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No. 1 Miami 1, No. 8 Ohio 0
No. 2 Central Michigan 2, No. 7 Northern Illinois 0
No. 3 Eastern Michigan 1, No. 6 Toledo 1 (UT wins on PK's 2-1)
No. 4 Kent State 4, No. 5 Ball State 0
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Central Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 0
MOUNT PLEASANT - Sophomore Laura Gosse and senior Laura Twidle led a second-half change to push the Central Michigan women’s soccer team past the Northern Illinois Huskies in Sunday’s Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinal to advance to the semifinals next weekend.
The Chippewas (14-5-1, 9-2-0 MAC) took 10 shots on goal while allowing none to the Huskies (8-9-2, 4-5-2 MAC) to record their 11th shutout of the season and advance to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament for the fifth consecutive year.
The Chippewas will face No. 6 Toledo on Friday in Oxford, Ohio. Kickoff time for the match has yet to be announced.
Despite controlling possession for much of the first half, the Chippewas did not score a goal until the 73rd minute when Gosse put the Chippewas on the board withwhat was eventually the game-winning goal. Gosse headed the ball to the farleft post and into goal off a cross from freshman midfielder Josie Seebeck.
The goal is Gosse’s fourth of the season, tied for the team lead. Seebeck’s assist was the first of her career.
Twidle gave the Chippewas a two-goal cushion when her strike from 15 yards at the left side of the box found the inside right post for a 2-0 lead. The goal is thethird of the season and the 18th of her career, putting her in sole possession of seventh place on the all-time CMU career goals list.
The defense performed remarkably, allowing just one shot in the first half withjust 12 seconds remaining before halftime. The Huskies took just three shots in the second half. Fewer than five total shots were allowed for the fourth time this season, and the defense permitted zero shots on goal for the second time.
Senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner faced few challenges on the afternoon but ensured the Chippewas kept a clean sheet when she made a key stop in the fourth minute, coming out of goal and smothering a ball the Huskies had pushed into the box. The shutout was her ninth of the season, giving her 13 for her career.
Twidle led the Chippewas with four shots on goal, while Gosse and senior midfielder Ashley Mejilla took two apiece.
Kent State 4, Ball State 0
KENT, Ohio – The Kent State soccer team matched a program-best 13 wins Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 victory over Ball State in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Women's Soccer Championship.Kent State now advances to the semifinal round for the first time since 2006 and will face top-seeded Miami (Ohio) Friday, Nov. 2. Game time will be announced later this week.
"We came together for a great effort for 90 minutes," head coach Rob Marinaro said. "It really gives us a shot in the arm. We fell short last year, and for this team to accomplish this win in the 4-5 game, I think that comes from the experience from last year."
Four different players scored for the Golden Flashes while five players tallied assists in the contest. The balanced attack, coupled with the team's ninth shutout of the 2012 campaign, gave Kent State their biggest margin of the season.
Senior Sara Henderson (Strongsville, Ohio) posted her second game-winning goal in as many games, as the midfielder opened up the scoring in the 15th minute. On a corner kick by Jaclyn Dutton (Bridgeport, Ohio), Henderson knocked in a shot from the far post to give the Flashes the early lead.
In the 37th minute the Golden Flashes struck again, this time from Megan Jackson (Medina, Ohio). Jackson, who entered the game less than a minute previous, used a deft touch to perfectly place the ball over Ball State's goalkeeper to push a 2-0 score into intermission.
With rain falling throughout the game and cold temperatures biting both sides, Kent State continued to press in the second half. The result was back-to-back goals in the 73rd and 75th minutes to put the game away.
Dutton tallied her 15th goal of the campaign in the 73rd minute, with the assistance of a long free kick by senior Hannah Newhouse (Strongsville, Ohio) and a quick touch by junior Megan Johnson. Dutton blasted a shot from 15 yards to the far post.
Junior forward Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) wrapped up the scoring in the game less than three minutes later when sophomore Stephanie Haugh (Richmond Hill, Ontario) led Gironda into space, leaving the junior one-on-one with the Ball State goalkeeper. Gironda calmly tucked a shot to the right post for her third goal of the season.
Ball State (8-7-5) got four saves from goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler in the setback. Kent State goalkeeper Stephanie Senn (Grand Island, N.Y.) made three stops in the shutout.
Also advancing were Central Michigan and Toledo, with the two MAC-West foes facing each other in the second semifinal.
OXFORD, Ohio – Junior Kayla Zakrzewski scored early and the Miami University women’s soccer team rode strong defense the rest of the way to knock off eighth-seeded Ohio, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
The top-seeded RedHawks (17-2-1, 10-0-1 MAC) will now host the remainder of the MAC Tournament next weekend and face fourth-seeded Kent State in Friday’s first semifinal. The Bobcats finish their season with an 8-10-1 record, including 3-6-1 in the MAC.
Miami, which extended its unbeaten streak to a school-record 13 games, came out attacking, earning a corner kick less than 30 seconds into the game. The RedHawks continued to put pressure on Ohio and in the sixth minute, Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) notched the game-winner for the match’s only goal. Freshman Jess Bronke (Downers Grove, Ill.) sent a long throw-in into the box, where junior Katy Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio) tapped it to Zakrzewski, who buried the ball from 10 yards out for her seventh tally of the year.
Just over a minute later, Miami appeared to score again as Zakrzewski finished a rebound after sophomore Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) and senior captain Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) each had point-blank shots saved by Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston but Zakrzewski was called for offsides.
“That’s what we’ve been preaching the last couple of days, to come out and be aggressive. Set the tone and tempo for the game right from the beginning and I think our kids did that,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “I was disappointed that second goal was disallowed, we’ll have to look at the video. We just had to keep playing, keep firing. If anything, the defense won the day for us because in soccer you have these bad finishing days so to make a one-goal lead stand up for 80-plus minutes says a lot about our defense.”
The RedHawks continued to create scoring opportunities throughout the remainder of the first half and the match, but were unable to solve Liston again. Miami finished with a season-high 30 shots, including tying a season high with 16 shots on goal, but Liston totaled 15 saves to keep the Bobcats within striking distance the entire match. The ‘Hawks also finished with a 10-5 edge in corner kicks.
Ohio was limited to just five shots, tying a season low for RedHawk opponents, only two of which landed on target, but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) was in position to save both, making one stop in each half. The Bobcats’ best chance to score came on a long free kick in the 76th minute by Cat Rogers, but Norenberg reached high to snatch the ball before it snuck under the crossbar. The shutout was her eighth of the season, tying Miami’s single-season record first set by Krista Pace in 2009. It was Miami’s 10th clean sheet of the year, as Norenberg combined for the other two, with the 10 shutouts tying the team single-season record set in 2002.
“The key thing for us was to set the tone, winning every ball in the air and we did,” sophomore center back Courtney Zanotti said. “We were always on their back; they didn’t have a chance to turn. They didn’t even have a chance to get through. All-around, it was team defense. Our energy picked up and that’s how we got our goal and that’s how we held them to so few shots.”
Freshman Katee Wensinger (Stow, Ohio) nearly made it 2-0 with five minutes left in the first half but Liston got her mitts on the line-drive shot enough to slow the ball before an Ohio defender was able to clear the ball off the line. Miami outshot the Bobcats, 14-2, in the opening half, with Liston making seven saves.
In the second stanza, Miami continued to dominate, ending with a 16-3 shot advantage over the final 45 minutes, but Liston made another eight saves, while the ‘Hawks also earned six corner kicks in the frame. Zakrzewski hit crossbar with 23 minutes to play and her header rebound attempt sailed high. Later, the Bobcat defense again had to clear the ball with it trickling toward goal after Liston got just enough of her gloves on a hard strike to slow the attempt.
Ohio was unable to threaten again after Rogers’ free kick as Miami knocked off its rival for the fifth straight time, including second time this year, and improved to 3-0 all-time against the Bobcats in the MAC Tournament. The RedHawks beat Ohio, 1-0, in Athens back on Sept. 28.
“I thought it was a tremendous effort by our kids. I’m pleased with the level of energy and enthusiasm they brought to the game, the commitment they brought to the game,” Kramig said. “It was a little disappointing not to get the second goal, but that’s soccer. It was only 1-0 nothing but I thought it was pretty convincing.”
Dinges led Miami with seven shots, including five on goal, while Zakrzewski took six shots, putting three on target.
The RedHawks will battle Kent State at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at Miami Soccer Field while the second semifinal, between second-seeded Central Michigan and sixth-seeded Toledo, will follow at 2 p.m. The MAC championship game is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, also at Miami Soccer Field. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 18 and under while students of all MAC institutions get in free with a student ID.
Toledo 1, Eastern Michigan 1 (2OT) (UT wins on PK's 2-1)
YPSILANTI, MI - No. 6 seed Toledo and No. 3 seed Eastern Michigan battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtime periods on Sunday at Scicluna Field, before the Rockets advanced, 2-1, on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. By winning the battle in PKs, the defending MAC Tournament champions move forward to the semifinals for an eighth straight season. UT (7-11-2) ill face No. 2 seed Central Michigan on Friday, Nov. 2 in Oxford, OH at a time to be determined later in the week.
The Eagles see their season come to an end with an 11-6-2 overall record.
In other MAC Tournament action, top seed Miami edged out No. 8 seed Ohio, 1-0, and will host the semifinals and the championship match. CMU doubled up No. 7 seed Northern Illinois, 2-0, and No. 4 seed Kent State blanked No. 5 seed Ball State, 4-0.
The MAC West Division rivals could not settle the score in regulation or two extra periods. The teams ended 110 minutes of play knotted at 1-1, before settling matters through penalty kicks. Today marked the fifth time in school history UT has had a tourney match decided by PKs, with the Midnight Blue & Gold having advanced on three occasions.
TOLEDO 1, Eastern Michigan 1 (2OT)
Rockets' Advance 2-1 on Penalty Kicks
UT: Kristen Mattei (Rachel MacLeod), 9:54
EMU: Stephanie Clarke (Chelsie Oddan), 35:45
Penalty Kick Order
EMU: Stephanie Clarke (Kick Good)
UT: Natalia Gaitan (Kick Failed, Saved)
EMU: Molli Krick (Kick Failed, Wide Left)
UT: Kristen Mattei (Kick Good)
EMU: Bianca Rossi (Kick Failed, Saved)
UT: Megan Blake (Kick Failed, Wide Right Off Crossbar)
EMU: Marisa Kozikowski (Kick Failed, Wide Right Off Post)
UT: Alexis Tice (Kick Failed, Saved)
EMU: Cara Cutaia (Kick Failed, Wide Right)
UT: Rachel MacLeod (Kick Good)
SHOTS: UT 25, EMU 14
CORNER KICKS: UT 7, EMU 4
SAVES: UT 4, EMU 8
FOULS: UT 10, EMU 7