Friday's Women's Soccer Scoreboard
Buffalo 1, Eastern Michigan 1
Kent State , Northern Illinois
Central Michigan 0, Miami 1
Toledo 1, Ohio 2
Western Michigan 3, Akron 0
Bowling Green , Ball State
Buffalo 1, Eastern Michigan 1
YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (5-8-3, 2-6-1 MAC) used a early second half goal from Megan Giesen and some great defense down the stretch to earn a 1-1 draw on the road Friday afternoon at Eastern Michigan (9-6-2, 6-2-1 MAC).
"The girls put forth a solid 110 minute effort this afternoon," stated head coach Michael Thomas. "I thought we came out strong in the second half and finally got a ball to bounce our way on the goal. We will try to take this momentum into Sunday's match against a very good Western Michigan squad."
The Bulls scored the game-tying goal just four minutes into the second half of action following a great corner kick volley from Sophie Therien. Therien's corner kick found its way to Jackie Hall in front of the net and her quick shot was turned aside but went right to Giesen who buried her second goal of the season.
Buffalo fell behind early on in the opening half as in the 11th minute Angela Vultaggio buried a pretty header behind Ainsley Wheldon. Stephanie Clarke picked up the lone assist on Vultaggio's team-leading ninth goal of the season.
The Bulls had two chances to end the game in the second half as Andrea Niper had her shot saved by Megan McCabe in the 74th minute and Therien's blast in the 80th minute was turned away by the home keeper.
Overtime did not present very many chances for either squad as Wheldon made a save on the lone Eagles shot and the lone Bulls shot came off the foot of Karen McMahon, sailing just over the cross bar.
For the game, Wheldon continued her strong play between the pipes as she made five big stops for the Bulls, moving into third place on the all-time saves list with 376 in her career. McMahon led all Bulls with four shot attempts while Therien, Jackie Hall and Giesen each finished with two shot attempts in the tie.
Buffalo stays on the road for more conference action on Sunday, as they will travel to Western Michigan for a 1 pm contest.
Kent State 1, Northern Illinois 2
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois faced Kent State (10-7-0, 5-4-0 in the MAC) on Friday night in a home match. It was the first home game that the women's soccer team played under the newly installed lights at the NIU Soccer Complex this season. The game was the very definition of a back-and-forth affair. Both teams applied pressure when they could, and in the end, NIU's pressure proved greater. The Huskies won 2-1 to keep rolling at home this season (5-0-1). NIU is now 3-4-3 in the MAC with more than a full-game lead over ninth place teams Toledo, Buffalo, and Akron.
The Huskies did not have an optimal start to the game. In just the second minute of play, Golden Flash forward Jessacca Gironda scored her 11th goal of the season to give her team an early 1-0 lead. After that, the game was a battle of possession. Shots were at a premium for both sides as the defensive units were excellent. In the process of the possession war, Jackie Wandt (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East) went down hard and sustained a leg injury after getting tangled up with a Kent State player.
"We don't know the exact severity of it right now," said Head Coach John Ross. "It's an injury to her shin. We'll have a better idea of it on Monday."
After the injury, the Huskies mounted their comeback. In the 38th minute, Cori Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) scored her third goal of the season. Coming into this game, the Huskies were 5-0-1 in the previous six games that Frankenberg had tallied a score in, dating back to last season. With the score tied, the Huskies gained a chance to keep her streak alive. The teams went into halftime in a 1-1 tie.
The second half was defined by one crucial shot attempt and an exciting finish. The scoring attempt came during the 59th minute. A foul by the Golden Flashes set up a penalty kick for Allie McBride (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley). McBride shot to the right, opposing goaltender Stephanie Senn dove to the right, but she was late to react, and McBride had her second goal of the season, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead. "I went into the shot only thinking positive thoughts," said McBride. "You need to stay positive in spots like that to give yourself a chance."
The next 20 minutes were fairly tame, but that didn't last until the end. In the final 10 minutes of play, the Golden Flashes put the Huskie defense to the test. The ball was constantly in NIU's defensive zone. While it was proving difficult for Kent State to get a shot off, the ball was frequently juggled within a group of Huskie defenders and Golden Flash forwards. However, NIU was able to clear the ball each time without allowing a shot. This allowed the Huskies to hold on and win 2-1.
"Both teams played a great game," said Ross. "We came into this match with an offensive gameplan of getting behind their defense and striking from there. Our defense was great too. It's nice to know we can rely on them to keep a lead for us."
The Huskies will face the Ohio Bobcats (7-5-5, 3-3-3 in the MAC) in another home game on Sunday, October 27. Ohio ended up winning its game against Toledo today, 2-1. As such, the Huskies remain just slightly behind the Bobcats in the MAC. With a win on Sunday, the Huskies can move up to seventh place in the conference. Depending on how the rest of the season goes, NIU could finish as high as sixth in the MAC.
Central Michigan 0, Miami 1
OXFORD, Ohio—It took just 4:26 seconds for the Miami University women’s soccer team to score a goal, and that was all the RedHawks needed as they collected their sixth straight shutout and fourth consecutive win in a 1-0 triumph over Central Michigan University on Friday afternoon at the Miami Soccer Field.
It was a key Mid-American Conference win for the RedHawks (9-6-2; 6-1-2 MAC) as they topped the West Division co-leading Chippewas (6-10-1; 6-3-0 MAC). With West Division co-leader Eastern Michigan’s 1-1 tie against Buffalo on Friday afternoon, Miami moved into sole possession of first place in the MAC.
“We clinched a MAC Tournament berth last weekend,” said head coach Bobby Kramig. “This one today probably didn’t do anything for us in terms of clinching the division or a home quarterfinal, but it certainly was a huge help and a huge step in that direction. We put ourselves in a very good position, and it’s going to be up to us to capitalize on it.”
Senior forward/midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski headed in a goal in the fifth minute off a corner kick from junior forward Hailey Pleshakov. It was one of five shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes for the RedHawks as the Chippewas took just two shots for the half, one of which was on goal.
CMU kept senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg busier in the second half, taking eight shots over the final 45 minutes, four of which were on goal.
“Central Michigan is a very good team, and I’m really impressed by how they play. It was a game that was going to require big plays, and certainly Allison (Norenberg) pulled one out there. Fantastic,” said Kramig. “The defensive had to work hard today. I thought they did a great job. It was a very disciplined effort on their part. They kept their shape and didn’t get drawn out of position too much. I felt like they did a nice job, and I’m really pleased with them.“
With the shutout, Norenberg set the Miami single-season record for shutouts, collecting her ninth of the season. She added to her career shutouts record, posting her 21st.
“As has been the case, I thought we left a number of goals on the field today,” added Kramig. “We are certainly getting chances, and it would be nice to see us put a couple of more away, but I like the way our offense is clicking right now. Everyone is on the same page. They’re all playing the same game, playing more aggressively, playing with more confidence. That helps us a lot. That helps take pressure off the defense.”
The win extended Miami’s unbeaten streak to eight games and was the RedHawks’ ninth shutout win of the season.
Miami travels to Bowling Green for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, Oct. 27 and rounds out the regular season at Ball State on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Toledo 1, Ohio 2
TOLEDO, Ohio - A goal by sophomore forward Holly Harris(Batavia, Ohio) in the 88th minute lifted the Ohio University (7-5-5, 3-3-3 MAC) soccer team to a 2-1 triumph over the University of Toledo (5-11-1, 2-6-1 MAC) Friday in Mid-American Conference action at Scott Park.
The victory gave the Bobcats three critical points in the race for a 2013 MAC Tournament berth - upping their total to 12.
The victory also improved Ohio's road record to 5-1-3 - the most wins away from home for the Bobcats since 2004.
Senior goalkeeper Mattie Liston(Lakewood, Ohio) tallied 13 saves in the victory, putting her in fifth place in the MAC record book with 391 career saves. She surpassed former Eastern Michigan goalkeeper Monique Budani (2007-10), who recorded 387 stops in her career.
The Bobcats look to continue their winning ways when they visit Northern Illinois on Sunday in their final road match of the 2013 regular season. The match is slated to get underway at 2 p.m.
Western Michigan 3, Akron 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan women's soccer team defeated Akron in a 3-0 shutout Friday afternoon at the WMU Soccer Complex. Junior forward Aubrey Sudomier led the Bronco attack with a pair of first half goals and junior midfielder Rachel Chaney added a third in the second half.
With the victory, Western Michigan improves to 8-4-4 on the season and 6-1-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos, who have already qualified for the MAC Tournament, close out the regular season with home games against Buffalo Sunday and Eastern Michigan Thursday. WMU will honor its seniors prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. match.
Tuesday's shutout was Western Michigan's sixth of the year. Senior goalkeeper Michelle Watson made five saves to record her 24th career clean sheet.
Watson also had an assist in the game, her second of the season and third of her career. Two minutes into play, Watson punted a ball out of the backfield and Sudomier was able to slip in behind the defense. She took a touch and finished low left.
Sudomier struck again in the 24th minute, to put the Broncos up 2-0 heading into halftime. Ali Russo sent a pass across the box and Sudomier buried it low right. The two goals give Sudomier five for the season, which ties a team-high.
The Broncos got a quick start to the second half as they did the first. Chaney smashed her chance in front of the net in the 47th minute. Russo and Kylie Nylen recorded assists on the goal.
Western Michigan out shot Akron 22-8 and put 12 shots on goal, including six by Sudomier. WMU was able to spread minutes in the game, as a total of 22 Broncos saw action in the contest.
Bowling Green 0, Ball State 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Ball State soccer team earned a 2-0 road victory Friday night at Bowling Green to reach the 10-win mark for the first time in six years.
Victoria Jacobs and Abbey Fiser scored second-half goals for the Cardinals, which improved to 10-4-3 overall (5-2-2 MAC) on the season. Bowling Green dropped to 0-14-1 (0-8-1 MAC) with the loss.
Layne Schramm was in goal for her fifth shutout of the year as Ball State held an opponent scoreless for the eighth time this season.
“The girls played with great consistency tonight,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “We knew Bowling Green would be a counter-attacking and defensive type of team, and we really had to play the full 90 minutes. We made some adjustments at halftime that really kind of opened things up for us.”
Ball State remained in the thick of the Mid-American Conference race with the win. The Cardinals own 17 points in the standings and trail the leaders by just three points with two regular-season games remaining. They will get their shot at the team directly ahead of them when they travel to Central Michigan for a 1 p.m. contest Sunday.
After a scoreless first half Friday, Ball State wasted little time getting its offense going to start the second. Jacobs scored off a pass from Lindsay Kempf just 37 seconds after the break to put the Cardinals on top. It was Jacobs’ fourth goal of the year, tying her for the team lead with Michelle Blok and Kelsey Wendlandt.
Ball State then added some insurance in the 69th minute when Fiser scored her first collegiate goal with an assist from Madison Oyer.
The two goals were more than enough for Schramm and the Ball State defensive unit. The Cardinals’ senior goalkeeper, who owns the top goals against average in the league, made seven saves on the night.
Madeline Wideman paced Bowling Green with six shots, including two on goal, while Falcon goalkeeper Jenna DiTusa finished with eight saves.
Ball State’s 10 wins this year are the most for the program since 2007. That year’s team finished 13-5-2 and won the MAC regular-season championship.