Thursday's Women's Soccer Results

Updated 10/31/2013

Thursday's Scoreboard

Central Michigan 2, Bowling Green 0
Miami 3, Ball State 2
Ohio 1, Kent State 2
Western Michigan 1, Eastern Michigan 2
Toledo 2, Northern Illinois 1
Akron 1, Buffalo 2


Central Michigan 2, Bowling Green 0

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan concluded its 2013 regular season under first-year head coach Peter McGahey with a 2-0 win at home on Thursday. The Chippewas finished the season with a 8-10-1 overall record and an 8-3-0 conference record, receiving the number three seed in the 2013 MAC Tournament. 
"I thought that we played a good game under some difficult adverse conditions today," said McGahey. "To think about where we were at the beginning of the season and where we finished as the number three seed is very positive and delivers confidence. We played Ball State last weekend; they are going to be familiar with us and we are going to be familiar with them and its going to be a great match-up because they are a quality side."
• The Chippewas wasted no time after the opening whistle as redshirt freshman midfielder Eliza Van de Kerkhove sent a cross from the right sideline, finding senior forward Nicole Samuel who headed the ball into the top left corner of the goal in the 3rd minute. Samuel has scored the game winning goals in back-to-back games for the Chippewas. 
• Central Michigan added insurance to its lead when junior midfielder Emily Cooksey delivered a penalty kick goal after being tackled inside the box in the 54th minute to give the Chippewas a 2-0 lead. Cooksey has three goals this season and leads the team in shots (35) and shots on goal (18). 
• Junior goalkeeper Grace Labrecque recorded eight saves to achieve her seventh shutout of the season, passing Anne Decker (2003) to become fifth all-time in program history for shutouts in a season. Labrecque has 11 total shutouts in her career which ranks third all-time among CMU soccer history. 
• Despite being shutout, the Falcons offense generated plenty of opportunities near the net, posting identical numbers as the Chippewas with 18 shots, including eight on goal. 
• Senior midfielder Madeline Wideman led Bowling Green with eight shotsl. Wideman's presence was felt in front of the net but she was unable to create many quality chances due to the strong play of the CMU defense. Freshman Kaylin Hoomaian and sophomores Emily Basten and Michelle Brownlee made major contributions to the Chippewa shutout, playing every minute of the match. 
• Central Michigan will host Ball State for the second time in three games on Sunday. The Chippewas defeated Ball State 1-0 in a double overtime thriller on October 27 after Nicole Samuel chipped in the game winner in the 103rd minute. The conference tournament quarterfinal matchup between the two squads starts at 1 p.m. at the CMU Soccer Complex.

Miami 3, Ball State 2

MUNCIE, Ind.—In its final regular-season game, the Miami University women’s soccer team topped Ball State, 3-2, on a rainy Thursday afternoon in Muncie, Ind.
With a 10-6-3 overall record and a 7-1-3 mark in MAC play, the RedHawks will host a quarterfinal match in the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Price of admission to the game will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth.
“I’m very proud of the team’s performance today,” said head coach Bobby Kramig. “Despite difficult conditions, I thought we came in prepared and gave a very professional effort today.”
There was a flurry of action 30 minutes into the first half. Sophomore midfielder Jess Bronke headed in a goal at 31:41 after freshman forward/midfielder Taylor Jackson chipped the ball over the BSU defense. Just over a minute later, Ball State’s Elaina Musleh scored a goal to even the game at 1-1 at the 32:58 mark.
A little over six minutes before the half, senior forward/midfielder Katy Dolesh scored her seventh goal of the season off another Jackson assist to give the RedHawks a 2-1 lead and momentum heading into the break. Jackson’s attempt was tipped back out by the BSU goalkeeper and Dolesh followed up with the goal.
Miami took a two-goal lead at 71:56 when sophomore midfielder Katee Wensinger scored off an assist from junior midfielder Kelsey Dinges to put the RedHawks up 3-1. Wensinger beat the Cardinal goalkeeper in front of the net for the score. The Cardinals tacked on a late goal at the 86:00 mark, but Miami persevered for the 3-2 win.
“It was great to see our offense rewarded after all the hard work they’ve put in this past week in practice,” added Kramig. “I’m especially proud of Katee Wensinger and so pleased she was able to get a goal today. She’s been a terrific teammate all year, and she deserved to be rewarded.”
The Cardinals’ offensive attack kept senior goalkeeper Allison Norenberg busy as she notched seven saves during the game and moved to 9-6-3 on the season.
Miami had nine shots on goal, with BSU’s Layne Schramm recording six saves. Ball State drops to 10-6-3 on the season and 5-3-1 in MAC play.

Ohio 1, Kent State 2

ATHENS, Ohio – Mid-American Conference scoring leader Jessacca Gironda tallied two goals to help lead the Kent State women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over host Ohio University on Thursday afternoon at Chessa Field.  The win improved Kent State to 12-7-0 overall with a 7-4-0 record in the MAC, while Ohio dropped to 7-7-5 and 3-5-3.
The Bobcats gained a 1-0 lead just 9:45 into the game after Alexis Milesky put one past goalkeeper Stephanie Senn.  Milesky shot the ball in the left corner of the net on a pass from Tonya Frasik to earn her fourth goal of the year.
Gironda then went to work, scoring two goals in a nine-minute span that would put Kent State on top, and eventually win the game.
Gironda netted her 13th goal of the season in the 19th minute on a penalty kick to even the score, and then posted her 14th in the 28th minute when she blasted a shot to the high left corner of the goal just inside the 18-yard box to put Kent State ahead, 2-1.  Assists were credited to Senn and Brittany Maisano.
Gironda, the Flashes' leader in scoring with 14 goals and five assists (33 pts), has scored four goals in three straight games. 
Ohio out-shot Kent State 12-10, and also ended the game with an 11-9 advantage in corner kicks.  Senn picked up four saves in her 90 minutes of play, while OU keeper Mattie Liston had four saves in 45 minutes and Nicole Amari had two.
Kent State finished in fifth place in Mid-American Conference standings.  Check for information regarding the 2013 MAC Soccer Tournament.

Western Michigan 1, Eastern Michigan 2

KALAMAZOO, Mich. ( – On a rainy Halloween afternoon, Oct. 31, the Eastern Michigan University soccer team used a pair of second half goals to come back and down Western Michigan University, 2-1, at the WMU Soccer Complex. With the victory over the Broncos (9-5-4, 7-2-2 MAC), the Eagles (11-6-2, 8-2-1 MAC) claimed the outright Mid-American Conference regular season championship for the third time in program history and first since 2003.
Senior team co-captain Cara Cutaia (Burlington, Ontario-Notre Dame Catholic) recorded an assist and a goal to pace the Green and White in scoring. Cutaia played a lead pass to junior forward Angela Vultaggio (Chesterfield, Mich.-L'Anse Creuse North), who scored EMU's first goal of the game to tie it up in the second half. Just five minutes later, Cutaia would blast a strike from 20 yards out that went over the outstretched WMU goalkeeper, Michelle Watson, for the game-winning goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan McCabe (Arlington Heights, Ill.-Prospect) stopped four-of-five shots sent her way, including three in the first half as well as the only other WMU on target in the second half. For WMU, Watson, made three saves while allowing the two second half goals.
It was a tale of two halves as the Eagles outshot Western 10-1 in the second half after WMU held the advantage in shots throughout the first half, 12-5. Although EMU had a two-shot advantage during the 90 minutes of play, 15-13, each team fired five shots on goal.
As the rain came down sideways at times, Western had the advantage in ball possession for the majority of the first 45 minutes. EMU had the first good look at the goal in the seventh minute as Stephanie Clarke (London, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas) blasted a shot from 15 yards out, but it was deflected out of bounds by Watson, giving a corner kick to the Eagles. Stepping up to take the kick, Clarke served a ball into the box where Emily Kowalzyk (Tinley Park, Ill.-Victor J.) headed the ball towards the net, but missed wide.
The Eagles would not have another great scoring opportunity in the opening half as WMU moved the ball towards the other side of the field. As the EMU defense held strong on the first three corner kicks, the Broncos found an opening with less than one minute remaining in the first half. Western took its fourth corner of the contest, but was headed out of the box by Kowalzyk. Nonetheless, sophomore Heather Piccariello fired a shot from 20 yards away that curved past McCabe and into the back of the net, giving the Broncos a 1-0 with 21 seconds left, a lead they would take into intermission. WMU outshot EMU 12-5 in the opening half, including a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal. McCabe made three saves while Watson made the lone save off of Clarke's blast at the goal.
To start the second half, the Eagles kept the ball on their offensive side of the field, finally finding the open net in the 61st minute. After the WMU controlled the ball on the other side of the field, Cutaia made a run down the center of the field. The team co-captain found Vultaggio on the right side of the box, and the junior forward curled the ball past Watson to tie the game, 1-1.
Five minutes later, Cutaia struck again, this time finding the net herself. Stevens would pass to the senior midfielder, and Cutaia rifled a shot over the keeper from 20 yards out, handing her team a one-goal advantage, 2-1, with just 24:08 remaining in regulation.
As they have done a superb job of all year, EMU held onto the lead, controlling ball possession and playing solid defense. The Broncos would not threaten for the rest of the game, as McCabe and the backline held strong. As the clock ticked down, the EMU faithful who made the trip began to get loud and on their feet. When the horn sounded to complete the Eagles' quest for the conference title, the EMU benched stormed the field to celebrate with their teammates.
As the top seed in the MAC Tournament, EMU will host a quarterfinal contest Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. against No. 8 seed Ohio University. Cost of admission to get into the MAC Tournament contest at Scicluna Field is $5; however, EMU students will be permitted in free with a valid student ID.

Toledo 2, Northern Illinois 1

DeKALB, IL – Toledo concluded its 2013 campaign on a positive note with a 2-1 victory at Northern Illinois on Thursday in Mid-American Conference action at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. With the win, the Rockets wrap up the year with a 6-12-1 overall record, 3-7-1 in the league.
UT received second-half goals from freshmen Kiersten Johnson and Lauren Taylor to hand the Huskies (6-10-3, 4-5-2 MAC) their first home loss of the season.
“This was a tremendous way to conclude an otherwise difficult season,” Toledo Head Coach Brad Evans said. “I was completely confident that this group of players was going to try and do the things great teams do.” 
Johnson tallied her fourth marker of the year after she received a long through ball and juked the NIU goalie at 58:10. As a result, the first-year Rocket had a wide open net and calmly deposited a shot into the back of the frame to open the scoring.
Toledo’s lead did not last long though as the Huskies Gwen Sabo knotted the score at 1-1 with her first tally in 2013 at 61:45. Sabo volleyed home the unassisted score near the far sideline to draw the teams even.
UT’s Taylor then delivered the match-winning score when she pushed a shot into the lower corner of the net off a cross from senior Rachel MacLeod at 70:55.  
“I was really pleased to see Rachel, who played the last couple of weeks at about half speed due to injury, find a way to supply the assist on the match-winning goal,” Evans said. “She beat several players and still able to pick out Lauren. I also thought this was the best Alexis (Tice) has played in the back. I definitely thought this was a positive sign as we build toward next year.”
The Midnight Blue & Gold finished with a 6-3 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior Kelsey Borowitz went the distance between the posts and was called upon to make one save to record her first win of the season.  

Akron 1, Buffalo 2

AKRON, OH – The Buffalo women's soccer team (6-9-3, 3-7-1 MAC) closed out their 2013 season in winning fashion as they defeated the Akron Zips, 2-1, on the road. The win however, was not enough to get the Bulls into the MAC tournament.
"I was really proud of our overall team effort this afternoon," stated sixth-year head coach Michael Thomas. "It was nice to send our five seniors out with a win after they have given so much to this program with their hard work and dedication."
The game-winning goal for the Bulls came just 12 minutes into the opening half with the score already tied at one. Kristin Markiewicz took a blast from 15 yards out that bounced past the Akron goalkeeper for her first goal of the season, and second of her young career.
The Bulls opened up the scoring early on Halloween night at Akron as four minutes into the contest, leading scorer Karen McMahon scored her fifth goal of the season. McMahon's shot beat a lunging goalkeeper from 10 yards out to set a career-best mark for goals in a season.
The Zips, however, answered quickly with a goal of their own in the ninth minute, as Lani Smith beat Ainsley Wheldon for the tying score.
After 45 minutes of MAC action, the Zips held the slight 9-8 advantage in shots but Wheldon stood tall making three saves.
Akron pressured the Bulls most of the second half, trying for the tying score but the Bulls defense stood tall. The Zips held the 6-2 advantage in shots but Wheldon made two more stops and the defensive unit made sure to send the seniors out with a win.
The match is ultimately the final appearance for five UB seniors who have helped the UB women's soccer program immensely over the past four seasons: Wheldon, Natalie Jurisevic, McMahon, Courtney Gross and Lauren Coviello.
The Bulls were led offensively by McMahon who recorded a goal and four shots in her final collegiate contest. Arguably the best goalkeeper in Buffalo history, Wheldon, finished off her 22nd career victory with a five save effort. Wheldon will graduate just one shutout shy of the school record for shutouts in a career (20).