Sunday's Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/1/2013

Women's Soccer Scoreboard 9/1:
Akron 1, Marshall 1
Kent State 1, Valparaiso 0
WMU 1, Cleveland State 0
Northern Illinois 2, Lewis University 1
Ohio 5, Eastern Kentucky 1
Buffalo 1, Youngstown 0
Pittsburgh 1, Central Michigan 0
Kentucky 2, Toledo 1


Akron 1, Marshall 1

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – The University of Akron (2-1-1) women's soccer team played Marshall University (2-1-1) to a one-all draw on Sunday afternoon in Akron's second straight overtime match.  
"This weekend was a sign of the times for our program, as we went on the road again and had to battle back from a goal in both matches to get a result," head coach Vernon Croft said Sunday. "This is the first time for us to have two results in a weekend and on the road nonetheless."
Sophomore goalkeeper Klaire Adee registered a career high eight saves in the draw on Sunday, despite allowing one goal to the Thundering Herd offense. Adee, whose record now stands at 2-1-1, has a total of 14 saves this season. 
Marshall's Erin Simmons put Akron in a 1-0 deficit in the 27th minute, which would last through the first half. The UA defense has held opponents to one goal in three of the first four matches of the season.
Junior Lani Smith, a transfer from the University of South Carolina, registered the match-tying goal off a shot to the bottom left corner of the goal at 71:44, assisted by Karina Atkinson. Smith now has a total of three collegiate goals between UA and USC. 
Three Akron players – Katie George, Brianna Kanz and Maggie Rusnak – remained on the pitch for the duration of the contest. George currently leads UA in minutes played with 380, followed up by Kanz with 363 minutes.
Senior midfielder Kelly DeNiro totaled the most shots on goal with two. DeNiro leads the Zips in shots taken this season with 15. Overall, the Akron offense totaled seven shots on goal. 
"There is incredible commitment from everyone in our program to continue to make us better, from the training staff to the managing staff to the coaching staff and most importantly the players," Croft said following the draw.  "Could not be more proud of where we are, and am even more excited about where we can go."
Akron will head to Youngstown State for a Friday matchup at 7 p.m., before coming to FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field for the 2013 home opener against Boston University on Sunday at noon. There will be a schedule t-shirt giveaway for the home opener. 

Kent State 1, Valparaiso 0

KENT, Ohio- Senior Jessacca Gironda scored her second goal of the season and the game-winner in the 109th minute to give Kent State a 1-0 win over Valparaiso in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at Zoeller Field.  The Golden Flashes improved to 3-1-0 overall, while the Crusaders fell to 2-2-0.   
"We are very pleased with our weekend," said Head Coach Rob Marinaro.  "Our work rate was excellent today, and I am very proud the team's drive to succeed, but we still have a lot to build on."
Gironda's goal was a rebound off a sophomore Madison Helterbran shot that went off the post and into play.   The assist was Helterbran's second of the season.
Gironda led the offensive effort with six shots, including two on goal, followed by Helterbran with four shots.   Senior Julie Keslar made one save for the Golden Flashes during the first 45-minute period, but sophomore Stephanie Senn was credited with the win after 64 minutes of action.  
Helterbran nearly scored for the Golden Flashes in the 55th minute, but a Valpo defender stopped the ball from crossing the line. 
Kent State had a 25-9 lead in shots, including a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal.   Kent State also dominated in corner kicks, 10-2.
Prior to kick-off, the Golden Flashes honored their eight seniors; Keslar, Gironda, Megan Johnson, Katherine Lawrence, Jaclyn Dutton, Megan Jackson, Shelby Simmons and Morgan Mah.
Buffalo 1, Youngstown 0


AMHERST, NY – The Buffalo women’s soccer team (2-1-0, 0-0-0 MAC) picked up a dominating 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon in their 2013 home opener. Megan Abman picked up the game-winning goal for the Bulls in the 71st minute of action to extend their winning streak to two.

“I was very proud of our patience and commitment to details this afternoon against a very good opponent,” stated head coach Michael Thomas. 
Abman picked up the lone goal for the Bulls as she entered the game off the bench, scoring on her only shot of the contest. Junior Katie Roberts led Buffalo offensively as she fired six shots towards the opponents net while Sophie Therien recorded three shots on goal in the victory. Ainsley Wheldon made the most of her chance to shine, recorded four saves in her 16th career shutout. Wheldon ranks second all-time in UB history in shutouts and is five behind Jaime Adams for the school record.
With the score knotted at zero in the 71st minute of play, Abman found a loose ball to the left of the Youngstown State net and buried the ball in the lower left corner of the net for the eventual game-winning marker. Kristin Markiewicz picked up her first assist of the season after a perfectly placed side throw in that was flicked right to the foot of Abman, who beat the goalkeeper with a perfectly placed shot.
“The credit for my goal should go to my teammates for the perfect execution of the play,” said Abman. “I got the flick and I was able to find the back of the net after the hard work from my teammates.”
The two teams started off the game going back and forth through the opening 15 minutes of the contest. The biggest save of the opening half came in the 13th minute as Wheldon made a huge diving stop on a shot by Taylor Ross. The Ross shot was head for the top right corner of the Buffalo goal but Wheldon was able to stretch out and keep the game scoreless.
Later in the half, Wheldon was relied on to make another diving stop, this time off the foot of Chelsey Haney. Wheldon smothered the ball and allowed the Bulls to head to the locker room tied 0-0. The Bulls held the slight 7-4 advantage in shots in the opening half.
The first 15 minutes of the second half were an even affair as both teams fired four shots on the opposing goal. Finally in the 71st minute Abman broke the scoreless game with her first goal of the season off the bench for the Bulls.
Roberts nearly gave the Bulls the commanding 2-0 lead minutes after the Abman tally but her effort went just wide. The Bulls defense stood tall down the final 19 minutes of the game, as they did not allow the pressing Penguins attack to record one shot on Wheldon. 
Natalie Jurisevic, Markiewicz and Courtney Gross had a great afternoon for the Bulls as they only allowed the Penguins to fire four shots on goal in their first shutout victory of the season.
Katie Hohmann and Chelsey Haney each recorded four shots in the losing effort for the Penguins. Jackie Podolsky played well between the pipes, making a game-high six saves.
The Bulls will have nine days off as they will not play again until September 10 when they welcome Cornell to UB Stadium. First kick is set for 7:00 pm.

Pittsburgh 1, Central Michigan 0

PITTSBURGH – The Central Michigan soccer team dropped a closely fought 1-0 match against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Sunday afternoon.  
- In a back-and-forth first half, sophmore Roosa Garvas broke the scoreless tie moments before halftime when she scored in the 45th minute. The goal was the Dutch midfielder's second of the season and was assisted by redshirt junior Alyssa Meier. 
- Freshman goalkeeper Heather Laeufer displayed another strong performace for CMU in her second career start, stopping six shots.
- Junior midfielder Emily Cooksey led the Chippewa offensive attack, as she applied pressure on the Panthers defense throughout the game with four shots, including three on goal. Laura Gosse and Jennifer Gassman also found quality chances, recording shots on goal. 
"I thought Cooksey did a good job out there today," said head coach Peter McGahey. "She adapted to the position adjustment with ease that we assigned to her and she created multiple scoring chances for us." 
- Pittsburgh's shutout was led by the performance of redshirt junior goalkeeper Nicole D'Agastino with five saves.
- Central Michigan will continue its six-game road stint on Friday, Sept. 6 when they visit the Portland Pilots at Merlo Field.  

Kentucky 2, Toledo 1

TOLEDO, OH – Toledo put forth a gallant effort against SEC member Kentucky on Sunday in its home opener. Unfortunately for the Rockets, it proved to not be quite enough as they dropped a 2-1 decision in front of 308 fans at Scott Park. With the loss, UT falls to 1-3-0 on the season.
The Wildcats (2-1-1) maintained possession for a majority of today’s action and finished with a 25-4 edge in shots, but the Midnight Blue & Gold properly utilized a bend but don’t break style of defense to keep the match close.
UT’s backline of senior Becky Rhodes, juniors Kirsten Catloth and Brooke Lawler and sophomore Kika Hernardez, along with sophomore netminder Sam Tiongson, stepped up big to today’s challenge and did a great job protecting the net.
UK finished the opening stanza with an 11-0 advantage in shots but had only two quality opportunities to break the ice and came up short on both occasions. Their first chance came on a header by Zoe Swift at the 8:24 mark. Teammate Arin Gilliland started the play with a nice run down the left side of the pitch and she crossed the ball to Swift toward the back post. Swift tried to redirect the cross back to the opposite corner of the frame but her shot sailed high over the bar.
The visitors only other legitimate scoring chance before the intermission resulted on a shot from Gilliland at 18:01. The Kentucky forward blasted a shot from approximately 25-yards out from the right side that bounced off the far post and caromed out of danger to keep the match scoreless at the break.
Toledo’s first shot on frame did not occur until senior Ashley Ross put forth an attempt off a free kick with a little over 40 lefts in regulation.
Kentucky continued to apply pressure to UT’s defense as the second half wore and was finally able to crack the code when Stuart Pope found the back of the net at 54:32. Teammate Gilliland began the attack with a cross down the right side to Swift, who promptly advanced the ball forward to Pope right in front the Toledo’s goal. The UK reserve midfielder quickly poked a shot past a scrambling Tiongson to tally her third goal of the season.
 A little over two minutes later, UK doubled its margin when Swift was credited with her fourth goal of the year at 56:53. Teammate Courtney Raetzman played a pass to Caitlin Landis who flicked it onto Swift who deposited it into the back of the net to make the difference 2-0.
With time becoming an issue, Toledo started putting more players forward in the attack and it paid off when Catloth scored her first goal of the season at 86:15. Sophomore Geri Siudzinski put a free kick back into play quickly from the right side and it caught Kentucky a little off-guard. The ball went to Catloth who saw a seam in the UK defense and promptly launched a shot from approximately 25-yards out that landed just inside the far post to make it a one-score difference.
The Rockets continued to attack in the waning moments and came inches away from knotting the score and possibly sending the match into overtime. Catloth bent in a corner kick with her left foot to freshman Kiersten Johnson who was positioned in the middle of the Wildcats goal box. Johnson tried to head the ball toward the far post, but it slid too far past, and the Rockets were unable to come up with the equalizer.
UK’s Gilliland paced the visitors with nine shots, while Swift and Raetzman had six and five each, respectively.
Ross, Catloth, Siudzinski and Johnson were credited with one shot each for the home team.
Tiongson was solid between the posts and was called upon to make three saves, including a pair of acrobatic diving stops.

WMU 1, Cleveland State 0

KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan claimed a 1-0 victory over visiting Cleveland State Sunday, behind Nicole Hatcliffe’s left-footed goal in the 43rd minute.
“It was good to get our first win of the season today, even though I thought we could have scored a few more goals,” said WMU head coach Nate Norman. “Nicole did a great job finishing on her chance, but overall we need to be more efficient in front of the net. At the end of the day though, its a 1-0 win, and I am happy with that.”
After several good looks, the Broncos managed to get on the scoreboard less than two minutes before the half. Senior goalkeeper Michelle Watson’s punted a ball out of the back field which was headed down to the feet of Hatcliffe. Hatcliffe went shoulder-to-shoulder with her defender and finished just under the crossbar from the edge of the 18-yard box. It was Hatcliffe’s second career goal and first of the season, while Watson was credited with her second career assist, also earning one in 2011.
Western Michigan dominated possession in the first half and only allowed Cleveland State in their offensive third a handful of times. The Broncos had 11 first-half shots to CSU’s one. 
In the 19th minute, Kylie Nylen streaked through the middle of the field with the ball before dumping it off to Ali Russo. Russo played it back to Nylen on the right, but her shot went wide into the side netting.
WMU’s Diana Dedvukaj fired a bullet from 25 yards out in the 26th minute that was punched over the top by CSU goalkeeper Sarah Wood. Wood made five first half saves.
Western Michigan took seven more shots in the second half, and out-shot the Vikings for the game, 18-2. Dedvukaj led WMU with six shots, including four on goal. Wood finished with nine saves for Cleveland State, while Watson had one for the Broncos.
The shutout was the 17th of Watson’s career, putting her two behind Julia Francy and three behind school record holder Katie Perz’s 20 career shutouts.
Western Michigan (1-2-0) is on the road for its next three matches and next faces Wright State on the road Sept. 5.

Northern Illinois 2, Lewis University 1

DeKALB, Ill. - The Huskies took on the Lewis Flyers this afternoon in DeKalb, Ill. at the NIU Soccer Complex. NIU was able to fight through the exhaustion and heat to pull out the victory. The team won 2-1 in double-overtime, the first overtime affair of the season for the Huskies. It was very close to ending in a tie, as only roughly 2:41 remained on the clock in double-overtime before Cori Frankenberg (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) punched one through to send fans home happy. 
Entering this game against the Flyers, the Huskies were recovering from a very long game against Purdue on Friday night. "We were tired. We definitely came out flat," said Head Coach John Ross. The Huskies were able to keep with it however, and that paid off in the end. As the second overtime period was winding down, Frances Boukidis (La Crescenta, Cali./Crescenta Valley) got the ball to Frankenberg, and she kicked it into the left corner of the goal to end it. 
Regulation featured a defensive battle that was laden with fouls. The teams combined for 18 fouls during the first 90 minutes of play. Scoring opportunities were few and far between. Lewis was able to get an early score from Meg Carmody in the 15th minute. Alex Elias (Phoenix, Ariz./Boulder Creek), however, was able to tie it up for the Huskies a few minutes before the half, with help from Kaylee Heller (Madison, Wis./Madison West) on the assist. 

Ohio 5, Eastern Kentucky 1

RICHMOND, Ky. – Ohio University women’s soccer head coach Aaron Rodgers earned the first win of his career Sunday afternoon, guiding the Bobcats to a one-sided 5-1 victory at Eastern Kentucky. The Bobcats trailed 1-0 early but rattled off five unanswered goals to earn the win.
The offensive outburst marked the first time Ohio has scored five goals in a single game since a 5-1 home win over Cleveland State on Sept. 4 of the 2005 season.
Four different Bobcats scored on Sunday, as Mollie Whitacre (Perrysburg, Ohio), Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.), Alexis Milesky (Plains City, Ohio), and Maggie Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) all found the back of the net against the Colonels. One of Ohio’s goals was an own goal by Eastern Kentucky.