Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/2/2012

Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Results
Akron 2, Michigan State 1
Eastern Michigan 3, Lamar 1
Western Michigan 2, Illinois State 1
Ball State 1, IPFW 0
Kent State 4, UT San Antonio 1
Northern Illinois 3, Loyola-Chicago 0
Miami 2, Belmont 1
Niagara 1, Buffalo 0 (2 OT)

Akron 2, Michigan State 1
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Annie Steinlage's game-winning goal in the 81st minute gave the No. 36 Michigan State women's soccer team a 2-1 win over Akron Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium. Freshman forward Megan Waskowski netted her second goal of the season for the Zips in the 66th minute.
UA evens its record at 2-2-0 with the loss, while Michigan State moves to 4-1-0. The Spartans are ranked fifth in this week's NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll and No. 36 nationally in the latest Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 64 rankings. MSU is the second straight top-40 opponent Akron has faced as the Zips played No. 37 William & Mary last Sunday at the Tennessee Lady Vol Classic.
"Playing ranked teams in back to back weeks is always a challenge," said Akron interim head coach Vernon Croft. "With that said, to play as well as we did today is a sign of maturity for such a young team. I couldn't be more proud and I think we played up to the challenge. We're not satisfied with the result, but nobody on the team is disappointed on how we played."
The Zips recorded the first shot of the match as Waskowski hit one wide in the second minute. MSU countered with a corner and back-to-back shots on goal in the fourth and fifth minutes, but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alex Luevano-Harden was there for the save on both shots.
With 31 minutes remaining in the half, Luevano-Harden came out and cut off a Michigan State breakaway attempt to keep the match scoreless.
Following three Spartan corners, Michigan State struck first at 17:42 when Kelsey Mullen's strike from 30 yards out went off the crossbar and in. Jordan Mueller and Steinlage were credited with assists. 
Luevano-Harden would come up with three more saves in the first half to keep the match at 1-0 heading into halftime. 
In the second half, MSU's Olivia Stander hit the post on a shot in the 54th minute and Luevano-Harden won another breakaway challenge to keep the Zips within a single goal margin.
Then when Akron then got its chance to equalize at 65:49, Waskowski put it away. Senior forward Ashley Hughes combined with the UA freshman, who finished a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box to tie the match at 1-1. The assist was Hughes' second of the season.
However, the home side regained the lead at 80:51 when Steinlage sent a lofting shot from the right side of the box that found the back of the net.  Mueller supplied the assist.
Over the final nine minutes, the Spartans kept Akron from scoring to earn the 2-1 victory.
In goal, Luevano-Harden made her first start of the season, played all 90 minutes, and collected five saves.
The Zips will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 7 at local rival Cleveland State at 7 p.m. UA returns home on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. when it hosts Canisius at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.

Eastern Michigan 3, Lamar 1
SAN ANTONIO, Texas ( – The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team jumped out to a three-goal edge and never looked back in a 3-1 win over Lamar University in the final match of the UTSA Classic Sunday, Sept. 2. The Eagles (2-2-1) won their first road game of the season against a Cardinals team which fell to 1-4.
Sophomore Bianca Rossi netted the game-winning tally in the 38th minute for her third goal of the season. Junior Cara Cutaia opened the scoring in the 20th minute with her first goal and freshman Sarah Deakin added her second of the 2012 campaign in the 65th minute.
Rossi and Cutaia each turned in three-point performances with an assist apiece in addition to their goals. Sophomore Marisa Kozikowski recorded an assist for a second straight contest and sophomore Angela Vultaggio along with junior Allison Kaim were also credited with helpers.
In goal, redshirt freshman Jenna O'Dell stopped six-of-seven Cardinals shots en route to her second win of the year. The Eagles put three of their seven shots on goal past Lamar goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas.
The Eagles' first scoring chance of the game resulted in the contest's first goal as Cutaia one-timed a shot from the left side of the penalty area past Silas for a 1-0 lead.
Lamar had a chance to tie the game in the 37th minute, when Stefanie Miroballi headed a ball off a corner kick toward the goal. Miroballi's chance was hauled in by O'Dell and the Eagles rushed downfield. On the ensuing play, Kozikowski used a well-placed cross to find Rossi, whose header from 17 yards out reached the back of the net to put EMU ahead, 2-0.
Deakin took the field in the 63rd minute as a substitution for Rossi. The true freshman needed just over two minutes to make her mark as she one-timed a shot from the left side into the goal to give the Eagles a commanding 3-0 advantage.
Kristin Bos' goal for the Cardinals in the 66th minute ended O'Dell's bid for a second shutout, but the EMU goalkeeper made two more saves over the final 20 minutes to preserve a two-goal victory.
Eastern Michigan returns home to host IUPUI Friday afternoon, Sept. 7, at Scicluna Field. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.
Western Michigan 2, Illinois State 1
NORMAL, Ill. -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to four games after the Broncos grounded the Illinois State RedBirds, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon.
The Bronco back line was able to shut down All-American Rachel Tejada, who had eight goals in five games coming into Sunday’s showdown. The RedBirds star sophomore forward was held to just two shots on the day, neither of which landed on goal.
“We made sure when she got the ball we pressured her,” said head coach Nate Norman on his game plan to limit Tejada. “We did a great job of not allowing her to turn.
WMU’s Rachel Chaney scored two goals in the span of three minutes in the second half to tie the game and then give the Broncos the win. 
The Broncos (4-1-0) trailed in the first half after Sarah Mussallem punched in a goal off of a rebound to give the RedBirds a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute.
“The last few minutes of the first half they carried play,” said Norman. “I challenged our women in the second half to make sure to outwork our opponents and they answered it with a great second half.”
Chaney netted her first on the day at 62:49 after a pass from Heather Piccariello was deflected to her. Minutes later she drew a penalty after being fouled in the box and slotted the PK home for her fourth goal of the season and the game-winning goal at 65:45.
“I am very proud of the way they played today and the way they came back from being a goal down,” concluded Norman. “It was a great performance against a really strong and talented team that I think will most likely be in the NCAA Tournament.”
The Bronco defense held the RedBirds to just two shots on goal on the day and six shots total. WMU keeper Michelle Watson needed to make just one save for her fourth win of the season. 
Western Michigan is on the road at Valapariso on Friday afternoon and hosts Loyola Chicago on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Ball State 1, IPFW 0
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Senior forward Paige Stroinski's first-half goal was the only scoring the Ball State soccer team needed Sunday in a 1-0 victory over IPFW on a rainy afternoon at the Briner Sports Complex.
The Cardinals' defensive effort limited IPFW's chances, and senior goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler made a handful of critical saves in the second half to ensure the eighth shutout of her Ball State career.
Ball State improved to 3-2-0 on the season and will now prepare for its trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, for two games next weekend at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic. IPFW dropped to 1-3-0 but suffered its third 1-0 loss in four games.
The Cardinals got the tough test they expected from a Mastadon team that gave defending Mid-American Conference champion Toledo all it wanted in a one-goal game last weekend. IPFW was also the more rested team, having not played in a week.
"We still need to finish more often offensively, but the fact that we got a win against one of the best IPFW teams I've seen in years was good," Ball State head coach Craig Roberts said. "I was really pleased with everybody's attitude and their dedication to what needed to be done."
Sunday's action was scoreless until the 34th minute when sophomore forward Nicole Pembleton sent a hard ball in front of the net from just outside the six-yard box on the goal line. IPFW keeper Sam Pavlika came out to deflect the ball, but a charging Stroinski got to it before Pavlika could control it and managed to find the right side of the net.
"Since it's raining a lot, the ball is obviously going to skip, so crashing the net was a big thing," Stroinski said. "You just try to get in there and have the tenacity to finish a goal. It doesn't matter how it happens as long as it goes in the back of the net."
Ball State's defensive effort limited IPFW to just one shot the entire first half and only five total shots for the game. The Mastadons had their best chances near the middle of the second half, but Buehler was ready when called upon.
Ball State's senior keeper had three key saves in the second half, including a diving stop on a hard shot from IPFW's Rhea Proctor in the 60th minute. Roberts was pleased with the performance from Buehler and from the effort of his midfielders and defenders as a whole.
"The coverage in the middle was much improved," Roberts said, "and I thought it was one of the best performances from Brigit Reder so far this season. Skylar Chew is just very steady back there and Pavla Benyrova is playing outstanding right now; she's just at a different level."
Ball State out-shot IPFW for the game by a 14-5 margin, led by Sarah Orisich's game-high four shots, three of which came on goal. IPFW's Erin Gill had a team-high two shots, while Pavlika finished with four saves for the Mastadons.
The shutout was the first of the season for Buehler, who had five last year as a junior. As a team, the Cardinals allowed just one goal over two games this weekend, and they have surrendered only three scores in their past four outings.
Sunday's contest wrapped up a four-game home stand for Ball State, which will take on Hawaii on Friday in its first game at next weekend's tournament. The Cardinals will also face Detroit in Honolulu before returning to Muncie for three games in a row, beginning Sept. 16 against Butler.
Kent State 4, UT San Antonio 1
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Kent State soccer team (4-0-1) tied the program's best start to a season Sunday afternoon with a convincing 4-1 victory over the host Roadrunners at the UTSA Classic. The Golden Flashes captured the team title with a 2-0-0 record on the weekend, outscoring its foes 7-1 along the way.
Junior Jaclyn Dutton (Bridgeport, Ohio) struck twice in the victory, while senior Sara Henderson (Strongsville, Ohio) added a goal and an assist. Junior Megan Jackson (Medina, Ohio) notched the game-winner for her first goal of the season.
"As a team, we performed very well today," head coach Rob Marinaro said. "Our offense is playing extremely well, and defensively we were stellar. This was one of our best defensive performances of the year."
Kent State was the first to score when a UTSA defender fouled Dutton in the penalty box, setting up a spot kick for the Golden Flashes and resulting in a red card for the Roadrunners in the 12th minute. Dutton converted for her second career penalty kick to give the Golden Flashes the early lead.
In the 36th minute, Jackson lit the lamp with her goal. Off a throw-in by senior Megan Repas (Avon, Ohio), Henderson flicked the ball to Jackson, who one-timed a shot past UTSA Katarina Pus.
Kent State finished the first stanza with the 2-0 lead, as UTSA mustered just two shots attempts in the first half, both blocked by the Kent State defense.
The Golden Flashes came out firing to start the second half, hitting the post in the 48th minute before another shot forced a save a minute later. But both teams picked up the pace offensively, as the two teams combined for 21 shot attempts in 45 minutes.
Kent State made the score 3-0 in the 61st minute when Henderson headed home a corner kick by Stephanie Haugh (Richmond Hill, Ontario).
But UTSA cracked the shutout in the 74th minute on a 30-yard free kick that found its way past Kent State goalkeeper Stephanie Senn (Grand Island, N.Y.). Senn finished with five saves to earn the win.
Kent State regained a three-goal lead in the 77th minute with Dutton's second strike of the game. Repas notched her second assist of the contest with a cross from the right side to find Dutton, who headed it home.
For the game, Kent State outshot UTSA 14-12 and had a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Kent State's 4-0-1 start matches the team's unbeaten streaks that started the 2000 and 2004 seasons.
"We look to improve every time out; we're looking to do our best every game," Marinaro said. "We're looking to build off that."
The Golden Flashes return home for a three-game home stand, starting Friday, Sept. 7 against Youngstown State. Kickoff against the Penguins is slated for 4 p.m. at Zoeller Field.
Northern Illinois 3, Loyola-Chicago 0
DeKALB, Ill. – Though the heavy rain from Hurricane Isaac missed Northern Illinois University, the Huskie women’s soccer (2-2) team made it pour with their offensive output against Loyola (1-4), defeating the Ramblers, 3-0. Senior Shelbi Johnson and junior Cori Frankenberg each tallied a goal and an assist in the contest.
“The girls did a nice job of attacking the match,” said Head Coach John Ross. “We did a good job defensively to create those chances and finish them to score our goals.”
The Huskies opened the scoring early as Northern Illinois earned a corner kick two minutes into the match. Johnson curled the ball from the corner to the far post and to the head of Lauren Noonan (Naperville/Neuqua Valley), who placed the ball into the middle of the box to the right foot of Cori Frankenberg . Frankenberg volleyed the ball into the side netting and over the head of goalkeeper Monica Gonyo to give NIU a 1-0 lead in the third minute of play.
“When you can open the game early with a goal on a set piece, it really gives you chance to relax and move the ball around the field. Cori did a great job finishing on the play,” added Ross.
With 10-players on the field for LU after an injury, Frankenberg nearly put away a second goal in the match during the 15th minute when she worked her way up the near sideline and lead herself into the 18-yard box, firing a shot to the back post that only missed the post by a foot.
The Appleton, Wis. native made the exact same run in the 28th minute of play, this time crossing the ball near the end line to the middle of the box. The goalkeeper dove to try and catch the ball, but it spun out of her grasp and in front of Johnson who put the ball into the center of the net for NIU’s second goal of the match.
NIU only outshot Loyola at the half, 5-4, but put three shots on target to lead the Ramblers, 2-0. The Huskies were 3-for-7 in shots on goal in the match.
20 minutes into the half, freshman Sara Spaulding was in a two-versus-one situation as she worked the ball into the corner of the 18-yard. 
Relying on her skill to create a chance and facing the end line, she volleyed over her head to change direction and faked out the defender. With the keeper advancing from the line to end the threat, Spaulding let the ball bounce one time, before swinging her right foot around and volleying the ball over the keepers head into back corner of the net for the Huskies third and final goal.
It was the first time since Aug. 29, 2010 against Northern Iowa that the Huskies scored three-or-more goals in a match. Northern Illinois last defeated an opponent by three-or-more goals Sept 18, 2009 versus Oakland University (W, 4-0).
The clean sheet was Northern Illinois’ second of the season and the 11th of goalkeeper Amy Carr’s career in 13 career victories.
The Huskies will return to action Friday night at Northwestern, beginning at 7 p.m. on the lakefront. NIU will also head to Eastern Illinois for a Sunday matinee Sept. 9.
Miami 2, Belmont 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fighting windy and rainy conditions and a stingy Belmont team, the Miami University women's soccer team rallied to earn a 2-1 overtime victory Sunday afternoon at Rose Park as sophomore Kelsey Dinges scored the game-winner just three minutes into the extra session. The RedHawks (4-1-0) are now off to their best five-game start since 1999, when Miami started 7-0-0, while the meeting was the first ever between Belmont (3-2-0) and Miami.
The RedHawks came out firing, earning five corner kicks and taking five shots in the first 10 minutes. They had several chances in front of the net, but each time the Bruins were able to clear the ball off the line. The Bruins, who didn't get their first shot until nearly 15 minutes into the contest, took advantage of their defensive fortune and scored the game's first goal in the 20th minute. Cassie Blase sent in a cross and it was settled by Emily Epley at the top of the 18-yard box, where she dished to Lauren Paynter, who ripped a low line drive just inside the right post for a 1-0 Bruin lead.
"They literally set up a human wall in front of the net. We had three corners in the first 10 minutes that dropped and we shot and shot and shot and couldn't put it in," head coach Bobby Kramig said of the early chances. "But we were trying to do difficult things with the ball rather than force it in."
Miami continued to control possession, keeping it in the offensive half of the field for much of the remainder of the period, but the 'Hawks could not find the equalizer. Belmont nearly doubled their lead in the closing minutes of the half but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.)  made a sprawling save to smack the ball off the foot of the Bruin player and keep it a one-goal contest at the break. Despite the deficit, the RedHawks held a 9-6 edge in shots over the first 45 minutes while both keepers had two saves.
"We expected this to be a physical, sort of chaotic game going in and certainly the wind contributed to that," Kramig said. "I thought we were a bit tentative in the first half. We were trying to do too many things under difficult conditions. Sometimes you just need to step up and lay in to people. The first order of business in a game like this is to win the ball. We talked about it at halftime and cleaned that up in the second half and it turned the game for us."
Going into the wind in the second stanza, the RedHawks were still able to create chances. Early in the second half, freshman Haley Walter (Cincinnati, Ohio) blistered down the sideline to get to a pass from senior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.), but Bruin goalkeeper Nicole Berner was able to cut down the angle and stop the shot. Walter took advantage of her next chance as she snuck behind the defense in the 67th minute to finish a through ball from junior Katy Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio) by poking it past a charging Berner, leveling the match at 1-1. It was Walter's third goal of the year, all coming in her last two games.
With less than 15 minutes to play, Miami again picked up the pressure and had back-to-back scoring chances from a pair of juniors. Dolesh had the first opportunity as she had a breakaway and sent a laser on target but Berner made a diving save to her right. On the next chance, Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) was able to poke the ball past Berner, who was off her line, but Bruin defender Kailee Hawkins hustled to clear the ball before it crossed the goal line, keeping the game in a deadlock.
The skies then opened in the closing minutes and the downpour prevented any other chances as the match went to overtime knotted at 1-1. Miami outshot Belmont, 9-2, in the second half but Berner made five saves in the period to keep the Bruins in the game.
The RedHawks wasted little time closing out the win, however, as Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) tallied her third goal of the year just 2:53 into the first overtime period. Freshman Jess Bronke (Downers Grove, Ill.) picked up one of the assists as she sent a long throw-in into the box that was flicked by Walter to Dinges, who lunged and headed the ball into the net, giving the 'Hawks the 2-1 win. Walter earned her first collegiate helper on the play.
"You could really sense the momentum change in the second half. That's what happens when we assert ourselves defensively on the field," Kramig noted. "The takeaway from this game is when we get in people's faces and defend like this; we can really get it going. Everything we do offensively comes first and foremost from playing good defense. It's the springboard for everything we do."
Miami finished with a 19-8 advantage in shots, including 9-4 in shots on goal, led by four on target from Kodiak. Berner totaled seven saves for the Bruins in defeat while Norenberg stopped three shots. The RedHawks also earned 10 of the 12 corner kicks in the contest.
Miami returns home Friday to host another Ohio Valley Conference foe, as the RedHawks face Austin Peay at 5 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field.
Niagara 1, Buffalo 0 (2 OT)
BUFFALO, NY - It was a bittersweet day for the Buffalo women's soccer team (1-4-1), who honored its seven seniors Sunday evening at UB Stadium but could not pull out the win, losing 1-0 in double overtime to Niagara (1-2). The loss is the team's third in a row by a 1-0 score.
Before the match, Buffalo's final non-conference home game, the team honored its seven graduating seniors: Angela Nicholas, Shannon Algoe, Carolyn McNamara, Taylor Thompson, Katie Kerr, Shannon Fisher, and Stephanie Velez. Each member of the class earned the start, with McNamara making her first career start. Velez was the leading producer for the UB seniors statistically, after attempting three shots and coming close on a number of occasions to breaking the team's scoring drought.
In the 44th minute, Megan Giesen almost cracked the scoring column, putting a loping, bending shot to the high right post but it was knocked away. Oppotunities were not lacking for the team, but the game of inches and split-second decisions continued to go against the Bulls. Neither team found much luck on goal until the very last minutes of the game, when a Kristin Markiewicz header off a corner kick in the 88th minute hit the upper post, hit just shy of paydirt and was kicked away to send the game to overtime.
After an uneventful first overtime period, the Bulls had another encouraging opportunity in the 107th minute thanks to a foul that gave UB a free kick from 25 yards out and straight on with the goal. Sophie Therien's attempts would go just wide, and the Eagles would score just under three minutes later to end the game with the golden goal.
In the match, Buffalo held a 17-11 advantage in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Shannon Algoe attempted four shots, many coming on free kicks, and put one on frame. Ainsley Wheldon made two saves and again was commanding with the Niagara crosses into the box.
The team will have a well-deserved break before heading out next. The team will turn right around and head to Niagara University for a two-game tournament on Sept. 14 and 16. First up for the team is Robert Morris on Friday the 14 before capping the weekend with a game against St. Francis (PA).