10/4/13 Women's Soccer Scoreboard
Northern Illinois 2, Akron 0
Kent State 1, Ball State 0
Central MIchigan 0, Western Michigan 1
Miami 1, Ohio 1
Toledo 1, Buffalo 3
Eastern Michigan 2, Bowling Green 1
Northern Illinois 2, Akron 0
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois played its first home MAC match of the season on Friday in a late afternoon affair against the Akron Zips. After 90 minutes, the Huskies were out on top in a 2-0 final thanks to their defensive play and two goals from Nicole Gobbo, claiming their third win of the season. The team is now 3-7-1 overall with a 3-0-1 record at home this season.
"This was a great match for us," said Head Coach John Ross. "I saw a lot of effort out of these players."
From the start of the game, NIU put the pressure opposing Akron. The Huskies had an early opportunity to score when a group of players from both teams were fighting for the ball close to the Akron goal. However, the play ended when the ball deflected off of a Huskie and over the goal to end the scoring threat.
The Huskies kept the aggression up after the missed opportunity, often controlling the ball in the Zips' half of the field. This paid off when Gobbo beat multiple defenders to score a goal in the 25th minute of the game. This was Gobbo's fifth goal of the season, and it put NIU ahead in the game, 1-0. The teams went into the halftime break at that score.
Gobbo wasn't finished in this game yet. She wasted little time in the second half to claim her second goal of the affair and her sixth of the season. It came off of a high pass over the defense from Jackie Wandt (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East), who was set up for the pass by Courtney Ksiazek (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley). The pass landed perfectly in front of Gobbo, and she drove it past the diving goaltender to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. That score would hold for the remainder of the game.
Coming into this game, Nicole Gobbo (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) had already proven herself as an offensive threat in MAC play with two goals in conference matches thus far. She added two more to her total in this game against Akron, bringing her total to four goals in three conference games. "She just keeps getting better and better," said Ross on Gobbo's play.
The shutout was the second of the season for Amy Carr (Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England) and the rest of the Huskie defense. It was Carr's 17th career shutout. She is second in career shutouts during the history of the women's soccer program at NIU, coming behind only Lindsey Curnock who holds the record at 29.
The Huskies will face Buffalo on Sunday, October 6. That match will be in the afternoon at 1 p.m. NIU remains at home awaiting its fourth MAC game against the Bulls.
Ball State 0, Kent State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. – Senior Jessacca Gironda scored in the 11th minute to lift the Kent State women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Ball State on Friday afternoon at Briner Sports Complex. The victory improves Kent State to 7-4 (2-1 MAC), while the Cardinals suffered their first home loss of the season to drop to 7-3-1 (2-1 MAC).
Gironda, who was coming off a hat trick in the Golden Flashes most recent victory over Bowling Green last Sunday afternoon, kept the offense rolling with a goal just 10:30 into the game. Jenna Hellstrom got the ball to Gironda, who then beat her opponent and put the ball into the left corner of the net pass Ball State goalkeeper, Layne Schramm. Scramm's save percentage currently ranks fourth in the nation.
Gironda leads Kent State in scoring with a commanding 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Hellstrom ranks second with 11 points on three goals and a team-high five assists.
"I am so happy and proud of our effort today," said Head Coach Rob Marinaro. "It was a very hard fought road win, and we really pulled together as a team today."
Kent State had control of much of the first half, out-shooting Ball State 8-5 and had a 4-2 lead in corner kicks.
However, Ball State turned it around in the final stanza and came out of the gates firing. The Cardinals out-shot the Golden Flashes 10-3, and had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Stephanie Senn was busy in-between the pipes for Kent State as she picked up eight saves in 90 minutes of play. Schramm sent away three shots from the Golden Flashes, two in the first period and just one in the final period.
The Golden Flashes are back in action at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 against Miami (Ohio).
Central MIchigan 0, Western Michigan 1
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Michelle Watson made four saves and Aubrey Sudomier netted the game-winning goal with just 5:35 left in the second half as the Western Michigan women’s soccer team defeated Central Michigan, 1-0, at the CMU Soccer Complex on Friday afternoon.
Liz Abro passed the ball to Sudomier 25 yards from the goal and the junior forward turned, beat two CMU defenders and buried it into the far corner of the goal for her third goal of the season. That’s all the Broncos (5-3-2, 3-0 MAC) needed as the defense kept CMU at bay despite being outshot 15-9. The Chippewas were only able to land four shots on goal but Watson was perfect for her record-breaking 21st career shutout. The clean sheet broke Katie Perz’s long-standing mark of 20, which Watson tied two weeks ago in a 4-0 win over Western Illinois.
“It was a good win over a very good team,” said head coach Nate Norman. “I have a lot of respect for Central and the way they played. I am proud of the way the women battled and played to come out with the win.”
Sudomier’s goal extended a point streak to four games, in which she has three goals and four assists for 10 points. The Shelby Township, Mich., native also lead the team with three total shots on the day, landing two on goal. Kylie Nylen and Gina Maddi both had goal-scoring streaks of three games snapped.
Central Michigan was able to dictate play for much of the first 45 minutes, outshooting WMU 10-1. The Broncos responded in the second half, outshooting the Chippewas 8-5.
Western Michigan’s 3-0 start to Mid-American Conference play is its best since the 2005 season when it started 5-0. The Broncos look to remain unblemished on Sunday when they visit Bowling Green for a 1 p.m. game.
Miami 1, Ohio 1
OXFORD, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s soccer team (5-3-3, 1-1-1 MAC) used a superb defensive effort in goal to earn a 1-1 tie against MAC preseason favorite Miami (4-6-1, 1-1-1 MAC) Friday night at the Redhawks' Soccer Field.
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) made a season-high 10 saves in goal for the Bobcats, including three in the overtime sessions to help Ohio earn its first point in Oxford since 2008.
Her superior performance in goal aided the Bobcats in overcoming disadvantages in shots (22-11) and shots on goal (11-4). Ohio again won the corner battle at Miami, holding a 7-6 advantage.
Freshman Alexis Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) posted the Ohio goal in the contest in the first half to pace the Bobcat offense while sophomore Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) notched a team-high four shots in the match.
Miami earned the game’s first scoring opportunity in the 11th minute, when Katy Dolesh headed a ball at the goal that was deflected by Liston.
Ohio then grabbed a corner at 13’ and junior Annie Beard (Mason, Ohio) took the cross and rifled a shot high of the goal. Just four minutes later, the Bobcats struck first, when Milesky took possession outside the penalty area and fired a shot cross-field into the upper 90 of the goal. Her third score of the season gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute.
The RedHawks again threatened in the 23rd minute, but another RedHawk shot was denied after another superb save from Liston. The skilled Ohio goalkeeper added to her team-record save total at 35’, as Liston again knocked back an attempt from Miami’s Jenna Weiner.
But Miami finally beat Liston in the 36th minute, as the RedHawks notched the equalizer after Jess Bronke’s shot found the back of the net.
The Bobcats threatened again at 39’, as freshman Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.) registered a shot on goal that was saved by Miami’s Allison Norenberg. The ‘Cats and Redhawks entered the half tied, 1-1.
Ohio opened the second half aggressively with shots in the 48th and 52nd minutes, then stepped up its defensive effort, as Liston made her fourth save of the contest at 65’ to keep the score knotted at one. The ‘Cats grabbed a corner at 69’ which led to a shot by Beard that went wide.
Miami put together a series of offensive opportunities in the final 15 minutes of regulation but could not score, sending the contest into overtime.
Harris rifled a shot at the net that was saved by Norenberg two minutes into the overtime session, then Liston countered with a save in the 98th minute, sending the game into a second extra session.
Mattie made two saves in the first two minutes of the second extra session and that’s all Ohio would need to preserve the tie.
The Bobcats return to action next Sunday at 1 p.m. with a trip to Muncie, Ind., to take on Ball State.
Toledo 1, Buffalo 3
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo suffered a 3-1 setback to Buffalo in Friday’s Mid-American Conference action at overcast Scott Park. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 3-8-0 overall, 0-3-0 in the league.
The Bulls (4-4-2, 1-2-0 MAC) jumped out to an early lead and hung on to claim a two-goal victory against cross-division foe UT, snapping an eight-match losing skid in the series dating back to 2005.
UB wasted little time in putting the ball into the back of the net, as Megan Giesen scored her first goal of the season at 15:49. Giesen accepted a pass from teammate Karen McMahon approximately 10 yards out in the middle of the Toledo goalbox. The midfielder then quickly spun to her right to create a little bit of space between herself and the UT defense. With the advantage, Giesen fired a left-footed shot just out of the reach of diving sophomore goalie Sam Tiongson to tally today’s opening score.
Buffalo added to its lead on McMahon’s team-best second goal of the fall at the 22:46 mark in the opening stanza. The forward gained control of a loose ball about 30 yards from the Toledo end line and found herself unmarked. McMahon also noticed that UT’s Tiongson had come off her goal line so she launched a high shot that landed just inside the back post to make the difference 2-0 at the intermission.
Toledo picked up the pace considerably in the second half and was presented with its first quality scoring opportunity with 31:43 left in regulation. Junior Kirsten Catloth made a nice run down the left side of the pitch and found sophomore Geri Siudzinski open from about 10 yards out in the heart of the UB goalbox. Siudzinski tried to hammer home a low shot but it was blocked by the interior of the Buffalo defense.
After dodging a bullet at one end of the field, the Bulls retaliated with the help of a quirky bounce to build a 3-0 cushion at the 68:16 mark. UB’s Angel Hart played a high cross into the goalbox that UT’s Tiongson misplayed and the ball bounced over her head and rolled into the back of the net for her first tally of the season.
Facing a three-goal deficit, the Rockets took their offensive effort to another level and came within inches of breaking through on an attempt by senior Rachel MacLeod with approximately nine minutes left in regulation. MacLeod made her way past a couple UB defenders and had the inside track on the last line of the defense. Unfortunately for MacLeod and UT, she had her low shot kicked away by diving Buffalo netminder Ainsley Wheldon.
Toledo was not going to shutout though, and received a penalty kick score from junior Meghan Topolewski at 87:03 to make the final difference 3-1. Topolewski blasted a right-footed shot into the top right corner of the net to record her first goal of the year. The junior tri-captain received the penalty kick after a Buffalo defender was guilty of a handball in the penalty box.
Despite the loss, Toledo finished with a 13-11 edge in shots and a decisive 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman Kiersten Johnson paced the Midnight Blue & Gold with three shots, while freshman Shelby Antonacci, MacLeod and Siudzinski had two shots each. Giesen and McMahon led the visitors with three shots each as well.
Tiongson went the distance between the posts and the second-year Rocket was called upon to make three stops.
The Rockets return to action on Sunday, Oct. 6 when they host Akron. The opening whistle against UA is slated for 1:05 p.m. and will be carried live on the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN).
Sunday’s contest has also been tabbed as “Bark in the Park” from the corner of Hill Ave. and Parkside Blvd. Rockets fans are welcomed to bring their pooches of all sizes, shapes and colors to the cross-division showdown versus the Zips. Be sure to dress the pooches in their cutest outfits so that they can strut their stuff during a halftime parade. Fans will choose the winner out of the Top Five best dressed dogs, and water bowls and designated potty zones will be present during the match.
Bowling Green 1, Eastern Michigan 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University soccer team pounced on mistakes made by the Bowling Green State University Falcons, as the Green and White increased its winning streak to five with a 2-1 victory under the lights of Cochrane Field, Oct. 4. The road victory was the first of the season for the Eagles as they improved to 6-4-1 on the season, including a 3-0-0 mark in Mid-American Conference action. EMU has now won five consecutive games, its longest streak since rattling off seven straight victories during the 2001 campaign.
Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) scored the game-winning goal for EMU, converting her third penalty kick of the season in as many tries after a BGSU (0-9-0, 0-3-0 MAC) handball in the box. The Eagles scored its first goal of the contest on an own goal early in the second half. Eastern sent 14 of its 27 shots on goal, but BGSU goalkeeper Lauren Cadel (0-9-0) stopped 12 of them.
Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) (6-4-1) picked up her fifth consecutive victory in net for the Eagles, making four saves and only allowing the Falcons' lone goal in the 52nd minute by Taylor Bucaro. While each team committed seven fouls apiece, EMU controlled corner kicks (6-4), shots (27-12) and shots on goal (12-5).
Despite the Eagles outshooting Bowling Green, 15-6, including 8-2 in shots on goal during the first 45 minutes of play, neither team was able to find the open net. In the fourth minute, Clark sent a corner kick in that connected with defender Emily Dzik (Troy, Mich.-Troy); however, Cadel got in front of Dzik's header to make the save. Clarke blasted a shot of her own, but it was also denied by the BGSU goalkeeper.
BGSU sent its first shot on goal in the 39th minute, but McCabe made the stop. Five minutes later with the first half coming to a close, the sophomore goalie lunged to prevent a goal by Madeline Wideman, keeping the game scoreless at the break.
The Eagles caught a break early in the second half as Angela Vultaggio (Chesterfield, Mich.- L'Anse Creuse North) sent a low cross from the right side into the box. Cadel came off of the line to try and secure the ball, but her defending teammate deflected the ball into the vacated net, giving EMU the first score of the contest.
Two minutes later, EMU capitalized on another opportunity two minutes later. The Falcons were called for a handball in the box on an Eastern free kick, allowing Clarke to step up for her third penalty kick of the 2013 campaign. Just like she has done in her previous two tries, the senior found the back of the net to double the advantage, 2-0, in the 51st minute.
Bowling Green wasted no time cutting into the deficit, scoring 51 seconds later as Bucaro blasted a long ball over the outstretched McCabe to make it 2-1 in favor of the Eagles. The Falcons sent two shots towards the net in the remaining time, but McCabe and the EMU defense held strong, keeping the winning streak going as the perfect conference mark alive.
EMU will continue on the road, traveling to Central Michigan University for a match Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6. The rivalry on the pitch is set to begin at 1 p.m.