Despite late surge, Broncos come up short against Ohio 2-1

October 5, 2009

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By Eric Woodyard
Western Herald

The home field didn’t serve as an advantage for the Western Michigan University women’s soccer team as they took a 2-1 loss to the University of Ohio Bobcats at the WMU Soccer Complex on Sunday.

After defeating the University of Akron 2-0 on Friday, the Broncos found it difficult to match equal success with Ohio’s other university. With a wet, muddy field and 52 degree winds blowing strongly, the Broncos could never gain complete control of the game.

Closing the first half of the contest knotted 0-0, WMU felt as though that it was in a perfect situation to succeed.

“I think 0-0 is one of those scores in the half where I think it’s very competitive,” WMU head coach Suzie Grech said. “It’s tough to go into a half being up a goal and especially even being down a goal but 0-0 you’re on level playing field. It’s just a matter of them keeping their heads and playing consistently and being patient because it will come.”

The Bobcats charged into the second and scored two quick goals. Jackie Hanson scored the first goal at the 47:31 mark on the left side of the field and Kelsey Pichel scored the next one at the 54:04 mark from 30 yards out.

This proved to be the motivation that the Brown and Gold needed as sophomore forward Stephanie Skowneski responded later in the half with a goal of her own.
At the 79:35 mark, Skowneski nailed a shot from the left side outside of the box into the upper back corner of the net.

“[The goal] felt good, but it’s such a disappointment that we didn’t get a second one though,” Skowneski said. “It just feels good because it gave us a little bit more energy and a little bit more determination to get another one.”

Although this temporarily gave the Broncos a late surge, it was not enough to propel them to victory.

“It was one of those things where I was extremely happy with how we played in the last five minutes,” Grech said. “I think all of a sudden that 2-0 score really sunk in and brought all of the energy and intensity up but we have to figure out a way to create that energy without being down 2-0 to get ourselves going.”

Despite the loss, WMU still had a key statistic in their favor. They led the Bobcats, 7-4, in shots by the period. The offensive ball control from the Bobcats transitioned into efficiency and proved to be too much for the Broncos to handle.

“We just weren’t clicking today it might have been the weather, but we’re gonna learn from the mistakes that we made with the goals and learn from the mistakes that we didn’t get goals,” Skowneski said.

With the loss, WMU fell to a 2-2 overall record in the Mid-American Conference while Ohio improved to 2-1 in conference play. They will pick back up action in Buffalo against the University at Buffalo on Friday and at Kent State University on Oct. 11.

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