Friday's Scoreboard 9/20
Kent State 3, Youngstown 0
Central Michigan 0, Dayton 1
Ohio 0, Cleveland State 0
Toledo 5, Indiana State 2
Ball State 1, IUPUI 1
Eastern Michigan 5, Stetson 1
Northern Illinois 0, Loyola-Chi. 1
Kent State 3, Youngstown 0
KENT, Ohio – The Kent State women's soccer team earned a commanding a 3-0 victory over the visiting Youngstown State Penguins on Friday afternoon at Zoeller Field. The win improves the Golden Flashes to 5-3-0 overall, while Youngstown dropped to 1-7-1.
"I thought it was a great result today," said Head Coach Rob Marinaro. "We had high energy to start the game and capitalized on opportunities early and that made a big difference today."
Just six minutes into the game, Kent State junior Stephanie Haugh took a corner kick that rookie teammate Jenna Helstrom one-timed past the Youngstown State goalkeeper to give the Golden Flashes an early 1-0 lead.
Kent State increased its lead to 2-0 after Youngstown State had a handball in the box. Kent State senior Jessacca Gironda stepped up and nailed the ball into the high left corner of the net in the 38th minute to give Kent State a two-goal lead heading into halftime.
The Golden Flashes did not back down after the half and came out with just as much intensity in the second period. Senior Morgan Mah lit up the scoreboard in the 63rd minute on a direct kick to earn her first goal of the year.
The Golden Flashes boasted an 18-5 lead in shots, including nine on goal to Youngstown's three. Kent State also edged Youngstown State in corner kicks, 5-4.
Stephanie Senn picked up the win for the Flashes in goal to improve to 5-3-0. Senn had three saves in 90 minutes today to earn her third shutout of the year. Youngstown State keeper Jackie Podolsky earned the loss for the Penguins. She posted six saves in her 90 minutes of action.
The Golden Flashes will begin Mid-American Conference play at Zoeller Field next weekend. Kent State matches up against Central Michigan at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, followed by a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday against Bowling Green.
Central Michigan 0, Dayton 1
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan soccer team ended non-conference play with a 1-0 loss to Dayton on Friday on a cloudy and calm afternoon at the CMU Soccer Complex. Central Michigan returned home for the first time since August 25, when the Chippewas tied with Detroit.
"I thought that overall, offensively, we played well by creating enough opportunities and, defensively, we were very hard to break down," said head coach Peter McGahey. “We need to figure out ways to eliminate critical errors in critical moments.”
• The lone goal of the match was delivered by Dayton’s senior forward Stephanie Emery’s when senior midfielder Juliana Libertin found her surging towards the net with a cross in the 14th minute. The strike to the back of the net marked Emery’s second goal and fourth point of the season.
• The Chippewas responded offensively after the Dayton goal but could not find the back of the net when senior forward Nicole Samuel booted the ball past the Flyer goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the shot hit the inside post, causing the ball to slowly crawl away from the net.
• Another quality scoring chance for the Chippewas occurred late in the second half when Laura Gosse had three shots deflected or blocked near the Dayton goal between the 71st and 74th minute. Gosse’s presence was felt all night as she recorded a team-high four shots and one shot on goal.
• The second half offensive pressure displayed by the Chippewas included redshirt freshman midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove and senior defender Estee Outcalt, who both recorded a shot on goal
• Freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth James led Dayton to their fourth win of the season, recording three saves. James has played every minute for the Flyers this season.
• CMU senior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque made her third start in net this season, stopping six shots.
• The Chippewas open Mid-American Conference play when they travel to Kent State on Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. The game will be played at Zoeller Field.
Ohio 0, Cleveland State 0
CLEVELAND - The Ohio University soccer team (4-2-2) remained unbeaten in its past five matches after drawing Cleveland State (5-4-1), 0-0, Friday night at Krenzler Soccer Field.
The Bobcats held significant advantages in shots (24-9), shots on goal (11-3) and corners (16-2), but Ohio could not find the back of the net during the contest. Ohio is now 3-0-1 on the road this season.
"It was a little frustrating to not get the victory, but I give Cleveland State credit for playing a tough and physical match. They were ready to battle and defend their home turf," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "I'm pleased with the way we created chances and our offensive transition was very good. But we have to get more clinical and have a better scoring edge to us. We have to be able to focus on finishing those chances and the results will follow."
Junior forward Liz Finley (Mason, Ohio) and sophomore forward Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) led the `Cats with five shots each (two on goal), while freshman forward Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) added four shots, including two on goal.
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) continued her strong play in net, making three saves while posting her second-straight shutout in a full 110 minutes of action. Liston and the Ohio defensive have now held the team's opponents scoreless for more than 281 minutes over the past three matches.
"We defended really well again with all 11 players, which is what we've been working on and striving to do," Rodgers said. "We pressed the ball and won it back quite well. We will get back to training this week and we're looking forward to starting our second season in the conference."
Ohio dominated the first half in both shots and time of possession. The Bobcats came out of the gate running on all cylinders, as Finley sent a shot wide and freshman midfielder Sasha Haverchak (Akron, Ohio) fired a shot that was saved by Vikings goalkeeper Sarah Wood in the first two minutes of play.
Harris continued the torrid pace with two well-placed shots that were saved by Wood in the 10th minute. Finley then notched a shot on goal at 13', which kick-started a six minute sequence in which the Bobcats put together two shots and two corners, but could not find the back of the net.
After a strong attempt from Milesky was saved by Wood at 22', the Bobcats recorded another corner opportunity at 31', but a header from Milesky went wide. Then, freshman Erin Wrubel (Troy, Mich.) put forth another solid shot at 38' that was saved and the `Cats entered halftime knotted with the Vikings at zero.
In all, Ohio out-shot Cleveland State 12-3 in the half and took five corners to CSU's one. Wood made six saves to help counteract the strong offensive play from the Bobcats.
The Bobcats came out of the break aggressive with shots from Harris and junior midfielder Erin Feeney (Milton, Mass.) in the 52nd and 56th minutes. After a corner lead to a shot on goal from sophomore Grace Campbell (Wadsworth, Ohio) at 60', Ohio again threatened at 70' and 75', when Finley and Milesky rifled shots that were stopped by Wood.
The `Cats had one more solid chance in regulation at 86', as Manso booted a shot at the goal that was saved by Wood. Ohio again held a significant lead in shots (8-3) in the second half but could not power a shot into the CSU goal, sending the match into overtime.
Ohio forced two corners and enjoyed four shot opportunities in the first overtime session but could not convert them into a score.
In the second overtime, Liston saved a CSU shot at 100' to preserve the scoreless tie, but Ohio could not muster a shot on goal in the session, sending the game to a 0-0 draw.
The Bobcats return to action Friday when the team opens MAC play at home against Bowling Green. The contest is schedule for 4 p.m. at Chessa Field.
Toledo 5, Indiana State 2
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo scored early and often in a convincing 5-2 victory against Indiana State on Friday at soggy Scott Park. With the non-league win, UT improves to 3-4-0 on the season.
Four different Rockets found the back of the net against the Missouri Valley Conference member Sycamores (3-5-0), as the Midnight Blue & Gold scored their most goals since tallying eight versus Ohio in the quarterfinals the 2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament on Oct. 30. Senior Rachel MacLeod fueled today’s offensive explosion with two goals and one assist, while freshman Kiersten Johnson had one score with one helper and freshman Shelby Antonacci and sophomore Megan Connor also tickled the twine in the impressive home triumph.
Toledo wasted little time in setting the tone in today’s match as MacLeod scored her first of two goals at the 12:03 mark. MacLeod headed home a cross from sophomore Kika Hernandez and Johnson to give the home team a lead they would not surrender. Hernandez started the play with a nice pass from the middle of the field to Johnson along the right endline. Johnson then crossed the ball back into the middle of the ISU goal box to MacLeod, who found a seam in the defense and headed the sphere into the back of the net.
Indiana State was presented with its best chance to score in the opening stanza on a shot off the foot of Emily Chura at 26:30. Chura accepted a cross from teammate Kayla Welch before blasting a shot from approximately 12 yards out that sailed just wide of the frame.
The score remained the same until the waning moments of the first half when Antonacci registered her first collegiate goal at 41:13. The tally was almost a carbon copy of Toledo’s first score. Junior Meghan Topolewski began the action with a solid pass to senior Emily Tustin along the right side of the pitch. Tustin took a quick touch and crossed the ball into the middle of the ISU goal box to a wide open Antonacci, who headed it into the goal.
Following the intermission, the Sycamores came out with some flare and quickly cut the deficit in half on the first of two scores by Kate Johnson at 49:30. The speedy forward slipped in behind the UT defense and accepted a nice pass from Sydney Lovelace before hammering home a shot to put the visitors on the scoreboard.
UT was quick to counter though, as the four-time MAC Tournament champions made the difference 3-1 on Johnson’s second goal of the season only 25 seconds later. The Cincinnati, OH native successfully beat an ISU offside trap and lifted a left-footed shot from approximately 20-yards out just inside the far post. MacLeod was credited with the assist to once again help the home team assume a two-goal advantage.
The Rockets were still not done attacking, as MacLeod scored her second goal of the contest and team-high seventh of the season off a long clear by junior Kirsten Catloth at 60:44. UT had the ball deep in its own territory before Catloth unloaded on ball that traveled a good 45 yards. The sphere bounced over the last line of the ISU defense and ended up at the foot of a streaking MacLeod down the middle of the pitch. The 2011 MAC Offensive Player of the Year took a quick touch and flicked a shot over the outstretched arms of Indiana State goalie Brittany San Roman to make it a three-goal match.
The Sycamores made one final push and and it looked like they had some momentum following Johnson’s second goal of the contest at 72:14. Johnson headed a cross from teammate Taylor Hancock off the cross bar and dropped into back of the net.
Fortunately for UT, Indiana State’s momentum did not last long as the home team retaliated with its fifth and final score only 32 seconds later. Connor found herself all alone in front of the ISU goal, knocking home a cross by freshman Brooke Maletic to set the final score at 5-2. It was Connor’s first collegiate goal.
Toledo finished the match with a slight 16-15 edge in shots, including a squad-best three each by MacLeod, Connor and Antonacci. Johnson led Indiana State with a contest-high five shots.
Sophomore Sam Tiongson went the distance between the posts for the victors and made five saves to earn her third victory of the season.
The Rockets will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 22 when they wrap up non-league competition against Atlantic-10 member Dayton. The opening whistle is slated for 1:05 p.m.
Sunday’s contest has been tabbed as "Girls Day" at the corner of Hill Ave. and Parkside Blvd. Groups of at least 10 are able to purchase tickets at $1.00 each for Sunday’s non-league finale. Groups are advised to purchase tickets all together or else the group promotion will not apply. Members of the Girl Scouts and Girls on the Run will participate in fun activities such as face painting and an autograph session during the course of the afternoon. This match will also serve as the first of four kick-off games toward Girl Scouts earning their Athlete Legacy Badge Quest.
Ball State 1, IUPUI 1
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ball State soccer team played IUPUI to a 1-1 draw in rainy conditions on the road Friday night in the Cardinals’ non-conference finale.
Ball State senior defender Kelsey Shapiro scored the equalizer with her first career goal on a corner kick in the 70th minute. The teams then remained tied for the final 20 minutes of regulation and both 10-minute overtime periods at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.
It was the first draw of the season for the Cardinals, which will now enter Mid-American Conference play with a record of 5-2-1. IUPUI owns a record of 3-2-3.
Ball State was credited with 27 shots on the night to 16 for IUPUI, and the Cardinals registered 20 shots after halftime as they began to apply the pressure. They also held a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.
“I didn’t feel it was one of our best games,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “I was disappointed with our ability to finish. We created scoring opportunities that we just didn’t convert, and that’s something we have to be accountable for.”
Ball State was also whistled for 16 fouls in the game to seven for IUPUI, including a 9-2 disparity in fouls in the first half alone.
IUPUI goalkeepers Giselle Guzman and Nicole Kulovitz combined for nine saves in the game to hold Ball State to just one goal, while freshman Brooke Dennis drew the start in goal for the Cardinals and made a career-high seven saves of her own.
The game went scoreless through the first half before IUPUI struck first in the 57th minute. Sarah Carlisle found Tori Minnich with a long pass against the run of play, and Minnich was able to find the back of the net.
Ball State’s goal came just 13 minutes later on a set piece. Leah Mattingly sent a corner kick into the box, where Shapiro was waiting to knock it in.
“We did score off a restart, which is something we have given a lot of attention to,” Roberts said. “I was pleased with that. We also played well defensively.”
Mattingly played a role in the Ball State goal and also continued her strong defensive play. Roberts credited Mattingly and fellow freshman Orla Travers-Gillespie with helping solidify the Cardinals’ defensive effort against the Jaguars.
Friday’s game was the second straight for Ball State that went scoreless into the final minute of a second overtime period. The Cardinals won Sunday at Air Force on a goal from Nicole Pembleton with just 22 seconds remaining.
Ball State is now off until next weekend when it will open MAC play with road games Friday at Buffalo and Sunday at Akron. Those contests will wrap up the Cardinals’ stretch of five straight road games.
Eastern Michigan 5, Stetson 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's soccer team scored its most goals in nearly two years as the Eagles soared past Stetson University, 5-1, at Scicluna Field, Friday Sept. 20. EMU (2-4-1) finished its second match of five straight at home, improving to 2-1-0 on home soil.
Five different Eagles scored goals, and three of them tallied an assist to go with their score. Martha Stevens (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.- Marian), Megan Trapp (Plymouth, Mich. -Canton) and Angela Vultaggio (Chesterfield, Mich. -L'Anse Creuse North) each recorded a goal and an assist. Cara Cutaia (Burlington, Ontario-Notre Dame Catholic) found the net for a team-leading fourth time this season, and freshman Stef Barcelos (Mississauga, Ontario-St. Marcellinus) scored the first goal of her career on a 30-yard floater over Stetson goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli.
Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) (2-4-1) stopped six-of-seven shots to earn the victory between the posts for the Green and White, allowing the lone Stetson goal in the 87th minute. Trocolli (2-4-1), a Michigan native, made three saves for the Hatters (2-4-1). Stetson outshot EMU, 19-12, but the Eagles sent eight of their shots on goal compared to Stetson's seven on goal.
EMU wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. In the fifth minute, Vultaggio raced toward the goal, and Trocolli came up to challenge. The savvy junior was able to clear the ball, and Stevens easily sent her second goal of the season into the open net, giving Eastern the early 1-0 lead.
Nearly thirty minutes later, Stevens became the one to provide an assist. After receiving a pass from senior Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas), the junior from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. led Cutaia toward the net, who sent the ball past the diving SU goalkeeper for the score.
The Eagles would complete the first half scoring on a rare play. Picking up the ball as it rolled towards the net, McCabe sent a blast past midfield to Trapp. Trapp proceeded to quickly fire the ball to Vultaggio, and the EMU forward hit a strike to the back of the net, putting the Eagles up, 3-0, after the game's first 45 minutes. Both teams attempted eight shots in the first half. In the opening stanza, McCabe made four saves compared to just two for Troccoli.
EMU increased its lead in the 50th minute on a superb shot by Barcelos. From over thirty yards out, the EMU freshman struck a perfect floater over the outstretched Troccoli, under the crossbar and into the net, making the match 4-0.
Freshman Madison Hirsch (Troy, Mich.-Troy) bent a free kick around the Stetson defenders into Trapp, and she put a sharp header in for a goal, giving her team a five-goal advantage with just 16:51 left to play. Stetson would prevent the shutout with a goal 13 minutes later. Alyssa Welsh's shot from the middle of the box slid past a diving McCabe to score the game's final goal, making it 5-1 in favor of the Eagles. The five goals for EMU were the most scored since the Eagles defeated Ball State by the same, 5-1, margin, Oct. 21, 2011.
The Green and White remain in Ypsilanti for a Sunday afternoon matchup against Indiana State University, recognizing the match as Cancer Awareness Day. The Eagles will don teal armbands, headbands and special white jerseys with teal-colored numbers, the color of ovarian cancer awareness. Following the match, the jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. With a minimum required bid of $100, each jersey will go to the highest bidder. Kickoff for the contest against the Sycamores is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Northern Illinois 0, Loyola-Chi. 1
CHICAGO, Ill. - The Northern Illinois Huskies traveled to Loyola Soccer Park this evening for a 7 p.m. match against the Loyola Ramblers to conclude non-conference play in women's soccer. After another defensive battle, NIU found itself behind 1-0 after regulation, falling to 2-5-1 on the season. With the loss, the Huskies have now dropped four of their last five games, going 0-4-1 over that stretch.
The Huskies have been a defensive team all season, and today's game was no different. For the second time in three games for the Huskies, NIU and the opposition ended the first half in a 0-0 tie. Neither team was letting the other get many opportunities to score, as the two combined for just four shots on goal over the first 45 minutes of play.
The second half was once again defensive, but it featured the lone score for the Ramblers. In the 65th minute, LUC's Samantha Gage took a shot off the crossbar and delivered it into the back of the net to give the Ramblers a 1-0 lead. Despite their best efforts, the Huskies were unable to find an equalizer, and the game ended in a 1-0 loss.
Defense was again the focal point for the Huskies, as they were able to hold the Ramblers to just the single score. Lauren Noonan (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and the rest of the defensive unit held the Ramblers to seven shots on goal. They also only allowed LUC to take two corner kicks all game.
NIU is set to begin conference play next weekend with two road games. The Huskies will tour Michigan for a match at Eastern Michigan on Friday, September 27 at 2 p.m. before heading to Central Michigan on Sunday, September 29 for a game at noon.