Women's Soccer Quarterfinals Recap

Updated 11/3/2013

Quarterfinals Scoreboard

Eastern Michigan 3, Ohio 0
Miami 3, Northern Illinois 0
Western Michigan 3, Kent State 2
Ball State 2, Central Michigan 1


Eastern Michigan 3, Ohio 0

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Coming off clinching the Mid-American Conference regular season crown, the No. 1 seed Eastern Michigan University soccer team opened up MAC Tournament play with a 3-0 shutout victory over the No. 8 seed Ohio University Bobcats Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, at Scicluna Field.
With the quarterfinal victory, the top-seeded Eagles (12-6-2, 8-2-1 MAC) will now host the remainder of the 2013 MAC Women's Soccer Tournament with semifinals taking place, Nov. 8, and the championship game set for Nov. 10. EMU will face the No. 4 seed Western Michigan University Broncos Friday, Nov.8, in one semifinal, while No. 2 Miami University will play No. 6 seed Ball State University in the other contest.
After scoring all three of her goals on penalty kicks during the regular season, senior Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) did not need the penalties to score EMU's first two goals of the contest against the Bobcats. Angela Vultaggio (Chesterfield, Mich.-L'Anse Creuse North) recorded the assist on Clarke's second goal before scoring one of her own in the second half to put the game out of reach. Junior Marisa Kozikowski (Troy, Mich.-Athens) helped her teammates find the open net, tallying two assists on the afternoon.
Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) (12-6-2) stopped all six OU shots on goal to record her fourth individual shutout of the season. In goal for the Bobcats (7-8-5, 3-5-3 MAC), Mattie Liston (7-7-5) recorded five saves with all of them coming in the first half.
The high-powered EMU offense had its foot on the gas early, out-shooting Ohio 13-3 in the first 45 minutes of play. In the second half, Ohio came on the attack, taking 12 shots compared to just three for Eastern. However, with the lead, the Eagles were able to play solid defense and shutout out the Bobcats for the second time this season. Each team had five attempts at corner kicks, but both were unable to come up with a goal of any of them.
Clarke began the scoring in just the fifth minute of the contest. Coming down the right side of the field, the senior midfielder attempted a cross into the box. Instead of finding a teammate, the ball clanged off the far post and ricocheted into the back of the net, putting the Eagles ahead, 1-0 with just 40:06 remaining in the first half. 
In the 33rd minute, Clarke struck again, this time from the top of the box. Vultaggio slipped a pass in to the London, Ontario native, and she sent a rocket past a lunging Liston to give Eastern a two-goal advantage that the team would take into the halftime break.
Vultaggio used some sweet footwork to score an insurance goal in the second half. After receiving a lead pass from Kozikowski, the crafty junior sprinted on a run to reach the ball before it arrived to an Ohio defender. The Chesterfield, Mich. native then sneaked past the defender where the OU goalie came out to challenge the shot. A couple of swift moves with her feet caused Liston to race after the ball, but Vultaggio chipped it over her head and into the net for her team-leading 13th goal of the season. With the three-goal advantage, the EMU back line held strong once again to produce the fifth shutout of the 2013 campaign.
After meeting just a few days ago, Oct. 31, to close out the regular season, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan will face off in the MAC Tournament semifinals, Nov. 8, at Scicluna Field. The start time is still to be determined. For the latest on EMU soccer and the 2013 MAC Women's Soccer Tournament, check out EMUEagles.com and mac-sports.com.
Miami 3, Northern Illinois 0
OXFORD, Ohio--Two first-half goals within a minute of each other propelled the Miami University women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over the No. 7 seeded Northern Illinois Huskies in the Mid-American Conference quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field.
The No. 2 seeded RedHawks added an insurance goal at the 50:58 mark and moved to 11-6-3 on the season, while NIU ended its season with a 6-11-3 mark. Miami advances to the MAC Tournament semifinals on Friday, Nov. 8 and will face No. 6 seed Ball State. The Cardinals pulled out a 2-1 win at No. 3 seed Central Michigan on Sunday afternoon.
The semifinals and championship will be hosted by No. 1 seed Eastern Michigan, who defeated No. 8 seed Ohio on Sunday afternoon.


Western Michigan 3, Kent State 2

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals next Friday after earning a 3-2 win over Kent State on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation at Kalamazoo College’s MacKenzie Field on Sunday afternoon.
Backup goalkeeper Kaitlyn Collin was inserted into the game for the penalty kicks and made two saves, while Aubrey Sudomier, Liz Abro and Diana Dedvukaj all connected on their kicks to give the Broncos the win. 
“Putting Kate in, it was something during the season when we would practice them she would usually guess the right way so that was sort of the plan going in and we were fortunate enough that it worked out our way,” said head coach Nate Norman.
Collin stopped shots by the MAC’s leading goal-scorer Jessacca Gironda and defender Morgan Mah.
The Golden Flashes took an early 1-0 lead in the 14th minute when Madison Helterbran played in a ball behind the WMU back line and Jenna Hellstrom slotted the ball past WMU goalkeeper Michelle Watson.
The Broncos ramped up the pressure in the second half, outshooting the Golden Flashes 12-4. The game-tying goal came right after the start when Ali Russo crossed the ball from the far right end towards the back post. A Kent State defender misplayed it on net and KSU goalie Stephanie Senn was forced to play the ball and it bounced off the post. Rachel Chaney was right there to chest the ball in for her eighth of the season. 
Kent State’s Katherine Lawrence had the Golden Flashes’ best chance in the first overtime period, but her effort was saved by Michelle Watson just a minute into the extra stanza. Ariana Donahue forced Senn to make a save in the second overtime period. Her shot from just outside the box was headed on frame with pace but Senn tipped it up and it hit off of the cross bar and bounced away. 
“Kent State is a very very good team,” added Norman. “They have beaten us the last few times and with the way they started in the first 15-20 minutes they deserved to be up. I thought we reacted well and we were able to roll up our sleeves and get the equalizer:
The Broncos will now face top-seeded Eastern Michigan on Friday in Ypsilanti, Mich. The time is still to be determined.
Ball State 2, Central Michigan 1
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Second-half goals from Elaina Musleh and Gabby Veldman boosted the Ball State soccer team to a 2-1 road victory Sunday over Central Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Veldman’s game-winning goal came in the 87th minute of play and propelled the Cardinals into the MAC Tournament semifinals for just the third time ever and the first time since 2007.
“Our girls played really hard today all the way through,” Ball State coach Craig Roberts said. “We broke Central Michigan down and got it done. It was really a first-class performance.”
Ball State (11-6-3), the tournament’s No. 6 seed, advances to play second-seeded Miami University in Friday’s quarterfinal round on the campus of top seed Eastern Michigan. The championship game will be played Sunday, also at EMU.
The Cardinals reached the semifinals by avenging an overtime loss to Central Michigan on the same field just one week earlier. Neither team scored during regulation in that first game, and Sunday’s contest went scoreless through the first half.
Central Michigan (8-11-1) actually broke through first on a goal from Eliza Van de Kerkhove seven minutes into the second half, but the lead did not last. Musleh answered in the 65th minute for Ball State, taking a pass from Madison Oyer and scoring for the second straight game to tie things up.
The score was still tied and the game heading for overtime with just more than three minutes to play, but Veldman had other ideas. Oyer took a ball served into the box and fired an initial shot that hit off the cross bar, but Veldman was right there to knock the rebound home.
“The way we competed today is evidence of the development of this team,” Roberts said. “We never shut down even after we conceded a goal and fell behind.”
Ball State held on in the closing minutes to defeat a Central Michigan team that finished runner-up in last year’s MAC Tournament and played in the NCAAs. The Chippewas, which went 8-3 in conference play, entered the game having allowed just one goal in their previous seven contests.
Senior Layne Schramm earned the win in goal for the Cardinals, bouncing back with a strong performance after Ball State allowed a season-high three goals just three days earlier in the regular-season finale against Miami.
“I am very proud of the way Layne responded,” Roberts said. “I thought she was outstanding today and was an example to our younger players of how to come through in a clutch situation.”
Ball State was the only higher seeded team to win in Sunday’s quarterfinal round. The Cardinals join No. 1 seed Eastern Michigan, No. 2 seed Miami and No. 4 seed Western Michigan as the four remaining teams with hopes of claiming the MAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.