BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Juniors Tracy Togba and Madeline Wideman scored second-half goals to lift the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting IUPUI Sunday afternoon (Aug. 26). The non-conference match was held at Cochrane Field on the BGSU campus.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 1-2-0 on the young season. Sunday's match marked the first career head-coaching victory for BGSU's Kellie Evans. The Jaguars drop to 0-4-0 on the year.
The Falcons had 20 shot attempts to the Jaguars' eight on the day, and BGSU enjoyed a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal. The Brown and Orange had 11 first-half shots to the visitors' two, but the teams went to the intermission locked in a scoreless draw. Early in the second half, however, Togba got the home team on the board.
With less than five minutes gone in the period, sophomore Kaylee Draper took a throw-in deep in the IUPUI end of the field. Draper's throw found Togba on the right side of the pitch, near the scoreboard corner of the field.
Facing away from goal, Togba took a few dribbles toward the center of the field, then fired a turnaround shot from distance. IUPUI goalkeeper Giselle Guzman had no chance to stop the shot, which sailed over her head and into the upper-left corner of the net. With 49:24 elapsed, the Falcons had the lead for good.
Less than seven minutes later, Wideman and the Falcons doubled that lead. BGSU cleared the ball out of the defensive end as redshirt sophomore Kylie Briem played a long ball foward. The pass found freshman Demy Whitaker, who found the onrushing Wideman with a nifty backheel pass. Wideman took several touches, eluding a few would-be defenders, and uncorked a shot as she entered the 18-yard box. Her shot found the left side of the net at the 56:03 mark, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead.
Wideman nearly made it two goals in under four minutes, firing a hard shot from distance, but Guzman was able to punch the shot over the crossbar.
The visitors, however, answered with several shots at the other end. With 27 minutes left, IUPUI's Taylor Heidorn blasted a shot that BGSU 'keeper Becca Ison deflected over the bar with a leaping effort. Several moments later, though, the Jags got on the scoreboard.
IUPUI cut the deficit in half when Ashley Doreski headed home a left-side crossing ball from Kelli Parks. The Falcons' two-goal lead was suddenly a single goal with over 24 minutes left in the second period.
But, the hosts would not let the Jaguars get the equalizer. Ison saved a shot from Doreski with under eight minutes to play, and the fifth-year senior corraled an offering from Parks in the final minute of the match. On the day, Ison made a total of five saves.
For her part, Guzman made 10 stops at the other end of the field. Both Wideman and Togba put three shots on goal to pace the BG attack.
The Falcons now hit the road for the first time this season, heading to Minneapolis, Minn., for a pair of matches. BGSU will face the University of Minnesota on Thursday evening (Aug. 30) before meeting Western Kentucky University in a neutral-site match on Saturday (Sept. 1).