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Friday's Women's Soccer Scoreboard - 9/21
Miami 4, Akron 1
Ball State 2, Buffalo 1
Eastern Michigan 1, Northern Illinois 0
Central Michigan 2, Kent State 1
Ohio1, Bowling Green 0
Toledo 0, Western Michigan 0
Miami 4, Akron 1
OXFORD, Ohio – Junior Kayla Zakrzewski had a hand in each of the RedHawks’ first three goals as she led the Miami University women’s soccer team to a 4-1 win over Akron Friday at Miami Soccer Field in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. The RedHawks (7-2-0, 1-0-0 MAC) improved to 8-6-2 all-time in conference openers, winning each of the last three, and have also now captured three straight victories over the Zips (4-4-0, 0-1-0 MAC).
Miami scored all four of its goals in an 18-minute stretch in the second half with Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) scoring two of them and assisting on another. Her two goals tied a career high, marking the third time she’s done so but first time this season. Her five points in the match were just one shy of her career high. The ‘Hawks have now scored at least four goals in five of their nine matches this season.
Despite controlling much of the first half and outshooting Akron, 11-3, in the opening 45 minutes, Miami was unable to dent the scoreboard. The RedHawks had several chances early on, but Zips goalkeeper Alex Luevano-Harden was up to the task each time. Zakrzewski had the best chances of the period with drives in the 14th minute and 28th minute, but each time Luevano-Harden was just able to get her gloves on the ball with diving stops. Junior Katy Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio) then hit the crossbar on a header a minute later but the game went to halftime scoreless as Luevano-Harden made six saves in the half.
“The thing that’s really working for us is our depth. I know we’re fit, so we can wear some teams down, but I think we wear them down as much as anything with our depth,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “If you’re a centerback (for the opponent), you’re not getting a break. I think you could say that for a lot of our positions. We have good depth at the back and in midfield when you can take Haley Walter off and put in Katee Wensinger, who’s a totally different type of player, but still scores. I’m confident in our fitness but that’s a luxury we haven’t had in a number of years.”
Zakrzewski wasted little time breaking the deadlock in the second half however, as she notched her first goal of the evening 5:04 into the second stanza. Freshman Katee Wensinger (Stow, Ohio) sent a through ball from the midfield that Zakrzewski ran onto and drilled a shot from the left side that Luevano-Harden was able to slow down but the ball still trickled across the goal line before Akron could clear it to put Miami up 1-0.
Just over three minutes later, Zakrzewski returned the favor to Wensinger to double the RedHawks’ lead. Zakrzewski sent a perfect cross from along the endline to an open Wensinger at the far post, where she tapped the ball in for her second goal of the season (and her career). Wensinger’s three points marked a career high for the newcomer.
Zakrzewski continued to pour it on in the 63rd minute when she tallied her fourth goal of the year and second of the match. Akron’s defense turned it over in its own end when an errant pass ended up on the foot of Zakrzewski. She took a few dribbles and blasted a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that landed just inside the far post, upper 90 for a 3-0 Miami lead.
“Kayla set the tone for us in the second half,” Kramig said. “The first goal she got, it barely went in but she worked so hard to get it. She fought off the defender and got in behind the defense to get her chance. That’s what you have to do. People aren’t just going to concede a chance; they’re going to fight you for it. Her second goal was certainly hit with an exclamation point behind it.”
Following the RedHawks’ third goal, the Zips pulled Luevano-Harden, who finished with seven saves, in favor of Klaire Adee in goal. The change didn’t slow the RedHawks’ outburst however, as Dolesh capped Miami’s scoring in the 69th minute with her third goal of the campaign. Sophomore Olivia Evans (Dublin, Ohio) sent in a long pass off a free kick from near midfield that found its way into the box where Dolesh was able to get free and beat Adee with a laser from just a few yards out.
With the game out of reach, the Zips broke up Miami’s shutout in the 78th minute when Brooke Carrel sent a long through ball behind the RedHawk defense that connected with Ashley Hughes for a breakaway goal. The shot was one of just two in the half for Akron as Miami closed out the 4-1 victory.
The ‘Hawks finished with a 21-5 advantage in shots, including 13-2 in shots on goal. Zakrzewski took a game-high five shots with all five landing on target. Miami also earned eight corner kicks, four in each half, while the Zips totaled just three corners in the contest. Luevano-Harden and Adee combined for nine saves while Norenberg made her only stop in the first half.
“I thought defensively today might have been our best effort of the year,” Kramig said. “Akron had some kids that were a bit tricky -- those individual kids that will skin you if you let them, but I felt like we were organized and composed. I never felt like we get out of our shape and that just sets up our offense so well. This is soccer, you’ve got to be able to defend first.”
Miami continues MAC play Sunday when the RedHawks host Buffalo at 1 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field. In addition to the game Sunday, Miami will also be hosting the Pam Porter Memorial Picnic, which will take place during the match next to Miami Soccer Field. The picnic is in memory of Kramig's sister-in-law, who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. A fund was then established and the money from that fund will be used for the picnic, which is for both past and present oncology patients at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital and their families.
Ball State 2, Buffalo 1
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Two goals in the final 15 minutes of play Friday gave the Ball State soccer team a 2-1 victory over Buffalo in its Mid-American Conference opener at the Briner Sports Complex.
Michelle Blok scored off a set piece in the 76th minute to tie the game, and Pavla Benyrova converted a penalty kick five minutes later for what proved to be the game-winner. Freshman forward Morgan Whitfield drew the fouls that set up both Ball State goals.
The Cardinals (4-3-2) are now 1-0 to open the MAC schedule, while Buffalo (2-6-1) is 0-1 to begin league play. Ball State continues the conference slate Sunday, hosting Akron at 2 p.m. That game will air live on Sports Link Radio 91.3 FM WCRD with the broadcast also streamed on the live events page of ballstatesports.com.
Whitfield came off the bench to provide some offensive punch with two shots in the first half, but it was her attacking in the second half that helped make the difference. She gave the Cardinals a look at a free kick with fewer than 15 minutes remaining that tied the game 1-1.
“I went out there just trying to put it in the back of the net,” Whitfield said. “I’ve been trying to go forward more and be more attacking. I was really just trying to dribble it through everybody and got clipped on the ankle.”
Junior midfielder Maimee Morris stepped in for the free kick from just outside the 18-yard box and almost evened the score herself. But when her shot bounced back off the crossbar, Blok was there for the rebound to put it in. It was the first career goal for Blok, a junior defender from Noblesville, Ind.
Just five minutes after Blok’s goal, Whitfield drew another foul. This one came just inside the top right corner of the box to earn a penalty kick. Benyrova took the kick and beat Buffalo’s Ainsley Wheldon, one of the league’s top goalkeepers, to put the Cardinals on top.
“I didn’t think it was our best performance today,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “I felt as the game went on we came out of our shell al little bit more, but we definitely need to have more energy going into MAC games if we’re going to be victorious.”
Last year’s meeting between Ball State and Buffalo ended in a scoreless draw, and it looked for a while like Friday’s game might be heading for the same type of finish. Each team had only a few scoring chances in the first half and the game was still scoreless 10 minutes into the second.
The Bulls found the scoreboard first when Courtney Mann connected in the 56th minute on a deflected cross from teammate Natalie Jurisevic. Mann was one of three Buffalo players to record a pair of shots in the game.
Blok, Whitfield, Morris and Nicole Pembleton recorded two shots each for Ball State. The Cardinals narrowly out-shot Buffalo, 10-9, with seven of those 10 shots coming from players off the bench.
Ball State goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler finished with four saves, including huge saves early in both halves on tough shots from Buffalo. Wheldon recorded two saves for the Bulls.
Ball State became just the third team this season to score multiple goals against Buffalo, while the Bulls became the seventh Ball State opponent in the past eight games to score one goal or fewer against the Cardinals.
Eastern Michigan 1, Northern Illinois 0
DeKALB, Ill. - With Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan trading possession up and down the pitch in their Mid-American Conference opener, the Eagles struck the first, only and final blow on a penalty kick by Bianca Ross to lift EMU over NIU, 1-0, in a physical MAC showdown.
On the physical nature of the match, Head Coach John Ross said "Obviously it's what we expected. Anytime you get into conference play the level of intensity always increases. We were ready for it and we were just a little off - a step slow here, a pass off here and that was the difference in the outcome of the game. We created quite a few chances and we were right there."
With a cold, steady rain and chilly wind, Autumn began a day early in DeKalb. The Huskies jumped out of the gates on the attack and controlled possession in the attacking third. Chances were created at the corner of the Eagles box with outside and center backs collapsing down on the NIU forwards. From the right wing, Cori Frankenberg took four of the Huskies six shots in the first stanza, including two on frame. Her acrobatic play in the air and rabbit-like pace on the ground were a force to be reckoned up top, highlighted by a jumping deflection off the end of her boot off a volley in the 27th minute.
Frankenberg's best chance came in the 32nd minute when she received the ball close to the midfield and slithered through the defense with great ball control, reaching the box and shaking the defender with a clever stop and start move. With nothing but the keeper between her and the net, Frankenberg fired low but the ball was deflected by a diving Jenna O'Dell and her torso to thwart the Northern Illinois strike.
"Their goalkeeper came up with some huge saves but we still have to create those quality chances and if you create enough of those, you'll get some goals, even if the goalie is playing hot," added Ross. "We got to keep doing what we're doing and just keep working to prepare for Sunday."
Though Eastern Michigan did not post a shot on goal in the first half, their attacking efforts were crosses to the center of the net. Goalkeeper Amy Carr came off her line several times in the half to collect and punch away any balls in dangerous areas.
The Eagles controlled the ball at the start of the second half and did a great job of playing keep away from NIU by winning 50-50 balls in the midfield. With pressure mounting from the EMU attack in the 64th minute, the Huskie defense collapsed on an Eastern Michigan attacker and took her down, forcing official John Anderson to award the penalty.
Rossi leaned back and slid the ball to her right in the corner of the net, away from a diving Carr, to give Eastern Michigan its 1-0 lead.
In the final 10 minutes of play, NIU mounted a charge on net. Play was lead in the midfield and in the back to win 50-50 chances and maintain possession of the ball to create opportunities. Frankenberg took a shot that sailed wide right of the net in the 82nd minute and following a corner kick by Shelbi Johnson five minutes later, Samantha Hill chipped a ball high of the cross bar to equalize the match. Courtney Ksiazek took the match's final shot with under a minute left to allow the Eagles to wind the clock down and keep their 1-0 lead at the final whistle.
All told, Northern Illinois outshot Eastern Michigan 11-4, including shots on frame, 3-1. Carr made one save and Frankenberg led both teams in shots with seven.
NIU will return to the pitch Sunday at 1 p.m. for a contest with Western Michigan.
Central Michigan 2, Kent State 1
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — The Kent State soccer team dropped a tight back-and-forth 2-1 contest at Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams on Friday evening at the CMU Soccer Complex.
For the second straight game the Golden Flashes (5-2-1; 0-1-0 MAC) fell behind in the opening minutes as the Chippewas (5-3-1; 1-0-0 MAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead 6:13 in on a 15-yard shot from Laura Gosse. The Kent State defense would then hold CMU in check the rest of the half as goalie Stephanie Senn (Grand Island, N.Y.) stopped the next five shots on goal which allowed the Golden Flashes to draw even in the 66th minute.
Named the MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Thursday, Stephanie Haugh (Richmond Hill, Ontario) provided the equalizer when she scored from five yards out off a cross from Sara Henderson (Strongsville, Ohio) who was fed by Megan Repas (Avon, Ohio). The goal was the fourth of the year for Haugh, who has now recorded a point in seven of the Golden Flashes eight games this season.
The tightly contested action continued until the Chippewas Jennifer Gassman provided the would-be game winner in the 73rd minute. Kent State had three more opportunities in the final 10 minutes, but was unable to get past the keeper.
Kent State returns to action at 3:00 pm on Sunday at Bowling Green.
Ohio 1, Bowling Green 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Ohio Soccer opened Mid-American Conference play on Friday night in Bowling Green, beating the Falcons by a final score of 1-0. Erin Schwenke's goal in the 46th minute proved the difference in the match and extended the Bobcats' winning streak to six matches.
Friday's win marks the second straight season in which the Bobcats have kicked off Mid-American Conference play with a victory. Ohio defeated Eastern Michigan by a score of 1-0 in Athens last season at the outset of the conference schedule.
Ohio (6-3, 1-0 MAC) outshot Bowling Green by an impressive 18-7 margin. The Bobcats also held the edge in shots on goal, 6-4. By shutting out the Falcons on Friday night, Ohio has allowed just one goal in the last 585 minutes of game action.
Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) recorded her fifth shutout of the season. The junior made four saves to earn the 15th shutout of her career. Liston is one save away from 224 in her career, which would put her in a tie for second place all-time in the Ohio record book. Vanessa Dennis (1998-01) holds the top spot in program history with 284 saves.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half, with Ohio holding an 8-5 edge in total shots. Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio) and Grace Campbell (Wadsworth, Ohio) each registered one shot on goal for the Bobcats. Liston was tested twice in the first half as well, stopping shots from Demy Whitaker and Madeline Wideman in the 13th and 18th minutes, respectively.
Ohio didn't waste any time at the start of the second half, scoring a goal just 44 seconds in when Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) played in a pass to Schwenke, who found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
The `Cats kept up this pressure right after the opening goal, fighting hard to find a second. Harris ripped a shot on target in the 48th minute and Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) rose up to direct a header towards the goal in the 50th minute. Bowling Green goalkeeper Jenna Underwood was equal to each task and made the saves to keep her team facing only a one-goal deficit.
Bowling Green (1-8, 0-1 MAC) put together a nice offensive spell in the middle stages of the second half, peppering Liston with two shots in rapid succession. Wideman tested her with a shot on goal in the 55th minute before Kaitlyn Tobin added one of her own a minute later. Liston was ready and stopped both attempts.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday afternoon at Central Michigan. Ohio and the Chippewas will kick off at 2:30 p.m.
Ohio Starting XI (Numerically): Mattie Liston (GK), Maggie Murnane, Cathryn Rogers, Paige Howard, Erin Feeney, Veronica Rock, Holly Harris, Gabby Hausfeld, Liz Finley, Grace Campbell, Nicolle Varney
Toledo 0, Western Michigan 0
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team opened up Mid-American Conference play tying the defending MAC Champions Toledo, 0-0, at the WMU Soccer complex on a rainy Friday afternoon.
Shots were even with the two teams eaching firing off 11, but the Broncos had an advantage in shots on goal with four to Toledo’s two. Michelle Watson made two saves to earn WMU’s first shutout of the season.
“It was a hard fought game that both teams had quality chances in,” said head coach Nate Norman. “We have to do a better job of taking our opportunities and limiting our opponents.”
The Bronco defense held the Rockets to just one shot in the first half, a wide blast from about 30 yards out towards the end of the first half. One of WMU’s best chances on net with minutes remaining in the first half when Diana Dedvukaj played a through-ball to Aubrey Sudomier down the right side of the box. The sophomore forward went in on goal but the shot was saved by Toledo keeper Kelsey Borowitz.
WMU had another solid chance at the end of the second period when a cross by Sudomier was bobbled by Borowitz and right to Rachel Chaney. Chaney fired from about six yards out but a Rocket defender stepped in to make the save.
Western Michigan heads to Northern Illinois for their first MAC road trip of the season with a 2 p.m. start on Sunday.