  Ison had a nifty save on Vogel's volley try early in the second period, as the BG 'keeper blocked a point-blank shot at the top of the 17-yard box.
BGSU, held without a shot attempt in the opening half, had arguably the best chance of the night less than a minute after Ison's save on Vogel.  Junior Madeline Wideman took a pass from sophomore Sidney Huth and fired a shot toward the far post, but the ball sailed just wide of the target.
With 18 minutes left in the match, the Falcons built an attack down the right side. Redshirt junior Jenny Fowler played a ball to sophomore Lindsey Thompson, who in turn knocked it to junior Tracy Togba.  Togba played a cross toward freshman Emma Norris in the center of the box, but an MSU defender was able to reach the ball a split-second before Norris arrived, booting it out of bounds for a throw-in.
Krause scored the Spartans' final goal after picking up a ball just outside the box and behind the BG back line.  She chipped a shot over Ison to close the scoring.
A total of 21 different players saw action for the Falcons, with 20 getting onto the pitch in the first half.  Demy Whitaker was the lone freshman to start the match for BGSU, but three of her classmates -- Norris, Jessica Jarvis and Haley Parkinson -- each came off the bench to play double-digit minutes.
The Falcons are home again on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 19), when Cleveland State comes to Cochrane Field.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh 2, Eastern Michigan 1
YPSILANTI, Mich.  — The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team started off its 18th season with a 2-1 setback Friday afternoon, Aug. 17, against the University of Pittsburgh at Scicluna Field. Reigning Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Angela Vultaggio scored her first goal of the season and redshirt freshman Jenna O'Dell stopped 11 shots.
Eastern Michigan (0-1-0) got on the board early as Vultaggio netted her seventh-career goal in the sixth minute. Pittsburgh (1-0-0) pushed the pace after falling behind and scored goals in the 34th and 69th minutes from Riliegh McHugh and Morgan Sharick, respectively, to claim the victory.
The Eagles fall to 9-7-2 all-time in home openers and 9-5-4 in season lidlifters since the squad's inception in 1995.
Vultaggio started the scoring when she flicked a cross from Bianca Rossi from the top of the penalty area over the head of a leaping Nicole D'Agostino to put the home team ahead.
The Panthers looked to get even off a corner kick in the 14th minute, but O'Dell was up to the task and made a save off a header from point-blank range.
Emily Dzik made a bid to put the Eagles ahead by a pair in the 27th minute, but her header in front of the Pittsburgh goal was snatched out of the air by D'Agostino. Seven minutes later, the Panthers found the equalizer off the foot of McHugh, who put a shot far-side past a sprawling O'Dell.
In the second half, the Panthers continued to pressure the EMU defense. The Eagles fended off several attacks, but could not keep Sharick from netting the game-winning tally off a corner in the 69th minute.
O'Dell came up with a big stop in the 88th minute to keep EMU within striking distance, but a late rush fell short and Pittsburgh walked away with the victory.
EMU continues a three-game homestand Sunday, Aug. 19, with a 1 p.m. matchup against Oakland University.
Wright State 1, Ohio 0
DAYTON, Ohio – Ohio Soccer began its 2012 season at Wright State on Friday evening, falling by a final score of 1-0 to the Raiders. The Bobcats played a strong match but were ultimately beaten by an 87th-minute goal from Emilie Fillion just as it seemed the match was destined for extra time.
The match was an entertaining offensive contest, with the two teams combining for 20 total shots, ten of which were on target. Wright State (1-0) held a 12-8 edge in shots while the Bobcats (0-1) showed good discipline in only committing two fouls throughout the entire 90 minutes.
“I thought it was a well-fought game,” said Head Coach Stacy Strauss. “Wright State is a very good team. I thought at times we moved the ball around pretty well. We need to be a bit more dangerous and just recognize where the space is a bit better.”
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with each team having good spells of possession. Ohio looked particularly dangerous during the middle stages of the half, as Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) and Veronica Rock (North Royalton, Ohio) each had good looks at the goal which were sent just high. Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) had Ohio’s best chance of the half, taking a touch to create space before sending in a left-footed curling shot from 20 yards out.
Wright State was not without opportunities of its own in the first half, however. Ini Umotong, a tall forward for the Raiders, proved to be a handful. The junior from Birmingham, England had a few good attempts for the home side, coming closest with a hard shot on goal from close range in the waning moments of the first half. Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) was in good position for the shot and made a diving save to keep the match scoreless.
Particularly impressive in the first half was the performance of freshmen Grace Campbell (Wadsworth, Ohio), Sasha Haverchak (Akron, Ohio) and Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio). Each of these three Bobcats made the starting eleven in their regular-season Ohio debuts on Friday evening. 
Wright State pressed hard during the opening minutes of the second frame, testing the Bobcat back line on numerous occasions. Ohio’s defense remained organized and was able to absorb this early pressure without conceding.
Ohio nearly scored a decisive tally in the 80th minute when Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio) blasted a hard shot towards the net. With WSU goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy off her line, a Raider defender made a very impressive goal line clearance to keep the match level at 0-0.
The host Raiders found the back of the net in the 87th minute when Fillion was able to strike a bouncing ball past Liston from ten yards out. Fillion’s goal was assisted by teammates Natalie Sedlock and Kalee Thompson.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Indiana. Ohio will kick off against the Hoosiers at 2 p.m.
Purdue 2, Toledo 1
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - Toledo (0-1-0) allowed a pair of second-half tallies within a span of one minute and suffered a 2-0 season-opening setback at Purdue (1-0-0) on Friday under the lights at the Varsity Soccer Complex. With the loss, UT is now 11-5-2 all-time in season-opening matches in program history, including 7-3-2 under 12th-year Head Coach Brad Evans.
"Obviously, I'm very disappointed with the result as I thought we played well for large stretches of the match, but it wasn't good enough and when we faced some adversity, we didn't respond effectively," Evans said. "I like this team a lot, but we've got some work to do to get better."
After a scoreless first half, the Boilermakers found the back of the net in both the 58th and 59th minutes to win back-to-back season-opening contests against the Rockets. Last fall, Purdue escaped the Glass City with a 1-0 triumph on a second-half tally.
PU broke the scoreless drought when Alex Hairston tickled the twine following a left-to-right cross from Jordan Pawlik at 57:13. 
Only 48 seconds later, Purdue's Pawlik successfully connected a lead pass Hadley to Stuart in the 18-yard box that led to a shot inside the right post to set the final difference at 2-0.
UT's best chance to score came in the 12th minute when junior Rachel MacLeod was one-on-one with Purdue's Clara Kridler, but the Boilers' goalkeeper make a fine diving stop near the right post.
The Rockets also had an opportunity to silence the crowd of over 1,000 fans in the 35th minute when sophomore Rio James attempted to flick in a corner kick, but PU's Kridler was quick to react and prevented a goal.
Purdue finished with a slight 8-6 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks 
Senior Rachael Kravitz paced UT with two shots, while Pawlik registered a team-high two shots for the victors. 
"We were able to piece some good things together tonight and we had our chances on goal," said Kravitz, who has started 40 consecutive contests. "However, we have to make those chances count. Our transitioning in our next match will be important. We will take this match and learn from it as we continue to get better as the season progresses." 
Between the posts, sophomore Kelsey Borowitz went the distance and did not record a save in a loss.
The Rockets return to the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 17 when they host Ohio Valley Conference member Belmont at Scott Park. Kick-off for that non-league match is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and will be carried live on the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN). UT has compiled an impressive 56-11-7 (.804) record at the corner of Hill Ave. and Parkside Blvd. since the start of the 2005 campaign, including a 9-2-2 (.769) ledger last fall. 
Sunday's match has also been tabbed as "Welcome Back Students." All UT students are encouraged to wear gold to the home opener and participate in a raffle to receive free gear from the Rocket Shop. 
Drake 2, Northern Illinois 1 
DES MOINES, Iowa – Northern Illinois opened the 2012 season at Drake Friday night in search of victory under the lights at DU’s Cownie Complex. While Huskies battled back from a goal down, the Bulldogs claimed victory in the match with a goal in the 78th minute to defeat NIU, 2-1.
“I was disappointed in how we came out in the first half, we were a little slow to get started,” said Head Coach John Ross in his NIU sideline debut after the match. “Once we were able to get things going we were able to get good pressure and score the equalizer. Drake’s a good team and they fought to get the go-ahead goal.”
The two teams were drawn at a stalemate in the first 45 minutes as the score was blank at 0-0. However, NIU totaled three shots on frame to the Bulldogs two in the stanza and also attempted four corner kicks against Drake in the half.
Coming out of the locker room at the half, Drake came out on the attack and drew a foul in the 18-yard box to force a penalty kick. Brittany Schuling converted the penalty against keeper Deanna Libricz to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute. 
As the Huskies continued to drop a barrage of balls toward the DU goal, the Huskies equalized in the 68th minute of play when defender Nici Newquist fed the ball to Anna Roman-Pleschko, who scored the first goal of her NIU career in her first appearance as a Huskie.
“Anna did a good job coming into the game and creating pressure up top. She worked really hard when she went in to the game and she was rewarded. Nici did a solid job when she came in as well and created our goal.”
10 minutes later, DU regained the lead on an unassisted goal by Ashlie Stokes, the final blow that defeated NIU, 2-1.
The Huskies trumped the Bulldogs in shots on frame in the contest, 7-4. Drake’s goalkeeper Kalena Litch made six saves in the match. Libricz made both of NIU’s saves in the match. Amy Carr, who came on as a substitute for Libricz in the 48th minute of play, surrendered the contests final goal and earned the loss.
Northern Illinois (0-1-0) returns to the pitch Sunday afternoon to meet SIU-Edwardsville (0-1-0), who lost to Indiana State Friday afternoon, 2-0.
Illinois 1, Western Michigan 0
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Despite outshooting the opposition 20-9the Western Michigan women's soccer team opened up the 2012 regular season with a hard-fought 1-0 loss at No. 19 Illinois on Friday night.
The Broncos landed eight of their 20 shots on net but were unable to get anything past Steph Panozzo on the night. The lone goal came in the 50th minute on a penalty kick by Kassidy Brown. The PK was awarded after an Illinois player was fouled at the top of the box.
"Obviously the outcome is disappointing," said head coach Nate Norman. "I couldn't be more proud f each girl on the team. they all played so well against a very good opponent and we are very excited about the rest of our season. We had plenty of chances to win the game and we have to learn from this game and get better."
Anina Cicerone, Rachel Chaney and Nicole Hatcliffe each landed two shots on net, while Cicerone fired off five shots total. Junior keeper Michelle Watson made four saves in the loss. 
The Broncos are in action next weekend at Coastal Caroina's tournament. WMU plays College of Charleston on Friday at 5 p.m. and then the hosts Coastal Carolina on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.