Friday's Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/11/2013

Women's Soccer Scoreboard

Kent State 1, Buffalo 0
Central Michigan 1, Toledo 0
Miami 0, Western Michigan 0
Ohio 2, Akron 2
Ball State 1, Eastern MIchigan 0
Northern Illinois 0, Bowling Green 0


Kent State 1, Buffalo 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senior Jessacca Gironda scored just 3:10 into the game to lead the Kent State women's soccer team to a 1-0 shutout victory against Buffalo on Friday evening. The win improves the Golden Flashes to 8-5 overall with a 3-2 mark in Mid-American Conference play, while the loss drops Buffalo to 4-6-2 and 1-4-0 in the league.
"We did a great job finding a way to win tonight," said Head Coach Rob Marinaro. "It was not a great performance by us, but we got the job done.  I'm proud of the way we dug in and grinded out a positive result."
Gironda, who blasted a shot just inside the right post from inside the box, tallied her eighth goal of the season, including her fifth in Kent State's last four games.   She leads the Golden Flashes with 20 points on eight goals and four assists.  Madison Helterbran earned her fourth assist of the year.
Goalkeeper Stephanie Senn totaled eight saves in her 90 minutes of play to earn her fifth shutout of the 2013 season.  Senn has allowed just 11 goals (0.87 gaa) and has 56 saves (.836 save percentage) for an 8-5-0 record.
Senior Morgan Mah almost gave the Golden Flashes a two-goal lead in the 75th minute on a free kick that was saved by a diving Ainsley Wheldon.  Wheldon tallied eight saves in her 90 minutes of action and dropped to 4-6-2.
Buffalo's offense came alive late in the game and put the pressure on the Kent State defense.  Katie Roberts had a free kick chance stopped by Senn in the 81st mi nute, and with just six minutes remaining Karen McMahon nailed a shot from five yards out that was sent away.
Kent State out-shot Buffalo 10-5 in the first period, but Buffalo controlled most of the second with an 11-2 advantage.   The Bulls also led in corner kicks, 4-2.
Gironda led the KSU offense with four shots, including four on goal, followed by Stephanie Haugh (3) and Morgan Mah (2). 
Kent State is back in action at Zoeller Field at 1 p.m. against Akron.  The game is now just a crucial Mid-American Conference matchup, but a PNC Wagon Wheel point will be on the line.  Akron is coming off a 2-2 double overtime tie against Ohio University on Friday evening.

Central Michigan 1, Toledo 0

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – Toledo suffered a tough 1-0 setback at Central Michigan on Friday in Mid-American Conference action at the CMU Soccer Complex. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 4-9-0 overall, 1-4-0 in the league.
The Chippewas’ (3-9-1, 3-2-0 MAC) Samantha Maher registered the lone goal on a penalty kick at 36:37 to help the home team claim their fourth consecutive triumph over UT. Maher placed a shot in the left side of the goal to tally her first collegiate score.
The PK was setup when CMU's Emily Cooksey ran into the Toledo goal area and was fouled by a UT defender.
"This was a tough way to lose,” Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. “We conceded a PK, but other than that, I thought our defense continues to improve. I give CMU a lot of credit for making the one goal stand. On the other hand, we created a couple of chances that could've swung the momentum, but that’s soccer. If you're unable to put away your chances, you risk losing.”
Despite the loss, Toledo controlled much of today’s action and finished with a 13-3 advantage in shots and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. The four-time MAC Tournament champion Rockets were especially dominant over the final 45 minutes and held a 9-0 cushion in shots but could not find the back of the net for only the third time this fall.
Senior Rachel MacLeod led the Midnight Blue & Gold with a contest-best five shots with sophomore Geri Siudzinski close behind with four, while no CMU player had more than one shot in the MAC West Division showdown.
Toledo's best chance to score came off the foot of MacLeod in the second half. The 2011 MAC Offensive Player of the Year buried a shot past a charging Central Michigan netminder Grace Labrecque, only to have CMU's Estee Outcalt head the shot out of the goal with her heels on the line to preserve the shutout.
Between the posts, sophomore Sam Tiongson went the distance and was called upon to make two stops in a losing effort. Central Michigan’s Labrecque also saw action in all 90 minutes and totaled four saves to collect her second blanking in 2013.
The Rockets will look to return to their winning ways on Sunday, Oct. 13 when they travel to arch-rival Bowling Green. The opening whistle against the Falcons is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Cochrane Field.

Miami 0, Western Michigan 0

KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan women’s soccer team battled visiting Miami to a scoreless draw Friday at the WMU Soccer Complex to remain undefeated in Mid-American Conference play. The Broncos are 4-0-1 through five league contests and 6-3-3 overall on the season. The record is the best MAC start for the program since the 2000 season, in which WMU also opened up 4-0-1.
Senior net minder Michelle Watson made five stops in goal to give her 198 career saves. It was the 23rd career clean sheet for WMU’s all-time shutout leader. The result was the Broncos’ third shutout in as many games and the seventh for the team this season.
The game was largely a defensive battle, as neither side saw very few scoring opportunities. WMU’s best look came in the 58th minute, when Rachel Chaney found herself alone at the top of the box. She fired a curling shot low left, but Miami’s Allison Norenberg made the diving save to her right.
Watson came through with a couple of key grabs in the first overtime to stifle the RedHawks. At the start of the extra period, she pulled down a well-placed corner ball, stretching out and falling backwards. Two minutes later, she knocked down a bullet from Kayla Zakrzewski that easily could have been the golden goal for Miami.
Statistically, the match was nearly even. Both teams took eight shots, Miami putting five on goal and WMU landing three. MU (5-6-2, 2-1-2 MAC) also held a slight edge on corner kicks, 6-5. Chaney had three shots for the Broncos, including two on goal.
“It was two good teams that went head to head today,” said WMU head coach Nate Norman. “I thought we did a very good job defensively on their attacking players. Offensively, I thought we did some nice things, but the scoring chances just weren’t there. Maybe on another day we finish the few we did have.” 
Western Michigan returns to action Sunday, hosting MAC West rival Ball State. The Cardinals have the best overall record in the conference at 9-3-1 and sit second behind WMU in the division standings with a 4-1-0 mark.

Ohio 2, Akron 2

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (4-6-3, 1-3-1) women's soccer team played Ohio University (5-4-4, 1-2-2 MAC) to a 2-all draw on Friday evening in a Mid-American Conference matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.

The Bobcats struck first on offense in the 15th minute after a goal by Ohio's Holly Harris, but the Zips would not let that lead stand long. 


Junior Lani Smith registered her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 23rd minute from the left of goal. Smith's match equalizing goal was assisted by Zips women's soccer career assists leader, senior Kelly DeNiro.


DeNiro and Smith teamed-up again five minutes later - this time DeNiro with the goal - to take a 2-1 lead with a little over 15 minutes remaining in the first half. DeNiro now has two goals and three assists this season, while Smith's assist gives her two on the season. 


Despite a 2-1 lead heading into the half, the Zips allowed the match-tying goal in the 69th minute to Ohio's Allison Cislo to give the game its final score.


In the draw, Akron outshot Ohio 24-9 and had more shots on goal 9-5. The Zips defense also held the Bobcats to three corner kicks during the match. 


Klaire Adee was the goalie of record in Friday's tie, which gives her an overall record of 1-3-1. Adee recorded three saves in 65 minutes at goalkeeper.


Akron will head to MAC rival Kent State University on Sunday afternoon as a part of the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Ball State 1, Eastern MIchigan 0

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Ball State soccer team went on the road Friday and did something only one other team has done all season, shut out Eastern Michigan.
In a key Mid-American Conference matchup of the league’s highest scoring team versus its top defensive squad, it was defense that won out. Victoria Jacobs scored a first-half goal and the Cardinals held on for a 1-0 victory at Scicluna Field.
The win halted Eastern Michigan’s winning streak at six games and drew Ball State (9-3-1, 4-1 MAC) even with the Eagles (7-5-1, 4-1 MAC) in the conference standings. 
Both teams sit just behind Western Michigan, which is 4-0-1 in the MAC after playing Miami University to a draw Friday. Ball State will get its shot at the league-leading Broncos on Sunday with a visit to Kalamazoo for a 1 p.m. contest.
“I was very pleased with the way our girls carried out the game plan today,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “We were prepared for what they were doing tactically, and our girls followed the instruction and were able to adjust. Eastern Michigan definitely has an outstanding forward line. It was really a battle of two giants, and we got the upper hand.”
The Cardinals’ goal came off a free kick in the 29th minute of play. Leah Mattingly crossed a pass into the box, where Jacobs met the ball with her head and sent it past Eastern Michigan goalkeeper Megan McCabe. It was the third goal of the year for Jacobs, and it came on one of only six combined shots on goal between the teams all afternoon.
Ball State went into the break leading 1-0, but Eastern Michigan cranked up its attack in the second half. After not seriously challenging Ball State goalkeeper Layne Schramm through the first 45 minutes, the Eagles forced her to make three saves over the final 45 and also saw a scoring chance from Bianca Rossi hit the crossbar.
In the end, none of the Eastern Michigan challenges were successful. An Eagles team that had scored 22 goals during its six-game winning streak was shut out for just the second time all year and the first time since Indiana did it to them more than a month ago.
“We sustained their attack,” Roberts said. “They pushed hard in the second half trying to get a goal. I was pleased with the consistency of our depth and the ability of each player who went in to carry out their responsibility. We still have a lot of young players out there, and they were able to contend with Eastern Michigan’s talented forward line without being fazed by it.”
Ball State became the only team outside of the Big Ten Conference to defeat Eastern Michigan so far this year. The Eagles’ previous four losses had all come against Big Ten teams, two of which were ranked, and all by one goal.
With nine wins now, Ball State has already surpassed its win total from last year with six regular-season games still remaining. The Cardinals continue to maintain the best overall record in the league.
Friday’s shutout was the seventh of the season by Ball State, which entered the game ranked 16th in the country in goals against average. Schramm posted her fourth shutout of the year in just seven starts, while teammate Brooke Dennis owns the other three shutouts for the Cardinals.

Northern Illinois 0, Bowling Green 0

DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois traveled to Bowling Green for the fifth women's soccer MAC match of the season on Friday. The game started at 6 p.m. and this one ended up being a long one. The teams went at each other for 110 minutes with the two overtime periods, and in the end, neither could get a score to take the win. With the draw, the Huskies are now 4-7-2 on the season with a 2-2-1 record in the MAC.

"We had opportunities," said Head Coach John Ross "It was either that our timing was a bit off or we were inches away every time."

The two teams came out with some offensive aggression in the first half. The Falcons and Huskies combined for 11 shots taken in during the first 45 minutes, but none of them were able to find the back of the net. NIU was more accurate with its shots, having three on goal out of the six shots taken as opposed to Bowling Green's one on goal out of five shots taken. Even with all the shots, both teams were unable to score, and so they went into the half tied at 0-0.

In the second half, the Huskies turned up the heat on the opposing Falcons. NIU took 11 shots in the period with six heading for the goal. However, opposing goaltender Lauren Cadel was able to deflect each one of the them to keep the score tied. There was one shot toward the end of the regulation that nearly gave NIU the lead. The ball sat on the line after an NIU shot, but it never passed it. Regulation was not enough to decide the game, so the teams headed to overtime.

In both overtime periods, the Huskies were often on the offensive. They had five shots during the two periods with Bowling Green only firing off one. Three of NIU's shots were headed for the net, but just like those in regulation, these shots were saved by the opposing goalkeeper. NIU was pressuring often, but the team could not get the ball to hit the back of the net, and the game ended in a scoreless tie.
Overall, the Huskies doubled up the Falcons on shots attempted, 22-11. Of those 22 shots, 12 forced opposing goaltender Cadel to make a play. Last weekend's stars, Nicole Gobbo(Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and Courtney Ksiazek (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), combined for 11 of those shots and four shots on goal.

"We made a point in practice to pressure the opposition this weekend," said Ross. "It really showed in our play in the second half."

Amy Carr, Hemel Hempstead, England/Townsend Church of England) recorded her third shutout of the season on Friday. Carr and the rest of NIU's defense have been tough on opposing offenses as of late, allowing just one goal over the last three games.

The Huskies will travel to Central Michigan for a match against the Chippewas on Sunday at noon. NIU has just three road matches remaining in the regular season.