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Western Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 1
Bowling Green 8, IPFW 0
Bucknell 1, Hartwick 0
DEKALB, Ill. - Western Michigan scored with just 53 seconds remaining to claim a 2-1 victory over the Northern Illinois University men's soccer team on Tuesday night at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. Senior James Stevenson (Falkirk, Scotland/St. Mungo's) gave the Huskies the lead in the first half but two goals in the final 20 minutes lifted Western Michigan to the victory.
"It's frustrating," said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi. "I thought we had the better of the play for the majority of the game. Two moments. I don't know if they had a chance outside of the two goals that they scored, and we had a couple, a couple of half-chances. I guess there is a reason why they haven't lost in conference yet, they play with a lot of energy. I feel bad for our guys because we didn't deserve to lose today."
The Huskies had the first chance of the contest as junior Isaac Kannah (Plymouth, Minn./Prairie Seeds Academy) fired high from near the six-yard box in the eighth minute. Senior Sean Totsch (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) made a run past three Bronco defenders before finding Kannah at the far post, but his effort went high.
NIU (4-13-0, 0-5-0 MAC) got on the board first in the 16th minute on a goal by Stevenson. The senior from Falkirk, Scotland posted up a defender on the left edge of the six-yard box, then turned the defender and slipped a shot past Bronco goalkeeper Chase Rau to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. The goal was Stevenson's fourth of the season and the 16th of his NIU career.
Three minutes later Western Michigan (8-7-1, 4-0-1 MAC) had its first chance of the contest as Edu Jimenez hit a rising shot that redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser (Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla/Oregon State) tipped over the crossbar for a corner kick.
NIU nearly doubled its advantage in the 35th minute. Sophomore Bertrand Gaschot (Austin, Texas/Westwood) sent in a cross that deflected to Stevenson, his shot was just tipped around the post and out of play by Rau and the Huskies took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Neither team created a clear scoring opportunity in the second 45 minutes until the Broncos leveled the match in the 74th minute. Hunter Vandenboom sent in a cross from the left side that Dome Hunter slid past Glaeser to even the match.
With the match tied, the Huskies and Broncos appeared headed for overtime as the two teams failed to create another shot until the final minute when Western Michigan got the game-winner. Hunter and Oliver Mayer connected a pair of quick passes through midfield to Vandenboom who collected the ball 15 yards from goal and beat Glaeser to give the Broncos the comeback victory.
NIU will close its 2013 season on Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Huskies host Buffalo on Senior Night at the NIU Soccer Complex. Game time against the Bulls is scheduled for 6 p.m.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University men's soccer team exploded offensively on Tuesday night (Nov. 5), dismantling visiting IPFW by an 8-0 score at Cochrane Field. The game was both the final home match and the last non-conference contest of 2013 for the Falcons.
With the victory, the Falcons improve to 6-7-5 on the year. The Mastodons drop to 1-14-1.
BGSU's goal output was the program's highest in 17 years. Seven different players scored at least one goal, and a total of nine Falcons had at least one point in the win.
In his final game at Cochrane Field, senior Ryan Comiskey had the first two-goal match of his career. He had nine total shots in the game, nearly doubling his previous career high.
Six of the Falcons' eight goals were scored by seniors. In addition to Comiskey's brace, classmates Zach Schewee, Rodcliff Hall, Brandon Silva and Anthony Grant all found the back of the net.
Juniors Danny Baraldi and Jon Kumher also scored for the Brown and Orange. Kumher's goal was the first of his Falcon career.
At the other end of the pitch, senior Michael Wiest made two saves for his eighth shutout of the season and the 21st of his BG career.
BGSU had season-high totals of 38 shot attempts and 20 shots on goal. In addition to his goal, Baraldi set career bests with three assists and eight shots in the match.
Grant and Schewee each had a four-point game, as both seniors had two assists in addition to scoring a goal.
IPFW goalkeepers Raphael Kotzock and Will Brown each played 45 minutes and each made six saves in the match. Kotzock allowed three goals in the first half, while Brown surrendered the final five Falcon goals.
Schewee got the scoring started at the 4:36 mark. The play began on a throw-in by Baraldi, who assisted on each of BG's three first-half goals. Baraldi's long throw sailed into the box where Grant, facing Baraldi, headed the ball backward to an open Schewee in the center of the box. The senior settled the ball, then drilled it past Kotzock for what proved to be the only goal the Falcons would need.
Comiskey had three shots within the first 18 minutes of the match. His first was blocked out of bounds by Kotzock for a corner kick, and his second, a diving header off of that corner, went just wide. His third, however, found the net.
That scoring play came with 17:50 elapsed. Baraldi played a long ball out of the back. Comiskey raced ahead, caught up to the ball, fought off an IPFW defender and fired a shot just inside the far post.
The 'Dons did not have a shot attempt until midway through the first half, as BG had advantages of 38-6 in shots and 20-2 in shots on goal. IPFW did have an early chance, but as Corey Tom played a cross to Spencer Brown, the assistant referee's flag was raised. Brown headed the ball into the goal, but the play had already been nullified due to offside.
IPFW's first shot that counted came off the boot of Brown. He took a cross from Jacob Murphy and fired, but his curving shot went over the crossbar in the 24th minute.
BG kept threatening, as Schewee hit a shot just wide off of a free kick, junior Vlad Lekarev shot just outside the far post after sophomore Joe Sullivan put him through, and Comiskey's hard shot was parried by Kotzock after a Schewee steal.
Against the run of play, Brown fired a ball into the box from the left side, but Wiest made a nifty diving grab of the shot/cross with under 14 minutes left in the half.
Hall gave the Brown and Orange a three-goal lead with 6:41 to go in the period. Baraldi slid a pass to his left, where Hall was stationed. The senior blasted a shot from roughly 25 yards out, and Kotzock could only watch as it whistled past him and into the net. The Falcons outshot the visitors by a 16-4 count in building that three-goal lead.
In the second half, the shot total was even more lopsided, as BG had a 22-2 advantage in the final 45 minutes. The Falcons' fourth goal of the night came with 12 minutes gone in the period.
That play started with a long run by Schewee. He moved from left to right across the pitch as he worked his way toward the penalty area, then found Comiskey with a pass into the box. Comiskey trapped the ball, and beat Brown for the first two-goal game of his BG career.
The Falcons continued to generate chance after chance. Baraldi stole an errant IPFW pass and quickly hit a shot, but Brown made the save. Moments later, Baraldi got away from two would-be defenders on the sideline near midfield and played a ball ahead to Hall. Hall's shot went just left of the frame.
In the 64th minute, a BG attacker was taken down in the box, and a penalty kick was awarded. Baraldi buried that shot, and the Falcons had a five-goal advantage.
That lead grew to six goals less than 10 minutes later, as Silva found the net. Kumher and Sullivan teamed up to work the ball toward goal from the right side of the field. Kumher's pass found Schewee in the box, and the senior laid it off for Silva near the 18-yard line. The tri-captain's shot was hard, low and in the corner.
Kumher found the scoresheet with just under four minutes to go. Grant's pass was deflected by an IPFW defender, but it went directly to Kumher near the top of the penalty area. Kumher volleyed a shot past Brown for BG's seventh goal of the night.
Grant closed the scoring with 70 seconds remaining. Senior Joey D'Agostino played a ball over the defense to sophomore Ryan James on the left side of the field. James' cross found Grant, who took several dribbled to his right and put the ball just inside the far post. The goal was Grant's fourth of the year, tying him for the team lead with Comiskey.
Wiest was not called upon to make a save in the second half. He and the Falcons' center backs, senior Sean Sikich and sophomore Jake Genrich, each played all 90 minutes on Tuesday night en route to the shutout.
The Falcons now head to Morgantown, W.Va., to close the regular season with a key Mid-American Conference match on Friday night (Nov. 8). BGSU will face West Virginia University in a de facto MAC Tournament match. The Falcons and Mountaineers are currently tied for fourth place in the league standings. A BG win on Friday would give the Falcons the fourth and final berth in the MAC Tournament, while a WVU win or tie would put the Mountaineers into the conference tourney. Kickoff for that match is 7:00 p.m., and links to live stats and video will be available right here at BGSUFalcons.com.
ONEONTA, NY – Chris Thorsheim scored the game's only goal at 31:05 of the first half on a penalty kick to lift visiting Bucknell University to a 1-0 win over Hartwick's men's soccer team on Tuesday night under the lights of Elmore Field. The Hawks had chances to score, including a penalty kick of their own 11 minutes prior to Thorsheim's tally but they were not able to solve Bison goalkeeper Clarke Fox.
The Hawks had a perfect opportunity to take the early edge at the 20:03 after Marc Russell (Glasgow, Scotland/Woodfarm HS) was hauled down in the Bucknell box resulting in the spot kick. David Styles (Bognor Regis, England/St. Phillip Howard) stepped up for the shot and he hit it to Fox's left but the keeper made a diving effort to keep it out.
Less than 14 minutes from halftime, the Bison were given a penalty of their own on a Hartwick foul inside their own 18-yard box. Thorsheim made no mistake, forcing Mateo Munarriz (Manizales, Colombia/Colegio Granadino) to guess the wrong way, and putting his shot to the keeper's right for the 1-0 edge.
Just over the three minutes later, Hartwick was denied by the woodwork. Senior Tim Crawford (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas) had the ball deep in Bucknell territory near the corner. He played a bouncing ball to the top of the box where junior Rio Dhat (Auckland, New Zealand/Epping Boys HS) hit a one-timed left-footer up and over Fox but it cruelly ricocheted off the far post and out.
At the halftime whistle, the Bison went into the locker room up by the single goal. The visitors would hold a 6-3 edge in shots in the opening 45 minutes.
The Hawks were dangerous in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. With roughly 15 minutes gone, Mike Rood (Conklin, NY/Susquehanna Valley) served a corner into the Bison box but it was played back out to him. He played another ball to the far post that Jhevaughn Beckford (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys' School) could not get a good foot on just outside the six-yard box.
Less than five minutes later 'Wick had its best chance of the half. A Styles' corner kick bounced inside the box and substitute Jamie O'Grady (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk) headed the ball towards goal off the bounce from in close. Fox came up with his second save though, this one a diving effort to maintain the Bison lead.
The Hawks would have the ball in the Bison end for much of the rest of the half but could not muster another shot as Bucknell would come away with the win.
Munarriz would finish with three saves for Hartwick with Clarke making two stops for BU.
The game also served as Hartwick Senior Night. Crawford, Will Broomfield (Brighton, England/Cloud Community College), and Matthew Robertson (Banchory, Scotland/Binghamton U.) were honored prior to the match.
With the loss, Hartwick falls to 5-8-4 overall. The Bison, which entered the game ranked 10th in the Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, improves to 11-5-1.
The Hawks await the location of the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament, as well as, their semifinal opponent. The field will be decided this weekend. The Hawks' will be making their first appearance in the playoffs in the last four seasons.