Friday's Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/18/2013

Friday's Women's Soccer Scoreboard

Bowling Green 0, Buffalo 1
Central Michigan 2, Akron 0
Miami 2, Northern Illinois 0
Ohio 0, Eastern Michigan 3
Toledo 2, Ball State 2
Western Michigan 2, Kent State 3



Bowling Green 0, Buffalo 1

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (5-7-2, 2-5-0 MAC) put together a dominating victory on Friday night in front of the home crowd, downing the visiting Bowling Green Falcons (0-12-1, 0-6-1 MAC) by the score of 1-0. The Bulls owned the 22-4 advantage in shots, including allowing zero shots in the second half.
"It's nice to get the monkey off our back," stated head coach Michael Thomas. "Frankly I think they've been playing some great soccer these past four games but the ball wasn't going our way. When things aren't going your way you just have to work through it and I think the girls have done a great job with staying together as a unit."
The game-winning goal came off the foot of the Bulls leading scorer, Karen McMahon, in the 54th minute of play. Missing an opportunity just seconds before, McMahon found herself alone in front of the Bowling Green net after a perfect pass from Jackie Hall and she put a perfect shot just inside the right goal post for her fourth goal on the year.
"Karen McMahon was very dangerous in the first half today," said Thomas. "We had a heartbreaking miss early in the second half before her goal and to come back and score and respond to that so quickly was great for our confidence."
Electing to take the wind in the opening half paid off early for the Bulls as they dominated play. Just two minutes into the contest, McMahon had her header carom off the post after a perfect cross off the foot of Sophie Therien.
Later in the opening half, Megan Giesen had a golden opportunity in front but her effort was saved by a lunging Lauren Cadel to preserve the scoreless game. Minutes later, Courtney Mann saw her blast from 15 yards out sail just over the cross bar.
The Bulls owned the 12-4 advantage in shots following 45 minutes of play.
Buffalo came out strong once again the second half as they produced the lone goal of the game just nine minutes into action. The Bulls defense did the rest in order to preserve the second conference victory of the season as Natalie Jurisevic, Courtney Gross, Kristin Markiewicz and Therien didn't allow the Falcons to attempt a shot on senior goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon for the entire second half.
Six Bulls attempted at least two shots during the game, led by McMahon who attempted a game-high five with four being on goal. Giesen, Mann and Therien each recorded three shots on goal while Wheldon only needed to make one stop in her 20th career shutout.
Wheldon is now one shutout shy of tying the school record for shutouts in a career, which is currently held by Jaime Adams. Wheldon's 21 career victories also tie her for third on the school's all-time list.
The Bulls will return home on Sunday for their final regular season home contest of the season as they play host to Central Michigan. First kick is set for 12 pm at UB Stadium.


Central Michigan 2, Akron 0

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (4-8-3, 1-5-1 MAC) women's soccer team fell to Mid-American Conference opponent Central Michigan University (5-9-1, 5-2-0 MAC) by a score of 2-0 on Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
Akron and Central Michigan both played strong defense through the first half, as the match was a no-score tie through the first 45 minutes in goal.
Junior Alex Luevano-Harden started in goal for the Zips, and picked up a pair of saves in her first 45 minutes as Akron's goalkeeper. 
However, CMU's offense came out in strong form for the second half. The Chippewas took a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute on a goal by Laura Gosse. Minutes later, Central Michigan netted their second goal of the match to give the match its final score of 2-0.
Luevano-Harden was handed the loss on Friday to drop her record to 1-5-0 overall in goal for UA. She finished the match with two saves. 
Overall, the Zips registered seven shots on the evening, three on goal. Senior midfielder Kelly DeNiro tallied the most shots for Akron with three total shots and two shots on goal. Sophomore defender Katie George recorded Akron's third shot on goal late in the match.
Akron will look ahead to Sunday's MAC matchup against Bowling Green. The match is slated to begin at noon on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. 

Miami 2, Northern Illinois 0

OXFORD, Ohio--Behind a 2-0 win over Northern Illinois University (4-9-2; 2-4-1 Mid-American Conference) on Friday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field, Miami University’s soccer team earned its fourth straight shutout and posted its seventh shutout win of the season. The RedHawks improved to 7-6-2 on the season and 4-1-2 in MAC play.
“I thought it went our way today,” said head coach Bobby Kramig. “I was very pleased with the shutout. The thing I was most pleased with was the way we were running and moving the ball and attacking with a more-aggressive mindset than we have in the past.”
Just under four minutes into the game, freshman midfielder Rachel Marble scored her first career goal as a RedHawk. Marble took a corner pass from junior forward Hailey Pleshakov and booted in the game-winner from the top of the box.
Miami carried a 1-0 lead into the second half until junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Haley Walter at the 64:28 mark.
The Miami offensive attack kept the Huskies’ goalkeeper busy, recording 10 shots in the opening half with three on goal and amassing 12 second-half shots with a whopping seven on goal. RedHawk senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg added to her Miami career record for shutouts, notching the 19th of her career and moving to 6-6-2 in goal this season.
“We’ve been a little tentative in the final third this year, and our goal scoring production reflects that,” added Kramig. “We worked on it really hard this week, and we got some players going forward and being a little bit more aggressive. I think we left a lot of goals out there on the field today, but we’re generating a lot more chances and certainly have a better mindset when it comes to attacking.”
The RedHawks continue a three-match home stand on Sunday, Oct. 20, hosting Toledo at 1 p.m. The picnic for both past and current patients at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital’s Oncology Unit rescheduled for Sunday been canceled.


Ohio 0, Eastern Michigan 3

ATHENS, Ohio ( – The Eastern Michigan University soccer team bounced back from a pair of tough 1-0 losses, powering past the Ohio University Bobcats, 3-0, Friday evening at Chessa Field. The Eagles (8-6-1, 5-2-0 MAC) recorded their third shutout of the 2013 campaign as the Bobcats (6-5-4, 2-3-1 MAC) were held scoreless for just the second time this season.
Team co-captain Cara Cutaia (Burlington, Ontario-Notre Dame Catholic) scored a pair of goals to lead the Green and White as she has done all season, finding the net in the ninth and 79th minutes. Junior forward Angela Vultaggio (Chesterfield, Mich.-L'Anse Creuse North) tallied a goal in the 11th minute while Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) (8-6-1) clamped down defensively, notching seven saves in her second individual shutout of the year.
EMU made OU goalkeeper Mattie Liston (6-4-4) work for the entire 90 minutes, taking 23 shots and landing 18 of them on target for an on-goal clip of 0.783. Individually, Vultaggio and Bianca Rossi (Mississauga, Ontario-St. Marcellinus) both fired five shots apiece on goal, while Cutaia sent four shots on target, capitalizing on two of them. Liston stopped 15-of-18 shots on goal, including 9-of-10 in the second half.
After going nearly 230 minutes without scoring a goal, the Eagles struck early in the first half as Cutaia blasted a shot from the top of the box and into the back of the net. Less than two minutes later, Vultaggio doubled the EMU lead, rebounding her own shot to put the Eagles up, 2-0, with 34:47 remaining in the first half. McCabe recorded two saves in the first 45 minutes without allowing an OU goal, helping EMU take its two-goal advantage into the halftime break.
Ohio has proven to be a second half team all season longing, outscoring its opponents 16-4 in the final 45 minutes of regulation. However, McCabe and the rest of the EMU backline were ready for the OU attack. The Bobcats sent five of its six second half shots on goal, but McCabe denied each one of them to keep the shutout intact. With 11:38 left in the contest, Cutaia added an insurance goal to complete the scoring as EMU earned its fifth Mid-American Conference victory, 3-0.
With the combination of a victory and other results around the MAC, the Eagles now control their own destiny in a chase for the program's first conference regular season title since 2003. The Green and White's quest continues Sunday, Oct. 20, against the Golden Flashes of Kent State. The contest from Zoeller Field is set to kick off at 1 p.m.


Toledo 2, Ball State 2

MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State soccer team played Toledo to a 2-2 draw in double overtime Friday in a Mid-American Conference West Division matchup at the Briner Sports Complex.
The Cardinals fell behind early, rallied to take a 2-1 lead on goals from Michelle Blok and Gabby Veldman, and then saw Toledo find the equalizer in the 76th minute. The teams then went the remainder of regulation and both 10-minute overtimes scoreless.
It was the first tie in conference play for Ball State, which is now 9-4-2 (4-2-1 MAC). Toledo’s record stands at 5-9-1 (2-4-1 MAC). Ball State will continue its home weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against Northern Illinois as the Cardinals celebrate Senior Day.
In Friday’s game, Toledo grabbed the lead in the 15th minute on a goal from Angelica Hernandez. That lead stood until almost halftime before Blok’s fourth goal of the season. After taking a pass from Veldman in front of the net, Blok’s first attempt was stopped by Toledo keeper Sam Tiongson, but she was right there to put the rebound in.
Less than a minute later, Ball State earned a penalty kick after a Toledo foul in the box, but Kelsey Shapiro’s attempt sailed over the goal.
The Cardinals managed to grab the lead in the 62nd minute, though, when Veldman put in a rebound shot for her first career goal after the Rockets saved a Jasmine Moses attempt. But 13 minutes later, Toledo’s Rachael MacLeod -- the leading scorer in the MAC -- beat a defender and placed a shot into the right side of the net to tie things up again and send the game to overtime.
Ball State had the best opportunities in the extra periods, but Tiongson was there to stop three tough challenges by the Cardinals. Maimee Morris put two strong shots on the goal, but Tiongson saved both of them along with a driving ball from Leah Mattingly in the closing seconds.
Tiongson finished the game with 12 saves, while Brooke Dennis stopped five shots for the Cardinals.
Ball State gained some ground on MAC leader Western Michigan with the draw. The Broncos suffered their first loss in conference play against Kent State to fall to 5-1-1 in league play. Kent State and Eastern Michigan are also just ahead of the Cardinals at 5-2 in the race for the top seed in the MAC Tournament.


Western Michigan 2, Kent State 3

KENT, Ohio - Freshman Jenna Hellstrom scored just 1:22 into overtime to lead the Kent State Golden Flashes soccer team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Western Michigan on Friday afternoon at Zoeller Field.
The win improves Kent State to 10-5 overall and 5-2 in Mid-American Conference play, while the loss was the first for the Broncos in the MAC to drop to 5-1-1 and 7-4-3 overall.  Western Michigan was the only unbeaten team in the MAC, and was the first place squad in the West Division.
"Overall I didn't think we had a very good start to the game," said Head Coach Rob Marinaro.  "I didn't feel that our first 65 minutes was the level that we can play at.  But once we built some confidence and put a lot of pressure on Western Michigan it was probably the best 20-25 minutes of soccer we have played this year that resulted in a fantastic come-from-behind win."
Things were not looking good for the Golden Flashes today as the team found themselves down 2-0 early in the second period.  The Broncos lit up the scoreboard in the 25th minute after WMU's Rachel Chaney tallied her fourth goal of the 2013 season, and tacked on another in the 55th minute when Gina Maddi posted her fifth goal of the year.
Western Michigan seemed to control a majority of the game, but the Flashes came back with a vengeance after a goal by senior defender Morgan Mah put in a corner kick in the 65th minute to spark the KSU offense. Calli Rinicella and Abbie Lawson were credited with assists.
Then, just four minutes before the end of regulation, junior Stephanie Haugh evened the score after she knocked in a blocked shot to send the game into overtime.
After a short five-minute intermission, it only took 1:22 for Kent State to capture the win.  Hellstrom put in a corner kick to tally her fourth goal of the year and earn the win for her team.
"We focus a lot on our set pieces, and there was a lot of individual sacrifices to keep the ball alive," added Marinaro.  "We got a good service and were able to put the ball in to get the win."
Goalkeeper Stephanie Senn stopped six shots in 91:22 of play between the pipes, and WMU's Michelle Watson picked up three saves in the loss.
Kent State ended the afternoon with a 17-14 advantage in shots, and led 6-4 in corner kicks. 
The Flashes are back in action at 1 p.m. on Sunday on Zoeller Field against Eastern Michigan.  The Eagles are coming off a 3-0 victory at Ohio University today to improve to 8-6-1 and 5-2-0 in conference play.