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Tuesday's Men's Soccer Scoreboard - 10/30
Bowling Green 3, Wright State 2
Florida International 5, Florida Atlantic 0
Western Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 0
Bowling Green 3, Wright State 2
Freshman Ryan James scored two goals, including the overtime winner, as the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team posted a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Wright State University Tuesday night (Oct. 30). The non-conference match was held at a rainy, windy Cochrane Field.
With the victory, the Falcons improve to 8-7-3 on the year. BGSU has won three consecutive matches, and the Falcons are unbeaten in the last four contests. The Raiders drop to 4-12-1.
The win also gives BGSU possession of the I-75 Cup, a travelling trophy that goes to the winner of the BG-WSU match each year. The Falcons have won two of the three matches since BGSU coach Eric Nichols and WSU coach Bryan Davis came up with the idea prior to the 2010 season.
BGSU's total of eight wins is the team's highest in nine years, since the 2003 team went 8-9-5 overall. That club, coached by Mel Mahler, advanced to the championship match of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
In addition to the brace by James, junior Zach Schewee also scored on Tuesday night. James and Schewee scored less than two minutes apart to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead with 16-and-a-half minutes to go in the second half, but WSU's Brett Elder scored his second goal of the night to tie the match with under 13 minutes left, setting the stage for the Golden Goal by James.
That goal came when junior Sean Sikich played a long ball down the right side of the pitch to classmate Anthony Grant. Grant slid a pass to an open James on his left, and James headed into the box on the right side. WSU goalkeeper Jacob Bye came off of his line, charging toward James, but the Falcon freshman deftly poked the ball past Bye with his toe. The ball rolled toward the far post, and a WSU defender was unable to reach the soft shot in time as it glanced off of the post and rolled into the net at the 91:31 mark.
BGSU had 21 shots to the Raiders' 13 on the night, including a 13-6 margin in the second half. James' winner was the lone shot attempt of the overtime.
Junior Michael Wiest saw his career-long shutout streak come to an end at a 227:48, but picked up his season-high third-straight win. Wiest, who has played every second of every match in goal for the Falcons this fall, made three saves in Tuesday's match. Bye had five stops against the Falcons.
The temperature was 40 degrees at kickoff, but the sustained winds of roughly 25 miles per hour made it feel that much colder at Cochrane Field. A light rain began as the teams warmed up prior to kickoff, and the rain steadily increased as the match got underway. The wind and the precipitation continued throughout the entire 91-plus minutes of play.
The Falcons had the bulk of the possession time in the early going, and had several chances to take the lead. With roughly 13 minutes gone, James and junior Ryan Snashall worked a give-and-go play on the right side of the pitch, and Snashall hit a short cross to sophomore Danny Baraldi near the far post. With a defender inches away, and with Bye making his way across the goalmouth, Baraldi got a shot off, but it was just wide left and hit the outside netting.
Several minutes later, Baraldi, James, Grant and redshirt junior Brandon Silva were all involved as the Falcons were able to string multiple passes together. James beat a defender and played a left-side cross to Baraldi, who hit a shot toward the far post. But, Bye was able to get there in time to gather it in.
Only two minutes later, WSU's Albert Nilsson's cross very nearly became an 'own goal' as it hit a BGSU defender and rolled just wide of the post. Nilsson's ensuing corner kick found the head of Seth Petrey, but his shot went wide as well.
With just under a half hour elapsed, though, the Raiders scored, somewhat against the run of play. Petrey played a perfect through-ball to the onrushing Elder, and Elder hit a low shot that nestled inside the far (right) post. With 28:44 gone, the visitors had a one-nil lead.
Petrey nearly doubled that lead with just over five minutes remaining before halftime, blasting a free kick on frame. Wiest made a diving save to knock the ball out of play for a corner, and that corner resulted in a low-percentage shot that went well over the goal. Still, the Raiders took that 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Each team took a total of seven shots in the first half, but the Falcons dominated the early portion of period two, firing the first nine shots of the half. Fifth-year senior Zach Lemke had no fewer than three shot attempts in the first three-plus minutes of the half, with each shot progressively more dangerous than the one before.
With just over a minute gone, Lemke got his head on a Baraldi free kick, but the shot was high. Nearly three minutes into the period, the tri-captain hit a hard shot that was blocked out of play for a corner kick.
That corner kick, taken by Baraldi, found Lemke on the near side of the goal. Lemke's header very nearly went in, but was blocked by a Raider defender on the goal line. The rebound went to Snashall near the top of the box, and the junior drilled a shot toward the left post, but Bye was able to get there and make the save.
The Falcons just missed connections in the 51st minute of play, as a right-side cross by Grant was just a little too high for the leaping James. BGSU had five more shots over the next 15 minutes, but could not cut into the deficit.
The visitors finally got a shot with nearly 25 minutes gone in the half, when Justin Laird's cross found Nilsson on the left side of the box. Nilsson struck his shot well, but a BG defender blocked the ball out of play. Moments later, the Falcons had their 10th shot of the half, and their first goal of the night.
BGSU's first goal came when junior Ryan Comiskey won possession of a ball near the end line, on the left side of the penalty area. Comiskey's pass toward the center of the box deflected off of a defender and went to James, who put his one-time effort in the back of the net. Comiskey drew the lone assist on the goal, which came with 71:42 gone.
Schewee gave the Falcons the lead just 1:44 later, stealing a ball deep in the WSU end of the pitch. He made a quick move to elude the defender he had just dispossessed, then fired a shot past Bye. The goal, Schewee's first of the season, came at the 73:26 mark.
The Raiders, however, equalized less than five minutes later. Joakim Carlsson served a long ball into the box from the left side, and Wiest attempted to punch the ball out of the penalty area. In traffic, however, the junior 'keeper slipped and fell, and Elder tracked down the ball, made a move to elude the diving Wiest and fired the ball into the vacated net.
The visitors had a good chance to take the lead with under 10 minutes remaining, but Tim Sampson blasted a shot that went just wide of the right post. And, with the visitors on an all-out rush, Wiest made a save on Drake Stewart as the clock ticked toward seven minutes.
Stewart had another chance with six minutes remaining, but was unable to get a shot off, and what looked like a dangerous opportunity for the visitors fell by the wayside.
Less than a minute later, the home team had a dangerous chance, as Baraldi drilled a shot from near the 18-yard line. But, at the last second, Bye tipped the ball over the crossbar with a leaping effort. Baraldi's shot was the final one in regulation, and the teams headed to overtime, setting the stage for the James goal.
The Falcons now prepare for the final match of the regular season, a Saturday night (Nov. 3) contest against MAC affiliate member West Virginia. BGSU and WVU are two of the four teams tied for second place in the league standings. The top-four teams at the conclusion of the regular season will advance to next weekend's MAC Tournament, which will be hosted by regular-season champion Akron.
Florida International 5, Florida Atlantic 0
BOCA RATON, FL – FIU scored three goals in just over two and a half minutes of play, and defeated the Florida Atlantic men’s soccer team Tuesday night, 5-0.
The Panthers got on the board quickly, as Christopher Moffett found a loose ball in the box and put it past FAU starting keeper Scott Power in the fifth minute to take a 1-0 lead.
Then three quick goals came for the visitors. Two came at the 31:17 and 31:32 marks, by Nicolas Rodriguez and Quentin Albrecht, and then Colby Burdette put one in at 33:50. Albrecht added the team's fifth goal after the break, past the Owls’ Jeremy Crumpton in the 67th minute, for the final score.
FAU were outshot, but more importantly, had a 12-2 deficit on shots on goal. Daniel Mendes had one SOG of the five he took, and freshman Kyle Curinga had the other one.
With one match to go in the regular season, the Owls are 2-11-1. Their final contest and Senior Day is this Sunday, November 4, against Mid-American Conference opponent Hartwick College. Game time is 4 p.m. at the FAU Soccer Stadium.
Western Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan defeated Northern Illinois, 2-0, in the Broncos' final home game of the season, keeping WMU in the hunt for a spot in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Both Bronco goals came in the second half, as Western Michigan drubbed NIU with 11 shots in the period and 17 overall. Sophomore forward Jason Grant scored the eventual game-winner in the 78th minute, striking a ball from Ryan Lemasters on the right edge of the six to the far back post. It was Grant's fifth goal of the season, and Lemasters' team-leading eighth assist.
Freshman Erik Kelly insured the win in the 86th minute, accepting Oliver Mayer's pass in the center of the box and driving it home for his second career goal.
The victory improved WMU's record to 11-5-2 on the year, marking the most wins for the program since posting 12 in 2003, and upped the Broncos' MAC record to 3-2-1. With one game to go, the team needs a tie or a win at Akron, Nov. 3, to control its own destiny to the MAC Tournament. The outcomes of a variety of other matchups in the final week can also lead to WMU making postseason play.
"This was as good as it gets," said WMU head coach Stu Riddle. "We knew having to play without two senior captains against the defending MAC champions was going to be tough.
"We spent a lot of time working on our tactics for this match and our players bought in and implemented them perfectly. We've given ourselves the chance to extend our season and we are excited to face Akron on senior night in front of their great fans on Saturday."
Western Michigan was without its leading goal scorer, Shane Lyons (eight goals this year), as well as four-year starter and anchor of the Bronco defense Darren Jones. Both were forced to sit after being issued red cards in an emotional match at Buffalo last Friday.
WMU's win over Northern Illinois was the first since 2009, and gave the Broncos redemption from a pair of losses to the Huskies last year. NIU got the best of WMU in the regular season in 2011, 3-0, and slipped by the Broncos, 1-0, in the MAC Tournament championship game.
The Huskies (5-9-3, 3-2-1 MAC) had shut out their previous three opponents prior to the loss to Western Michigan Tuesday.
Western Michigan forced NIU keeper Jordan Godsey to make two punching saves in the final minutes of the first half. Inside four minutes before the break, Hjalmar Danielsen struck a screamer from the right corner of the 18. Godsey hit it over the top of the goal and moments later made a similar save on Connor Furgason's header off the Bronco corner kick.
WMU also had its big moments defensively. Junior goalkeeper Sean Lewis made five saves and Furgason had a team save clearing a ball off the line in the 67th minute.
It was the Broncos' sixth shutout of the season, the most since 1993. WMU finishes with a 6-1-2 home record in 2012.
Western Michigan travels to Akron, ranked No. 2 in the nation, Saturday, Nov. 3, for a 7:30 matchup at Lee Jackson Field. WMU stunned the Zips last year in the MAC Tournament semifinals, playing to a 1-1 tie and then advancing to the championship game on penalty kicks, 4-3.