Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
West Virginia 2, Radford 2
Bowling Green 1, Michigan 1
Syracuse 2, Hartwick 0
West Virginia 2, Radford 2
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team twice held the lead, but was unable to holf it, tying Radford 2-2 on Monday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
With the Mountaineers holding a 2-1 advantage in the 77th minute, Radford’s Garland Smith put home the game-tying goal after a defensive breakdown by WVU. Chel Ho Park Kim sent a ball across the goal line and Smith slid in, poking the ball under WVU junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston to even the score.
“The easy thing to do is to point to Lee on the mistake on the second goal, but that was a microcosm of a number of different mistakes that were made,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “Obviously both teams looked tired, however for us to have as much of the ball and play as we did, to let that game go in the end is disappointing.”
West Virginia (1-0-1) finished with the lead in shots (16-10), led by four off the foot of junior Andy Bevin. Bevin finished with two assists, bringing his season total to five points in two matches.
Sophomore Jamie Merriam notched his first goal of the season in the 12th minute, pinging a bending shot from 25 yards out past Radford goalkeeper Dane Wilson. Following a Radford turnover off a throw in, Bevin played a pass to senior Craig Stephens, who one-touched the ball to Merriam. Merriam dribbled and took the shot past an off-guard Wilson, who was directing his back line.
Radford tied the game in the 58th minute on a turnaround left-footed shot by Bernardo Ulmo from 10 yards out. Ulmo lined the ball to the right of a diving Johnston to tie the score at 1-1.
Sophomore Majed Osman regained the lead for WVU in the 61st minute on a bending shot from 22 yards out in the middle of the field. Stephens sent a pass to Bevin, who laid it off one touch for the blast by Osman.
Each team had chances in the overtime periods, starting with a free kick by Bevin at the top of the box in the 92nd minute that sailed over the frame. Sophomore Ryan Cain had a great individual effort sequence in the 102nd minute, but lifted a shot over the goal.
The only save of the match came in the 106th minute as Park Kim sent a shot right into the chest of Johnston.
The Mountaineers will have their toughest road trip of the season next week, taking on two Top 5 teams. WVU travels to Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 6, followed by a game at Indiana on Sunday, Sept. 8.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications) – Senior tri-captain Joey D'Agostino scored the tying goal with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation as the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team battled the nationally-ranked University of Michigan to a 1-1 draw Monday night (Sept. 2). The double-overtime match was held at Cochrane Field on the BGSU campus.
The result leaves both teams with 1-0-1 records on the young season.
The Wolverines had taken the lead late in the first half, on a goal by Fabio Pereira. Only 22 seconds after that goal, however, U-M's Tyler Arnone was given a straight red card, leaving the visitors a man down for the remainder of the match.
Senior Michael Wiest made seven saves in goal for the Falcons, while Adam Grinwis had four stops for the Wolverines.
In front of a crowd in excess of 2,200 at Cochrane Field, the Falcons took the first four shot attempts of the match, holding the Wolverines without a shot for the first 23-plus minutes of the opening half.
Eight minutes into the match, BGSU junior Danny Baraldi picked the pocket of the last U-M defender. Baraldi couldn't quite get possession of the ball in time to head in on a breakaway, however.
Approximately 16 minutes into the contest, senior Anthony Grant fired a hard shot from the right side, forcing Grinwis to go to the ground to knock the ball out of bounds.
Several moments later, Baraldi began a sequence which also saw senior Ryan Snashall and sophomore Ryan James involved in the buildup. James got the ball to Grant, but a U-M defender poked the ball off Grant's foot at the top of the box. It rolled to the onrushing D'Agostino, but his bullet of a shot sailed over the goal.
Michigan's first shot came with 23:29 gone, as Pereira hit a shot from the top of the box that was smothered by Wiest on the short hop.
Pereira, who led all players with five shot attempts on the night, got his team on the scoreboard late in the period. The play began when Colin McAtee hit a left-to-right cross into the box. Ezekiel Harris headed the ball back across the box, where James Murphy and a BG defender each lunged toward the ball. Harris's header hit off of a body part and caromed toward Pereira, who one-timed a shot into the right side of the net. With 3:50 left in the half, the visitors had a 1-0 lead.
The goal was the first allowed by Wiest against Michigan in his BGSU career.
Just 22 seconds after that goal, however, Michigan suddenly was a man down. Arnone was issued a red card with 3:28 left before halftime, and U-M played with 10 men the rest of the way.
The Falcons had the first few chances of the second half, but could not equalize. In the first minute of play, a Baraldi cross was just out of Grant's reach in the box. Less than five minutes into the half, Baraldi slid a free kick to his right, where it found senior Matt Griesinger. Griesinger made a run toward the 18-yard box, cut to his left and fired a shot, but it was right at Grinwis.
Just one minute later, Snashall made a long run into the penalty area, but was knocked off the ball by a pair of U-M defenders.
The Falcons had a flurry as the match neared the hour mark. D'Agostino's pass found Grant, who in turn found James on the right side of the penalty area. James ripped a shot from near the end line, but Grinwis parried the shot away. Griesinger tracked the ball down and slotted a pass to Grant. Grant laid the ball off to the onrushing Snashall, but his shot was blocked by a U-M backliner.
BG continued to press forward, and not long after the Snashall shot, sophomore Jake Genrich hit a diagonal ball into the box. But, Grinwis came off his line to grab the ball a split second before Snashall arrived.
Midway through the half, James received a bouncing ball at the top of the box. He was momentarily able to elude a host of Wolverines as he tried to control the ball. Finally, however, one of the defenders was able to knock the ball away from the BG sophomore.
With just over 11 minutes left in regulation, the Wolverines were whistled for a foul, and Baraldi hit a dangerous-looking diagonal ball toward the far post. Somehow, the ball went through a maze of players -- at least six players from each team -- and out of bounds for a goal kick.
Just nine minutes were left when Grant deked a would-be defender near midfield to find some space along the right sideline. The senior played a through ball intended for classmate Ryan Comiskey, but it was slightly out of Comiskey's reach, and Grinwis reached it first. Soon afterward, however, the Falcons would break through.
With just over eight minutes to go, senior tri-captain Brandon Silva got the ball in the penalty area and hit a shot toward net. The ball was blocked, but Comiskey knocked it in the direction of the charging D'Agostino. The Livonia, Mich., native, volleyed it into the net to tie the score with just 8:07 remaining.
U-M responded to the BG goal with a dangerous chance at the other end. The Wolverines won a corner kick, and Pereira's kick found the head of Malcolm Miller at the far post. His shot was on target, but Wiest slid over to make the save of the point-blank effort.
Just over four minutes remained in regulation when McAtee hit a scorcher. Wiest, however, was able to tip the hard shot over the bar with a leaping effort. On the ensuing corner kick, this time taken by Rylee Woods, Miller headed a shot just over the crossbar.
With a minute and a half to go, James and freshman Joe Sullivan just missed connections on a play that would have put Sullivan into the box all along. Less than 30 seconds later, Schewee's diagonal ball was redirected into the goal by Grant, but the alternate referee's flag was up, indicating offside against the Falcons as the clock ticked under one minute. That minute passed relatively uneventfully, compared to the previous 89, and the teams went to overtime.
The first overtime saw each team take two shots. Michigan had a chance after a BG giveaway. Pereira found himself in possession of the ball, and quickly fired a shot from distance. But, the ball was off target as Wiest scrambled to get back into position.
Wiest made a save on Lars Eckenrode at the far post after a corner kick with two and a half minutes to go. Then, the Falcons had two shot attempts in the final seconds of the period. A Sullivan shot was blocked, but the rebound came to Schewee, who hit a low shot that Grinwis was able to grab just before the horn sounded.
In the second overtime, Grant had a shot blocked out of bounds for a corner kick, and Grinwis was able to punch that corner kick away. The final chance of the match was Pereira's hard free kick punched out of bounds by Wiest, but BG successfully dealt with the ensuing corner kick, and the final 30 seconds ticked away.
BGSU had a 17-15 edge in shots, but U-M put eight shots on goal to the Falcons' five. The home team had a narrow 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Falcons now prepare for a trip to Milwaukee, Wis., for the Panther Invitational. BG will play another nationally-ranked team, Marquette, on Friday (Sept. 6) before facing host Milwaukee Sunday afternoon (Sept. 8).
SYRACUSE, NY – Two goals 9:09 apart in the second half was the difference as the Hartwick College men's soccer team lost 2-0 to nationally 20th ranked Syracuse University at SU Soccer Stadium Monday night.
Grant Chong opened the scoring at the 50-minute mark after a goalless first half. Nick Perea gave the Orange an insurance goal at 59:09.
The Hawks slip to 0-1-1 on the year. The Orange, which is coached by former Hartwick skipper and All-American player Ian McIntyre, improves to 2-0.
'Wick generated a few chances in the early going of the match with neither reaching the target. Tim Crawford (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder HS) had a shot go wide in the 8th minute and David Styles (Bognor Regis, England/St. Phillip Howard) had a shot blocked by an Orange defender just under two minutes later.
Syracuse had the final four shots of the half, but none of them made it to Hartwick goalkeeper Mateo Munarriz (Manizales, Colombia/Colegio Granadino) as the half ended 0-0.
The Orange pressured the Hawks in the beginning stages of the second half. After two shots from Chong in the first two and a half minutes, he was finally rewarded two and a half minutes later as he finished past Munarriz on a shot from the left side of the box. It marked the first shot on goal by either team in the match. Alex Halis earned an assist on the play.
Perea delivered a two-goal cushion for his team in the 60th minute with an unassisted tally.
Neither team generated many scoring chances the rest of the half. The Orange had the final four shots, two from Stefanos Stamoulacatos, which forced saves from Munarriz.
Hartwick hosts the Mayor's Cup this coming weekend on Elmore Field. The Hawks play Robert Morris Friday at 5 p.m. and #22 Cornell University on Sunday at 3 p.m.