KALAMAZOO – Diana Dedvukaj scored in the 19th minute of the match, lifting Western Michigan University to a 1-0 victory over the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team Sunday afternoon (Sept. 30). The Mid-American Conference match was held at the WMU Soccer Complex.
With the victory, the Broncos improve to 5-5-2 overall and 1-1-2 in MAC play. The Falcons drop to 1-10-1 and 0-3-1, respectively.
"There were some great chances for both teams today," said BGSU head coach Kellie Evans. "Ultimately, Western Michigan was able to put away one of those chances."
Dedvukaj's goal came off a through ball from Rachel Chaney. The pass found Dedvukaj behind the BG defense, and she was able to elude BGSU freshman goalkeeper Jenna Underwood and deposit the ball into the net.
"Western is a very good team," said Evans. "I don't think their results prior to today were indicative of how good a team they are.
"They were a step quicker than us today. They won the air battle, they beat us to quite a few balls and in doing so, they put us under a bit more pressure by forcing us to go on the defensive."
Michelle Watson made two saves to pick up the shutout for the Broncos. Underwood had three saves in her complete-match effort for the Falcons.
WMU had a 16-11 margin in shot attempts, with each side putting four shots on goal. Junior Tracy Togba led the Falcons with three total shots on Sunday afternoon.
"Western had some great chances, and managed to put one of them away," said Evans. "We had some great chances as well, though. We managed to connect pretty well and had some good looks. Unfortunately, however, we didn't put the ball away, and that's what it is coming down to right now.
"We need to regroup, we need to find out where our goals are going to come from -- because we have a lot of players capable of finishing for us -- and we just need to keep battling as a team.
"Our heads are still up. I am proud of the effort our players are putting forth; we just need to stay composed and finish our chances. We are facing good teams that are finding a way to do just that -- find that goal or two that they need -- and that makes all the difference. That's the great thing about the MAC.
"I think it's just a matter of time for us. We will return home, we will continue to work and we will get ready for another weekend of tough competition in the MAC."
The Brown and Orange will continue their four-game road swing next weekend, taking on Northern Illinois University on Friday (Oct. 5), then facing the University of Toledo in the Glass City on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 7).