Saturday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 10/13/2012

Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments 

 

Saturday's Men's Soccer Scoreboard - 10/13
Akron 2, Northern Illinois 1
Bowling Green 3, Buffalo 0 

 

Akron 2, Northern Illinois 1
DEKALB, Ill. – The No. 3 University of Akron men's soccer team gained sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 2-0 victory versus Northern Illinois on a damp and windy Saturday afternoon at NIU Soccer Complex.
 
In doing so, the Zips (9-1-2, 4-0-0 MAC) extended their win streak to six matches and pushed their run of consecutive shutouts to seven while out-shooting the defending MAC Tournament Champion Huskies, 18-8.
 
UA is now unbeaten in its last 42 conference matches (39-0-3), which is tied with Clemson (1972-80) for the second-longest run in NCAA history. Furman, which owns the all-time standard, went unbeaten in 46 straight league contests from 1999-2003.
 
Akron used bookend goals to finish off the Huskies, who fell to 3-7-2 overall and 2-1-0 in conference play. Freshman Phil Fives scored his first career goal shortly after the opening whistle and Reinaldo Brenes stayed white hot with his seventh goal in four matches in the 85th minute.
 
NIU did its part to chop up play with 19 fouls and six yellow cards – including three in a 15-second span in the first half. Rocco Taglia was sent off in the 57th minute after being shown his second caution.
 
The Zips wasted little time taking control, scoring the game's first goal in just the second minute following an Akron corner kick.
 
After a service by Aodhan Quinn, Scott Caldwell briefly gained possession before flicking the ball to Dillon Serna amidst a scrum in the box. Serna quickly crossed it to Fives on the near left flank where the freshman buried his shot from six yards out to give UA an early lead at the 1:31 mark.
 
It was Akron's quickest goal of the year and spearheaded a relentless attack, which saw the Zips earn five shots and as many corner kicks in the first eight minutes of the contest. It was a dominant opening period in all for UA, which out-shot Northern Illinois 14-2 but couldn't add on to its lead.
 
The Huskies nearly made the Zips pay in the 55th when Jayson Leseth fired a liner through a block of defenders but UA goalkeeper David Meves threw a glove up at the last second to punch it away. Northern Illinois had a couple more chances as it pushed for the equalizer but Meves, who finished with five saves, was there to make the stop each time.
 
For his efforts, Meves earned the 47th shutout of his four-year career and now trails the school's all-time leader, Evan Bush (2005-08), by just one in that category.
 
To cap off the scoring, DeAndre Yedlin sprung Brenes with a through ball from midfield at the 84:39 mark. Brenes, who has found the back of the net at least once in Akron's last four matches, finished from the top of the box to put the game away.
 
The Zips will next return home for another two-game homestand starting next week. Akron will host Michigan Tuesday before welcoming the MAC's newest member West Virginia Saturday for a key conference clash. Both matches will start at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
 
Bowling Green 3, Buffalo 0 
The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team was clicking on all cylinders Saturday night (Oct. 13), generating 28 shots and posting a shutout in a 3-0 win over the University at Buffalo.  The Mid-American Conference match was held at Cochrane Field.
Junior Anthony Grant scored two goals for the Falcons (5-6-2, 2-2-0 MAC), and classmate Ryan Comiskey also found the back of the net for the hosts.
 
Sophomore Danny Baraldi and junior Ryan Snashall each had two assists for the Falcons, who continually generated scoring chances all night.  BGSU's shot total was a season high, as was the Falcons' total of 14 shots on goal.
 
Fifth-year senior Zach Lemke and redshirt junior Brandon Silva each added an assist in the win, while junior Michael Wiest recorded his fourth shutout of the season.  Wiest made four saves, all in the second half.
 
Jonathan Viscosi made 11 saves in goal for the Bulls (2-10-1, 0-3-0 MAC).
 
For Grant, the two-goal game was his first as a Falcon.  He had eight multiple-goal matches last season at McKendree (Ill.) University, scoring 23 goals in 2011.  This season, Grant now has five goals to tie Baraldi for the team lead.
 
Baraldi and Grant nearly teamed up for a goal less than four minutes into the match.  The Falcons' defense of a UB corner kick was textbook, and BGSU broke out on the counterattack.  Grant played the ball forward to Baraldi, who put it into space on a well-executed give and go.  At the last second, a UB defender caught up to Grant, and the Bulls prevented the Falcons from getting a shot off as the BG striker and the Bulls' backliner got tangled up and went to the ground.
 
Several minutes later, though, Grant got another chance, and gave his team the lead.  Silva served a diagonal ball into the box from near midfield, and Snashall, with his back to the goal, got his head on the ball.  The junior nodded it backwards, in the direction of Grant, who was in front of the net, just left of center.
 
Grant's first offering was blocked by Viscosi, but the junior quickly knocked the rebound into the net, putting BGSU on top at the 8:28 mark.
 
Several minutes later, Baraldi blasted a shot from distance, and the ball whizzed just outside the right post.