Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Recap

Updated 9/8/2012

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Friday's Women's Soccer Results- 9/7
Akron 2, Cleveland State 0
Ball State 1 , Hawaii 1
Central Michigan 2, Texas State 0
Eastern Michigan 2, IUPUI 0 
Kent State, Youngstown CANCELLED
Miami 4, Austin Peay 0 
Northwestern 2, Northern Illinois 0 
Ohio 1, NIagra 0 
Samford 1, Toledo 0 (2OT)
Valparaiso 2, Western Michigan 0
Central Michigan 2, Texas State 0
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Freshman Christen Chiesa and junior Jennifer Gassman combined for two goals and the CMU defense posted another shutout as the Central Michigan women’s soccer team beat both Texas State, 2-0, and the heat Friday night.
Amid match-time temperatures in the mid 90s, the Chippewas (4-1-1) were able to take a 2-0 first-half lead in the opening 20 minutes of play and hold the Bobcats (2-4-1) to just one shot in the first half en route to the squad’s fourth shutout of the season in six matches, and the second straight.
The Chippewas took eight shots on goal, compared to the Bobcats’ three, including just one in the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Labrecque earned her fourth career shutout.
“We were very well-organized in the first half,” head coach Neil Stafford said. “Our goalkeeper, our defensive center-mid and our four backs were outstanding, defensively and offensively, in the first half today. It was really a full-team effort, and I was very pleased with that. We were able to get a lot of people into the game to save our legs as much as we could, and I was happy with everyone’s contributions.”
The Chippewas’ offense came out strong with several scoring chances in the opening minutes. Chiesa scored her first career goal in the 12th minute on a shot from 30 yards out off a corner kick by junior midfielder Kaely Schlosser to give the Chippewas an early 1-0 lead.
Just four minutes later, Gassman netted the first goal of the season on a shot that went just over the goalkeeper’s head, assisted by senior forward Laura Twidle.
Twidle and Gassman very nearly connected for another goal just moments before, as Twidle fired a shot off the goal frame that found its way back to Gassman, whose shot was saved by the Texas State goalkeeper.
Throughout the first half, the Chippewas fired 13 shots, five of which were on goal.
Meanwhile, the CMU defense put on a clinic allowing just a single shot on goal in the first half to maintain the halftime lead.
Both teams came out aggressive in the second half, with Texas State firing a shot off the crossbar in the first half-minute of play, and Schlosser taking a shot on goal eight minutes into the half.
A header by senior midfielder Ashley Mejilla in the 65th minute was saved, and a shot on goal in the 81st minute by sophomore forward Laura Gosse was corralled to cap the scoring chances for the Chippewas.
Nearly the full travel roster played significant minutes for the Chippewas in an effort to conserve energy and keep fresh legs on the field throughout the match in the hot environment. Of the 19 players who played, none played fewer than 26 minutes, and only Labrecque played the full 90 minutes.
The Chippewas will make the trip to College Station, Texas, for a Sunday match at No. 14 Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Murphy Mellis-Field.
Ball State 1, Hawaii 1 
HONOULU -- The Ball State soccer team played a talented Hawai'i squad to a 1-1 draw Friday on the opening night of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic at the Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
A goal in the 80th minute from Cardinals sophomore forward Nicole Pembleton tied the game, which remained all square through two overtime periods. In total, Ball State battled Hawai'i on its home turf for 110 minutes -- not bad for a Cardinals team that left Muncie at 3 a.m. Thursday and spent nearly an entire day traveling to Honolulu.
"We didn't show any signs of being tired from that long trip," Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. "We were strong in character and we persevered. It was a hard-fought battle. It would have been nice to get the win, but Hawai'i is a very good team that presented a great challenge, and we matched them in every area."
The Cardinals (3-2-1) will remain on the island to face Detroit in the second game of this weekend's round-robin tournament Saturday. Again, that match is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time in Honolulu, which is 1 a.m. Sunday in the Eastern time zone.
In Friday's contest, Ball State faced a tough task against a Hawai'i team (4-1-2) that extended its home unbeaten streak to 10 games (seven wins, three ties). But the Cardinals edged the Rainbow Wahine in shots, 12-11, and held a team that had scored 15 times over its previous five games to just one goal.
It was another strong defensive performance from a Ball State group that has allowed only four goals in its past five contests. Roberts cited key performances from his veteran backline along with Sarah Orisich in the midfield and freshman forward Kalynn Flanagan in helping Ball State control play throughout portions of the game.
"I felt we really developed and matured from this challenge against Hawai'i, who is a well-organized team," Roberts said. "I was very pleased with the performance tonight. I thought we controlled the first half and did extremely well. We were very unfortunate to concede a goal, but we battled away."
The Hawai'i goal came in the 28th minute off the foot of Krystal Pascua, who placed the ball into the top left corner of the net from just outside the 18-yard box. But that was the only scoring until late in the second half.
With the Cardinals in search of the equalizer, Pembleton came through with her second goal of the season when she gathered a deflected ball from Hawai'i keeper Kanani Taaca and drilled it into the bottom left corner of the net from about 20 yards out.
It was the second critical goal this season from Pembleton, who scored the game-winner in the second overtime two weeks ago against Xavier.
Pembleton's shot was the only one to get past Taaca, who faced pressure from the Ball State attack for much of the night but came through with seven saves. Aubrey Buehler made three saves on the other end for the Cardinals to help secure the draw.
Ball State's Maimee Morris fired a team-high four shots on the night, matching Karli Look of Hawai'i for the most in the game.
Valparaiso 2, Western Michigan 0
VALPARAISO, Ind. -- The Western Michigan women's soccer team suffered its first lost since the season-opener, falling to Valparaiso 2-0 on the road on Friday night.
The Broncos (4-2-0) outshot the Crusaders 14-7 but goals by Tara Ellis and Luisa DeSario put WMU away, ending their four-game winning streak.
"We played a tough team tonight," said head coach Nate Norman. "All the credit goes to Valparaiso for making it difficult on us. We will be be back ready to go on Sunday."
Ellis game Valpo a 1-0 lead on a free kick from 20 yards out. Ellis placed her shot form the right flank into the top-left corner of the net with just under five minutes left in the first period.
DeSario gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead at 58:24 when she knocked in her own rebound to net her third goal of the season.
Down two goals the Broncos pressed late in the second half but were only able to land two of their eight second-half shots on net. Valparaiso goalkeeper Kristen Manski made six saves on the night to earn the shutout.
WMU hosts Loyola Chicago on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the WMU Soccer Complex.
Akron 2, Cleveland State 0 
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Second half goals by freshman forward Megan Waskowski and junior midfielder Kelly DeNiro lifted the University of Akron women's soccer team to a 2-0 win at local rival Cleveland State Friday evening at Krenzler Field. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alex Luevano-Harden posted her first shutout of the season in the win.
With the win, Akron improves to 3-2-0, while Cleveland State drops to 2-4-0.
"I thought Cleveland State did a good job of getting us out of rhythm in the first half and that was frustrating," said Akron interim head coach Vernon Croft.
"With that being said, I thought we responded well to the adjustments we made at halftime and you could see that when we got our rhythm again, it became a simpler game for us. Then things really started to click and we became more effective going from the middle third to the final third in the second half." 
The Zips earned the match's first corner in the second minute. A short corner by DeNiro resulted in a shot for Akron by junior defender Amber Kern, which went wide.
Through the first half, Akron held the possession in the midfield as the Vikings looked to counter.
In the 29th minute, Kern combined down the right flank with sophomore defender Hailey Kirkwood. Kirkwood's service found the head of DeNiro, but her effort was saved by CSU goalie Becca Coleman.
CSU's best chance of the first half was a counter-attack that resulted in a shot wide of goal by Vickie Havas in the 40th minute. The game remained scoreless entering the half. 
Five minutes into the second half, Luevano-Harden came up with a big save on a close range shot by Havas. Jaime Avona's follow-up was blocked by a Zip defender to keep the game level at zero.
In the 63rd minute, senior forward Ashley Hughes played a ball through to Waskowski who hit a driven shot on frame that was saved by Coleman.
At 66:09, the Zips struck first as DeNiro's through ball to the right side of the box found Waskowski who buried the shot into the far post. The goal was Waskowski's team-leading third of the season.
DeNiro continued to create offense for Akron as her long range effort in the 69th went wide. Then, sophomore midfielder Karina Atkinson created space down the right flank and put a shot on frame in the 76th minute. 
Akron kept on the attack as DeNiro fired a high strike from range in the 82nd that was tipped over the bar by Coleman. After the resulting corner, Atkinson controlled a CSU clearance and played a ball back into the box which DeNiro settled and then cracked a shot into the back of the net at 82:16 to give the Zips an insurance goal and the 2-0 win. 
The goal was DeNiro's first of the season and the assist was Atkinson's first point of the season.
For the match, shots were even at 10, while Akron held the edge in corners 9-5.
In goal, Luevano-Harden played all 90 minutes and made three saves while earning the clean sheet.
The Zips will be back in action on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host Canisius at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. 
Miami 4, Austin Peay 0 
– Using its speed and a deep bench, the Miami University women’s soccer team wore down Austin Peay Friday at Miami Soccer Field en route to a three-


goal second half, as the RedHawks downed the Lady Govs, 4-0. Miami (5-1-0) has now won three straight matches and continues its best start since 1999 with the victory over APSU (3-4-0).
The Lady Govs had the first good chance on net as Tatiana Ariza was able to get past the RedHawk defense on the left side in the sixth minute but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) made a diving save to prevent an early goal.
Miami then asserted itself and had several chances early as well, including a shot by sophomore Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) in the 11th minute that hit the right post and bounced out to junior Katy Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio), who fired her own shot, but it was stopped by Lady Govs goalkeeper Haylee Shoaff.
The RedHawks continued to apply pressure but were unable to breakthrough until receiving a bit of luck in the 41st minute. Junior defender Sam Parrish (Noblesville, Ind.) sent a long clearance upfield toward the APSU end. Shoaff charged toward the bouncing ball just outside the 18-yard box but APSU defender Renny Robinson attempted to head the ball back to Shoaff, who was already well off her line, and Robinson ended up heading the ball into her own net for an own goal as Shoaff and Robinson collided.
Miami took its 1-0 lead into halftime after outshooting Austin Peay, 13-3, over the first 45 minutes, while earning three corner kicks. Shoaff did make five saves in the opening period to keep the Lady Govs close.
“I knew we were going to be able to get at these guys and would have been disappointed if we didn’t get a few goals,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “Defensively I thought we were a bit too cautious in the first half, but it got better towards the end of the first half and much better in the second half.”
Coming out of the break, the ‘Hawks left several of their subs on the pitch and began to tire out APSU. Miami doubled its lead in the 54th minute as freshman midfielder Katee Wensinger (Stow, Ohio), who played 32 minutes off the bench, scored her first career goal.
Senior captain Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) took a feed from freshman Lauren Mathews (Hamilton, Ohio) along the baseline and turned toward the front of the net, ripping a shot that Shoaff saved but the rebound went right to Wensinger, who was there for the putaway.
“I definitely thought we were more fit than Austin Peay. I felt like we did wear them down a bit,” Kramig said. “We’re fast, let’s not try and disguise that. We’ve got tremendous speed going down both flanks and coming up the middle of the field as well. We’re also very fit and to have (the opposition) have to deal with those kids all the time. We are able to wear teams out and even though Austin Peay had a good game plan to prevent that, our kids did a good job of going to plan B and finding ways to score.”
The RedHawks made it 3-0 in the 67th minute, taking advantage of its speed on the flanks. Freshman Morgan Beck (Cincinnati, Ohio) played a through ball toward the right corner flag, where it was chased down by classmate Haley Walter (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Walter then beat her defender on the baseline and sent in a perfect cross to junior Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.), who was waiting in front of the goal for the tap-in. Beck earned her first collegiate point on the play, assisting on Zakrzewski’s second tally of the season.
Walter again used her quickness to cap the scoring, once more flying down the right flank before sending a cross into the box, where redshirt junior Kelly Sullivan (Wilton, Conn.) settled the ball and blasted it into the goal, far post to finish off the 4-0 victory.
The tally was the first career point of any kind for Sullivan, who contributed 14 strong minutes off the pine, while Walter finished with a pair of helpers on the day and now has three goals and three assists in her last three games.
“I thought our bench turned the game for us, I really did. Courtney Zanotti changed the game for us when she went in. Lauren Kelly was good coming in off the bench.
Hailey Pleshakov in the first half and Lauren Mathews both added a lot. Of course Kelly Sullivan and Katee Wensinger getting goals off the bench in the second half,” Kramig said. “That’s the thing about this team – we’ve got more depth this year than we’ve had in a long, long time. As the season goes on, we’re learning how to use it more effectively and kids are stepping up.”
Miami finished with a 20-10 advantage in shots, including 11-5 on goal, and also earned nine corner kicks to APSU’s one. Shoaff totaled seven saves in a strong effort despite the loss while Norenberg recorded five stops to earn her fifth win of the year. A total of 20 ‘Hawks saw the field Friday with 16 playing over 30 minutes.
The RedHawks are off the rest of the weekend but remain at home for their next match, Friday, Sept. 14 when Miami hosts IPFW at 5 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field.
Eastern Michigan 2, IUPUI 0 
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( — A late offensive onslaught in a six-minute span resulted in a pair of goals which lifted the Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over IUPUI Friday, Sept. 7, at Scicluna Field. The Eagles (3-2-1) won their second straight match and redshirt freshman Jenna O'Dell came away with her second-career shutout.
The game remained scoreless until the 82nd minute, when a cross from Stephanie Clarke found fellow junior Cara Cutaia open in front of the net. EMU doubled its lead to 2-0 in the 88th minute, when sophomore Angela Vultaggio snuck past the IUPUI (1-6-0) defense to seal the game for the home team.
Cutaia's goal was her second in the last two games. The Burlington, Ontario native has six points (two goals, two assists) in her last three contests. Vultaggio also received an assist on the opening goal to earn a three-point outing.
O'Dell stopped all five Jaguars' shots en route to the victory, while EMU scored on two of its seven shots on goalkeeper Kristin Haseley.
With the victory, Eastern Michigan holds a winning record for the first time since the 2010 campaign. As a team, the Eagles now have 40 points (11 goals, 18 assists) on the season, which ranks among the top-three in the Mid-American Conference.
EMU nearly scored the game's first goal two minutes in as junior Chelsie Oddan lofted a cross-field pass to a wide open Clarke. Clarke broke in up the right side and sent a shot skipping just past the left goalpost and out of bounds.
A seemingly lopsided playing field evened out as the first half continued. Leading in total shots, 6-0, after 20 minutes, the Eagles were kept away from the attacking zone for much of remainder of the first half. IUPUI entered the break with a 9-8 edge in shots but had no goals to show for it.
In the 58th minute, Vultaggio passed a ball up midfield which found the foot of sophomore Bianca Rossi. Rossi collected the pass and turned up field only to be called narrowly offside. Vultaggio came close to scoring again in the 69th minute, when a shot from 20 yards out sailed just over the crossbar.
Finally in the 82nd minute, Clarke fed a crossing attempt into the penalty area. Clarke's pass found Vultaggio, who continued the ball to Cutaia. Perfectly positioned near the left goalpost, Cutaia slammed a shot home to put the Green and White ahead, 1-0.
Vultaggio added an insurance marker six minutes later, when she gathered a pass from Oddan and raced past several IUPUI defenders to notch a breakaway tally.
The Eagles travel to East Lansing, Mich. for a Sunday, Sept. 9, matchup with Michigan State University. Kickoff is set for noon.
Ohio 1, Niagra 0 
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Soccer picked up its third straight win in exciting fashion on Friday afternoon, earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the visiting Niagara Purple Eagles. The win was Ohio’s third in a row, a streak achieved Friday for the first time in more than five seasons. 
Senior midfielder Cathryn Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) scored the game’s lone goal, finding the back of the net on a free kick in the 59th minute. Rogers has now scored Ohio’s last five goals and has accounted for 83 percent of the Bobcats’ scoring output in 2012. Throughout her career in the Green and White, Rogers has paced the Bobcats to an 8-2 mark when she finds the back of the net.
“It was good to see a lot of shots but we were disappointed with the final score,” said Head Coach Stacy Strauss. “I think that when we have that many chances we just need to be more proficient in finishing them.”
Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) earned her third consecutive shutout, stopping all three shots which came her way. The Bobcat defense has been quite strong in its last few outings, having now posted a 315-minute shutout streak.
Ohio peppered Niagara throughout the match, outshooting the Purple Eagles by a 24-10 margin. The Bobcats hit eight of their shots on target compared to only three for Niagara. Freshman Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) led the way in the shot column, hitting three total attempts, all of which were on goal.
The first half was a very exciting back-and-forth affair, with each team getting a number of opportunities at goal. Ohio fired an impressive 16 shots in the first 45 minutes while Niagara mustered seven of its own. The Bobcats hit a number of theirs on target, testing the Purple Eagles’ goalkeeper on four separate occasions. Mattie Liston did well also, stopping both shots which came her way.
Freshman Lauren Haley (Charlestown, Ind.) had a strong first half, peppering the Niagara defense with three total shots in just 19 minutes of play. Haley’s shot on goal in the 34th minute marked the first of her career.
Rogers kept up her streak of unbelievable play just a few minutes into the second half, finding the back of the net with a well taken free kick from 25 yards out. The senior stepped up and struck the ball hard, beating goalkeeper Claire Feiertag in the 59th minute. The goal was the 11th of her career, fifth of the season and fourth in just three matches. 
The Bobcats were able to close things out from this point, threatening on multiple occasions to find the second goal but not allowing many scoring chances for the visitors.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Sept. 9 when Cleveland State comes to town. The Bobcats and Vikings will kick off at 1 p.m. from Chessa Field. 


Samford 1, Toledo 0
LOUISVILLE, KY - Kaley Blanton scored the 'Golden Goal' to lift Samford to a 1-0 double overtime victory over Toledo at the Marriott Louisville Airport Cardinal Classic on Friday at Cardinal Park. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 2-4-0 on the season.
Blanton sprinted down the right side and beat UT freshman goalie Sam Tiongson toward the near post at the 107:03 mark to propel the Bulldogs (2-3-0) to their second straight triumph.
UT finished with a 12-8 edge in shots, including a match-high three off the foot of junior Rachel MacLeod. Sophomore Kirsten Catloth, sophomore Sarah Seig and freshman Geri Siudzinski were also credited with two shots each in a losing effort. Despite finishing with a four-shot advantage, the Midnight Blue & Gold was unable to put the ball in the back of the net and was blanked for the third time this season. 
Toledo's Tiongson went the distance between the posts for a second consecutive match and did not record a save.
The Rockets return to action on Sunday, Sept. 9 when they wrap up the two-match classic with a contest against the nationally ranked host Cardinals. The opening whistle is slated for 2:30 p.m.
Northwestern 2, Northern Illinois 0
EVANSTON, Ill. – With thunder and lightning looming, and heavy winds and rain present, Northern Illinois took on Northwestern at Lakeside Field. Though the Huskies (2-3-0) took quality shots during the evening and kept Northwestern (3-2-1) on its heels, NIU was unable to finish and fell to the Wildcats, 2-0.
“We definitely created more opportunities for ourselves in the second half and we had some quality scoring chances,” said Head Coach John Ross. “In the first half, it was tough with the wind behind us and the ball continuing to run off the field. We had our chances but we have to make better decisions to keep that ball in play.”
Seven minutes into the match, a campus wide power outage delayed the contest for 15 minutes, causing the lights over Lakeside Field to go out just before an awarded Huskie throw in. The lights were slowly restored on the pitch and play resumed as normal.
NIU put one shot on frame in the first stanza, but had good scoring chances. With the wind at their backs, the Huskies were able to send balls with pace and movement toward the net, but the wind hooked and sliced the balls wide of the net.
Northwestern took the lead in the match with its goal in the 35th minute as Kate Allen crossed a ball into KK Barr, who volleyed the ball past Amy Carr in net. The Wildcats lead NIU in shots in the half, 6-5. Some of the Huskies best chances came on corner kick attempts, where they bested the NU, 2-1.
The Wildcats scored their second goal of the match in the 61st minute, when Georgia Waddle crossed a ball from the end line, to the center of goalkeepers box and to the head of Niki Sebo. She placed the ball over the head of Carr and just under the bar. Carr raised her arm in appeal for an offsides call on Northwestern but the plea was in vain as the goal conted to give NU a 2-0 lead.
After the second goal NIU continued to pose a threat to NU, moving the ball on the ground and towards the net with the wind in its face. The Huskies ended the contest with nine shots in the contest, two on frame. Cori Frankenberg put one on frame in the first half, while Sara Spaulding added the other in the second half of play. 
Spaulding’s shot deflected off a defender threatened to spin past the keeper, but Rachel Bergman made the play to save the clean sheet. Northwestern only outshot the Huskies, 10-9, during the game. Freshman Emily Nulty lead Northern Illinois in shots with two.
Northern Illinois will return to action Sunday afternoon when it takes on Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill.