The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team, after dropping a pair of narrow decisions on the road last weekend, hits the road again this weekend. The Falcons of interim head coach Kellie Evans continue a season-long four-game road swing with a Friday (Oct. 5) match against Northern Illinois University. BGSU will take on the Huskies in a match scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. locally (5:00 p.m. Eastern) at the NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex.
Then, the Brown and Orange will conclude the road swing with a Sunday (Oct. 7) match against the University of Toledo. That game will begin just after 1:00 p.m. at UT's Scott Park Field.
Live stats for each of this weekend's matches will be available via the host schools' web sites, www.NIUHuskies.com and utrockets.com, and the links will be available through BGSUFalcons.com. Additionally, Sunday's BGSU-UT match will be televised in the Toledo area by BCSN. For more information, log on to www.bcsn.tv.
Since the inception of the BGSU women's soccer program, the Falcons are a combined 4-9-3 in home games vs. NIU and UT. But, BGSU is an aggregate 10-6-1 in road matches vs. the Huskies and Rockets.
The Falcons are 1-10-1 overall, and BG is 0-3-1 in MAC play heading into the weekend. Last weekend, BGSU took a 1-0 lead at Eastern Michigan in Friday (Sept. 28) action, but the Eagles responded with a pair of second-half goals for a 2-1 win. Freshman Jessica Jarvis scored the Falcons' goal against the Eagles, who remain unbeaten in the MAC. Another Falcon freshman, Jenna Underwood, had five saves in goal.
On Sunday (Sept. 30), a Western Michigan goal in the 19th minute of the match held up, as the Broncos eked out a 1-0 win in Kalamazoo. Underwood had three saves in her complete-match effort for the Falcons.
Sophomore Sidney Huth leads the Falcons in scoring this season, with five points on two goals and an assist, while Jarvis also has two goals this fall for a total of four points. Huth picked up the assist on the Jarvis goal at EMU, slotting a short crossing ball through the penalty area.
A pair of juniors, Tracy Togba and Madeline Wideman, each have three points this fall, while freshman Demy Whitaker has two points on a team-leading two assists.
In goal, Underwood and fifth-year senior Becca Ison each have made six starts this fall. Ison has 25 saves and a goals-against average of 2.90 this year to date.
Underwood, who has appeared in a total of seven matches in total, has 27 saves and a 1.40 GAA. She has played every minute of the four MAC contests, and has 18 stops, a saves percentage of .818 and a GAA of just 0.95 against conference foes.
The goal by Jarvis at EMU snapped a scoreless streak of 335:24 for BGSU, dating to the Illinois State game of Sept. 14. It also gave the Falcons the lead in a match for the first time since Aug. 26.
The Falcons have scored two goals in the first half this season, and both have come from Jarvis. The Novi, Mich., native recorded her first collegiate goal against Cleveland State on Aug. 19.
Huth has surpassed her point total for all of last season. She had four points as a freshman, including the game-winning score in the Falcons' 2011 meeting with EMU. Her assist in this year's matchup with the Eagles was the first of her career.
Northern Illinois is 5-4-2 on the season, and the Huskies are 1-1-2 in MAC action heading into the BGSU game. NIU picked up a win and a tie on the road last weekend, downing Akron by a 1-0 count before battling Buffalo to a 1-1 draw.
The Huskies have topped the win and goal totals for all of last season. The 2011 club won two games and scored a total of seven goals. This fall, Corinne Frankenberg leads the team in goals (four), assists (four) and points (12). All four of her goals have been game-winning goals, a total that leads the MAC.
At the defensive end, Amy Carr has started every match in goal, and has 23 saves, five shutouts and a GAA of only 0.65. Carr leads the MAC in goals-against average, and the Huskies lead the MAC in that category as a team (0.70). First-year coach John Ross inherited 17 letterwinners from last year's team that went 2-15-2 overall and 1-10-0 in the MAC.
The Falcons trail Northern Illinois, 8-7-1, in the all-time series between the teams, but the Brown and Orange captured last year's meeting. Huth scored for the home side, and Madeline Wideman assisted on both BGSU goals in a 2-0 Falcon win at Cochrane Field (Oct. 23, 2011). Ison made two saves to earn the shutout. Last year's BG win snapped a four-match series unbeaten streak for the Huskies. Northern captured a 1-0 win in the teams' last meeting in DeKalb, two years ago (Oct. 24, 2010).
The Falcons are 3-5-0 at home, 4-2-1 on the road and 0-1-0 in neutral-site matches vs. the Huskies. Northern is unbeaten in the last three series matchups in DeKalb, after BGSU won the first four meetings there, scoring at least three goals in each of those four games. The home team has won only five times in the 16 series meetings.
Series information and match-by-match results for all of BGSU's opponents can be found on pages 45-47 of the BGSU Women's Soccer Media Guide, which is available on the web at BGSUFalcons.com.
Toledo enters the week with an overall record of 4-7-1 and a MAC mark of 2-1-1. The Rockets host Central Michigan Friday before facing the Falcons two days later. Last weekend, UT won back-to-back games for the first time this season, with a 3-0 win at UB and a 2-1 victory at UA.
Individually, Rachel MacLeod has three goals and seven points to lead the team in both categories. A total of eight UT players have scored one goal apiece. In net, Kelsey Borowitz has played in nine matches, including all four MAC games, and has 25 saves and a 1.49 GAA. Sam Tiongson has made six appearances in goal and has 14 stops and a GAA of just 0.91. Borowitz has started all four MAC matches and has a GAA of 0.99 against league competition. Coach Brad Evans welcomed back 18 letterwinners from last year's club that went 14-7-2 overall and 9-1-1 in the MAC. UT won the West Division and MAC Tournament titles in 2011.
The Falcons trail Toledo, 8-7-4, in that series, and the Rockets have outscored BG by a narrow 23-22 margin in the 19 meetings. After back-to-back tie games in 2007 and 2008, UT has won four consecutive 1-0 decisions from the Falcons, with three-straight matches coming at Scott Park. Last year's matchup came at Cochrane Field on Sept. 30, 2011, with McLeod scoring in the 70th minute. The home team has won only five times in the 19 series meetings. BGSU is 6-4-0 in road games in the series, including a 6-3-0 record at Scott Park. The Falcons had a six-match win streak at that venue from 1998-2007.
Following this weekend's matches, the Falcons return home for a pair of matches. BGSU will host Buffalo on Friday, Oct. 12, then will face Akron on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Cochrane Field. The UA match will be 'Senior Day' for the Falcon program, as the four seniors will be recognized prior to the match.