Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
IUPUI 1, Ball State 0
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State soccer team controlled its entire game Friday against IUPUI with the exception of one play late in the second half. And that one moment allowed the Jaguars to snatch a 1-0 victory from the Cardinals at the Briner Sports Complex.
Ball State was on the attack for the majority of the cloud-covered afternoon but was unable to connect on its 17 looks at the goal. The Cardinals limited IUPUI to just six shots in the contest, but the Jaguars made good on their last one.
IUPUI midfielder Mackenzie Calvert wound up with a loose ball in the box in the 82nd minute and found a sliver of an opening near the right post to break the scoreless tie. The Cardinals had eight minutes left to find an equalizer but never managed another good chance at the goal.
"We created a lot of opportunities and just failed to score, and that cost us," Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. "When we get into the attacking third, we have to make sure we are finishing. If we can do that, then we'll be successful. I believe in the players we have. I know that we can do well and we have a bright future, but we cannot go through games where we have endless shots and don't convert."
Ball State (2-2-0), which lost Friday for the first time since its season opener, returns to action Sunday when it hosts IPFW at 1 p.m. at the Briner Sports Complex.
The Cardinals were so much in command during the first half Friday that they owned an 8-1 advantage in shots at halftime. The one shot the Jaguars (1-4-0) got off in the first 45 minutes was blocked near the top of the box and never threatened the goal.
Ball State continued to find scoring chances in the second half. Pavla Benyrova played a nice cross to Maimee Morris in the 50th minute that IUPUI goalkeeper Giselle Guzman came out of the goal to punch away. Brigit Reder's header off a corner kick 20 minutes later went just wide. And Skylar Chew had a one-on-one look against Guzman at the 74:45 mark that the Jaguar keeper saved.
Guzman was credited with four saves in the game, but she also came out from between the posts to play several other balls in front of the net.
"I think their keeper did well, but there was a lot of inconsistency on our service into the box today," Roberts said. "Usually we are pretty consistent about where we want to put the ball, and then we can time our runs at it. But there was inconsistency there, and we needed to be better in that area today."
The Cardinals finished the game with six corner kick opportunities compared to just two for IUPUI. Offensively for Ball State, Morris led all players in the game with four shots. No IUPUI player registered more than one shot on the day.
Western Michigan 4, Murray State 1
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team defeated Murray State, 4-1, for their regular season home-opener on Friday afternoon at the WMU Soccer Complex.
Four different Broncos netted goals on the day with Diana Dedvukaj and Kyle Nylen both registering three-point games, each tallying a goal and an assist. Brittney Pavlica and Anina Cicerone also netted goals, while Michelle Watson made four saves to pick up her third win of the season.
“Obviously when you win 4-1 it was a good day,” said head coach Nate Norman. “I think there are some things we could have done better, but every game you will find that. Right now the thing to do is figure out a way to get some good recovery in. We played almost everyone that was healthy, so it was good to get a lot of them minutes so they aren’t worn down on Sunday.”
WMU (3-1-0) took the lead early in the first half with a goal at the 6:06 mark. The Broncos were pressuring during the opening minutes and Dedvukaj played a corner kick into the box with Pavlica heading it into the corner of the net for her first goal of the season.
Just under 10 minutes later at 17:36 Nylen tallied off a header from a long free kick by Lindsey Lee. It was the freshman midfielder’s second goal of the season.
The Racers took one back just under two minutes later, capitalizing on a Bronco turnover. Jenelle Cunningham picked the pocket of Bronco defender and was in all alone on net. She passed the ball to Jenna Finke, who beat Watson for MSU’s lone goal of the game.
Cicerone netted her first goal of the season on a blast from 20 yards out at 35:20 in the first half. Cicerone took a cross from Kelsey Baskins just outside the left side of the box. The senior midfielder fired the ball in to the top right-hand corner of the net to give WMU a 3-1 lead.
Dedvukaj added the Broncos’ fourth goal of the afternoon just over five minutes into the second half. Dedvukaj took the ball from Nylen and made a run through the right side of the midfield before letting a blast go from 25 yards out. The ball found the upper left-hand corner of the net as she capped off a three point game.
Western Michigan heads to Illinois State for a showdown with the Red Birds on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Kent State 3, Lamar 0
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Kent State junior forward Jaclyn Dutton (Bridgeport, Ohio) etched her name in the Golden Flashes' record book Friday night, as Dutton tallied the fourth hat trick in Kent State history in Kent State's 3-0 win over Lamar in the first game of the UTSA Classic, hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio. Kent State remained unbeaten on the season, improving to 3-0-1 on the season.
Dutton shook the nets in the 16th and 21st minutes of the first half, and with her goal in the 49th minute, Dutton had three goals in 33:04 for the fastest hat trick in team history.
"She had opportunities that she put away," said head coach Rob Marinaro of Dutton's efficiency. "Our offense, as a unit, is doing some great things together. And she (Dutton) was the one that had the opportunities today."
Now in her second season with the Golden Flashes, Dutton is no stranger to goal-scoring proficiency. Dutton graduated from Ohio's St. Clairsville High School as the state's all-time goal-scoring record holder with 192 career scores as a prep.
But Dutton wasn't the only player to shine for the Golden Flashes. Four players registered assists on Dutton's goals, including senior Megan Repas (Avon, Ohio). Repas moved into a tie for fifth in team history with 14 career assists.
Notably, also earning an assist was freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Senn (Grand Island, N.Y.). Senn's long punt early in the game set up Repas to connect with Dutton in the 16th minute, making Senn the second goalkeeper in Kent State history to register an assist while playing goalkeeper; the first was Kelly Sherwood, who accomplished the feat in 2009 and 2011.
Also notching assists were Stephanie Haugh (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and Sara Henderson (Strongsville, Ohio). Of note, 21 players took the field for Kent State in the win.
Between the pipes, Senn and junior Julie Keslar (Akron, Ohio) combined for eight saves – including five by Keslar – to post the team's second shutout of the season. Senn stopped a Lamar penalty kick in the 31st minute.
"Lamar threatened us early, and Stephanie made excellent saves on a free kick as well as the penalty kick," Marinaro said. "Individually, we had a lot of people called upon, and Stephanie stepped up."
With a kick-off temperature that hovered near 100 degrees, Kent State edged Lamar 17-16 in shots, despite the Cardinals posting an 11-7 lead in attempts in the second half.
"This was a tough road challenge, but we met it and picked it up as the game went along," Marinaro said. "It was really hot, but it was a good challenge for them. As a team, they have to figure out how to play well in difficult situations, and they did that today."
Lamar (1-3-0) managed 16 shots in the game, including eight by Kristin Bos. The Cardinals tallied five saves in the setback.
Kent State will take on the host UTSA Roadrunners Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. ET.
Illinois State 1, Northern Illinois 0
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois women’s soccer team played with great pace and energy in their home opener against in-state rival Illinois State, firing 15 shots in the second half and five on frame. ISU’s Rachel Tejada, however, slipped a goal past the Huskies in the 70th minute to defeat the Huskies, 1-0.
“I’m really happy with the effort today and what we worked on this week in practice. (The hard work) really showed on the field, the kids really stepped up today,” said Head Coach John Ross. “There’s still some things we need to work on and we need to pay more attention to detail. That will all come with more practice, more film and more game experience.”
Both teams worked box-to-box on the pitch in the first half, but the backline for both teams collapsed on the offense to end scoring chances. The Redbirds owned a 3-1 advantage over the Huskies in shots during the opening stanza.
When the Huskies took the opening kickoff, they worked the ball with great precision through the midfield to weave the ball like a tapestry through Redbird defense. The team found Frances Boukidis (La Cresenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley) in front of the post 56 seconds in to take the matches first shot on goal that was saved and collected by goalkeeper Aryn Newsom.
Northern Illinois began its Blitzkrieg on ISU shortly thereafter, taking shots low from close range that were parried for corner kicks and sailing balls high of the crossbar from outside the 18-yard box. All told, NIU attempted nine corner kicks in the match, six of which were in the second period.
In the 70th minute of play, Redbird Sarah Mussallem collected the ball just to the left of the 18-yard box with the NIU defense around her. She worked around back line to cross the ball to the center of the box, where Tejada was waiting. The sophomore took two touches on the ball and fired the ball high and wide of goalkeeper Amy Carr’s reach to give Illinois State the lead, 1-0.
After the ISU score, the Huskies turned up the pressure by winning a majority of 50/50 ball attempts on the Redbirds to maintain possession and continue to crochet towards the net. NIU then continued to bombard the Illinois State defense with shots and corner attempts.
Northern Illinois took six shots in the final 19 minutes of the match, including two on frame from Boukidis and Sara Spaulding (Milton, Wis./Milton) that tested Newsom right in front of goal. The keeper stood firm however to earn her second win of the season and keep ISU unbeaten to start the season.
NIU did well defensively to halt the Illinois State offense that was averaging four goals per match in their first four contests of the season. The goal scorer, Tejada, has already accounted for eight goals and an assist (17 points) in her first five appearances and is coming off a consensus Freshman All-America season.
The Huskies return to the pitch Sunday afternoon when they host the Loyola at 1 p.m. at NIU Soccer Complex.
Toledo 3, Loyola-Illinois 0
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo played its best match of the season against Loyola (IL) on Friday and emerged with a 3-0 shutout victory at steamy Scott Park. With the win, the Rockets improve to 2-3-0 on the season.
UT was dominant in the attack, controlled the pace of play in the midfield and was nearly flawless on defense to register its second blanking over its last three matches. The 2012 Mid-American Conference preseason favorite finished with a 12-9 edge in shots and a 4-1 cushion in corner kicks. Last Friday, UT claimed a 1-0 victory at IPFW to post its first triumph of the 2012 campaign.
Freshman Geri Siudzinski led the Midnight Blue & Gold with a match-best four shots, while classmate Megan Connor had two shots in winning effort.
Between the posts, freshman Sam Tiongson was brilliant in her first collegiate start and recorded four saves to move her record to 2-0-0 on the season.
The visiting Ramblers (1-3-0) came ready to compete and nearly found the back of the net within the first five minutes of the non-league matchup. LU's Tricia Stonebraker played a nice pass over the UT defense to a streaking Maggie Olsen on the right side. The midfielder took a quick dribble and found herself one-on-one with UT's Tiongson. Fortunately for Toledo, the first-year netminder came off her line and did a good job cutting down Olsen's look at the goal, forcing her shot wide.
A little over 15 minutes later, Loyola (IL) was presented with two more golden opportunities in succession to crack the scoring column. Kristin Papierski launched a shot from approximately 10 yards out that ricocheted off the far post and bounced directly to teammate Ana Claudia Michelini in front of the goal. UT's Tiongson was quick on her feet and made an acrobatic diving save to deny Michelini's follow-up shot, keeping the match scoreless.
After the Rockets weathered the storm, they took advantage of a corner kick to open the scoring on junior Rachel MacLeod's team-best second goal of the season at 27:35. Senior Rachael Kravitz played a perfect cross to MacLeod who was unmarked right in front of the Loyola (IL) goal. The reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Year redirected a header into the back of the net for the eventual match-winning goal. With the helper, Kravitz moves into sole possession of second place in school history with 16 career assists.
As the first half wore on, LU's Elyssa Kulas fired a shot from 15 yards out that Tiongson came up big on one more time with another acrobatic stop to help the home team maintain its one-goal advantage.
With the first stanza nearly complete, UT's Siudzinski weaved her way through a couple Loyola (IL) defenders and blasted a shot from 12 yards out that goalie Monica Gonyo made a diving stop to keep the score 1-0 at the intermission.
The Rockets continued to apply pressure to start the second half and doubled their lead on sophomore Sarah Seig's first collegiate tally at 55:14. The second-year forward won a free ball about 15 yards out on the left side and blasted a shot that caromed off the near postb and moved across the entire goal and hit the far post before ending up in the back of the frame.
Toledo was still not done attacking, and Connor came within inches of tallying her first collegiate goal when she tried to slide in a low shot from eight yards out off another beautiful free kick off the foot of Kravitz. The UT defender played a ball into the far post that Connor was able to run on to. The Lodi, OH native tried to finesse a shot past LU's Gonyo, but the agile keeper made a nice diving stop.
UT was a resilient bunch, though. and junior Emily Tustin made the opposition pay when she beat an offside trap and hammered a shot across the face of the frame at 69:58. Connor was credited with the assist on the play to close out the scoring.
Toledo's defense stood tall in the second half and was never really threatened to preserve the impressive shutout victory.
Alex Brown and Papierski paced Loyola (IL) with two shots each. Gonyo went the distance in goal and finished with seven saves in a losing effort.
The Rockets will return to action next weekend, Sept. 7-9 when the will compete in the Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport Cardinal Classic against 2011 NCAA Championships participant Samford (Sept. 7) and the host 2011 NCAA Championships qualifier Cardinals (Sept. 9).
Bucknell 1, Buffalo 0
LEWISBURG, PA - The Buffalo women's soccer team capped off its three-game road trip Friday evening against the Bucknell Bison. Another frustrating offensive performance and a early second-half goal for the Bison doomed the Bulls (1-3-1) to its second straight loss.
The Bulls were out shot 16-5 and put only one of its five shots on goal. After earning the start, freshman midfielder Kassidy Kidd led the way with two shots. Ainsley Wheldon was kept busy throughout the game, making just three saves but consistently stepping into crosses and passing lanes to hold off the Bucknell attack. The Bison thought it had another goal with around ten minutes in the game, but the presumed score was waved off by an offsides call.
Needing to regroup after a pair of 1-0 shutouts over the past two games, the Bulls return to UB Stadium on Sunday with a 7 pm game against rival Niagara. The game will also be senior day for seven UB seniors:Angela Nicholas, Shannon Algoe, Carolyn McNamara, Taylor Thompson, Katie Kerr, Shannon Fisher, and Stephanie Velez.
UT-San Antonio 2, Eastern Michigan 1
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team fell, 2-1, to the University of Texas San Antonio Friday evening, Aug. 31, in the first of two matches at the UTSA Classic. Junior Stephanie Clarke put the Eagles (1-2-1) on the board early, but the Roadrunners (1-3-0) scored two quick goals to begin the second half and held on for their first win.
For the third time in four games, the Eagles raced out to a 1-0 lead within the first 15 minutes when Clarke notched her sixth-career tally in the 13th minute from junior Cara Cutaia and Marisa Kozikowski. Clarke kicked home her first goal of the season off a crossing pass at the top of the six-yard box. Kozikowski's helper was also the sophomore's first-career point.
EMU remained dangerous over the next 10 minutes as Cutaia mounted a pair of quality scoring chances with the second resulting in a shot off the crossbar in the 21st minute.
Despite several additional scoring chances for both teams in the opening 45 minutes, neither side was able to get many shots on goal as the total was two apiece headed into the break.
UTSA needed just 45 seconds following halftime to net the equalizer as Maria Rojas stuffed a shot home from inside six yards. Anka Grotle was credited with an assist on the play. Rojas struck again in the 51st minute to put the Roadrunners in the lead, 2-1, when she broke in one-on-one with redshirt freshman Jenna O'Dell and banked a shot off the right goalpost and in.
The Green and White applied some offensive pressure beginning in the 71st minute when UTSA goalkeeper Katrina Pus made a save on a header by sophomore Martha Stevens. Pus then denied shots from senior Jessica Thomas and sophomore Angela Vultaggio to keep the Eagles behind by a goal.
Vultaggio's chance in the 78th minute would prove to be the Eagles' final opportunity to tie the contest as both teams were held without a shot for the remaining 12 minutes.
The Eagles wrap up play at the UTSA Classic Sunday morning, Sept. 2, with a game against Lamar University in San Antonio. Match time is set for 10 a.m. CST.
Ohio 1, Morehead State 0
MOREHEAD, Ky. - Ohio Soccer senior Cathryn Rogers has taken her game to a new level. The midfielder propelled the Bobcats to their second consecutive win on Friday night at Morehead State, scoring her second consecutive game-winning goal to help the Green and White claim a 1-0 road victory.
The senior has now scored four goals on the season and ten in her Bobcat career. Seven of Rogers's ten goals have been game-winners and the Bobcats (2-3) have posted a 7-2 mark during games in which the senior has found the back of the net.
Junior goalkeeper Mattie Liston earned her second consecutive shutout in the win, bringing her career total to 12. The native of Lakewood, Ohio stopped six shots on Friday night.
Morehead State (0-4) created the first opportunity of the evening when McKenzie Word fired a shot on goal just a few minutes into the match. Liston was in good position for the attempt and was able to make the early save to keep the scores level at 0-0.
Veronica Rock (North Royalton, Ohio) had a nice chance for the Bobcats just a few minutes later, hitting a shot on target 13 minutes into the match. MSU goalkeeper Elizabeth Floyd was able to make the save on this attempt.
The last five minutes of the first half proved to be quite exciting, as the teams combined for three shots in a short period of time. Alex Pacitto and Macy Cobb hit shots off target for the Eagles before Ohio's Sasha Haverchak (Akron, Ohio) hit an attempt towards goal with 103 seconds remaining in the half. Floyd was equal to this one as well.
Despite these opportunities, the teams played a scoreless first 45 minutes. Morehead State held a 5-4 lead in shots and a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks at the halftime break.
Following a span of back-and-forth play in the middle stages of the second half, Ohio stepped up its offensive pressure. Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) fired a hard shot on goal with just over 12 minutes remaining in the match, one which Floyd was able to stop. Not even 90 seconds later, freshman Lauren Haley (Charlestown, Ind.) rang one off the crossbar, missing the potential game-winning goal by a matter of inches. Rogers then had another attempt with nine minutes to play but it was blocked by the MSU defense.
This pressure ultimately paid off in the end when Rogers was able to find the back of the net with just 2:13 remaining in the match. The senior midfielder controlled the ball well and fired a shot from six yards out to beat Floyd. Rogers's late goal was assisted by Haley.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Friday, Sept. 7 when they host Niagara. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. from Chessa Field.
Central Michigan 4, Dayton 2
DAYTON, Ohio - Central Michigan women’s soccer powered past Dayton with three unanswered second-half goals in the final 20 minutes to earn a 4-2 decision over the top-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region Friday night.
Trailing 2-1, the Chippewas (3-1-0) had clutch second-half goals from both veterans and freshmen alike, with senior forward Laura Twidle and junior forward Nicole Samuel scoring the go-ahead and game-tying goals, respectively. Freshman forward Danielle Rotheram netting the final goal and assisting another to take down the Flyers (3-2-0).
“I think this win gives us confidence and it shows the character of our program," head coach Neil Stafford said. "What was really nice about tonight was that we got everyone but our second goalkeeper into the game and everyone contributed. For everyone to show that passion and desire, and what it means to be a Chippewa and wear that jersey was really great for us."
The Chippewas' four goals were the most in a single match since they scored four against Buffalo in 2009.
Twidle put the Chippewas ahead, 3-2, in the 82nd minute on a header goal assisted by Rotheram. The Dayton goalkeeper deflected Rotheram’s shot, and Twidle positioned herself cleverly to score off the rebound.
The goal was the second of the season and 17th of her career, tying her for seventh on the all-time CMU career goals scored list with Alison Heydorn (2003-2006).
Rotheram sealed the deal with a goal of her own just four minutes later, firing a shot from 15 yards out high to the far post and giving the Chippewas a 4-2 advantage. Freshman midfielder Christen Chiesa earned the assist.
Samuel tied the match in the 70th minute, 2-2, with a header to the near post from senior defender Samantha Brenz’ service into the box after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Tory Kinniard. Brenz and Kinniard were credited with assists on the play.
Samuel’s goal was her first of the season, and her first since scoring against Eastern Michigan in 2010 after seeing limited playing time due to injury in 2011.
Both the offense and defense picked up the intensity during the second-half comeback, as the offense took four shots on goal and six total shots in the final 20 minutes, while allowing just one shot on goal and three total after the Flyers took a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute.
Not only did the Chippewas finish the game strong, they started it strong, too
In the third minute, junior midfielder Kaely Schlosser dribbled to the center of the field and fired a shot into the upper far corner of the net from 25 yards out for her second goal of the season, putting the Chippewas on the board early with an unassisted goal for a 1-0 lead.
After waiting until the final two minutes in the season-opener against Detroit to score, the Chippewas have recorded goals in the first three minutes of two of the successive three games, including Schlosser’s against the Flyers.
The Flyers responded with two unanswered goals of their own, beginning in the 26th minute to tie the game, 1-1. Freshman midfielder Ashley Campbell scored off a cross from senior midfielder Colleen Williams that was redirected to the near post and into the net.
Dayton’s Williams scored the opening goal of the second half in the 66th minute, juggling the ball past two CMU defenders and finishing low to the near post and giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Labrecque earned the win (1-0-0) and kept the Chippewas in the game with six saves, four of which came in the first half.
The win was truly a team effort, with all 21 traveling field players making an appearance and contributing to the comeback.
The Chippewas fired 10 of their 17 total shots on goal, while Dayton took eight on goal and 16 total. The Chippewas did not earn a corner throughout the duration of the match, and Dayton took four.
Twidle and Kinniard led the team in shots on goal with two apiece, while six other players recorded one.
The Chippewas look to carry their momentum to Milwaukee, Wis., where they play No. 12 Marquette Monday at 2 p.m.