Friday's Women's Soccer Results

Updated 9/27/2013

Courtesy of MAC Home Athletic Communication Departments 

9/27 Women's Soccer Scoreboard:

Northern Illinois 1 at Eastern Michigan 4
Western Michigan 5 at Toledo 1
Central Michigan 1 at Kent State 0
Bowling Green 1 at Ohio 3
Miami at Akron
Ball State 1 at Buffalo 0


Northern Illinois 1 at Eastern Michigan 4

YPSILANTI, Mich. ( – Three first-half goals helped propel the Eastern Michigan University soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Northern Illinois University Friday evening, Sept. 27, in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Scoring four-or-more goals for the third straight game, the Eagles kept the momentum from non-conference play alive to win their third consecutive contest and even their record at 4-4-1 (1-0 MAC). With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 2-6-1 (0-1 MAC) on the 2013 campaign.
A season-best crowd of 386 at Scicluna Field saw the Eagles conquer the Huskies in the first Eagles Unite game of the 2013-14 season as EMU student-athletes from various teams came out to shot support.
Four different Eagles scored goals as Angela Vultaggio (Chesterfield, Mich.-L'Anse Creuse North) led the way with an assist and her fifth goal of the season.  Bianca Rossi (Mississauga, Ontario-St. Marcellinus) started the game's scoring with her fourth goal of 2013, and Emily Dzik (Troy, Mich. -Troy) found the net for the first time this season with a header late in the first half. During the final 45 minutes of play, senior Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) remained perfect on the year in penalty kicks, striking her second of the 2013 campaign. Marisa Kozikowski (Troy, Mich.-Athens) added a pair of assists.
Between the posts, reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Week Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) (4-4-1) recorded three saves while allowing one goal throughout 90 minutes. On the other side of the pitch, NIU goalkeeper Amy Carr (2-6-1) made four stops.
The match started out even in the first 19 minutes until the Eagles struck for the first time. Kozikowski and Vultaggio found Rossi on the right side of the box, and the Mississauga, Ontario native was able to rifle a shot past the left side of Carr, putting the Eagles out in front, 1-0. Coach Scott Hall's squad continued to have its foot on the throttle, doubling its lead just two minutes later. After a shot by Rossi was blocked by NIU, Kozikowski once again found a teammate. Vultaggio, the reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week, used her head to find the net, giving the Eagles a two-goal advantage in the 22nd minute.
When it looked as if the EMU lead would stand at two after the first 45 minutes of play, a foul on Northern Illinois gave the Green and White a free kick. The Eagles took advantage of the miscue as freshman Rachel Washburn (Hartland, Mich.-Hartland), in her first career start, took the free kick and sent it into the box. The ball soared across the box to the head of Dzik, who found the opening in the top right corner and increased the margin to three with just 15 seconds to play in the first half.
While the teams tied in corner kicks (2-2) and fouls (6-6), EMU outshot NIU 10-8, including a 6-2 advantage of shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes.
Trailing by three goals, the Huskies pressured EMU early in the second half, getting on the scoreboard in the 53rd minute. Katrina Rozzell send a ball across the box to Nicole Gobbo, who recorded her third goal of the season and cut the deficit to two, 3-1.
NIU would continue to threaten, but its aggressiveness led to a yellow card against Rozzell, prompted by a collision between herself and McCabe. Thirteen minutes later on the other side of the field, the Huskies fouled EMU in the box to set up a penalty kick. Just like she did earlier in the season against Michigan State, Sept. 15, the senior midfielder came through on the penalty kick, blasting a rocket just under the crossbar to increase the EMU lead back to three goals. The Green and White was able to control the pace for the rest of the game, holding on to its three goal lead for the 4-1 victory.
The Eagles stay in Ypsilanti for its second conference game of the season, battling the University of Toledo (3-6-0 (0-1 MAC)) Sunday, Sept. 29, at Scicluna Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Western Michigan 5 at Toledo 1

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Junior midfielder Nicole Hatcliffe led the charge with two goals on the day as Western Michigan drubbed MAC West rivals Toledo, 5-1, at the University of Toledo’s Scott Park on Friday afternoon.
The Broncos (3-3-2, 1-0-0 MAC) also picked up goals from Aubrey Sudomier, Gina Maddi and Kylie Nylen in the win. Each of those three scored in last Sunday’s 4-0 win over Western Illinois. The five-goal outburst was the most ever scored against Toledo in WMU program history and the most goals scored in MAC play since a 6-1 win at Akron on Sept. 23, 2001.
“I’m very proud of our girls, they played very well today,” said head coach Nate Norman. “They are a fun team to coach and we will try to get better tomorrow. We have to put our focus on NIU for Sunday now.”
Sudomier gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute after beating a Rocket defender on the right side, cutting into the box and firing a left-footed shot into the corner of the net for her second goal of the season. Hatcliffe banged home her first of the game after Maddi played a corner kick into the box and she knocked it in from three yards out just three minutes later in the 42nd to push the lead to 2-0.
Maddi got her turn shortly after half time in the 55th minute after she volleyed in a cross from Rachel Chaney to go up 3-0. Nylen’s goal came just minutes later in the 59th minute when she headed in a corner kick by Sudomier.
Hatcliffe’s final goal, her third of the season, came in the 74th minute when Olivia Vollmers played her in on a breakaway and the Bury, England native buried it into the far corner to push the lead to 5-0.
The Rockets added a goal by Shelby Antonacci minutes later in the 79th minute to prevent the shutout.
The Broncos held the vaunted Rocket Offense to just three total shots, including zero in the first half. 
Western Michigan continues MAC play on Sunday afternoon when it welcomes Northern Illinois to the WMU Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.

Central Michigan 1 at Kent State 0

KENT, Ohio - Central Michigan won its first game under first year head coach Peter McGahey, opening up Mid-American Conference play with a 1-0 result at Kent State on Friday. The Chippewas snapped the Golden Flashes four-game undefeated streak at home.
“I think the most important today is that we showed tremendous character," said McGahey. "They dug, they fought and Kent State really battled at the end. I think the character, resiliency and the determination that our women showed today was outstanding.”  
• The Kent State offense made its presence known from the start as it tallied nine shots and three shots on goal in the first half. The Golden Flashes best first half opportunity came in the eighth minute when senior forward Jessacca Gironda received a quick pass off a corner and delivered a shot on net but senior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque made the stop. 
• Labrecque led Central Michigan to the shutout, posting six saves while facing a flurry of 21 Kent State shots. The victory marks Labrecque’s fifth shutout of her career. Labrecque appeared in her third consecutive start in net.
• Junior Morgan Wilcoxon capitalized on CMU’s only shot on goal in the first half, executing a deep strike past the goalkeeper in the 37th minute, netting the lone goal of the game. The Chippewa score marked Wilcoxon’s first goal of the season.
• Tory Kinniard earned her first assist of the season and second of her career on Wilcoxon’s game winner.
• Senior forward Nicole Samuel and freshman and junior forward Eliza Van de Kerkhove also made offensive contributions by both recording shots on goal.
• Central Michigan continues its Ohio road trip on Sunday when the Chippewas face the Ohio Bobcats at 1 p.m. at Chessa Field.

Bowling Green 1 at Ohio 3

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s soccer team (5-2-2; 1-0-0 MAC) scored three second-half goals to defeat the Bowling Green State University Falcons (0-7-0; 0-1-0 MAC) 3-1 Friday afternoon at Chessa Field.

With the win, Ohio extended its unbeaten streak to six games. The Bobcats last defeat occurred on Aug. 30 against DePaul.
Redshirt freshman midfielder Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.) led the way offensively for the Bobcats as she tallied a pair of assists and added her second goal of the year. Senior Mattie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio) tallied a pair of saves and improved to 5-2-2 in goal.
The Bobcats fell behind early as BGSU’s Kaitlyn Tobin found the back of the net off of a rebound to give the Falcons a 1-0 at the 8:39 mark of the first half. It marked the first goal allowed by Ohio in almost 290 minutes of action.
The Falcons would then go on to hold the Bobcats scoreless for the remainder of the half and took a 1-0 lead at the break.
Ohio had several first half scoring chances as it outshot the Falcons 8-3 in the first 45 minutes. The second half action belonged entirely to the Bobcats as they outshot Bowling Green 13-2. Three of its shots on goal found the back of the net in the frame.
Sophomore defender Holly Harris (Batavia, Ohio) got the scoring going for the Green & White as she scored from the middle of the 18-yard box to even the count at one apiece (59:08). Harris’ goal was her second of the year. Redshirt freshman midfielder Carly Manso (Vernon Hills, Ill.) found Harris for the assist.
Manso picked up her second assist of the match at the 83rd minute of the match as she found freshman forward Allison Cislo (Crownsville, Md.) inside the 18-yard box. Cislo then drove the ball into the net to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Ohio then added an insurance goal at the 85 minute mark thanks to a penalty kick by Manso, which helped secure the win for the Bobcats.
Ohio won its MAC opener for the third-straight season. 
The Bobcats return to the field on Sunday as they welcome Central Michigan. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Chessa Field. Those in attendance will be eligible for a free soccer clinic courtesy of the Ohio University women’s soccer program. 

Miami 1 at Akron 2

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (4-3-2, 1-0-0 MAC) women's soccer team opened up Mid-American Conference play with a 2-1 win over Miami (Ohio) University (3-6-0, 0-1-0 MAC) on Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
Throughout much of the first half, the Zips and RedHawks were amidst a defensive struggle. However, junior Lani Smith changed the defensive pace with an unassisted goal in the 43rd minute, her fourth of the season, to give UA a 1-0 lead going into the half.
Smith, a Solon, Ohio native, struck once again for the Zips with a second half goal in the 57th minute, this time assisted by sophomore Madison Kaser. Smith now leads the Akron offense with five goals in 2013.
The RedHawks would battle back to within one, following a goal by Miami forward Kayla Zakrzewski. Miami's second half goal gave the match its final score of 2-1.
Redshirt junior Alex Luevano-Harden made her first start in goal, and picked up her first win of the season to improve to 1-0-0. Luevano-Harden notched three saves in the match.
Overall the Zips posted five shots – four on goal – while also holding the RedHawks to just four shots on goal. Smith led the Akron attack with a total of three shots, all on goal.
Freshman Sarah Sivic contributed one shot on goal in the match. Defenders Katie George and Brianna Kanz remained on the pitch for the duration of the match.
Akron will cap off their MAC-opening weekend on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., with a match against Ball State. Akron fell to Ball State in the 2012 season by a score of 2-1.

Ball State 1 at Buffalo 0

BUFFALO -- Nicole Pembleton scored in the 106th minute Friday night and the Ball State soccer team opened Mid-American Conference play with a 1-0 win at Buffalo.
It was the third straight Ball State contest to go to extra periods and the second of the three that Pembleton won with a goal in the second overtime. The Ball State junior from Ontario also scored the game-winner two weeks ago at Air Force.
Ball State improved its overall record to 6-2-1, the best in the MAC, and the Cardinals are off to a 1-0 start in league play. Buffalo dropped to 3-3-2 (0-1 MAC) with the loss.
Ball State goalkeeper Layne Schramm posted her third shutout of the year and the fifth for the Cardinals as a team. Schramm, who entered conference play first in the league in both goals against average and save percentage, made five saves on the night, two of which came in the second overtime period.
The Cardinals limited Buffalo to just seven total shots for the game while posting 17 shots themselves. Buffalo’s Ainsley Wheldon, another of the top goalkeepers in the league, stopped all five shots on goal she faced before surrendering the game-winner late.
With the clock ticking into the final five minutes and the game headed for a scoreless draw, Ball State senior captain Michelle Blok played a cross into the box. Pembleton took the pass and beat Wheldon into the lower left corner of the goal to send the Cardinals off with a win.
Pembleton and teammate Madison Oyer finished with a game-high four shots each, while Katie Roberts led the Buffalo offensive attack with two shots.
Ball State has now surrendered just five goals through nine games this season. The Cardinals will look to continue their form when they head to Akron for a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday. The game will wrap up a stretch of five straight on the road for Ball State.