Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/28/2012

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Friday's MAC Women's Soccer Scoreboard - 9/28 
Kent State 2, Ball State 0
Eastern Michigan 2, Bowling Green 1
Central Michigan 1, Western Michigan 0
Miami (Ohio) 1, Ohio 0
Toledo 3,  Buffalo 0
Northern Illinois 1, Akron 0


Kent State 2, Ball State 0
KENT, Ohio -- The Ball State soccer team suffered its first Mid-American Conference loss Friday afternoon with a 2-0 defeat at Kent State. 

The Golden Flashes’ Jaclyn Dutton, the MAC leader in goals, found the net both for both Kent State scores in a 10-minute span of the first half.
The Cardinals (5-4-3), who were one of four teams to open the MAC schedule with two wins last weekend, fell to 2-1 in conference play with the loss. Kent State (6-2-2) improved to 1-1-1 in the league. Ball State continues its road weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest at Ohio.
The loss for Ball State was just its second in the past seven games, and the Cardinals were shut out for only the second time this season.
Dutton opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 19th minute after Ball State was called for a foul in the box. She scored again in the 29th minute for her 10th of the season on an assist from teammate Stephanie Haugh for what proved to be the last goal of the game.
Kent State took its 2-0 lead into halftime and maintained that margin the rest of the way. 
The teams combined for only 15 shots in the game and just eight on goal. Kent State held a slim, 8-7 lead in shots as it became the first team in the past 10 games to out-shoot the Cardinals despite getting just two shots off in the second half.
Michelle Blok and Jasmine Moses led Ball State with two shots each, while Dutton led all players in the game with four shots.
Kent State goalkeeper Stephanie Senn posted four saves in the game, while Ball State goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler had a pair of saves.

Eastern Michigan 2, Bowling Green  1

YPSILANTI, Mich.  — The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team fought back from a one-goal deficit to double up Bowling Green State University, 2-1, Friday, Sept. 28, at Scicluna Field. The Eagles (6-3-1; 3-0-0 MAC) start Mid-American Conference action with a 3-0 record for the first time since 1998 and have won five of their last six matches.
The Falcons (1-9-1; 0-2-1 MAC) took a surprising 1-0 edge on a Jessica Jarvis goal just before halftime. EMU responded by dominating the final 45 minutes of action, scoring a pair of goals and out-shooting BGSU, 12-3, and 21-14 for the game.
Celebrating her birthday, sophomore Angela Vultaggio scored the game-winner and her fourth of the season in the 69th minute. Junior Stephanie Clarke added her second of the year in the 46th minute to open the scoring for EMU. Junior Cara Cutaia also earned her team-leading 13th point with an assist on Clarke's tally.
In goal, redshirt freshman Jenna O'Dell recorded her sixth win of the year, stopping five-of-six Bowling Green shots on target. Jenna Underwood remained winless on the season in goal for the Falcons.
A quick break through midfield by sophomore Marisa Kozikowski nearly resulted in the game's first goal in the ninth minute. Kozkowski ran into the attacking zone and passed the ball off to sophomore Bianca Rossi, who chipped a pass along to Vultaggio. Vultaggio let off a rising shot from about 25 yards out which grazed the top of the crossbar and ricocheted out of play.
O'Dell then made a sprawling save in the 15th minute to deny Bowling Green the 1-0 lead. Kaitlyn Tobin's cross into the box found Leah Johnson, who tried to stuff a shot in through the far side. O'Dell got both hands on the ball and the EMU defense cleared the rebound.
The game remained scoreless until the 44th minute, when Jarvis scored off an assist from Sidney Huth to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. The play developed off a corner kick which resulted in a trio of BGSU shots; all of which were blocked away by EMU defenders. Just when it looked like the Eagles were out of danger, Huth regained possession and slid the ball along to Jarvis for the go-ahead tally.
In the shots category, EMU took an early 8-3 lead with an edge in shots on goal as well. But Bowling Green began to own more ball possession as the half wound down and headed into the break with an 11-9 edge in overall shots.
The Eagles needed just over one minute after the second half began to score the equalizer, after a Bowling Green hand ball at the top of the box gave Clarke a free kick. Clarke used BGSU defenders as a screen and sent a booming kick into the top-left corner of the net to make it a 1-1 affair.
As the second half progressed, EMU continued to pressure the Bowling Green defense and rack up quality scoring chances. Vultaggio gave the Eagles their first lead of the game, 2-1, in the 69th minute, when she caught a pass from Cutaia and tucked a shot far-side past a helpless Underwood.
EMU did not let up as the 90th minute approached and held the Falcons to few real scoring chances. The final whistle blew and the Eagles walked away with a third straight MAC victory.
Eastern Michigan hosts Central Michigan University Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. The two squads enter the game tied for first place in the MAC West Division.


Central Michigan 1,  Western Michigan 0
- Freshman Josie Seebeck scored her first career goal, which ended up being the game-winner as the Chippewas shut out Western Michigan, 1-0, in Kalamazoo Friday afternoon.

Scoring opportunities were at a premium as the Chippewas (7-3-1, 3-0-0 MAC) took just one shot on goal and allowed just two to the Broncos (4-5-2, 0-1-2 MAC) as Central avenged its 1-0 MAC Tournament semifinal loss to Western to end the 2011 season.

Senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner tended the net for the Chippewas’ sixth shutout of the season, five of which have come with Turner in goal. She moves into sole possession of third place on the all-time list with nine.

"I thought today as a whole we applied a lot of pressure," head coach Neil Stafford said. "We had good pressure with the ball and especially in the second half our pressure without the ball was good, too. We created a lot of opportunities for ourselves and were fortunate enough to capitalize on one of them. When we can do that, we become dangerous and we showed that in the second half today."

Junior defender Estee Outcalt took possession in the 62nd minute and pushed up the left side of the field to the corner before crossing into the box to Seebeck, who redirected it into the lower left corner of the goal from about ten yards out, giving the Chippewas a 1-0 lead. Outcalt earned the assist on the play.

The Chippewas had been on the brink of breaking through for a goal, with three close shots in the five minutes leading up to the score, including a shot from sophomore forward Laura Gosse that skirted just inches over the crossbar.

Western had a breakaway into the fringe of the box moments later, but strong defense from freshman defender Marissa Woodliff stymied the Bronco threat and preserved the one-goal lead and the shutout. Led by seniors Katie Slaughter and Bailey Brandon, the Chippewas limited the Broncos offensive possession for the remainder of the half.

Neither the Chippewas nor the Broncos scored the first half, or even attempted a shot on goal, but the Maroon and Gold did have several scoring chances that they couldn’t quite capitalize on.

Junior forward Jennifer Gassman barely missed a sliding redirection just yards away from the Western goalkeeper within the first ten minutes of the match.

In the 30th minute senior forward Laura Twidle took a ball off a corner in front of the keeper and put it just inches over the crossbar.

Junior midfielder Kaely Schlosser led the team with five shots, while Twidle took three and senior defender Brandon took two.

The Chippewas face another big test against an in-state foe on Sunday as they travel to Eastern Michigan for a 1 p.m. showdown with the Eagles.



Miami (Ohio) 1, Ohio 0

ATHENS, Ohio – Senior captain Jess Kodiak scored with less than 14 minutes remaining to break a scoreless deadlock and give the Miami University women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over rival Ohio University Friday afternoon at Chessa Field. The RedHawks (9-2-0, 3-0-0 Mid-American Conference) are now riding a season-long four-game win streak, their longest since 2010, and have now beaten the Bobcats (6-5-0, 1-2-0 MAC) four straight meetings for the first time ever.
The first half was relatively even with neither side able to generate many chances. The Bobcats put their lone shot on target just four minutes into the contest, but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) was there for the stop. Miami managed just two shots on goal in the opening period but neither found the back of the net as the teams went into the break scoreless, despite an 8-5 edge in shots for the ‘Hawks.
“It was a really interesting game. It was hard-fought,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “The thing I really liked about this game was how we handled ourselves, kept our poise and stayed patient. We had a lot of composure and didn’t get frustrated. Ohio’s a tough team to play and a very sound team defensively. We knew coming into the game they weren’t going to give up anything easy.”
Miami took control in the second half however, keeping the pressure on Ohio over the final 45 minutes. The RedHawks fired several shots in the beginning of the second stanza, including three on goal in the first 15 minutes, but Bobcat keeper Mattie Liston made the save each time to keep the game level. 
With just 13:45 left in regulation, the RedHawks finally broke through. Freshman Haley Walter (Cincinnati, Ohio) fired a blast from the right side that Liston was able to make a diving save on but couldn’t control and the rebound popped right to Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.), who buried the ball for her team-leading seventh goal of the year. Walter picked up her fifth assist of the season on the game-winner, tying her for the team lead.
The RedHawk defense then stepped up and did not allow the Bobcats another opportunity to draw level as Miami closed out the 1-0 victory to earn its first 3-0 start in MAC play since 2002. The ‘Hawks finished with a 22-9 advantage in shots, including 14-4 over the final 45 minutes, while putting 10 shots on goal to Ohio’s three. Sophomore Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) led Miami with eight shots, including three on target. The RedHawks held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks as well, including 3-0 in the final frame.
“We did an excellent job managing the game, especially at the end when we had the lead,” Kramig said. “In soccer, you see a team come into the last 15 minutes with a one-goal lead and you always know the other team is going to get the last one or two chances and OU didn’t get them. We never let them in.”
Norenberg needed to make just three saves for her fourth shutout of the season. Miami has now pitched six shutouts in 11 matches this year, including two straight, with Norenberg combining for the other two clean sheets. Liston totaled nine saves in defeat with seven coming in the second half.
“We’ve been having our way with teams lately, scoring three or four goals a game and relying on that. Today it was our defense that was organized and shaped the whole day. They kept us in it and kept us going until we could find the goal,” Kramig said. “We need to learn how to win these games too. It’s important for us to realize we can get these games and how you go about winning these games.”
The RedHawks look to remain unbeaten in league play and extend their win streak to five Sunday when Miami plays at Kent State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.


Toledo 3, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, NY – Toledo returned to its winning ways with an impressive 3-0 victory over Buffalo on Friday under the lights at UB Stadium. With the road shutout, the Rockets’ snap their five-match winless skid and improve to 3-7-1 overall, 1-1-1 in the Mid-American Conference. 

The two-time reigning league regular-season champions took advantage of a pair of second-half goals to break away a tightly-contested match and earn its eight consecutive triumph over the Bulls (2-8-1, 0-3-0 MAC). 
UT opened the scoring with sophomore Kirsten Catloth’s first career goal at 14:47. The eventual match-winning tally was setup on a well placed 25-yard free kick off the foot of senior Rachael Kravitz. The ball was played through a Buffalo defensive wall to Catloth, who promptly snuck a low shot inside the left post to give Toledo a lead it would not surrender.
UB almost drew even in the 32nd minute thanks to a shot by N'Dea Johnson, but it was pushed away from the frame by Toledo sophomore netminder Kelsey Borowitz. Johnson would have another chance in the 42nd minute, but it was also snuffed out, preserving UT’s 1-0 lead at the intermission.
The score remained the same until the 64th minute when freshman Geri Siudzinski found the back of the net for the first time in her collegiate career. Junior Rachel MacLeod started the play with a cross to Siudzinski from the right side toward the back post. The Perrsyburg, OH native properly accepted the cross and placed a shot into the lower left portion of the goal to make the difference 2-0.
Toledo then finished off the scoring with senior Natalia Gaitan’s initial tally this season at the 72:41 mark. The 2012 team tri-captain bent a free kick around the UB defensive wall from approximately 20-yards out on the left side to set the final difference at 3-0.
The Midnight Blue & Gold finished with a 13-8 edge in shots and a 5-2 cushion in corner kicks. Kravitz paced the two-time reigning MAC regular-season champions with three shots, while sophomore Alexis Tice and Catloth had two shots each.
Between the posts, Borowitz went the distance and stopped three shots to register her first victory and second blanking this season. 
Shannon Algoe, Taylor Thompson and Johnson finished with two shots each for the host Bulls, who were shutout for the fifth time in 2012.  
The Rockets will look to continue their momentum against Akron on Sunday, Sept. 30. The opening whistle against the Zips is slated for 1:00 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. 


Northern Illinois 1,  Akron 0 
AKRON, Ohio – In her first and only chance of the match, junior Frances Boukidis scored Northern Illinois’ golden goal in the 14th minute to lift the Huskies over Akron, 1-0, in front of a Cub Cadet Field women’s soccer record 1,165 spectators. It is NIU’s first MAC win of the season and evens its conference record, 1-1-1.

“We were very organized as a team defensively,” said Head Coach John Ross, “we did a good job of winning one-on-one battles and creating our offensive chances from there. We had chances to generate more offense but we were missing that final pass to create a shot. Cori did her thing to dribble around the defenders and she did great to get the ball to Fran who just closed in at the front of the goal.”
The Zips controlled possession of the ball for most of the 90 minutes but were unable to maintain that control when entering the Huskies defensive third. Goalkeeper Amy Carr played a large part in that during the first half as she came off of her line several times to catch and clear passes and crosses in her path. The Zips outshot the Huskies 4-3 in the first stanza but NIU lead on frame, 2-0.
With the Huskies attacking third on the move, junior Cori Frankenberg played a ball at the top of goalkeeper’s six-yard box to Boukidis and La Crescenta, Calif., native put away the shot for her first goal of the season.
While the Huskies continued to attack when given the opportunity, the defense rose to the occasion at FirstEnergy Stadium. In the 63rd minute, Akron forward Katie Wise ran after a loose ball in the team’s attacking third and created a one-on-one situation with Carr in net. 
Wise rifled a shot inside the 18-yard box and Carr threw her body in front of it to clear the ball outside of the box. Ashley Hughes then collected the rebounded shot and fired on a wide open net, but defender Lauren Eberts deflected the shot with a diving header to clear the ball past the end line for a Zips corner kick. NIU then defended the corner to end the threat and keep a zero on Akron’s scoreboard.
“Those were definitely the plays of the game,” said Ross after the match. “Amy obviously made a great save stopping the first shot but Eberts did a great job repositioning herself in the back with her header to clear the ball.”
After the threat, Northern Illinois then only allowed two shots, one high and the other wide, as the defense played soundly the rest of the half. 
The Huskies return to the pitch at Buffalo Sunday for an 11 a.m. kickoff.