Saturday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 11/3/2012

Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

 

Saturday's Men's Soccer Scoreboard - 11/3
Akron 1, Western Michigan 0
West Virginia 1, Bowling Green 0 

 

Akron 1, Western Michigan 0


AKRON, Ohio – A late goal by Scott Caldwell lifted The No. 2 University of Akron men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Western Michigan in the final match of the regular season Saturday night at FirstEnergy – Cub Cadet Field.
 
It was a fitting Senior Night finish for the team captain, who one-timed a rebounded shot by Alfred Koroma past the keeper from 10 yards out to break the scoreless tie in the 86th minute. It was also a fair result for the Zips (15-1-2, 7-0-0 Mid-American Conference) who out-shot the Broncos 23-2 overall – including 16-0 in the second half – and 9-0 on frame.
 
As the No. 1 seed, Akron, which clinched its eighth-consecutive MAC regular season championship last weekend, will host No. 4 seed Bowling Green (8-8-3, 3-3-1 MAC) in the second semifinal match Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field starting at 7:30 p.m. No. 2 seed Northern Illinois (6-9-3, 4-2-1 MAC) will face No. 3 West Virginia (9-5-2, 4-2-1) in the opener Friday at 4 p.m. The MAC Championship will be played on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m.
 
Despite the lopsided shot advantage, the Zips and Broncos (11-6-2, 3-3-1) were scoreless late into the match due mainly to a deep and organized WMU defense. But Akron, which earned 10 corner kicks to Western Michigan's two, was persistent with its attack and broke through late.
 
Robbie Derschang initiated the scoring sequence with a run down the left side of the field before crossing it to Koroma, who was waiting on the near left flank. The true freshman made a quick turn and fired from close range but Western Michigan goalkeeper Sean Lewis, who finished the night with eight saves, was there to punch it out.
 
Caldwell rushed in and redirected the ball past the keeper for the seventh game-winning goal of his career and his third of the season. He is currently second on the team with nine goals overall, which represents a career high.
 
With the win, the Zips swept the MAC regular season for the fifth consecutive season and are 31-0 versus the league in league play since 2008. Akron also extended its unbeaten streak to 13 matches and its winning streak to 12.
 
It was also Akron's 14th shutout of the season, which is tied for the third-highest total in school history. The Zips have allowed just one goal in their last 1,181:30 of play.

 

West Virginia 1, Bowling Green 0 
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team used a goal in the 84th minute to clinch a spot in the Mid-American Conference Championship, topping Bowling Green on the road, 1-0, Saturday evening at Cochrane Stadium.

“I thought our performance was excellent,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We got a pretty good team effort tonight in tough conditions, in a tough place to play and against a team that was as committed to winning as we were. We did a good job of showing our character and class when it mattered the most.”

Senior Eric Schoenle scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season at the 83:12 mark of regulation by flicking a header from the near post to the far post off a corner kick by senior Travis Pittman.

“It was a big win for us. Our whole season was basically on the line,” Schoenle says. “We’re in survive-and-advance mode right now, so we knew coming in that it was a must-win.”

Senior Uwem Etuk created the corner kick opportunity as he took a shot from inside the 18 yard box that deflected off a Bowling Green defender and out of play.

The win snaps a two-game losing streak in which WVU lost road matches at Akron and at Northern Illinois.

WVU finishes MAC play with a 4-2-1 record, tying for a spot in second place. The Mountaineers improve to 9-5-2 overall.

Bowling Green drops to 8-8-3 with a 3-3-1 mark in conference play.

The teams were unable to find much of a rhythm in the first half, playing the majority of the half in the midfield with the Mountaineers holding possession.

Bowling Green had the only shot on goal of the half in the third minute as WVU senior keeper Pat Eavenson made a save on Zach Lemke’s shot from 25 yards out.

WVU held the edge in shots (5-3) and corner kicks (5-0) at halftime. Bowling Green had three shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and the teams finished with 10 shots apiece. The Mountaineers held the corner kick advantage at 6-1.

Eavenson finished with two saves to help post his fifth shutout of the season and the team’s sixth.

The Mountaineers will now travel to Akron, Ohio, for the 2012 MAC Championship at First Energy Stadium. As the No. 3 seed, WVU will face No. 2 seed Northern Illinois on Friday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. Following the match between WVU and NIU, No. 1 seed Akron will take on No. 4 seed Bowling Green at 7:30 p.m.

The championship match will be held Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m.