The Bowling Green State University women's soccer team returns home for a pair of matches this weekend. The Falcons of interim head coach Kellie Evans welcome the University at Buffalo to Cochrane Field for a Friday-night (Oct. 12) matchup, with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Following the UB match, the Brown and Orange will play a Sunday (Oct. 14) match against the University of Akron, with that contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sunday will mark 'Senior Day' at Cochrane, with the four Falcon seniors recognized prior to kickoff.
Admission for this weekend's matches, and for all Falcon men's and women's home regular-season action again this season, is free. Live stats for both matches will be available via BGSUFalcons.com.
The Falcons' four seniors are Becca Ison, Leah Johnson, Emily Rothwell and Sarah VonderBrink. Rothwell and VonderBrink each are in their fourth season at BGSU, while Ison and Johnson are fifth-year Falcons. Ison sat out the 2008 season as a redshirt, while Johnson was injured in the 2010 preseason, missing all of that season and part of the 2011 campaign.
The Falcons are 1-12-1 overall, and BG is 0-5-1 in MAC play heading into Friday's Buffalo match. Last Friday (Oct. 5), BGSU took a 1-0 lead at Northern Illinois on a goal by sophomore Sidney Huth, but the Huskies equalized before halftime, then scored the winner with just 1:28 remaining in the second period for a 2-1 win. Freshman Jenna Underwood had three saves in goal.
On Sunday (Oct. 7), host Toledo got a pair of goals just over two minutes apart early in the second half, breaking open a close game en route to a 3-0 win over the Falcons. Underwood had three saves, including a diving save of a Rocket penalty kick, for the Brown and Orange.
Huth leads the Falcons in scoring this season, with seven points on three goals and an assist. Freshman Jessica Jarvis has two goals this fall for a total of four points. 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 has made eight starts this season, including all six MAC matches to date. She has a total of 32 saves and a goals-against average of 1.66 in her initial season with the Falcons. Ison has made six starts this year, and has 25 saves and a 2.90 GAA.
In MAC matches, Underwood has 23 saves and a 1.45 GAA. She has played every minute of the six MAC contests, and has a saves percentage of .719 in league play.
Junior defender Alyssa Carmack leads the Falcons in minutes played, having been on the pitch for 1280 of the team's 1286-plus minutes this fall. Sophomore Kaylee Draper and redshirt soph Kylie Briem has played 1168 and 1133 minutes, respectively, while redshirt junior Jenny Fowler has played 980 minutes.
Huth has nearly doubled 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 Eastern Michigan.
Buffalo is 3-9-2 on the season, and the Bulls are 1-4-1 in MAC action heading into the BGSU game. UB snapped a six-match winless streak with a 1-0 win at Ohio Sunday (Oct. 7). That came two days after a 1-0 loss to Kent State. In addition to the victory at Ohio, the Bulls' other result in conference action was a 1-1 tie against NIU on Sept. 30.
Katie Roberts leads the Bulls with seven points on the year, including a team-high three goals, while Courtney Mann has two goals and five points. In goal, Ainsley Wheldon has seen action in 13 of the team's 14 matches, and has 50 saves, three shutouts and a 1.07 GAA. Coach Michael Thomas welcomed back 15 letterwinners, including 10 starters, from last year's team that went 12-5-4 overall and 4-3-4 in the MAC.
The Falcons lead Buffalo, 11-4-1, in the all-time series between the teams, and BGSU has won the last four meetings. Last season, the Brown and Orange posted a 2-1, come-from-behind victory in Western New York (Sept. 23, 2011). The last meeting at Cochrane Field saw the Falcons pick up a 4-0 win two years ago (Sept. 24, 2010), with then-freshman Madeline Wideman contributing a goal and an assist. The Falcons are 7-3-0 at home, 3-1-1 on the road and 1-0-0 in neutral-site matches vs. UB.
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 here at BGSUFalcons.com (see the link at the top of this page).
Akron enters the week with an overall record of 4-9-0 and a MAC mark of 0-6-0. The Zips will play a Friday match at Central Michigan before facing the Falcons two days later. Last weekend, UA dropped a pair of 3-2 matches at Ohio and at home against Kent State, with the latter result coming in double overtime. Five of the Zips' six MAC losses have come by a single goal.
Individually, Ashley Hughes leads the Zips and ranks among the MAC's top-five players in both goals and points. Hughes has 17 points, including seven goals. Megan Waskowski has nine points including three goals and three assists. In goal, Alex Luevano-Harden and Klaire Adee have split time. Luevano-Harden has 45 saves and a 1.70 GAA, while Adee has a 2.36 GAA and 21 stops. Interim head coach Vernon Croft has 20 letterwinners, including seven starters, back from the 2011 club that went 7-9-2 overall and 4-5-2 in MAC action.
The Falcons lead Akron, 7-3-1, in that series, but the Zips captured last year's meeting in Northeast Ohio, as Katie Wise scored in the 81st minute to give host UA the win (Oct. 14, 2011). The teams' last meeting at Cochrane Field saw the Falcons and Zips play to a 2-2 draw, with Wideman recording a goal and an assist (Oct. 15, 2010). The Brown and Orange won the first five series meetings, but UA is 3-2-1 in the last six matchups. BGSU is 4-1-1 in home matches and 3-2-0 in away games in the series with Akron.
Following this weekend's action, the Falcons return to the road for two matches, taking on Ball State on Friday, Oct. 19, and East Division-leading Miami on Sunday, Sept. 21. The regular season then comes to a close on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 25, as BGSU meets West Division-leading Central Michigan in a 3:00 p.m. start at Cochrane.