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Friday's Women's Soccer Scoreboard - 10/5
Ohio 3, Akron 2
Northern Illinois 2, Bowling Green 1
Kent State 1, Buffalo 0
Central Michigan 2, Toledo 0
Ball State 1, Eastern Michigan o
Miami (Ohio) 3, Western Michigan 0
Ohio 3, Akron 2
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Soccer picked up three important points in Mid-American Conference play on Friday afternoon, defeating the visiting Akron Zips by a final score of 3-2. Holly Harris scored two goals in the winning effort and the ‘Cats held on despite a furious finish by the visitors.
Friday’s game marked the first time that Ohio (7-5-1, 2-2-1 MAC) scored three goals since the 2010 season. The victory also equals the win total achieved in the 2011 season with at least six games remaining on the schedule.
The match was an offensive affair, with the teams combining for 34 total shots. Ohio was considerably more accurate with its chances, however, hitting eight on target compared to Akron’s five. Cathryn Rogers and Ashley Hughes led the way in total attempts for their two programs, as each student-athlete fired six shots in the match.
Ohio dominated much of the early possession, pressuring the Zips on multiple occasions. The Bobcats forced Akron goalkeeper Klaire Adee into three early saves, as Tonya Frasik (Lebanon, Ohio) hit one shot on target while Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) registered two in the first 23 minutes of play.
Sophomore Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio), helped turn the tide of the match with her 42nd-minute goal after the Zips were called for a handball about 40 yards out from their own net. Senior Veronica Rock (North Royalton, Ohio) played a beautiful lob into the box where Annie Beard (Mason, Ohio) awaited the ball. With the defense all around her, Beard managed to get the ball to the foot of Finley. Reacting quickly, Finley then slid the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the match.
Coming on as a substitute, Harris (Batavia, Ohio) changed the pace of the game with two goals. Harris had one screamer into the top-right corner from about 25 yards out after receiving a pass from Rogers. The senior was all over the field on Friday afternoon, adding a second assist to Harris when she played in a hard, low cross to the foot of the freshman. Harris finished off the play with a low shot with her left foot, making the score 3-0 in favor of the Bobcats.
After the 75th-minute goal, the Bobcats looked as if they were going to cruise through to the completion of the 90 minutes. The Zips had a little fight left in them, however, adding two goals in the final 13 minutes to make for a close finish. Akron goals from Amber Kern and Hughes made the score 3-2, but after the 86th-minute goal, the Bobcats controlled possession and allowed the clock to wind down.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Oct. 7 against Buffalo. The Bobcats and Bulls will kick off from Chessa Field at 1 p.m.
Northern Illinois 2, Bowling Green 1
DEKALB, Ill. -- Junior Courtney Ksiazek (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) scored in the 89th minute as the Northern Illinois women’s soccer team recorded a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Bowling Green on Friday afternoon at the NIU Soccer Complex. Senior Shelbi Johnson (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley) had a pair of assists as the Huskies improved to 6-4-2 on the season, 2-1-2 in Mid-American Conference play.
“I was happy with our ability to come back,” said NIU head coach John Ross. “I think that maybe we were just over enthused early on and that led to some indecision and our slow start. But I was really happy with the way our kids responded from being down. It could have been easy for them to fold it in for the day, but they stuck with it and were rewarded.”
Bowling Green (1-11-1, 0-4-1 MAC) opened the scoring in the 28th minute on a goal by Sidney Huth. The Falcons won a corner and it was Huth that played the set piece into the Huskie box. The initial ball was cleared, but only back to Huth who collected and took a couple of touches inside the NIU penalty area. She then let go a shot that deflected off a Huskie defender, wrong-footing goalkeeper Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England), and found the back of the net.
Carr finished the contest with three saves.
NIU answered in the 39th minute as sophomore Lauren Noonan (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) scored her first career goal. The Huskies won a corner and Johnson played the ball toward the back-post where Noonan rose highest and headed home and equalizer for the Huskies.
After the break, junior Corinne Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) had an excellent opportunity to put the Huskies in front. Frankenberg found herself in behind the Bowling Green defense in the 67th minute but her shot sailed over the top of the crossbar.
The Huskies continued to control much of the play in the second half, allowing just one shot to the Falcons in the second 45 minutes. Despite that edge in play, the game remained even, 1-1, into the final moments of regulation.
With less than two minutes to play, the Huskies won a corner that would prove to be the difference. Johnson and freshman Emily Nulty (Omaha, Neb./Marian) each went to the corner as the Huskies played the ball short. After the initial touch a cross was whipped in just in front of the penalty spot where Ksiazek leaped above the crowded and headed past the out-stretched arms of the Bowling Green goalkeeper.
“It is something that we train a lot,” said Ross of the opportunities from corner kicks. “We take great pride in our dead balls, we are getting better and better at them and at creating opportunities, and today two went in, so we are obviously happy about that.”
The Huskies will return to action on Sunday, Oct. 7, as they host Central Michigan at the NIU Soccer Complex. Game time against the Chippewas is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Kent State 1, Buffalo 0
KENT, Ohio – The Kent State women’s soccer team (7-3-2, 2-2-1 MAC) picked up a key victory in the Mid-American Conference Friday afternoon with its 1-0 shutout over Buffalo at Zoeller Field.
Junior forward Jaclyn Dutton (Bridgeport, Ohio) scored the game’s lone goal with her shot in the 49th minute. The goal was her 11th of the season and was her third game-winning strike this fall.
In a game of gritty play by both sides, Kent State out-shot Buffalo 16-10.
“It wasn’t our best performance, but you have to find ways to win,” said head coach Rob Marinaro. “I think we did a real nice job of that today. Our team fought really hard.”
The game stayed scoreless through the first half, despite a 9-6 shots advantage for the home team in the first 45 minutes. But the Golden Flashes wasted little time in breaking the stalemate out of the intermission.
The Kent State defense, which held Buffalo to just 10 shots and only four shots on goal, started the attack in the 49th minute. Off a clearance by senior defender Hannah Newhouse (Strongsville, Ohio), sophomore forward Stephanie Haugh (Richmond Hill, Ontario) headed a flick near midfield. The ball played through to junior Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio), who one-touched a pass on the right side to Dutton.
From there, Dutton had just Buffalo goalkeeper AinsleyWheldon to beat; Dutton found a gap to shake the nets from 12 yards.
“We did a great job of keeping the ball alive behind their defense,” said Marinaro.
Kent State’s back line withstood Buffalo’s pressure the remainder of the match, thwarting attacks before they could materialize into shot attempts with timely clearances. While freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Senn (Grand Island, N.Y.) made four saves for the team’s fifth shutout of the year, Kent State’s defense including Newhouse, Briana Bartolone (Auburn, Ohio), Katherine Lawrence (Ajax, Ontario) and Mariah Sidwell (London, Ontario) stymied Buffalo’s late pressure.
Buffalo (2-9-2, 0-4-1 MAC) got four saves from Wheldon.
Kent State is back in action Sunday, Oct. 7 at MAC andregional foe Akron for a 1 p.m. contest. The game is also part of the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge, a season-long all-sport competition between Kent State andAkron; the Challenge, which was won by Kent State last season, is in its second year.
Central Michigan 2, Toledo 0
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo dropped a 2-0 decision to Central Michigan on Friday at chilly Scott Park in a battle between the premier programs in the Mid-American Conference over the last six seasons. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 4-8-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the league.
UT has claimed four of the last six MAC Tournament titles (2006, ‘07, ‘08, ‘11), while the Chippewas have won the other two postseason championships (2009,‘10) during this stretch.
With a cold rain coming down for a good majority of the match, CMU (8-4-1, 4-1-0 MAC) scored both goals in the opening half to register its first triumph in the “Glass City” since Oct. 12, 2001.
Central Michigan took a lead it would not relinquish on Danielle Rotheram’s second score of the season in the 11th minute. Rotheram stole the ball from UT senior Jaimie Morsillo about 30 yards from the end line in the middle of the pitch to make the play possible. She then took a couple of quick dribbles and blasted a right-footed shot just under the outstretched arm of Toledo sophomore goalie Kelsey Borowitz.
As the first period wore on, CMU’s Bailey Brandon doubled the lead with her first goal of the year at 23:21. Brandon perfectly bent a 20-plus yard shot from the left side around a four-person UT wall into the top right corner of the net.
The Chippewas took the 2-0 lead into the intermission, holding a decisive 12-1 advantage in shots.
Toledo made some adjustments at the break and played much better soccer in the second half. UT controlled a bulk of the possession in the final 45 minutes and posted a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. They also equalled CMU with three shots in the second period.
For the match, the two-time reigning MAC regular-season champion Rockets were outshot 15-4 but finished with a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Rachael Kravitz, senior Natalia Gaitan, sophomore Alexis Tice and Morsillo tallied UT’s shots in today’s divisional showdown.
Brandon paced the Chippewas with a match-high five shots, followed by Autumn Hawkins with three shots.
Between the posts, Toledo’s Borowitz and freshman Sam Tiongson split time. Borowitz was credited with three saves in the first half, while Tiongson made one stop over the final 45 minutes. CMU’s Stefanie Turner went the distance and was forced to make one save to record her sixth shutout of the season.
The Rockets will look to bounce back against arch-rival Bowling Green on Sunday, Oct. 7. The match against BGSU will be carried live on the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN) at 1:05 p.m. Sunday’s contest has been tabbed as “Camper/Youth Day” with UT campers receiving free admission with their camp t-shirt. After the match, fans can get autographs from their favorite Rockets.
Ball State 1, Eastern Michigan 0
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State soccer team handed Eastern Michigan its first conference loss of the season Friday with a 1-0 victory on a cold, wet afternoon at the Briner Sports Complex
Eastern Michigan had won all four of its previous Mid-American Conference contests. But Maimee Morris’ second-half goal propelled the Cardinals to a shutout win over an Eagles team that had out-scored its MAC opponents by an 8-1 margin entering the game. EMU also featured two of the top goal scorers in the league.
“I was very pleased with the way the girls carried out our game plan today,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “Eastern Michigan is obviously a very good team. I felt this was the best performance we have had so far this season.”
Ball State -- wearing pink jerseys in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- improved to 6-4-3 overall and 3-1-1 in MAC play. It also cut into the West Division lead of Eastern Michigan, which fell to 7-4-1 overall and 4-1-0 in the league.
The Cardinals will continue their home weekend Sunday when they host another division foe, Western Michigan, for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Ball State’s effort defensively Friday prevented Eastern Michigan from generating hardly any promising scoring opportunities. The Cardinals limited the Eagles to five shots for the game, all of which came after halftime. At the break, Ball State held an 11-0 lead in shots.
The Cardinals came close on several of those first-half looks with senior midfielder Alyssa Ables finding the post once and sophomore forward Jasmine Moses forcing a pair of tough saves from Eastern Michigan keeper Jenna O’Dell.
In the 72nd minute, Morris broke the scoreless drought for what proved to be the game-winner. She sent a ball with her left foot from the top of the box that glanced just off the fingertips of O’Dell and into the top of the net. It was the first goal of the season for the junior midfielder from England.
“I’ve been trying to shoot and trying to score all season, so when the ball came to me I turned and gave it a shot,” Morris said. “I’m not left-footed, so that was a bonus.
“Last year, we didn’t play as well as we should have against Eastern Michigan and dropped a big game. Today was all about kind of getting that back and proving to that we can do great things.”
The Ball State defense continued to hold strong after Morris’ goal. Eastern Michigan managed a few late looks, but Cardinals goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler made the plays when they came to her to preserve the shutout. She came out of the net to secure a dangerous cross and also made a pair of saves in the closing minutes.
The shutout was the second of the season for Ball State and for Buehler. The senior from Waukesha, Wisc., and former transfer now owns 14 shutouts in her collegiate career and nine as a Cardinal.
“Before we came out today, we challenged our back line and made sure they knew they were competing against the top forward line in the MAC right now,” Roberts said. “We wanted to see how they would match up, and they did a great job.”
Ball State held the Eastern Michigan duo of Angela Vultaggio and Cara Cutaia to a combined two shots on the afternoon. The pair had accounted for 10 goals in the Eagles’ first 11 games.
Offensively, Moses led Ball State with five of the Cardinals’ 18 shots, while Morris and freshman forward Morgan Whitfield recorded four shots each. Ball State put seven of its shots on frame, and O’Dell made six saves for Eastern Michigan.
Miami (Ohio) 3, Western Michigan 0
OXFORD, Ohio -- The Western Michigan women's soccer team suffered its first road loss of the Mid-American Conference season falling at Miami 3-0 on Friday afternoon.
Kayla Zakrzewski had a hand in each goal scored by the RedHawks after getting them off to a fast start assisting on Haley Walter's goal in there seventh minute. Zakrzewski crossed the ball into the box and Walter pegged it into the net from about 15 yards out.
Zakrzewski assisted on the second goal of the game to put the Broncos down 2-0 in the 53rd minute. She crossed the ball into the box and Morgan Beck tapped it in from just in front of the net for her first goal of the season. Zakrzewski later added a goal of her own with three minutes left to secure the win for Miami.
Western Michigan fired off eight shots total but were only able to land two on net.
The Broncos look to rebound against MAC West foes Ball State on Sunday at 1 p.m.