Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
#8 Akron 2, Col. of Charleston 0
Bowling Green 5, Malone 0
Northern Illinois 3, Cincinnati 0
West Virginia 3, Central Connecticut St. 0
Hartwick 1, Fairfield 1
St. Bonaventure 3, Buffalo 1
Butler 2, Western Michigan 1
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Senior Aodhan Quinn finished a beautiful combination play to break a scoreless tie in the 80th minute as the No. 8 University of Akron men's soccer team posted a 2-0 victory at the College of Charleston Friday night on the first day of the Nike/Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic.
It was the first match of the season for either team and the first career win for Jared Embick as the head coach of the Zips.
Eric Stevenson initiated the game-winning play by running a ball down just before it crossed the Cougars' end line and played it back to Matt Foldesy, who found Quinn with space in front of the net with a quick back heel. Quinn fired a rocket across the goal, past the diving keeper and into the far corner of the net. It was the fourth career game-winning goal for Quinn at Akron.
The decisive strike followed a straight red card shown to CofC midfielder Ike Crook, who was booked for a hard tackle of Robbie Derschang in the 70th minute.
Akron added another tally thanks to an own goal in the 87th minute to put the game away. Adam Najem, who was trying to find Saad Abdul-Salaam with his corner kick service from the left side of the field, saw his ball deflect off the back of a Cougars' defender and into the net.
It was a fair end result as the Zips out-shot the host College of Charleston, 23-5, including a 12-2 advantage in the second half. Akron also earned seven corner kicks while limiting CofC to one.
The contest could have easily gotten out of hand much sooner had it not been for the terrific play of Cougars' goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk, who finished with nine saves. Conversely, Zips' freshman keeper Fernando Pina recorded three saves of his own to earn his first win and shutout as a Zip.
Despite out-shooting the Cougars 11-3 in the first half, Akron found itself in a scoreless tie heading into the break. CofC was the aggressor early on with a pair of shots on frame in the first 13 minutes of play but the Zips quickly regained control and dominated possession the rest of the way.
Senior Eric Stevenson and Quinn were particularly active with a combined eight shots in the first 45 minutes, including three attempts on frame. The Zip's best chance came in the 33rd minute when a quick series of passes from Saad Abdul-Salaam and Najem left Quinn with space at the top of the box. But Heemskerk, who had four saves in the first half, dove to his left to snag the liner.
The Zips will next face Furman, which defeated Xavier 4-3 in overtime in the first match of the tournament, Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO - The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team took care of business in the regular-season opener Friday night (Aug. 30). Five different Falcons scored, and the BG defense kept a clean sheet in a 5-0 win over Malone University at Cochrane Field.
Seniors Ryan Comiskey, Anthony Grant, Brandon Silva and Ryan Snashall and sophomore Ryan James all scored for the Falcons, who outshot the Pioneers by a 23-5 count. At the other end of the pitch, senior goalkeeper Michael Wiest was called upon to make just one save in his complete-match shutout effort.
Wiest picked up an assist on the Falcons' third goal of the night, and redshirt freshman Max Auden also recorded an assist in his collegiate debut.
Senior outside backs Matt Griesinger and Zach Schewee joined the attack on numerous occasions throughout the night. Twice within the first 12 minutes of play, Griesinger played a through ball that just missed putting a teammate in on goal. Griesinger and junior Vlad Lekarev worked a give-and-go in the 13th minute that sent Griesinger into the box, but the Falcons were whistled for one of their no fewer than 11 offside calls on the night.
Another Griesinger pass indirectly resulted in the Falcons' first goal. The senior played a short diagonal ball to Grant, who was stationed just outside the 18-yard box with his back to the goal. As Grant looked to elude his defender, he was hauled down just outside the box. The senior took the ensuing free kick, and neatly curled it into the upper-right-hand corner of the goal. With 15:11 gone, the Brown and Orange had the lead for good.
Twenty minutes had expired when Grant had another scoring chance. As he worked his way into the box, Malone goalkeeper Felipe Monteiro knocked the ball off of Grant's foot. It came out to Griesinger, who quickly fired a long shot as Monteiro was out of his net. But, the shot was off target.
Schewee got forward in the 24th minute, as the Falcons put five or six passes together. The senior made a run into the box, getting past a defender with several nifty moves. His short crossing ball, however, was knocked out of play by a Malone backliner just before it reached a teammate.
With just under 32 minutes gone, Snashall doubled the Falcons' lead. The senior stole the ball from a Malone player in BG's offensive third of the pitch. Snashall took several touches as he headed down the field, and blasted a shot just prior to reaching the penalty area. Monteiro got a hand on the hard shot, but could not prevent it from hitting the back of the net.
The scoring chances were coming fast and furious for the Falcons. Grant took a pass from Silva and fired a shot from the right side that hit the woodwork where the goalpost meets the crossbar. Less than a minute later, another pass by Silva found the foot of Comiskey, who drilled a shot just wide of the frame. The Falcons had a 12-1 advantage in first-half shot attempts, and BG took that 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Malone's long first-half shot was an effort from distance that was blocked by a BG defender.
As the match neared the hour mark, another lengthy sequence of passes by the Falcons resulted in Comiskey putting the ball past Monteiro and into the net. But, the ball had crossed the end line just a split-second before Schewee had tapped a short pass to Comiskey, and the score remained 2-0.
BGSU would break the match wide open, scoring three times in just over nine minutes. Lekarev was taken down in the box after receiving a pass from Snashall, and the Falcons were awarded a penalty kick. Silva made no mistake, burying that kick for a 3-0 lead at the 70:44 mark.
Just 1:26 later, Comiskey got the Falcons' fourth goal. A long ball by Wiest bounced just outside the 18-yard box. Comiskey took one touch to control the ball and keep it away from a defender, then took a second touch to tap it past the onrushing Monteiro. Having successfully evaded both Pioneers, the senior fired a shot into the vacated net.
The Falcons' final goal of the night came with just over 10 minutes to go. Auden, who had come off the bench to make his debut just three minutes earlier, played a cross into the box from the right side. James and Grant battled two defenders for the ball, and Grant poked it in the direction of James. The sophomore capped the night's scoring with a shot from approximately 10 yards out.
For the match, the Falcons had an 8-1 advantage in shots on goal and a 4-0 margin in corner kicks. Monteiro made three saves in his complete-match effort in goal for the visitors.
Freshman Joe Sullivan was in the starting lineup in his collegiate debut. In addition to Sullivan and Auden, four other Falcons played in a regular-season match for the first time. that list included redshirt freshmen Danny Shea and Jacob Shelt and true frosh Dan Looker and Jacob Roth.
The Falcons return to Cochrane on Monday night (Sept. 2), hosting the University of Michigan in a 7:00 p.m. start. Admission to all BGSU home soccer matches is free.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Behind goals from sophomore Bertrand Gaschot (Austin, Texas/Westwood), senior James Stevenson (Falkirk, Scotland/St. Mungo’s) and junior Isaac Kannah (Plymouth, Minn./Prairie Seeds Academy), the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team opened the 2013 regular season with a 3-0 victory over Cincinnati on Friday at the Wolstein Classic.
“The result was good,” said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi. “Anytime you score three goals it’s great, because scoring is fragile. I thought there were moments where we put good sequences together; there were moments of decent pressure, sustained pressure on their backline, but I think there is a lot for this group to improve on.”
NIU had the first chance of the contest when junior Shawn Vroom (Kohler, Wis./Kohler) flashed a header just wide in the seventh minute. The Huskies won a corner and the initial ball was cleared back toward the corner to junior Jayson LeSeth (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine Wsest) who whipped in a good cross near the six-yard box but Vroom’s header went wide of the post.
Four minutes later Northern Illinois had another chance from a corner as senior Sean Totsch (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) had a free header cleared off the goal line. Running alone near the penalty spot, the corner kick found Totsch and his header was ticketed for goal until it was cleared off the line by a Cincinnati defender.
The Bearcats had their first chance of the half in the 16th minute as a good turn by Ashani Walker gave him an opening in the box, but NIU goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser (Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla/Oregon State) made an excellent reaction save to keep the game scoreless.
NIU opened the scoring in the 22nd minute on Gaschot’s first career goal. Stevenson took the ball off a Cincinnati defender 30 yards from goal and played the ball into the path of Gaschot who was 1-on-1 with the Bearcat goalkeeper Taylor Hafling. Gaschot slotted the ball calmly past the goalkeeper from near the top of the box to give the Huskies a 1-0 advantage.
In the 29th minute Glaeser was called upon again, making a save at full stretch to help NIU take their 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Cincinnati started the second half brightly. In the 51st minute, Alan Rovira took a long distance shot that Glaeser did well to get down to and tip around the post.
Six minutes later, NIU began to take more control as Kannah found his way into space and around Hafling. Kannah’s pass toward goal deflected to Stevenson who was taken down in the box for a Huskie penalty kick.
Stevenson took the penalty, his attempt was saved but the Falkirk, Scotland native followed up the initial shot and put away the rebound for a 2-0 NIU lead.
In the 68th minute, more dangerous play from Kannah down the wing drew NIU another corner. Junior Sanel Hasanovic (St. Louis, Mo./Bayless/Jefferson College) got free off the corner and headed his attempt just wide of goal.
The Huskies had another chance from a corner in the 78th minute. The delivery came from freshman Adam Lightner (O’Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt West) and Totsch’s flashing header just missed the target.
In the waning moments, Gaschot drew a second penalty for the Huskies as he was taken down inside the six-yard box. Kannah stepped up and converted the penalty for the Huskies, giving NIU the 3-0 victory.
Glaeser finished with four saves while recording the shutout in his first career appearance as a Huskie.
“He made three or four really good saves,” said Luzzi of Glaeser. “I’ve been saying it all of preseason, all three of our goalkeepers have been very sharp. I’m happy for Andrew, he definitely did a lot to preserve the clean sheet today.”
Northern Illinois will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 1, when the Huskies take on tournament host Ohio State. Game time against the Buckeyes is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team opened the 2013 season with a 3-0 win over Central Connecticut State on Friday evening.
The crowd of 1,565 was the ninth largest to ever witness a men’s soccer match at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“We did enough to get the result, we were fishing in front of the goal,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We’re pleased we won the game, but we know we can be even better and that’s the scary thing. If this team doesn’t play well and wins 3-0 every game I’ll take it, but it will be scary to see how we are when we’re clicking on all cylinders.”
Junior Andy Bevin registered a three-point evening with a goal and an assist, while junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston notched his first career shutout as a Mountaineer, making three saves.
Sophomore defender Francio Henry netted his first collegiate goal in the fifth minute to give WVU an early 1-0 lead. Freshman defender Alex Ochoa drew a foul with the ensuing free kick taken by Bevin. Bevin played the ball from about 45 yards out into the box, where Henry headed it past CCSU keeper Josef Abele.
Bevin grabbed his goal in the 28th minute, flicking the ball with his left foot past Abele following pressure along the goal line by freshman defender Kyle Richards. Richards dribbled in the box and then took his defender down to the right side of the goal line before playing a ball to Bevin in the middle.
Senior Craig Stephens scored the third goal on a strike to the far post from 15 yards out. Sophomore Zak Leedom played a pass to sophomore Jamie Merriam, who crossed field to Stephens for the final tally.
Johnston made the save of the match in the 56th minute as CCSU’s Zach Zurita fired a liner at point-blank range with Johnston punching the ball out of harms way.
Merriam nearly had a goal in the 62nd minute following a cross by Bevin, but Merriam sent a diving header over the frame.
The Mountaineers return to action against Radford on Monday Sept. 2 against Radford. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Following Monday’s match, there will be a free youth clinic for ages 13 and under, weather permitting. Participants should sign-up prior to halftime and bring a ball, cleats and shinguards.
ONEONTA, NY – Hartwick men's soccer fought back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the score late in the second half and secured a 1-1 tie at Fairfield University on Friday night at Lessing Field in Fairfield, CT in the season opening game for both teams. Senior captain Will Broomfield (Brighton, England/Cloud Community College) netted the equalizer with just over 11 minutes left for the Hawks who were unlucky to not get the game-winner. They outshot the Stags 9-4 over the second half and overtime periods.
"We showed great character and fitness against a very competent team tonight," Hartwick head Coach John Scott said following the match. "It's a good start to the season."
'Wick was unlucky to come out of the first half down a goal after a balanced 45 minutes. Fairfield's Jake Zuniga gave his team the lead just 1:26 before the halftime whistle off a corner kick.
The Hawks wouldn't give up in the second half as they sought the tying goal. 'Wick would hold its hosts without a shot over nearly the final 30 minutes of the second session. The Hawks were finally rewarded in the 79th minute. Sophomore David Styles (Bognor Regis, England/St. Phillip Howard) sent a perfect cross into the box where Broomfield's powerful header from six yards out beat Stag goalie Joe Martin to pull even.
Hartwick didn't let up, pressing for the game-winner in the final 11 minutes. Midfielders Rio Dhat (Auckland, New Zealand/Epping Boys' HS) and Chris Walter (Amherst, NY/Nichols School) each had opportunities on goal. Dhat had a shot saved by Martin in the 82nd minute and Walter had the same result in the final 30 seconds as the two teams entered extra time.
Both teams had chances to end the match in overtime. Fairfield put a pair of shots high in the opening 10 minutes with forward Marc Russell (Glasgow, Scotland/Woodfarm HS) hitting one wide of the target for the Hawks.
Hartwick outshot the Stags 3-0 in the second overtime but couldn't capitalize. Tim Crawford (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder HS) fired a pair of shots off the mark and freshman Mike Rood (Conklin, NY/Susquehanna Valley HS) hit a shot wide of the Fairfield goal with a minute and a half left.
The Hawks finished with a 12-11 advantage in shots in the game. The Stags had a 9-3 edge in corners. Hartwick starting goalkeeper Mateo Munarriz (Manizales, Colombia/Colegio Granadino) stopped five shots in the match. Martin made three stops for Fairfield.
Hartwick returns to action on Monday at Syracuse University. The Orange is currently ranked 17th in the Soccer America Preseason Poll and 20th in the NSCAA Poll.
OLEAN, NY - The Buffalo men's soccer team opened a new era Friday evening, starting the 2013 season with a 3-1 loss at St. Bonaventure (1-0). The Bonnies scored a pair of goals in the opening half, and built a 3-0 lead before Russell Cicerone's first career goal gave UB (0-1) its lone score.
Cicerone was one of five true freshmen and seven newcomers to make the start for the Bulls, who is in its first season under new head coach Stu Riddle. Hooking up with classmate Nicolai Berry, Cicerone knocked home his goal in the 61st minute of the game. The Bonnies staked a commanding early lead thanks to a pair of goals within two minutes of each other, on a goal in the 27th minute and a goal off a rebound in the 29th minute.
Despite owning a slight 7-6 advantage in corner kicks, the Bulls were doubled up in shots, allowing 12 to the Bonnies while only attempting six. Braden Culver and Kristian Lee-Him each had two shots, with Culver putting both on frame.
The team will open up its home season on Sunday, hosting the Vermont Catamounts as part of a doubleheader with the women's soccer game. First kick is scheduled for 3 pm.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Western Michigan men's soccer team dropped its season-opener at Butler, 2-1, on the road on Friday night.
The Broncos surrendered two goals in the span of three minutes on a long shot by Jeff Adkins in the 22nd minute and a penalty kick by Zach Steinberger in the 25th minutes.
WMU's goal came in the 67th minute after Jason Grant placed a corner kick directly in front of the net and Connor Furgason punched it in for his first of the season.
Full recap to come.