Courtesy of WMU's athletic communications department
Western Michigan 1, Eastern Michigan 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- For the third time in four years the Western Michigan women's soccer team has advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship after upsetting top-seeded Eastern Michigan, 1-0, at EMU's Scicluna Field on Friday afternoon.
Lindsey Lee netted the lone goal fo the game in the ninth minute and the Broncos withstood the pressure from one of the top offensive teams in the MAC to earn the shutout. WMU was outshot 14-10 on the day but only let three of the shots reach All-MAC goalkeeper Michelle Watson, who made three saves on the day.
"Eastern is a fantastic team and they have one of the best attacking options in the MAC in Angela Vultaggio," said head coach Nate Norman. "We were always able to give cover on her and support each other on the back line. It was fantastic to see them hold on and I'm very proud of the effort they showed against a great attacking team."
The Broncos held Vultaggio to just two shots, neither of which reached goal.
Lee's first collegiate goal gave Western Michigan a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute. Gina Maddi served a corner kick into the box and Kylie Nylen headed it on goal. EMU goalkeeper Megan McCabe made the initial save but the ball bounced away and Lee slotted it into the net.
"I think it's always crucial to get the first goal," added Norman. "Sometimes it doesn't work in your favor because they can take their foot off the pedal a little bit but I thought we did a good job from then on to still try and play but lock it down defensively."
Western Michigan awaits the winner of Ball State and Miami for Sunday's 1 p.m. MAC Championship game at Eastern Michigan. The Broncos beat the Cardinals 2-1 during the regular season and tied the RedHawks 0-0.