9/29 Women's Soccer Scoreboard:
Ball State 2, Akron 0
Kent State 5, Bowling Green 1
Central Michigan 2, Ohio 1
Miami 1, Buffalo 0
Eastern Michigan 4, Toledo 3
Western Michigan 4, Northern Illinois 2
Ball State 2, Akron 0
AKRON, Ohio -- Twice in its previous three games, the Ball State soccer team broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the final five minutes of overtime to win. Sunday at Akron, the Cardinals wasted almost no time finding the scoreboard.
Victoria Jacobs scored off a corner kick in the sixth minute and Kelsey Wendlandt added a goal at the 24:24 mark to stake Ball State to a 2-0 lead less than 25 minutes into the game.
The Cardinals continued their trademark defensive prowess to make that result hold the rest of the way, posting a 2-0 road victory at Cub Cadet Field for their second shutout in the opening weekend of Mid-American Conference play.
It was the team’s sixth shutout of the season, three each for goalkeepers Brooke Dennis and Layne Schramm, as the Cardinals improved their conference-best record to 7-2-1 (2-0-0 MAC). Akron, which was coming off a win over defending league champion Miami University, dropped to 4-4-2 (1-1-0 MAC).
Ball State is off to a 2-0 start to MAC play for the second consecutive season, and the Cardinals’ record through 10 games is the best since the 2006 team started 7-1-2. The Cardinals were one of four MAC West teams to win their first two conference games this weekend, joining Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Central Michigan.
Dennis, a freshman, was in goal for Sunday’s victory. The Ball State back line allowed only three shots on goal the entire game, but Dennis was there to stop all of them. The Cardinals successfully limited Akron’s duo of Sarah Sivic and Lani Smith, which entered the game with a combined seven goals on the year, by holding them to two shot attempts each.
“We defended Akron well,” Ball State head coach Craig Roberts said. “They changed their tactics in the second half, but we stayed composed and absorbed what they were throwing at us. It was a very good defensive back line performance. Akron has a very good forward line, but we contained it.”
Offensively, Jacobs put the Cardinals on the board early. Cailey Starck fed a corner kick into the box and Jacobs was there to head it into the net for her second goal of the season.
Ninteen minutes later, Wendlandt took a lead pass from Madison Oyer and found herself on a breakaway. She beat Akron keeper Alex Luevano-Harden one-on-one to give the Cardinals a two-goal advantage. It was the fourth goal of the year for Wendlandt, a freshman from Fort Wayne, who leads the team in scoring.
“We came out and played very well in the first half,” Roberts said. “We had a game plan going in, and the girls implemented it very well. We knew we would get some opportunities, and we took advantage of them.”
Ball State has now outscored its opponents by a 17-5 count on the season, having posted shutouts in more than half of its games. The Cardinals, which entered the weekend as the MAC’s top defensive team statistically, improved their goals against average to 0.47.
Sunday’s game was the last in a stretch of five straight on the road for Ball State, which will now return to the Briner Sports Complex. The Cardinals host Kent State at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Ohio at 1 p.m. Sunday to continue league play.
Kent State 5, Bowling Green 1
KENT, Ohio- Senior Jessacca Gironda's hat trick led the Kent State women's soccer team to its first Mid-American Conference victory with a 5-1 defeat of Bowling Green State University at Zoeller Field on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Flashes improved to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the MAC, while the Falcons dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-2 in MAC play.
After suffering a 1-0 deficit to conference foe Central Michigan on Friday evening, the Golden Flashes recovered with a dominating four-goal win against the Falcons this afternoon. Kent State posted a 27-16 advantage in shots, 10 of which were on goal.
The Golden Flashes lit up the scoreboard just 7:21 into the game when Gironda blasted in a penalty kick past the Falcons' starting goalkeeper, Lauren Cadel. Kent State then increased its lead to 2-0 after rookie Jenna Hellstrom crossed the ball to Gironda, who got it over to senior Jaclyn Dutton at the 18:47 mark for her first goal of the season.
Kent State continued to roll after intermission and tacked on three more goals in the final 45 minutes of play. In the 55th minute, Gironda beat her defender down the line and nailed a shot that hit the crossbar and went into the goal to give the Flashes' a 3-0 lead. Three minutes later, Gironda completed her hat-trick when she headed in a cross from Hellstrom.
Bowling Green was able to get on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute on a Kent State own-goal. The goal was credited to BGSU's Madeline Wideman, though it was Hellstrom who put the ball past sophomore Stephanie Senn to bring the Falcons within three, 4-1.
Junior Stephanie Haugh finished the scoring for the Golden Flashes in the 80th minute after Hellstrom sent a cross to the back post to Haugh to increase Kent State's lead to 5-1 to win the game.
Bowling Green's starting keeper Lauren Cadel picked up one save and allowed two goals in her 22:01 minutes of play and earned the loss for the Falcons. Michelle Denley finished the game in net giving up three goals in 67:59 and tallied three saves.
Senn improved to 6-4-0 in goal for the Flashes after four saves in her 90 minutes. She now has a 0.796 save percentage and a 1.03 goals against average.
Gironda leads Kent State in scoring with 15 points on six goals and three assists. Hellstrom is second with 10 points on three goals and four assists, which includes the four goals she assisted on today.
The Golden Flashes will now hit the road to take on Ball State at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, followed by a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Miami.
Central Michigan 2, Ohio 1
ATHENS, Ohio - Central Michigan concluded its successful Ohio road trip, snapping the Ohio Bobcats six-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 rally on Sunday afternoon. The win improves CMU to a 2-0 in the MAC after defeating Kent State 1-0 on Friday.
“I think our defensive performance was a collective effort,” said CMU head coach Peter McGahey. “We are starting to see two center backs in Emily Basten and Kaylin Hoomaian start to really emerge as leaders as their early season experience is starting to pay off.”
• Central Michigan held Ohio to just two shots on goal and seven total shots, a season low an opponent
• Ohio missed an early first half opportunity as junior defender Tonya Frasik’s penalty kick in the 13th minute was stopped by senior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque.
• Labrecque appeared in her fourth consecutive start, upping her record to 2-0. She recorded the against the Golden Flashes in CMU's MAC opener.
• The Bobcats found the back of the net first when junior forward Liz Finley found net from inside the box in the 19th minute. The score was Finley’s second goal of the season. Freshman forward Alexis Milesky was awarded with the assist on the goal, delivering a 30-yard pass to Finley to set up the score.
• Sophomore midfielder Kaelyn Korte responded to the Bobcat score just two minutes later when she netted a shot from the middle of the box off a Laura Gosse pass. The goal marked Korte's first career goal in a Chippewas uniform.
• Junior midfielder Emily Cooksey added to CMU’s late first half momentum when she scored a highlight reel upper 90 strike from 30-yards out. Cooksey leads the team in scoring with two goals this season. Freshman forward Angie Mann earned the first assist of her career on the play.
• The Chippewas will begin a four-game home stint when they take on rival Western Michigan on Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. at the CMU Soccer Complex.
Miami 1, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Miami’s women’s soccer team put an end to a five-game losing streak and earned its first Mid-American Conference win of the season with a 1-0 win over Buffalo Sunday afternoon at UB Stadium. The RedHawks (4-6-0, 1-1-0 MAC) and Bulls (3-4-2, 0-2-0) were locked in a scoreless battle in the first half before senior forward Katy Dolesh scored the gamewinner in the 48th minute and fellow senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg kept the Bulls off the scoreboard for her third shutout of the season.
“It feels really, really good to get the monkey off our backs,” Miami head coach Bobby Kramig said. “We had to work really hard today. Buffalo is a good team and this is a tough place to play. We were able to play hard for a full 90 minutes.”
In the evenly-played first half, the RedHawks took five shots, placing three of them on goal while limiting the Bulls to two shots on goal. Scoring chances in the first half were close to even as well with Miami gaining two corner kicks to Buffalo’s one.
“Buffalo played hard and made it very tough on us,” Kramig said. “I’m proud of the way we fought. As the defending champions, we’ve got a bullseye on our backs and every team in the MAC is going to give us their best. We learned in this game that you can’t just show up. We have to go into every game prepared to battle.”
In the second half, Miami immediately went on the attack, keeping possession in the offensive end and driving toward the goal. Junior forward Hailey Pleshakov led the attack before Dolesh sent in a shot that was blocked out of bounds. On the ensuing corner kick, Pleshakov lobbed a pass into the penalty area where Dolesh used a header to beat Buffalo goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon for the 1-0 Miami lead just 2:05 into the second half.
“Our goal came off a very good combination in the attacking third,” Kramig said. “Pleshakov got it deep into the attacking zone and Dolesh got a dangerous shot off to earn the corner. On the corner kick, Pleshakov put the ball right where it needed to be. She was the MVP of this game and had an inspiring performance. Dolesh fought hard and gave a great effort to get up and get her head on it.”
Over the remainder of the second half, Buffalo was able to get four shots on goal, but the Miami defense ensured that each shot was tightly contested and Norenberg made the stop each time.
Norenberg made six saves in her shutout effort to improve to 3-6-0 while Wheldon stopped six of the seven shots she faced to fall to 3-4-2 on the season. The RedHawks held a strong advantage on corner kicks, earning six corners to Buffalo’s two.
Next up for Miami is a return to the home turf to take on Ohio on Friday Oct. 4 in a 4 p.m. kickoff followed by a 1 p.m. match against Kent State two days later on Oct. 6.
Eastern Michigan 4, Toledo 3
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – For the fourth straight game, the Eastern Michigan University soccer team scored at least four goals. That seems to be the magic number as the Eagles won their fourth consecutive match, downing the University of Toledo, 4-3, in a tight Mid-American Conference matchup Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29. With the victory, EMU jumps over the .500 mark overall at 5-4-1 while staying perfect in MAC play (2-0-0).
The Eagles once again shared the soccer ball as four different Eagles found the net, all in the first half. Martha Stevens (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-Marian) provided the game's first goal while Cara Cutaia (Burlington, Ontario-Notre Dame Catholic), Bianca Rossi (Mississauga, Ontario-St. Marcellinus) and Madison Hirsch (Troy, Mich.-Troy) also tallied goals in the first 45 minutes of the contest. Cutaia and Rossi each added a pair of assists, and Jennifer Bentley (London, Ontario-London Secondary) also chipped in with an assist of her own.
Rio James, Brooke Maletic and the MAC's leading goal scorer, Rachel MacLeod, all recorded goals for the Rockets (3-7-0 (0-2-0 MAC)). MacLeod also was on the other end of a goal for an assist; teammates Alexis Tice and Kirsten Catloth provided the other two assists for Toledo.
Goalkeeper Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) (5-4-1) picked up her fourth straight victory in net for the Eagles, making three saves while allowing three goals. Toledo's Kelsey Borowitz (0-2-0) took the loss, giving up four goals on six EMU shots on goal. The Green and White held the advantage in shots, 15-11, but the Rockets had one more shot on goal than the Eagles, 7-6.
In what has been a common theme, the Eagles didn't waste much time chalking up a mark in the scoring column. Just seven minutes into the game, Bentley sent a ball into the box to Rossi. Instead of firing at the net, the junior forward found Stevens, who put the ball past the keeper for the third time this season.
Toledo knotted the match at one goal apiece five minutes later. MacLeod passed to James in the left side of the box. McCabe came out to challenge, but James was able to chip a shot right over the diving EMU goalie, tying the contest, 1-1, with 27:13 remaining in the opening half.
Back-to-back goals by Cutaia and Rossi gave the Eagles a two goal lead after 35 minutes of play. Rossi was on the giving end of the first goal, finding Cutaia, who put her team-leading sixth goal into the net in the 23rd minute. The two teammates reversed roles 12 minutes later as Cutaia relayed a pass to Rossi on the right side, and the Mississauga, Ontario native blasted a shot into the left corner of the net to put EMU up, 3-1.
The Rockets quickly answered less than two minutes later as a Maletic header found its way past McCabe, bringing the game back to within a goal at 3-2. However, as the first half was coming to a close, Cutaia sent a cross into the box where is would connect with Hirsch's head and into the net for the freshman's first career collegiate goal. After a high-scoring 45 minutes, EMU held a 4-2 advantage.
Aside from the scoring, the first half was rather even. EMU outshot Toledo, 8-7, but the Rockets held the advantage in corner kicks, 4-3. Both teams committed seven fouls while the Eagles were called offside three times.
The scoring died down in the second half with only one goal between the two teams. MacLeod cut the UT deficit to one with her header off a corner kick in the 61st minute, her eighth goal of the season. Toledo would continue to press, trying to tie the game up and force overtime; however, the EMU defense held strong and prevented the comeback, taking the match by the final tally, 4-3.
The Green and White will now take its four game winning streak and perfect conference mark on the road, facing two conference foes. EMU will compete under the lights at Bowling Green State University, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. before battling in-state rival Central Michigan University, Oct. 6, for a 1 p.m. matchup.
Western Michigan 4, Northern Illinois 2
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Another big offensive performance by the Western Michigan women’s soccer team led to a 4-2 win over Northern Illinois in front of 175 fans at the WMU Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Diana Dedvukaj, Kylie Nylen, Rachel Chaney and Gina Maddi all found the net for the Broncos (4-3-2, 2-0-0 MAC). Nylen and Maddi both extended goal-scoring streaks to three games in the win, while Aubrey Sudomier added two assists on the day to push her point-scoring streak to three games. WMU outshot the Huskies 17-10 overall, with Michelle Watson making four saves on the day.
“I think this weekend was just two good wins against two good teams,” said head coach Nate Norman on WMU’s win on the day and on Friday at Toledo. “NIU is a tough team to play. Last year we tied them 0-0 and they make it hard to score and I’m proud of the ladies today for finding ways to score.”
Dedvukaj struck first with time winding down in the first half. Nicole Hatcliffe drew a foul at the top-left of the box and Dedvukaj lined up to take the free kick. The junior forward then laced the ball over the wall and into the top-left corner of the net for her first goal of the year with just over a minute remaining in the half.
Nylen pushed the lead to 2-0 to open up the second half after Sudomier placed a perfect corner kick in the middle of the box and the sophomore midfielder rose above the pack to head it into the net for her third of the season.
The Huskies answered in the 60th minute, cutting WMU’s lead to 2-1, when Allie McBride curled in a shot from the right corner of the box and into the net after Cori Frankenberg played her the ball from a short corner kick.
Western Michigan responded in the 66th minute after Sudomier took the ball down the right flank, cut into the box and let a low cross through the middle of the box to Chaney. Chaney one-timed it on net and NIU goalkeeper Amy Carr got a piece of the ball but not enough and it went into the net to push the lead to 3-1 and the eventual game-winner.
NIU once again cut the lead to one with a goal by Nicole Gobbo with 5:38 remaining in the game. A deflected clearance attempt bounced to Frankenberg and she found Gobbo all alone and she tapped it in from five yards out for her third of the season.
Maddi responded with 59 seconds remaining to ice the game for the Broncos. A ball was played to Liz Abro at the top of the box and she redirected it to Maddi and the sophomore forward fired it from just beyond the box and into the net for her third of the season.
WMU has now scored nine goals in just two MAC games after scoring just three during all of last season’s conference play.
The Broncos now head on the road at conference rivals Central Michigan on Friday at 4 p.m. and then at Bowling Green on Sunday at 1 p.m.