Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Friday's Women's Soccer Scoreboard - 8/23
Ball State 2, Northern Iowa 1
Eastern Michigan 3, Detroit 2
Kent State 3, St. Bonaventure 2
Illinois State 3, Miami 2
Indiana 1, Ohio 0
Michigan State 2, Buffalo 0
Minnesota 2, Toledo 1
Purdue 1, Akron 0
Saint Louis University 3, Western Michigan 2
Ball State 2, Northern Iowa 1
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Michelle Blok scored two goals in a five-minute span Friday afternoon to propel the Ball State soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Northern Iowa at the Briner Sports Complex.
The Cardinals (1-0) limited the Panthers (0-1) to just four shots the entire game en route to the season-opening win. It was the first of two home games this weekend for Ball State, which will host Green Bay at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Despite an otherwise dominating first-half performance, Ball State trailed 1-0 at the break. The Cardinals had not allowed a single shot, with the exception of a Maggie Riley corner kick that managed to curl into the back of the net for Northern Iowa late in the half.
“We came out very strong and the girls possessed the ball very well,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “We had complete performances from the majority of the team. I felt like we were very unfortunate to go into the half trailing, but the girls kept to the task at hand.”
After several near misses to start the game, Ball State wasted little time finding its scoring punch in the second half. That punch came in the form of Blok, a senior captain from Noblesville, Ind.
Less than three minutes after halftime, Blok managed to corral the ball just left of the top of the box. She placed a shot over the outstretched hand of Northern Iowa keeper Whitney Blunt and into the top left corner of the goal.
Then, in the 53rd minute, Blok found herself at nearly the same position on the field after a free kick delivered by Cailey Starck. This time, she hit a low, skidding shot that crept into the bottom left corner to give the Cardinals the lead.
“We knew we were playing well; we just hadn’t found the results yet,” Roberts said. “We started to push a little more centrally out of the back, and that enabled us to get our outside midfielders a little further forward. Consequently we could get the ball centered more as we attacked, and Michelle Blok was able to score as a result of that.”
Ball State continued to apply the pressure, forcing three more saves by Blunt on hard shots from Jasmine Moses, Courtney Chambers and Nicole Pembleton. While none of those managed to sneak in, Ball State was controlling the action. In the end, the Cardinals salted the game away by playing keep away from Northern Iowa in the closing minutes.
A total of 10 players made their Ball State debuts Friday, including four in the starting lineup: freshmen Leah Mattingly and Chay McNitt along with transfers Jenna Finke and Madison Oyer. Freshman Kelsey Wendlandt came off the bench to fire two shots, including one that hit the post, while newcomer Elaina Musleh led the team with three shots.
Layne Schramm played the entire 90 minutes in goal for Ball State, while Blunt and Nicole Postel split time at keeper for Northern Iowa.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- Two unanswered goals propelled the Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team to a 3-2 season-opening victory over the University of Detroit Mercy Titans Friday evening, Aug. 23, at Scicluna Field. Junior midfielder Martha Stevens (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-Marian) used her head to score the game-winning goal for the Green and White after receiving a perfect cross from senior Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) in the game's 68th minute. The Eagles controlled ball possession for the majority of the contest's remaining 22 minutes to secure the victory in the season opener for both teams.
Sophomore Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) (1-0) picked up the victory in goal for EMU (1-0), stopping five shots from the Titans. Detroit's Martha Dunbar (0-1) allowed three goals while collecting four saves. The Eagles outshot the Titans (0-1) 18-14.
Along with Stevens, Cara Cutaia (Burlington, Ontario-Notre Dame Catholic) and Angela Vultaggio (Chesterfield, Mich.-L'Anse Creuse North) found the net for Eastern. Cutaia also added an assist when she found Vultaggio for the Eagles' first goal of the season. Haley Burtraw recorded both goals for the Titans.
Detroit took only seven minutes to score the season's first goal. Alyssa Lotito served a crisp pass to teammate Haley Burtraw who beat McCabe on the right side, giving the Titans an early 1-0 lead. However, Cutaia showed her leadership as a team captain by leading a pass up the middle for Vultaggio. Dunbar gambled by coming up to challenge Vultaggio, but the junior forward dribbled swiftly past her to casually put the ball in the net, tying the game up at one goal apiece. Both teams continued to challenge the other's goalkeeper, but the defenses held strong as the game remained tied going into the half.
In the second half, UDM took the lead on Burtraw's second goal of the game with 31:26 remaining in the match. Following a corner kick, there was a mad scramble inside the box. With both teams battling close to the goal, Burtraw finally came up with a ball to send it into the goal to give Detroit the one goal advantage.
The Titans' lead did not last long as Cutaia found the scoring column four minutes later. After a cross proved to be unsuccessful the Burlington, Ontario native kept challenging in the box before finally coming up with the ball. Cutaia proceeded to give the Eagles the spark they needed as she struck the back of the net to knot the match up, 2-2.
EMU continued on the offensive and kept the momentum going. Coming down the right side of the pitch, Clarke sent a high cross into the box. The superb pass found Stevens by the opposite post, and she was able to send a header past the keeper, giving the Eagles the lead for good with 22:42 left in the contest. Throughout the rest of the match, the Green and White showed their experience by controlling possession as the clock ticked down, hanging on for the 3-2 decision.
Next, the Eagles will make their first road trip of the season, heading down to Columbus, Ohio to face No. 23 Ohio State Sunday, Aug. 25. Kickoff from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Kent State 3, St. Bonaventure 2
KENT, Ohio- Freshman midfielder Jenna Hellstrom scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 76th minute of play, to lift Kent State (1-0) to a 3-2 victory over visiting St. Bonaventure (0-1) in its season opener on Friday night at Zoeller Field.
"I thought we had a good performance today," said Head Coach Rob Marinaro. "We let down a little bit during certain parts of the game and we talked to the team about that. But it's a progression. I give the ladies a lot of credit for the effort they put forth, and scoring three goals was excellent."
The Golden Flashes lit up the scoreboard first when sophomore Madison Helterbran headed one in from a Jessacca Gironda corner 14 minutes into the game to take an early 1-0 lead.
Nearly 15 minutes later, the Bonnies evened the score when senior midfielder Jordan Calabria put in a header off a free kick taken by Brittany Charles. However, the Golden Flashes battled back and were back on top in the 32nd minute when Hellstrom chipped one in after a Gironda corner to boast a 2-1 lead at the intermission.
Both squads tallied five shots in the first period, and KSU sophomore keeper Stephanie Senn earned two saves while senior goalie Megan Junker picked up one in the net for the Bonnies.
The teams came out firing after the half, but neither could find the back of the net. SBU's Brittany Charles fired one off in the opening minute of the game, but Senn was there with the save. Minutes later, Kent State's Gironda blasted one off the underside of the crossbar that bounced out in the 54th minute, and she tried again in the 61st but sophomore goalkeeper Christina Sarokon sent it away.
The Bonnies found success in the 65th minute after senior midfielder Alyssa Lapp knocked in a long free kick. But the Golden Flashes continued to attack and got the go-ahead goal from Hellstrom, who flicked one past the keeper in the 76th minute.
St. Bonaventure led Kent State in shots, 13-12, but the Golden Flashes finished with a commanding 11-5 lead in corner kicks.
Gironda led the Kent State attack with four shots, including two on goal, and finished the game with two assists. A total of 17 Golden Flashes saw action for head coach Rob Marinaro on Friday night, including four freshman.
Kent State is back in action at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Marshall.
Illinois State 3, Miami 2
NORMAL, Ill. – In a wild, back-and-forth contest, the Miami University women’s soccer team came up just short, falling to Illinois State, 3-2, Friday at Adelaide Street Field in the season opener for both teams. The loss was the RedHawks’ (0-1) first in a season opener since 2009 while it was their first ever meeting with the Redbirds (1-0).
“I thought it looked very much like a first game for us,” Head Coach Bobby Kramig said. “We did some good things and created two very good goals. We were a bit tentative at times and I thought that hurt us defensively.”
Illinois State, the two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champions, controlled play early on, hitting the crossbar less than two minutes in. The Redbirds earned six corner kicks over the first 25 minutes, but Miami’s defense held tough and senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg made a close-range save to keep the match scoreless.
The RedHawks were able to create a few rushes off counters over the first 25 minutes, but couldn’t hold possession until the 31st minute. Sophomore midfielder Haley Walter carried the ball down the right flank before centering to senior midfielder Katy Dolesh, who turned and fired on goal. ISU keeper Aryn Newsom made the stop but fumbled the ball and fellow senior midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski pounced on the rebound, burying the ball for Miami’s first goal of the year. Dolesh collected the assist.
The lead did not last long, however, as Illinois State pulled level at 1-1 five minutes later. Rachel Tejada passed to Kyla Cross just inside the box. With her back turned to goal and a RedHawk defender behind her, Cross spun and sent a low shot past the outstretched arms of Norenberg just inside the far post.
The Redbirds then grabbed their first lead of the night just before halftime. With only 1:25 remaining in the period, ISU kept the ball in the attacking end until Hannah Leinert booted a shot from the left side of the box that was deflected by the RedHawks, but changed the path of the ball as it snuck past Norenberg, sending Illinois State into the locker room with a 2-1 advantage. Tejada and Rhianna Krutz picked up assists on the score.
Miami came out attacking to start the second half, earning its first two corners of the match in the first four minutes. Newsom was then forced to make a save on Zakrzewski breakaway a minute later. In the 56th minute, the RedHawks knotted up the score at 2-2 on a goal by Dolesh, giving her a three-point night. The captain was able to break free down the right side and sent a blast into the back to the net for her first tally of the year, which came unassisted.
Illinois State continued to pressure right after Miami tied the match, but the RedHawks were able to clear the dangerous balls. Dolesh then had a breakaway but her shot sailed wide. With only 20 minutes remaining, the Redbirds broke the deadlock when Cross scored her second goal of the night. Leinert dribbled up the left side and crossed to Cross in the box, where she put it away for a 3-2 ISU lead.
The ‘Hawks did not go quietly though, as Zakrzewski nearly tied the match again in the 77th minute. She got behind the Redbird defense and was on a breakaway when Newsom charged from her goal and pulled her down just outside the penalty box, earning Newsom a red card and Miami a free kick from a good spot. The RedHawks were unable to score on the free kick, but Illinois State still had to play a player down because of the red card.
Despite having an extra player on the pitch for the final 13 minutes, Miami was unable to find the equalizer, dropping the 3-2 contest. ISU finished with an 18-10 advantage in shots, though both sides only put four on target. The Redbirds also held an 8-2 advantage in corners, including 6-0 in the first stanza.
“Congrats to Illinois State on a strong performance. They are an excellent team and I’m sure will enjoy a lot of success this season,” Kramig said. “I believe this game will prove very beneficial to us in the long run. You don’t learn anything playing bad teams, but I think we’ll learn a lot from this game. We needed a game like this.”
The RedHawks look for their first win of the season Sunday when they travel to Indiana for a match at Valparaiso. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. local.
Indiana 1, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio - In the official debut of new head coach Aaron Rodgers, the Ohio University women's soccer team was narrowly edged by the visiting Indiana Hoosiers Friday afternoon at Chessa Field, 1-0. In a very even match, a Lisa Nouanesengsy 69th-minute goal proved to be the difference in each program's opening game of the 2013 season.
Indiana (1-0) recorded 10 total shots to Ohio's eight, with the Hoosiers hitting six of theirs on target. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Nicole Amari (Vernon Hills, Ill.) had a very solid day in net, making five saves to deny the Hoosiers on multiple good scoring opportunities.
The Bobcats (0-1) created a number of quality scoring chances as well. Colorado transfer Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.) recorded two total shots (both on target) and true freshman Allison Cislo (Crownsville, Md.) added an impressive headed attempt which was saved by Indiana's Shannon Flower. Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio), Tonya Frasik (Lebanon, Ohio), and Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio) each also contributed two shots for the Green and White.
Manso was on the end of Ohio's first scoring chance, firing a shot on target in the ninth minute. Flower was well positioned for the attempt, however, and was able to make the save. Indiana answered back with two good scoring opportunities of its own, as Rebecca Candler recorded an attempt on target in the 11th minute and Monica Melnik then added one in the 20th. Amari was equal to each opportunity, making two great saves to keep the match level at 0-0.
Coming out of the locker room with the match still scoreless, Ohio showed a new attacking intent in the final 45 minutes. The `Cats took six of their eight shots in the second half. Two of these came right from the outset of the second frame, as Milesky hit a shot just wide in the 47th minute and Finley's 50th-minute header fizzed just wide of the target.
The Hoosiers were able to break the deadlock in the 69th minute, recording the decisive tally when Lara Ross floated in a ball over the Bobcat defense from 22 yards out. Nouanesengsy alertly ran under it and was able to volley it past the outstretched Amari from six yards out.
Ohio nearly responded with a goal just two minutes later. A sharp cross was whipped in towards Cislo and the freshman snapped a smart header towards the far post. Flower was able to make an impressive diving save to parry the shot aside and keep her team's lead intact.
Ohio will next be in action on Sunday, Aug. 25 against Wright State. The Bobcats and Raiders will kick things off from Chessa Field beginning at 1 p.m.
EAST LANSING, MI – The Buffalo women's soccer team (0-1, 0-0 MAC) opened up their 2013 campaign with a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Michigan State Spartans (1-0) on the road on Friday evening. The Bulls were unable to get anything going offensively as they were held to one total shot for the game.
"The girls came out and battled hard tonight for most of the game but we need to execute better," stated sixth-year head coach Michael Thomas. "I am excited by some of the things that I saw in the second half of play, but we still have a couple things to work on this week in practice. I fully expect our girls to come out ready to play next Friday at St. Bonaventure."
The Bulls were outshot 17-1 for the game as the lone Buffalo player with a shot on goal was Karen McMahon. Ainsley Wheldon played well as she faced constant Spartan pressure on the night, making five saves in the losing effort.
The Bulls were put on the defensive early on Friday as just 39 seconds into the opening half, Wheldon was forced to make a quick save off the foot of Kelsey Mullen. The Spartans spent much of the opening half in the attacking third of the field, but they were not able to put one past Wheldon despite outshooting the Bulls 10-0 after the opening 45 minutes of action.
The game-winning marker came in the 53rd minute as Lisa Vogel found the back of the net on a free kick from 18 yards out, beating the outstretched arms of Wheldon for her first goal of the young season.
Following the Spartans strike, the Bulls responded with their first shot of the contest just 30 seconds later as McMahon had her blast turned aside, keeping the score in favor of the home team, 1-0.
Michigan State put the game away in the 85th minute as they increased their lead to 2-0 off the foot of Jessica White. White took a perfect pass from Alexandra Gjonaj and buried a shot from six yards out on the left side of the goal.
The Bulls will have a week off before getting back on the field as they will travel to Big Four rival St. Bonaventure on Frid
Minnesota 2, Toledo 1
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Toledo opened its 2013 campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 setback to Minnesota on Friday under the lights at the Gopher Tournament at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 0-1-0 on the season.
The Golden Gophers (1-0-0) scored a goal in each half to hand UT only its sixth season-opening loss in the 19-year history of the storied program.
"I'm really proud of the team’s effort tonight,” Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. “We battled for a full 90 minutes. We missed some early key chances, however, we will build on this season-opening contest as we continue to grow as a team.”
Minnesota jumped on the scoreboard first when Josee Stiever found the back of the net at the 19:28 mark.
The Rockets retaliated with the equalizer when freshman Kiersten Johnson netted her first collegiate marker at 39:12. A prolific scorer Milford High School in Cincinnati, Johnson registered 32 goals and 18 assists (82 points) in her illustrious prep career, including 15 tallies and nine helpers (39 points) as a senior.
“It was great to see Kiersten score her first collegiate goal in her first collegiate match,” Evans said.
The score remained the same until Minnesota’s Simone Kolander tallied the eventual match winner at 48:04.
The Golden Gophers finished the season-opening match with a 7-4 edge in shots. Johnson paced the Rockets with two shots, while Stiever totaled a contest-best three shots.
Sophomore Sam Tiongson went the distance between the posts for the Midnight Blue & Gold and was credited with four saves.
"I thought we came out really strong against a good Big Ten team in tonight's opener,” Tiongson said. “We definitely showed pride on the field, and I can't wait for what we will bring on Sunday."
The Rockets will return to the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 25 when they play Belmont on the final day of the Gopher Tournament. The opening whistle between UT and BU is slated for 11:00 a.m. (CT). The Bruins suffered a 2-0 setback to North Dakota State in today’s other first-round match in the ‘Twin Cities.’
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (0-1) women's soccer team fell in the regular season opener to Purdue University (1-0) by a score of 5-0 on Friday evening at the Boilermaker Complex.
In their first game of Boilermaker Cup, Akron was unable to push a goal past the Purdue defense. Purdue's starting goalkeeper, Clara Kridler, shutout Akron in the first half with two saves. Kridler was one of three goalies utilized by Purdue on Friday.
Overall, the Zips offense registered three shots on goal, which came from Megan Waskowski, Karin Norman and Abby Gindlesberger. Both Norman and Gindlesberger played their first collegiate games for Akron on Friday night.
The Purdue Boilermaker's Maddy Williams led the match with two goals, one assist and four shots on goal in the victory over the Zips.
Sophomore goalkeeper Klaire Adee started for the Zips in goal, and allowed four goals and registered four saves while spending 45 minutes in goal.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Luevano-Harden finished the game at goalie for Akron, and allowed one goal in 45 minutes of work. She tallied two saves in her second half appearance.
Junior Kelly DeNiro was the lone Akron player to be on the pitch for the full 90 minutes of Friday's match. DeNiro is one assist away from the career assist record for Zips women's soccer.
The Zips will finalize their time at the Boilermaker Cup on Sunday morning against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux at 11:00 a.m., in the Boilermaker Complex. Live stats and audio will be available through the Akron women's soccer schedule page.
Saint Louis University 3, Western Michigan 2
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team dropped its opening game of the season at Saint Louis, falling 3-2 to the Billikens on Friday night in front of 2,442 fans.
After going down early to SLU on a goal by Jenny Hummert in the ninth minute, the Broncos tied the game in the 55th minute on freshman Liz Abro’s first career goal. Abro fired a shot straight from outside the box and into the net after receiving the ball from Ali Russo.
The Billikens scored two goals in a span of six minutes to take a 3-1 lead in the 77th by Cristina Rodriguez and 82nd minute by Livi Logan-Wood.
Freshman Megan Ross banged in WMU’s second goal of the night with just 1:01 remaining in the second half after Russo played a short cross from the left side of the box.
“It was a disappointing result but we saw some good things,” said head coach Nate Norman. “All credit to Saint Louis though, they were very efficient in the attack and that is something we can definitely be better at.”
The Broncos did outshot SLU 18-9 but the shots-on-goal were deadlocked at five each. Diana Dedvukaj had a game-high seven shots on the night.
The season-opening road trip continues as WMU heads to Iowa to battle the Hawkeyes on Sunday at 2 p.m.