Sunday's MAC Men's Soccer Recap

Updated 10/7/2012

Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

 

Sunday's Men's Scoreboard - 10/7
West Virginia 2, Buffalo 0
Western Michigan 4, Florida Atlantic 0

 

Western Michigan 4, Florida Atlantic 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan men's soccer team disposed Mid-American Conference foe Florida Atlantic, 4-0, Sunday for the Broncos' first conference win of the season.

It was the fifth shutout of the year defensively for the Broncos, and the third time this season the team has scored four goals in a game.
 
Four different players found the back of the net for Western Michigan, which improved its record to 8-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the MAC. Shane Lyons scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season and has now recorded at least one point in each of the last six games. Jason Grant had a three-point day, while Oliver Mayer and freshman Cam Jensen also tallied goals. For Jensen, it was his first collegiate goal. Freshman Connor Furgason notched his first career point with an assist.
 
"It was a great performance from the lads today," said WMU head coach Stu Riddle. "We were all very disappointed after the loss on Friday and I challenged the team to bounce back today and they did with a very clinical performance."
 
Lyons scored off a set play in the 24th minute for his fifth goal of the season. Darren Jones took a free kick from 30 yards out and Lyons broke free on the right side. He volleyed Jones' offering off a defender and into the net for a 1-0 WMU lead.
 
Mayer gave WMU a 2-0 cushion before the half, with his third goal of the season in the 40th minute. Erik Kelly and Luis Lemus worked a combination on the right side of the box, with Lemus slotting the ball through the middle and Mayer striking a dart on the back side.
 
Moments after coming off the bench and checking in the game in the 87th minute, Jensen celebrated his first collegiate goal. Scott Zech played a ball out of the backfield and Jensen and Grant found themselves on a two-man breakaway. Grant carried the ball on the right side and passed it off to Jensen on the left as FAU keeper Jeremy Crumpton came off his line. Jensen had no problem finishing.
 
Grant capped the scoring with his third goal of the season in the 89th minute off Furgason's assist. Grant drove his shot from the left side of the box to the opposite corner of the net. Crumpton managed to get his hands on the shot, but couldn't keep it from going in.
 
After being forced to leave the game in the first half in Friday's 2-1 loss at Bowling Green, Western Michigan goalkeeper Sean Lewis was able to return and start Sunday. He faced just three shots and made one save.
 
Florida Atlantic fell to 1-9-1, 0-4-0 in the MAC.
 
Western Michigan travels to Big East opponent Cincinnati Wednesday, Oct. 10, and returns to Kalamazoo to host Horizon League member Detroit Wednesday, Oct. 17.
 

West Virginia 2,  Buffalo 0
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 7, 2012) – Two goals within seven minutes of one another in the second half led the No. 18 West Virginia University men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

“We talked about how we were going to find our goals because we knew we were going to have more of the possession and they defended valiantly for a long time,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We just needed to accelerate a little bit in the final third and in the second half we were able to penetrate with a little more possession and transition with more of a second wave.”
 
After recording multiple chances in the first half, sophomore Andy Bevin scored the eventual game winner in the 51st minute on a turnaround shot from 10 yards out that beat Buffalo keeper Jonathan Viscosi to his left. Junior Craig Stephens won the ball in the defensive zone and dribbled up the field before providing a pass to freshman Majed Osman along the goal line, followed by Osman sending the ball to Bevin in the center of the pitch.
 
“At least the chances were coming,” says Bevin. “We kept hammering away and knew we were going to get one of them. Their keeper had a great game and luckily we snuck two past him.”
 
The Mountaineers (7-3-2, 2-0-1 MAC), who started six freshmen, outshot Buffalo (2-9-1, 0-2-0 MAC), 23-8, including 7-1 in shots on goal. Bevin and freshman Majed Osman led all players with five shots apiece.
 
Senior Eric Schoenle notched his team-leading fifth goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 57th minute to give WVU a 2-0 lead. Schoenle drew the penalty as he was taken down in front of the net attempting to get on the end of a corner kick by Bevin.
 
WVU’s best chance of the first half came in the fourth minute as Bevin nearly connected for a goal with senior Uwem Etuk in the fourth minute, but Etuk’s mid-air volley bounced off the crossbar.
 
Etuk also had a shot saved in the third minute, while Bevin had one saved in the fifth minute.
 
Viscosi made his best save of the match in the 48th minute as he sprawled to his right and punched a header from Osman towards the near post. 
 
Senior Peabo Doue was involved in a number of chances, including a bending shot in the 35th minute that barely missed the frame.
 
Senior goalkeeper Yale Tiley made one save in his second-career start and first-career shutout. Viscosi made five saves in the loss for the Bulls.
 
Maksym Kowal and Stephen Mounnarat had two shots apiece to lead Buffalo.
 
WVU returns to action in a MAC match against Hartwick on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. For live stats and video stream of the match courtesy of Kroger, visit WVUsports.com.