Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 9/2/2012

Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Results- 9/2 
Akron 2, SIU Edwardsville 1
Siena 1, Buffalo 0 
North Florida 1, Florida Atlantic 0 
Hartwick 2, Mercer 2
Wake Forest 1, West Virginia 0 


Akron 2, SIU Edwardsville 1
OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 7 University of Akron men's soccer team scored a pair of goals early and held on late in a 2-1 victory over SIU Edwardsville Sunday aftternoon at Morrison Stadium as part of the Ameritas Classic.
With the win, the Zips, who dominated possession throughout the match, improved 2-0-1 on the season while earning their first victory ever against the Cougars in 14 all-time meetings.
For the contest, UA out-shot SIUE 14-4 overall, including a 5-3 margin on-goal, and recorded eight corner kicks while limiting the Cougars to none. It was the first loss of the young season for SIUE, which fell to 3-1-0.
Akron received scoring contributions from a pair of unlikely candidates as Chad Barson and Bryan Gallego each found the net on well-executed corner kick opportunities in the first half.
The first came in the 16th minute following a strong run by Robbie Derschang, who played the ball off an SIUE defender near the end line.
Scott Caldwell sent in the ensuing service that found the head of Chad Barson, who flicked it home from six yards out. It was the fourth goal of the senior's career and first since 2010.
Gallego delivered in the final minute of the half, following the Zips' sixth corner kick of the game. Dillon Serna, who sent the ball in from the right corner, found the sophomore unmarked near the back post. Gallego made the Cougars pay by heading in the first goal of his Akron career.
SIUE, which knocked off No. 19 James Madison last weekend and Rutgers – which received votes for the NSCAA Top 25 – Friday night, didn't go down without a fight however and pulled within one goal in the 75th minute on a breakaway goal by Christian Volesky.
But that's as close as the Cougars would get as Akron finished off the match.
The Zips' 2-0 lead at halftime was indicative of the way they dominated play in the first half with a 10-1 advantage on shots. In fact, SIUE didn't attempt its first shot – a two-bouncer from distance that was easily saved by Zips' goalkeeper David Meves – until the 41st minute.
The second half was much closer as Akron edged out SIUE in shots, 4-3, in the final 45 minutes. Following the match, Gallego, Alfred Koroma – who scored the equalizer in Friday night's 1-1 draw against No. 2 Creighton, and Eric Stevenson were named to the Ameritas Classic All-Tournament Team.
The Zips will continue their four-game road swing next weekend when they head to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Tournament. UA will take on No. 10 Indiana Friday (Sept. 7) at 5 p.m. ET, and the host Fighting Irish Sunday (Sept. 9) at 2:15 p.m. ET.
Siena 1, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, NY - In a competitive rematch of what was among Buffalo's best wins of 2011, all it took was one well-placed shot to send the Bulls to its second straight loss. The Siena Saint (2-1) took a late first-half score and carried it to a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium.
After beating the Saints 2-1 on the road last season, and holding off a late-game rally playing a man down, the Bulls expected to face a motivated team and got just that, with Siena taking twice as many shots and out-cornering the Bulls 3-1 in the first half. Despite the pressure, it was a seemingly innocent attempt on net that would provide the eventual game-winning score. Siena's Matt Hemsley left a ball for Sindre Ek around 20 yards out on the right side, and Ek would curl a well-crafted shot into the lower left corner of the Buffalo net to beat goalie Jon Viscosi.
Despite the score, Viscosi would make sure the Saints would find no more luck on offense, making a terrific double save in the game to give the offense a chance. That chance would not come though, despite a trio of opportunities from Lukas Fedler on corner kick set plays, and two chances from Marek Albert that were denied by Siena's 6-foot-7-inch goalkeeper Damian Liesemann.
For the game, Siena held a 16-12 advantage in shots but both teams put five on goal. Viscosi made four saves in the game and Albert led the offense with four shots (two on frame).
"I thought we did enough to win. We had one mistake which cause the goal, we need to play more consistent," head coach David Hesch. "Our offense needs to create and finish our chances. We have out-shot almost every team and have not scored much at all."
The team will close out its season-opening four-game home stand next Friday against Detroit. First kick is set for 7 pm at UB Stadium.
North Florida 1, Florida Atlantic 0
JACKSONVILLE, FL - The FAU men's soccer team fell on the road Sunday to the University of North Florida, 1-0.
Despite outshooting the Ospreys, 18-10, and having 10 of those as shots on goal, it was Casey Caronis' goal in the 75th minute that won the game for UNF.
Joachim Hansteen, Karol Chorak and Ramin Rahemi each had two shots on goal in the loss. Jeremy Crumpton had five saves in goal.
The Owls, 1-2 on the year, next head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to take part in the Coastal Carolina Tournament. They play the hosts on Friday at 7 p.m., and then match up against Wofford on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Wake Forest 1, West Virginia 0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Follow a two hour rain delay, the No. 9 West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell, 1-0, to No. 15 Wake Forest on Sunday evening at Spry Stadium in the conclusion Nike Carolina Classic.
The Mountaineers played a man down for the final 69 minutes of the match as freshman defender Francio Henry picked up a yellow card in the 15th minute, followed by a red card in the 21st minute, forcing him out of the match.
“I’m very proud of my team. We play awfully well and awfully hard, especially with the fact that we had to play a man down from very early on,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We didn’t get a fair shake at this game today and that part is disappointing. Take nothing away from Wake Forest, I think they are an excellent team, but with 10 men we certainly proved to be the aggressor in this game.”
After a flurry of substitutions, Wake Forest began to pressure the Mountaineers, resulting in the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute. Lucas Gimenez was just outside the box on the right side and sent a cross to the back post, right to the head of Sam Fink for the winner.
WVU drops to 2-2 for the season and took six shots, while Wake Forest improved to 3-0, taking nine shots. The Demon Deacons also held the corner kick advantage at 5-3.
Senior midfielder Shadow Sebele led WVU with three shots, while freshman defender Nick Raskasky took one.
Sebele initially had the best chance of the match only seven minutes in when he blasted a free kick that went just right of the net. Sebele had another opportunity in the 29th minute with a breakaway down the right side that Wake Forest goalkeeper Michael Lisch corralled after Sebele’s first touch.
Raskasky started an opportunity in the 18th minute when he sent a cross to senior midfielder Travis Pittman in the center of the field. Pittman was unable to gain enough control to get a shot off.
The chances for WVU continued in the second half as Sebele rocketed a left-footed shot just wide left from 25 yards out in the 50th minute.
The Demon Deacons appeared to score a goal in the 60th minute off a header by Chris Duvall on a free kick, but Duvall was offside on the play.
Less than a minute later, sophomore forward Andy Bevin continued the WVU pressure as he intercepted a pass from Wake Forest’s Lisch, and sent a pass to Sebele, but it was blocked by a Wake Forest defender.
The Mountaineers return home briefly before hitting the road for a match at Penn State on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions have a record of 3-1 after falling at No. 21 Georgetown earlier Sunday afternoon. 
Hartwick 2, Mercer 2
PEORIA, IL – Hartwick completed play at the Bradley University Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic on Sunday afternoon with a 2-2 tie with Mercer University. The Hawks come away with an 0-0-2 record at the Classic against solid opposition. 'Wick is now 0-1-2 overall.
Rio Dhat (Auckland, New Zealand) and Chris Walter (Amherst, NY) scored the Hartwick goals less than nine minutes apart in the second half. The Bears tied the game in the 71st minute.
The Hawks dug an early hole as Mercer scored just 1:10 into the match. Following a corner, a shot from Juan Jose Morales was deflected in by Will Betts for his third tally of the season to give the Bears the early edge.
“It was disappointing giving up such an early goal,” said Hartwick coach John Scott. “It took us a while to get settled in but after about 20 minutes we started the play very well.”
Hartwick held a 5-2 edge in shots in the first half of play. Only Jhevaughn Beckford's (Kingston, Jamaica) shot in the 12th minute was on target. A Bear defender kept the ball out of goal, however.
The Hawks were limited to only three shots in the second half, but they scored on two of them. Dhat scored his first in a Hartwick uniform in the 56th minute to tie the match. Senior Cleyon Brown (Kingston, Jamaica) had the ball in the corner and played it to the top of the Mercer 18-yard box. Dhat was there to unleash a blast to the upper corner past a diving Greg Ranjitsingh.
Eight minutes, 41 seconds later, Walter put 'Wick in front. Marc Russell (Glasgow, Scotland) played a long ball from the left side to the far post from roughly 45 yards away. Walter ran onto it from the right flank and one-touched the ball up and over Ranjitsingh and into the far corner to put his side on top.
“What great character from our guys to battle back from the deficit and take the lead,” added Scott. “Both of our goals today were quality efforts.”
The Hawks were unfortunate five and a half minutes later as the Bears leveled the contest. Joey Heavner was 20 yards away from the Hawks' goal on the right side. He brought the ball back inside and fired a strong shot with his left foot that deflected off the head of a 'Wick defender and past sophomore keeper Tom Buckner (Oxford, England).
Mercer had the final four shots of regulation. Two were stopped by Buckner with the other two being off target.
Buckner came up with several big saves in the overtime periods. He made a stop on Carl-Oscar Andersson at 2:52 of the first overtime and after the ball made its way back outside the box, a diving save on Heavner's shot from 18 yards away kept the game level.
Fifty seconds into the second overtime, Buckner made another point-blank save on a Ehjayson Henry shot from a tough angle.
'Wick's best opportunity of the overtime came 1:44 into the second session. David Styles (Bognor Regis, England) swung a left-footed corner kick into the box. Senior back Russell Oost-Lievense (Westport, CT) was there for a free header seven yards from goal but he put it wide.
Mercer held the advantage in shots, 18-10. The Bears out-shot 'Wick by a 16-5 margin after the first half. Buckner ended his first match this season in goal with six saves. Ranjitsingh made one save for the Bears.
“We knew this would be a difficult weekend,” said Scott. “Bradley is a top team and Mercer had a big height advantage on us. To come away with two ties and score three goals this weekend is positive. We were disappointed last weekend but this weekend we proved we are moving in the right direction.”
Hartwick stays unbeaten against Mercer in the all-time series at 1-0-1. The only other meeting between the two sides came in 2001, a 4-0 Hawks' win in the Mayor's Cup.
The Bears won the Classic title on goal differential after Bradley defeated Nebraska-Omaha 3-2 in the final game. Walter and freshman defender Jack Miller were selcted to the All-Tournament Team.
The Hawks return home next weekend for the 2012 Mayor's Cup. 'Wick plays St. Bonaventure on September 7 at 5 p.m. on Elmore and take on New Jersey Institute of Technology two days later.