Sunday's MAC Women's Soccer Recap

Updated 9/9/2012

Stories courtesy of MAC Home Sports Information Departments 

Sunday's Women Soccer Scoreboard
Akron 1, Canisius 0
Valparaiso 3, Bowling Green 0
 Texas A&M 2, Central Michigan 0,
Michigan State 2, Eastern Michigan 0 
Northern Illinois 1, Eastern Illinois 0 
Ohio  2, Cleveland State 1
Louisville 3, Toledo 1
Loyola Chicago 2, Western Michigan 1 (OT)

Akron 1, Canisius 0
AKRON, Ohio – Senior forward Ashley Hughes scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute as the University of Akron women's soccer team defeated Canisius, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. The win was Akron's second straight shutout victory.

Akron improves to 4-2-0 with its win, while Canisius falls to 1-6-0.
The Zips came out as the aggressor as they won a corner kick in the third minute. Junior midfielder Maggie Rusnak got her head on the end of the corner and her effort was saved from going in by a Canisius defender guarding the post. 
In the 13th minute, senior midfielder Katie Wise got free and hit a one-time shot off a cross from junior midfielder Kelly DeNiro, which went just wide of the near post.
Canisius had a good opportunity just a minute later but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alex Luevano-Harden came up with a great double save off two shots from Brittany Krause.
Freshman forward Megan Waskowski forced a save out of Canisius goalie Brigid St. Leger in the 20th and freshman midfielder Hannah Werth had a good strike from outside in the 40th minute. DeNiro sent one just wide of the near post a minute later and the game remained scoreless going into halftime.
Much like the first half, Akron came out on the attack in the beginning of the second stanza. Waskowski got a touch off a corner that nearly found the far post in the 48th minute. Then, Wise collected a loose ball off a corner and cracked a shot that was saved in the 51st minute. 
The Zips continued to look for the break though as sophomore midfielder Karina Atkinson had her shot blocked in the 73rd and Wise just missed getting on the end of a cross from redshirt freshman midfielder Lexa Green two minutes later.
UA continued to keep attacking the Canisius box and was rewarded with the goal at 85:07. After Atkinson's initial shot from the left side of the box was saved, she retrieved the rebound and played the ball back to the top where Hughes settled it and buried the shot from just past the penalty spot.
The goal was Hughes' second of the season and Atkinson notched her second assist of the weekend.
For the match, Akron held the advantage in shots at 18-9, while Canisius had the edge in corners 8-7. The Zips put 10 shots on goal, compared to six for the Golden Griffins. 
In goal, Luevano-Harden played all 90 minutes and made six saves, while registering her second straight clean sheet. 
The Zips will be back in action next Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. when they host Marshall at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. 
Valparaiso 3, Bowling Green 0 
Host Valparaiso University broke a scoreless tie early in the second half, then tacked on a pair of late goals for a 3-0 victory over the Bowling Green State University women’s soccer team Sunday afternoon (Sept. 9). The non-conference match was held at Eastgate Field.
With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-2-1 on the season. The Falcons drop to 1-5-0.
Valpo’s Sarrah Ludwig scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 54th minute of the match.  After a flip throw-in by Abby Kenyon sailed into the box, Ludwig headed it home to give the home side the lead for good.
The Crusaders scored two more goals in the final 10 minutes of the match, both off of corner kicks.  In the 81st minute, a corner by Tara Ellis found Janine Lytle in the six-yard box, and Lytle headed it past BGSU senior goalkeeper Becca Ison to double the home side’s lead.
Under three minutes later, Ellis put another corner kick deep into the box and onto the head of Lytle once again. Ison saved Lytle’s shot, but the rebound went directly to the foot of VU freshman Jordyn Ryfiak, who deposited it into the net to cap the scoring.
Valpo outshot the Falcons by a 15-8 count on the afternoon, including an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal.  Kristen Manski made two saves en route to the shutout in goal for the home team, while Ison made a total of five saves in the match.
Junior Madeline Wideman led the Falcons with three shot attempts, while senior Sarah VonderBrink had two.  Each player put one shot attempt on goal.
The first half saw few chances for either side, as each team had just three total shot attempts, including just one shot on goal through the opening 45 minutes.  But with the halftime break nearing a close, inclement weather was picked up nearby both on the radar and with a lightning detector, forcing the teams to retreat to their respective quarters to wait for the all-clear signal.  The teams waited through a 56-minute delay before beginning the second half.
VU had a narrow 6-5 edge in corner kicks, and BGSU's corner-kick total tied a season high.  All five of the Falcons' corners, however, came within the first 21-plus minutes of Sunday's game.
The match featured a total of 30 fouls (15 each way) and three yellow cards.  The Crusaders are unbeaten at home through five matches for the first time in program history.
Texas A&M 2, Central Michigan 0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Central Michigan women’s soccer team turned in a solid defensive effort at No. 14 Texas A&M, but ultimately fell to the Aggies, 2-0, Sunday afternoon on goals in the first and final five minutes of the match.
The Chippewas (4-2-1) turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and had several opportunities to tie the match, but the strong, physical Aggies team (6-1) took control in the final 15 minutes to put the match away.
“Today we had to go to Texas A&M and get physical, dig in and try to get technical with our play, and we actually did that at times,” head coach Neil Stafford said. “I thought we did a great job defensively and stayed organized again. We were a little bit too inconsistent with certain duties we had asked the players to perform, and that ultimately hurt us.”
Central Michigan allowed just one shot on goal in the first 30 minutes of the second half, but the Aggies took three, including a goal, in the final 15 minutes.
Texas A&M was the fifth team the Chippewas have played this season that has either been ranked or has received national ranking votes - all on the road or at neutral sites. The Chippewas have gone 2-2-1 against these opponents, including wins over West Virginia and Dayton, and a 0-0 draw with No. 12 Marquette.
‘We’ve been doing a ton of traveling to play these top teams and I’m proud of the way we’ve played most of the time,” Stafford said. “I think these games have done exactly what we’ve wanted for us so far and hopefully we can finish the non-conference schedule on a strong note against Purdue on Wednesday before heading into the Mid-American Conference schedule.”
The Aggies struck first with a goal in the fifth minute when Katy Perry cut back to the middle of the attacking third and fired a shot from 25 yards away that found the upper left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Chippewas fended off another Aggie attempt in the 23rd minute when a cross from the right baseline made its way into the box just outside the goal, and senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner deflected a Texas A&M chip shot.
Turner recorded seven saves on the day.
Two minutes later Turner came up big again when she came out of the goal and made a diving deflection on a low shot after a Texas A&M player broke free into the box with the ball.
The Aggies again attempted to extend their lead as the clock ticked to zero in the first half, but Turner saved a Texas A&M shot on goal to the far post fired from outside the penalty box to keep the Chippewas within one goal heading into the half.
Central Michigan had goal scoring attempts of its own in the first half, including shots on goal by senior defender Katie Slaughter and junior midfielder Kaely Schlosser within five minutes of one another in the 30th and 35th minutes, respectively. Freshman Danielle Rotheram also took a shot on goal for the Chippewas.
Freshman defender Ali Russo started the Chippewa offense early in the second with a shot one minute into the half toward the left post from just outside the penalty box on the right side that was saved by the Aggie goalkeeper Jordan Day.
Turner continued her strong goalkeeping in the second half, collecting a low shot by Texas A&M’s Annie Kunz toward the middle of the goal on a diving save in the 63rd minute. Kunz possessed the ball in the box off of a high pass, and turned and fired a quick shot on one touch.
With just nine minutes remaining, the Aggies’ Chelsea Jones made run up the middle of the field into the box, but Turner came off the line and met Jones midway into the box to smother the ball and avert the Texas A&M opportunity.
The Aggies scored a second goal off a counter-attack in the 85th minute when the Aggies crossed into the box from the left baseline for a six-yard shot from Jones that found its way past Turner.
The Chippewas finished with 10 shots, three on goal, while allowing nine shots on goal and 19 total shots to the Aggies. Rotheram took a team-high three shots, while Slaughter and senior defender Bailey Brandon each took two.
Upon returning to Michigan the Chippewas have a short turnaround before traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., for the non-conference finale with Purdue at 7 p.m. MAC play begins Friday, Sep. 21, with the official home opener against Kent State at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan State 2, Eastern Michigan 0 
EAST LANSING, Mich. ( – The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team's two-game winning streak ended with a 2-0 setback to Michigan State University Sunday, Sept. 9. The Eagles fall to 3-3-1 on the year, while the Spartans improve to 5-1-1.
The game remained scoreless until the 67th minute, when Olivia Stander struck for the Spartans. Three minutes later, Chelsea Peterson scored the second and final goal for MSU.
EMU fired six shots on goal, but Courtney Clem stopped all of them. Redshirt freshman Jenna O'Dell made nine saves for the Eagles. Sophomore Marisa Kozikowski registered a team-high two shots on goal.
Eastern Michigan's defense was busy from the opening whistle, as Michigan State controlled much of the possession in the first half. Outshot 7-3 through 45 minutes, EMU weathered the MSU attack and went into halftime scoreless.
After the Spartans scored two goals midway through the second half, the Eagles tried to fight their way back into the game to no avail. EMU posted four scoring chances through the final 15 minutes, but MSU turned the Eagles away each time.
The Green and White wrap up non-conference play Thursday, Sept. 13, with a home match against the University of Detroit at Scicluna Field. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.
Northern Illinois 1, Eastern Illinois 0
CHARLESTON, Ill. – Junior Cori Frankenberg scored Northern Illinois’ golden goal in the fourth minute of play as the Huskies (3-3) defeated Eastern Illinois (2-5), 1-0. The Appleton, Wis. native notched her third game-winner of the season against the Panthers.
“We did a great job of creating scoring chances in the first half and it showed early with Cori’s goal. She had a great finish to give us the early lead,” said Head Coach John Ross. “However, we need to do a better job of finishing as a whole. We had a lot of opportunities to score goals and we didn’t take advantage of those today.”
The Huskies opened with a pair of corner kicks, putting a shot wide of the target on the second attempt. Just over a minute later, Frankenberg struck on when a blocked shot rebounded five yards right of the net to score her third goal of the season.
NIU continued to pressure in the first stanza, totaling 13 shots and six frame. The Huskies finished with 17 total shots in the match.
Sophomore Lauren Noonan, who took four shots in the match to tie with Frankenberg for the match-high, nearly slotted her first goal of the season in the 42nd minute but sent it off the post to deny Northern Illinois’ second goal.
Defensively the Huskies were steadfast and surly, blocking three of the Panthers seven shot and did not allow a single shot on frame. Goalkeeper Amy Carr stood in net for the total 90 to earn her third win and shutout of the season and owns a 0.73 goals against average between the sticks.
“In the second half, we did a great job of defending. We knew Eastern was going to come back with a vengeance and we did not allow them many chances on offense,” added Coach Ross.
NIU returns home Sept. 16 for its final non-conference match of the season against South Dakota. Kickoff is set for noon next Sunday.
Ohio  2, Cleveland State 1
ATHENS, Ohio – Freshman forward Holly Harris scored the first two goals of her collegiate career, including the second half game-winner, to lead Ohio to its fourth straight victory on Sunday afternoon. The 2-1 win over Cleveland State marks the longest winning streak in eight seasons for Ohio Soccer.
“Our focus has been on continuing to get a little bit better with each day of training,” said Head Coach Stacy Strauss. “I think we need to continue to keep our focus on the process and the results will come. Moving forward we’d like to finish more of our chances.”
Harris’ game-winning goal came in the 62nd minute of the match. With the score tied at 1-1, the Bobcats had been applying a lot of pressure throughout the first part of the second half and finally found the back of the net with the freshman’s game winner. Harris scored off of a corner kick by senior midfielder Cat Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario). Rogers served the ball to the top of the box where it was headed by midfielder Annie Beard (Mason, Ohio). Beard’s header bounced around the front of the net where Harris kicked it in past the diving Viking goalkeeper. 
“We definitely played as a team,” Harris said. “There were times where the match got a little out of control, but we played as a team to keep things together and get that second goal.”
The Bobcats struck first in the match. Fewer than 10 minutes into the first half Harris recorded her first goal on a close-range shot into the top of the net. Harris (Batavia, Ohio) carried the ball into the right side of the box from just beyond the midfield line and was assisted by both Natalie Bechtel (Westlake, Ohio) and Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio). The score moved to 1-0 with 35:58 remaining in the first half. 
“I beat the girl on the sideline and I had an open goal,” Harris added. “I thought, ‘I can’t miss this one,’ so I made sure that I hit it on frame.”
The Vikings answered back quickly after the Bobcats’ goal. Cleveland State (2-5) forward Vickie Havas scored just a minute later, finding the net in the 11th minute. Havas took a shot from the right side of the box that caught Bobcat goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) unaware. Havas was assisted by midfielder Jackie Krugan. The first half ended at a 1-1 tie, setting up Harris’ second-half heroics.
Ohio finished the game with a total of 15 shots, nine of which came in a strong second-half effort. Of those 15 shots, seven were on target, forcing Cleveland State’s goalkeeper Becca Coleman to make five saves in the game. 
“Holly is probably the most prolific goalscorer in this freshman class,” Strauss added. “We felt like this was coming and we’re happy that today she was able to finish two.”
Rogers led all players with four total shots, two of which were on goal.  She also recorded an assist in the game, continuing her incredible streak of play. Rogers had scored in each of the Bobcats’ previous three games. 
Three different Ohio goalkeepers saw action in the game. Regular starter, Liston, played the entire first half and recorded one save. Sophomore Nicole Amari (Vernon Hills, Ill.) started the second half and had a save. Amari split time in the second half with freshman ‘keeper Rachel Fryan (Racine, Wisc.), who recorded a save and finished the game for the Bobcats.
The three goalkeepers were aided by strong backline play, which limited Cleveland State to just six shots in the entire game. The Bobcats have given up just one goal in the past four games, fueling their four-game winning streak. 
Ohio moves to 4-3 on the season and remains undefeated at home. The Bobcats will return to action on Friday, September 14 at Chessa Field. They will close out their three-game homestand against Youngstown State at 4:00 pm.    

Louisville 3, Toledo 1
LOUISVILLE, KY - Nationally ranked Louisville scored three unanswered goals to post a 3-1 victory over Toledo on Sunday in the final match at the Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport Cardinal Classic at Cardinal Park. 

With the loss, the Rockets (2-5-0) finish fourth in the weekend event. Samford won the two-day tourney with a 3-1 triumph over Kentucky to open Sunday's action, while the No. 12 Cardinals (5-1-0) placed third.
Senior Natalia Gaitan and senior Kristen Mattei represented Toledo on the All-Tournament Team.
"The team showed some real emotion today and it translated into improved play at different points of the match," Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. "Clearly, we will continue to work on developing our attack. There will be no quit in us, and we will meet the challenges head on and focus on improvement heading into MAC play."
UT held a 1-0 advantage early in the second half, before UL countered with three consecutive scores in a 22-minute stretch to claim the come-from-behind triumph. Angelika Uremovich sparked the home victory, tallying two of the three goals. 
After a scoreless first stanza, the Midnight Blue & Gold connected for the first goal when junior Rachel MacLeod scored inside the left post from 15 yards out at 51:03. The unassisted goal for MacLeod was her team-leading third of the season. 
Unfortunately for the two-time reigning Mid-American Conference regular-season champion Rockets, the host Cardinals answered right back when Chelsea Hunter successfully converted a penalty kick at the 58:43 mark. The scoring chance was setup when teammate Charlyn Corral was fouled in the box by a Toledo defender.
Louisville then gained the lead for good when Uremovich found the back of the net on a header from approximately eight yards away off a corner kick from Corral in the 70th minute.
The final goal of the afternoon came in the 81st minute when Uremovich connected inside the right post from 22 yards out on a pass from Andrea Distler to set the final score at 3-1. 
The Rockets were outshot 19-6 by the Cardinals and finished with a 7-0 disadvantage in corner kicks. MacLeod accounted for three of UT's six shots, while junior Emily Tustin, freshman Angelika Hernandez and Mattei also had shots in the non-conference match.
Sophomore Kelsey Borowitz (0-4-0) played the entire contest between the posts and tallied four saves.
Uremovich fueled the Cardinals attack with a match-best five shots.
"We're a team through the good, the bad, and the ugly," senior Blair Sorg said. "We have yet to realize our full potential. Through hard work and persistence, we will get to where we need to be for MAC play and in November."
Toledo will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 16 when it concludes non-league play against Illinois State at Scott Park. The opening whistle is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Hill Ave. and Parkside Blvd.
Loyola 2, Western Michigan 1
KALAMAZOO -- A late Bronco turnover led to the game-winning goal as Western Michigan fell to Loyola in overtime, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon in front of 167 fans at the WMU Soccer Complex.
A defender for the Brown & Gold misplayed a pass and the Ramblers capitalized with Monica Lee netting the game-winner with 1:07 remaining in the first overtime. Kristin Papierski helped create the turnover for Loyola and assisted on the game-winning goal.
The Broncos outshot their opponents 17-3 on the day with seven landing on net. WMU also had an advantage on corner kicks with 11 to Loyola’s three. Rambler goalkeeper Monica Gonyo made five saves on the day. Sophomore forward Aubrey Sudomier was the lone goal scorer for the Broncos. 
Loyola took a 1-0 lead at 32:04 after a Rambler forward was fouled in the box. A penalty kick was awarded and Ana Claudia Michelini stepped up to the spot and slotted the ball to the low left side of the net.
The Broncos quickly responded with Sudomier’s goal at 37:39. A cross was cleared out by a Rambler defender but it was headed to Bronco outside-back Lauren Fearday. The junior defender crossed the ball back into the box and Sudomier settled it, switched to her left foot and curled the ball of the far left post and into the net for her second goal of the season.
WMU had two good chances in the second half. One came early on after Dianna Dedvukaj let a curling shot rip from 25 yards out. The ball deflected off the end of the cross bar and back into play.
The other came with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. A mix up on Loyola’s back line resulted in an illegal back-pass between a defender and Gonyo and Gonyo played the ball with her hands. It resulted in an indirect free-kick from just about six yards out. The Ramblers lined up on the goal line and were able to deflect a shot by Anina Cicerone and keep the game tied.
Western Michigan heads to Michigan State on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. start. The Broncos are off next weekend before opening Mid-American Conference play when they host Toledo on Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.